Best of Last Week – Possible phenomenon beyond Standard Model Wow mystery

first_img Explore further It was another good week for physics as an international team of researchers offered new confirmation of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity by using the Hubble Space Telescope to measure shifts in the apparent position of a star. Also, a team of researchers from several institutions in China demonstrated solving systems of linear equations with quantum mechanics—offering more evidence that if true quantum computers are ever made, they will likely be able to fulfill expectations. And a team of physicists reviewed three experiments that hinted at a phenomenon beyond the Standard Model of particle physics. © 2017 Science X Credit: Wikimedia Commons Best of Last Week–How antimatter forms, world’s first super telescope and why fathers treat toddler daughters differentcenter_img In space news, a team with the Center of Planetary Science announced that the ‘Wow!’ mystery signal from space was finally explained. Recorded in 1977, the mysterious signal had some suggesting it was evidence of aliens. And Ben Hoscheit, an undergrad at UW-Madison presented the results of his study to the American Astronomical Society that supported the idea that the Milky Way exists within a cosmological void. Also, a team at the University of Zurich announced that they had built the largest virtual universe ever simulated—cataloguing 25 billion virtual galaxies from 2 trillion virtual particles.In other news, an international team of collaborators announced that they had developed a new form of carbon that’s hard as a rock, yet elastic, like rubber. A team at Queen Mary University of London and Goldsmiths University of London found that they were able to improve people’s creativity through electrical brain stimulation by suppressing a part of brain processing that is normally involved in reasoning. And another international team announced that they had discovered the oldest Homo sapiens fossils at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco.And finally, if you’re under the impression that a glass of wine with dinner every night is healthy, you might want to think again, as a team from the University of Oxford and University College London conducted a study finding that even moderate drinking is linked to a decline in brain health. Long-term consumption of moderate amounts of alcoholic beverages, they claim, resulted in risk for hippocampal atrophy, a form of brain damage that impacts spatial navigation and memory. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Best of Last Week – Possible phenomenon beyond Standard Model, Wow! mystery signal solved and alcohol impact on brain (2017, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-week-phenomenon-standard-wow-mystery.htmllast_img read more