May 1, 2013 How do you explain it when unseen forces act across time and space? The fact is that reality is far stranger than we can suppose when we step into the quantum world. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser lays out the bones of this modern ghost story.
March 27, 2013 Photographer Ernie Button has been taking pictures of the dried residues left in empty whisky glasses for six years. The resulting images are compellingly abstract, and maybe just a little bit otherworldly.
October 17, 2012 This year's Nobel Prize in physics celebrates amazing experiments that have the potential to elucidate some of Nature's deepest secrets. They also and have the potential to lead us down the path to a world transformed by revolutionary quantum applications.
October 12, 2012 Can natural science find a place for us in its vision of the cosmos? Thomas Nagel, in a new book, demands we take this question seriously. He is right to do so.
October 9, 2012 David Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is one of this year's two Nobel physics winners. NIST is the federal agency known for keeping accurate time using the atomic clock, and Wineland's Nobel has implications for even more accurate time-keeping. But what else does NIST do?
May 1, 2012 There are those in the physics community who have no room for philosophy. At stake in their stance is a critical question living deep in the foundations of modern physics: What are the limits of science?
March 28, 2012 Have we found the smallest bits of matter? Are there smaller particles we haven't identified? What are the most fundamental particles? A final, ultimate answer may not be attainable.
August 8, 2011 Heraclitus once said that life "bubbles forth" in a natural magic beyond the confines of entailing law and mathematization. We stand to be re-enchanted and may find our way beyond modernity to something very new.
August 2, 2011 Physics has known for a long time that there are real physical ceilings in the physical world. Perhaps when our imaginary worlds of economics take those real constraints seriously it will give our beleaguered politicians firmer ground to stand on.
November 29, 2010 I'm constantly frustrated by mixed nuts. To me, the peanuts are the least interesting part, so I want to eat them first. But they're always at the bottom of the can. Turns out, physics can explain: The Brazil Nut Effect.