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Don't Panic
Don't Panic

The 42 Biggest Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

In a homage to 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,' two physicists explain the biggest unknowns in science. I’ve summed them up as a tweetstorm.
Daniel Oberhaus
5.8.18
antimatter
antimatter

Scientists Have Measured the 'Color' of Antimatter for the First Time

It’s a finding three decades in the making.
Kate Lunau
4.5.18
Toilet Trouble
Toilet Trouble

A Former NASA Scientist Almost Lost His Hearing Because of a Toilet Lid

Philip Metzger is a planetary scientist who nearly lost his hearing after dropping a lid to a toilet tank. As a physicist, he had to get to the bottom of how this could ever happen.
Daniel Oberhaus
4.5.18
Stephen Hawking
Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking Has Died at 76

Hawking was one of humanity's most important scientists and leaves behind an ongoing project to send a small spacecraft to Earth's closest star system.
Jason Koebler
3.14.18
HOTY2017
HOTY2017

This Physicist Turned Time Crystals From a Theoretical Oddity to an Odd Reality

Last year, scientists created a time crystal for the first time in a lab. It wouldn’t have been possible without the theories of Chetan Nayak.
Daniel Oberhaus
1.11.18
Dear Future
Dear Future

Theoretical Physicists Are Getting Closer to Explaining How NASA’s ‘Impossible’ EmDrive Works

The EmDrive propulsion system might be able to take us to the stars, but first it must be reconciled with the laws of physics.
Giulio Prisco
10.31.17
Neutron Star Mergers
Neutron Star Mergers

Scientists Have Detected an Entirely New Type of Gravitational Wave

Astronomers capture both a gravitational wave and optical imagery from the energetic union of two neutron stars in a distant galaxy.
Becky Ferreira
10.16.17
ripples in spacetime
ripples in spacetime

Nobel Prize in Physics Recognizes the Dawn of a Whole New Kind of Astronomy

Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish are named for leading the effort to detect gravitational waves.
Becky Ferreira
Kate Lunau
10.3.17
particles
particles

Physicists Imagine a Supercomputer Based on ‘Magic Dust’

If it scales, the polariton-based computer could leave everything else in the ... dust.
Michael Byrne
9.28.17
Manhattan Project
Manhattan Project

One of the Last Remaining Manhattan Project Scientists Has Died

And with him, perhaps, our nuclear sanity.
Brian Merchant
9.26.17
particles
particles

US Collider Appears to Produce Just a Drip of Theorized Low-Energy Quark Soup

Astrophysicists at Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider come closer to understanding the milliseconds following the Big Bang.
Michael Byrne
9.25.17
hellmouths
hellmouths

How Physics Dooms Average Ants

A quirk of friction offers up ant meals to nightmarish antlion larvae.
Michael Byrne
8.21.17