Theoretical Physics News


At United Nations, Kavli IPMU Director Speaks of the Peacemaking Power of Science

Physicist Hitoshi Murayama addresses the critical importance of international science endeavors toward increasing peace and development around the world.


A Warm Dark Matter Search Using XMASS

New data from the XMASS cryogenic dark matter detector rules out one form of dark matter, bosonic super-WIMPS.


President Obama Meets U.S. Laureates of 2014 Kavli Prizes

At the White House, President Barack Obama welcomed the four American laureates of the 2014 Kavli Prizes.


Nine Scientific Pioneers Receive the 2014 Kavli Prizes

Laureates were selected for pioneering work in cosmic inflation,  nano-optics and brain networks for memory and cognition.


Mantis Shrimp Stronger than Airplanes

Inspired by mantis shrimp, researchers designed composite material stronger than the standard used in airplane frames.


With A Deadly Embrace, 'Spidery' Pulsars Consume Their Mates

A new study describes what are known as "Black Widow" pulsars, neutron stars that destroy their binary mate.


Top High-Energy Prize Awarded For 'Fermi Bubbles'

The 2014 Rossi Prize has been awarded to three researchers for their discovery in gamma rays of the large, unanticipated galactic structure now called the “Fermi bubbles.”


President Obama Meets U.S. Laureates of 2012 Kavli Prizes

President Barack Obama met in the Oval Office the six U.S. recipients of the 2012 Kavli Prizes.


A Simple View Of Gravity Does Not Fully Explain The Distribution Of Stars In Crowded Clusters

To the surprise of scientists, a higher fraction of binary star systems are found at the outskirts of a young star cluster than in its center, despite the gravitational pull of the cluster’s core.


KITP's Polchinksi One of Three Recipients of the 2013 Physics Frontier Prize
2013 Physics Frontier Prize recognizes Joseph Polchinski's broad contributions to fundamental physics, most notably the discovery of D-branes.