Physics

The clockwork universe: is free will an illusion?
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In Depth

The clockwork universe: is free will an illusion?

A growing chorus of scientists and philosophers argue that free will does not exist. Could they be right, asks Oliver Burkeman
14 May 2021
The fifth force of nature
Inside the Large Hadron Collider, a particle accelerator in Meyrin, Switzerland
Getting to grips with . . .

The fifth force of nature

Unexpected behaviour of subatomic particle could change our understanding of the universe
9 Apr 2021
52 ideas that changed the world - 47. Relativity
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In Depth

52 ideas that changed the world - 47. Relativity

Einstein’s theory remains ‘most important in modern physics’
15 May 2020
Have scientists found the origin of life on Earth?
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In Brief

Have scientists found the origin of life on Earth?

Study finds the key element phosphorus forming on a comet around Jupiter
16 Jan 2020
What fast-moving magnetic north pole means for the world
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In Depth

What fast-moving magnetic north pole means for the world

Scientists say the pole is shifting towards Russia at rate of around 34 miles a year
5 Feb 2019
Why three times more asteroids are hitting Earth
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In Brief

Why three times more asteroids are hitting Earth

New study shows frequency of impacts jumped just before the dinosaur age
18 Jan 2019
Stephen Hawking auction: what’s on sale
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In Brief

Stephen Hawking auction: what’s on sale

The late physicist’s groundbreaking 1965 Cambridge PhD thesis is among almost two dozen items going under hammer
22 Oct 2018

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Stephen Hawking: best quotes from the pioneering physicist
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In Brief

Stephen Hawking: best quotes from the pioneering physicist

Bon mots from the professor known for his sense of humour as well as scientific brilliance
29 Aug 2018
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