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As Ice Forms, It Can Create Amazing Spirals

As Ice Forms, It Can Create Amazing Spirals

In our February issue, Scientific American had an article on the phenomenon of liquid-rope coiling--the way that viscous fluids curl as they fall onto a surface, forming what looks like a miniature basket.

May 5, 2014 — George Musser

Amanda Gefters Ultimate Reality Party

Last night I had the pleasure of going to Amanda Gefters book party, celebrating the release of Trespassing on Einsteins Lawn. I first got to know Gefter a decade ago when she audaciously contacted Sci Am to pitch her first-ever science story, and I followed her later career at New Scientist with admiration.

January 17, 2014 — George Musser
What Happens to Google Maps When Tectonic Plates Move?

What Happens to Google Maps When Tectonic Plates Move?

A couple of weeks ago, I was writing up a description of Einstein’s general theory of relativity, and I thought I’d compare the warping of spacetime to the motion of Earth’s tectonic plates.

November 11, 2013 — George Musser
When the Large Hadron Collider Is Too Small

When the Large Hadron Collider Is Too Small

The Large Hadron Collider has only just begun its explorations, so it might seem a little premature to begin thinking about what new particle projects might come next.

September 30, 2013 — George Musser
What Would It Be Like to Fall Into a Naked Singularity? [Guest Post]

What Would It Be Like to Fall Into a Naked Singularity? [Guest Post]

Last year, novelist Sergio De La Pava compared the American criminal justice system to the strange physics concept of naked singularities. That inspired me to ask the author of Sci Am’s article on the concept, theoretical physicist Pankaj Joshi of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai (right in photo), for an update.

September 16, 2013 — George Musser

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