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Dr. Stephen Hawking, a professor of mathematics at the University of Cambridge, delivers a speech entitled "Why we should go into space" during a lecture that is part of a series honoring NASA's 50th Anniversary, Monday, April 21, 2008, at George Washington University's Morton Auditorium in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Paul. E. Alers)
Ask a Redbird Scholar: What exactly did Stephen Hawking contribute to our understanding of the universe?. Stephen Hawking contributed more to our understanding of gravity than anyone else since Albert Einstein, according to Illinois State Assistant Professor of Physics Neil Christensen.  [Read the rest]
Q. Charles Su and Rainer Grobe have forged a long-lasting partnership at Illinois State. The work shown is from “Quantum-Mechanical Approach to the Laser-Assisted Vacuum Decay.” (Q. Z. Lv, S. Dong, C. Lisowski, R. Pelphrey, Y. T. Li, Q. Su, and R. Grobe) Physical Review A (2018).
Dynamic duo laser in on physics’ deepest questions. Rainer Grobe and Q. Charles Su have become more than colleagues. For the last 23 years, the Distinguished Professors of physics have worked side by side on the cutting edge of laser research while mentoring scores of undergraduate students at Illinois State University. [Read the rest]
Image projected from the Illinois State University Planetarium new system.
Fall Planetarium shows to begin September 7. The Illinois State University Planetarium will present Life: A Cosmic Story, and Seeing! A Photon's Journey Across Space, Time and Mind. [Read the rest]
A shadowed image of the Earth as seen from space
Quest for Extrasolar Worlds kicks off newly renovated Planetarium. The Illinois State University Planetarium will open a new show June 13 to highlight recent renovations. [Read the rest]
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Physics News from Around the World

Physicists beat Lorentz reciprocity for microwave transmission

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:27:47 GMT

New device could boost telecommunications and be adapted for photonics
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Japan’s SuperKEKB set for first particle collisions

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:45:12 GMT

Revamped accelerator will soon be smashing electrons and positrons together
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Wood-based 'supermaterial' is stronger and tougher than steel

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 14:10:36 GMT

New material is made by compressing treated wood
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