Physics

UK finds site for nuclear fusion power plant • The Register

UK business secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg has proposed building the UK’s first nuclear fusion power plant in a center of industrial decline. His government has selected the site of West Burton power station in Nottinghamshire to house Britain’s first Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) prototype fusion energy plant, to be completed in about 17 years. …

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The Moon May Have Formed Instantly From An Unknown Mass Collision

In the most detailed supercomputer simulation yet, an alternative theory has been proposed surrounding how our Moon was first formed. Conducted by researchers from Durham University’s Institute for Computational Cosmology, the simulation suggests Earth’s collision with Theia 4.5 billion years ago may not have been the cause of the Moon’s formation. Previous simulations have suggested …

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A new toolbox for elucidating future quantum materials

The data from neutron scattering (left) provide information about absorbed energies in reciprocal space. With the new evaluation, it has been possible to obtain statements about new magnetic states and their temporal development in real space (right). The colors blue and red indicate the two opposite spin directions. Credit: HZB/ORNL Neutron scattering is considered the …

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Beg all you want – these beer game devs will not break the laws of physics for you

What happens when players want something that the game developers aren’t willing to budge on? Well, the team behind the indie game Brewmaster knows the answer all too well. When testers started to complain about the water pressure of the taps, it “caused a bit of a divide” within the studio, says associate designer Ellie …

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Cosmic ray protons reveal new spectral structures at high energies

Observation of Spectral Structures in the Flux of Cosmic-Ray Protons from 50 GeV to 60 TeV with the Calorimetric Electron Telescope on the International Space Station. Credit: Waseda University Cosmic rays constitute high-energy protons and atomic nuclei that originate from stars (both within our galaxy and from other galaxies) and are accelerated by supernovae and …

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Exploring the plasma loading mechanism of radio jets launched from black holes

Credit: Tohoku University Galaxies, including our Milky Way, host supermassive black holes in their centers, and their masses are millions to billions of times larger than the sun. Some supermassive black holes launch fast-moving plasma outflows which emit strong radio signals, known as radio jets. Radio jets were first discovered in the 1970s. But much …

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