Peering Into the Darkness Around Us

04/16/15See Comments

Just this week, scientists released a new map of the universe, but don’t count on relying on it for space travel. The subject of this...[Read More]


The Meaning of E=mc^2

04/14/15See Comments

You’ve probably seen E=mc2 somewhere, in science class or maybe in cartoons or other pop culture ephemera, but if you really want to know what it means,...[Read More]


Friends Like These … Make You Care About Climate Change

04/07/15See Comments

If your Facebook feed sometimes becomes dominated by a friend or two constantly posting about ways you can ease the polar bear’s plight or combat ever-rising carbon...[Read More]

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The Universe: Infinite or Just Really Big?

04/07/15See Comments

If you zoomed off in a spaceship and kept going for a very long time, would you ever reach the edge of the universe—or would you...[Read More]

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How Big Are the Strings in String Theory?

03/24/15See Comments

String theory posits that the menagerie of different fundamental particles that make up all things—protons, photons, bosons, and the like—are not actually dots of matter, but rather oscillations...[Read More]


Einstein and the Anthropic Principle

03/17/15See Comments

Many scientists and philosophers have weighed whether the curious balance of physical laws that allows life to exist in the universe is just a coincidence or...[Read More]


A Q&A About the Universe With ESA Scientist Jan Tauber

03/12/15See Comments

A series of ground-based experiments first launched in 2006 (as BICEP1) and then in 2010 (as BICEP2) set out to find answers to some of the universe’s...[Read More]


The Source of Earth’s Neutrino Rain

03/10/15See Comments

No matter what the weather conditions look like outside, you’re probably being rained on right now. However, since this “shower” is made out of tiny particles called neutrinos—which...[Read More]

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Taking a Peek at Einstein’s Brain

03/10/15See Comments

Albert Einstein wanted to be cremated after his death—”so people won’t come to worship at my bones,” as he put it. But Thomas Stoltz Harvey,...[Read More]


The Shapes of Extra Dimensions

03/06/15See Comments

String theory postulates that there are extra dimensions folded into reality around us—but because they are extremely tiny, we haven’t been able to detect them yet....[Read More]