November 26, 2013 So you know how, if someone comes by and taps the top of your open beer bottle, a volcano of brewski will explode? Well, it turns out that the physics involved are the same as what causes an atomic bomb to form a mushroom cloud. A scientist explains how it works.
November 22, 2013 What is a brain but a cloud of elementary particles? If that's the case, then isn't the world a just figment, an image or a confabulation? Commentator Alva Noë asks if our world, the world described by science, is any more real than the stories in the Bible.
October 22, 2013 You'll get wet if you are out in the rain; that's a given. Will running through the rain get you wetter, or will it save you from a few drops? MinutePhysics illustrates the answer in this entertaining video.
September 29, 2013 Can everything that happens in the universe (like the working of your mind) be understood merely as an expression of interactions at the level of elementary particles? Astrophysicist Adam Frank doesn't think so. He's skeptical of reductionism and takes heart from a new theory that sees cause-and-effect flowing both ways.
September 13, 2013 We find ourselves drawn to the belief that physics alone investigates the basis of the universe, reality as it really is, beyond parochial human interests and values. Alva Noë asks if we can actually accept this, or if there is more to the universe than the particles and fields of physics.
August 28, 2013 Boiling the Universe down to its essence is an age-old dream. But does the notion that we can sum up everything in a single, hopefully elegant, theory make sense? Physicist Marcelo Gleiser doesn't think so, saying that the very idea of a final theory clashes with the essential premise of science.
August 21, 2013 It's time to reconsider the grand quest for "unification" in modern physics, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Our unrelenting search for symmetry and perfection in the natural world leaves us blind to data that seems to depict an imperfect and asymmetric Universe.
August 9, 2013 Even as the gender divide in some areas of science has diminished, a stubborn gap has persisted in high school physics. A new study finds that girls are more likely to take physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering and math.
July 9, 2013 What does it mean for a poem to be hard? Is it the same thing as when science is hard? Should we expect to need a class to help us understand poetry, just as we expect to need one for understanding electromagnetism? Where, exactly, do we expect to find our truths and how hard should we expect to fight for them?
June 12, 2013 Science is often accused of extinguishing our enchantment with the world, of being too cold and rational. Quite the opposite is true, says Marcelo Gleiser. Modern science has restored a sense of wonder to the world with its revelations of objects unseen and realities unknown.
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.