Posts in: Physical Science

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Does a theory of everything exist?

Does a theory of everything exist?

Some scientists question if the guiding lights of theoretical physics have gone out, and all wonder where the field will go next

By | Posted August 13, 2018

VIDEO: The brown dwarf hunter

VIDEO: The brown dwarf hunter

One astronomer thinks failed stars will help us understand the origins of celestial objects

By | Posted June 15, 2018

Going the distance: How NASA launches spacecraft so far on so little

Going the distance: How NASA launches spacecraft so far on so little

Saturn orbiter Cassini traveled nearly 5 billion miles on less than four tons of fuel

By | Posted April 23, 2018

Your smart speaker records you more often than you think

Your smart speaker records you more often than you think

And there’s no way for you to know when it will start

By | Posted April 20, 2018

Why fungi adapt so well to life in space

Why fungi adapt so well to life in space

In many ways, these little microbes are better prepared for space travel than we are

By | Posted March 7, 2018

Space has weather, too

Space has weather, too

Here’s how it affects you (and how we study it)

By | Posted February 26, 2018

Can computers forecast avalanches better than humans digging holes?

Can computers forecast avalanches better than humans digging holes?

In the world of avalanche forecasting, manual methods are state of the art. But meteorologists are honing a computer model for the job

By | Posted January 24, 2018

Size isn’t the only thing that matters during an earthquake

Size isn’t the only thing that matters during an earthquake

A tale of two identical earthquakes

By | Posted December 18, 2017

We’re flushing energy down the toilet

We’re flushing energy down the toilet

But engineers are trying to reclaim it downstream

By | Posted December 15, 2017

Let's talk about the latest godawful cybersecurity plan

Let’s talk about the latest godawful cybersecurity plan

A federal “hack-back” bill is in the news again. It might be good for vigilantes, but it’s definitely bad for the rest of us

By | Posted December 4, 2017

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