Top Ten Amazing Physics Stories of 2020

Dec 31, 2020 1 comments
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Believe it or not but 2020 was full of many extraordinary and rare scientific events, which took the world by storm. Here is a summary of the ten best physics news from the year that was.

January

On 3 January: astronomers reported evidence suggesting that the planet Venus is currently volcanically active. Residue from such activity may become a potential source of "nutrients" for possible microorganisms in its atmosphere, according to researchers.

February

On 14 Feb: quantum physicists at University of Cambridge developed a novel single-photon source by moving single electrons in a specially designed light-emitting diode (LED). This technique could help the development of quantum communication and quantum computation.

On 28 Feb: Death of esteemed British-American physicist Freeman Dyson, known for his works in QED and astrophysics.

April

Computer scientist Stephen Wolfram announced the launch of the Wolfram Physics Project on 14 April, an initiative to find the fundamental theory of physics.

June

On 11 Jun: A team of NASA scientists reported the generation of rubidium Bose–Einstein condensates (BECs) in the Cold Atom Laboratory aboard the International Space Station under microgravity. BEC is the fifth state of matter named after S.N. Bose and Albert Einstein.

On Earth, BEC is extremely fragile but on the ISS, the matter lasted more than a second, offering the team of scientists an unprecedented chance to study BEC properties.

July

On Jul 1: Physicists at CERN reported the LHCb observation of a four-charm tetraquark particle which was never seen before.

August

On 4 Aug: Physicists working on the ATLAS and CMS experiments at the Large Hadron Collider announced new results indicating that the Higgs boson decays into two muons as expected.

September

Astronomers reported evidence, for the first time, of an extragalactic planet on 18 September. This is a rogue exoplanet "outside" of the Milky Way Galaxy detected by eclipsing a bright X-ray source in the Whirlpool Galaxy.

October

Nobel Prizes in physics are awarded to Roger Penrose for his work on black hole formation and to Andrea Ghez and Reinhard Genzel for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy.

December

On Dec 21, Jupiter and Saturn came within a 6' arc giving a rare telescopic view (once in 500 years). The next time this will happen will be year 7541. Google posted a doodle to celebrate the rare occasion on their home page.

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