Wall Street Journal op-ed debates neutrinos and climate change
Experts in both physics and climate change quickly took issue with the columnist’s attempt to discredit climate change because of other discoveries.
Physicists study of dark energy was a shoo-in for Nobel prize
The mysterious dark energy could be responsible for the universe’s accelerating expansion.
Why you should care about the speed of light
A change in how scientists conceptualize relativity could alter how we think about causality and turn physics on its head.
New ALMA telescope reveals its stunning first image
The ALMA radio telescope in Chile, which should deliver key insights into the early universe, cost $1.3 billion.
Skywatcher snaps jaw-dropping photo of solar flare
A French photographer has taken pictures of a mammoth solar flare that is often visible without a telescope.
These are old-growth forests.
Images of flying dinosaurs are wrong
Researchers are starting to understand the basic physics of how large flying reptiles from the age of the dinosaurs, the pterosaurs, flew.
The brain is not the source of being a sloppy drunk
Behavioral changes that come with alcohol use may be mediated by cells from the immune system.
The Open_Sailing project is an international community of scientists, engineers, architects and many others who are trying to develop an International Ocean Station. The open-source project aims to create something similar to the International Space Station on the sea, a place where people can study the ocean and learn to live sustainably in a marine environment. The project began as an apocalyptic design response unit, but has evolved into a voluntary community of amateurs, inventors and scientists who study everything from aquaculture to desalination. The creators of this ocean station are working to develop a truly innovative “city” design that will become compact during storms and sail when winds are favorable. Learn more.
Time-lapse video shows Earth from orbit
Amazing footage from the International Space Station reveals our planet in all its humbling and inspiring glory.
If you’ve ever soared above the Earth at more than 17,000 mph, watching cities and thunderstorms twinkle while the planet scrolls by like a moving sidewalk of the gods, then you may find this video boring.
Researchers create invisible ink from engineered bacteria
By seeding sheets of what look like paper with encrypted patterns of bacteria engineered to glow in certain conditions, researchers have developed an invisible ink for the biotech age.
Among the potential uses are secret, forgery-resistant bacterial barcodes and watermarks, though imagination soon arrives at more entertaining possibilities.
“Obviously, the secret agent kind of application jumps out,” said chemist David Walt of Tufts University, who developed the system with fellow Tufts chemist Manuel Palacios. “Somebody embedded in an environment where they need to get a message out but don’t want to be caught.”
New CERN experiment seeks to slow down and trap antimatter
Scientists hope that by gaining an understanding of antimatter they can develop a better understanding of nature and even develop cancer treatments.
Einstein’s theory still correct (sort of)
Physicists have observed evidence of gravitational redshift from distant galaxy clusters, confirming a key prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.
7 earthquake prediction techniques put to the test
Everyone in an earthquake-prone area wants to know when the next big one might come, but temblors are not well understood, and there is a plethora of methods that forecast quake risk. So which one works best.
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