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Stories by George Musser

What Is Spacetime?

Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?

May 24, 2018 — George Musser

Juno Arrives at Jupiter

After a do-or-die engine burn the second spacecraft ever to orbit Jupiter is preparing to revolutionize our view of the giant planet 

July 4, 2016 — George Musser
Why Bother With Ordinary Fireworks When You Can Have Black Hole Fireworks?

Black Hole Fireworks Mark 4th of July

Theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, one of the creators of loop quantum gravity, and his collaborator Hal Haggard have just come out with a new paper on black holes.

July 4, 2014 — George Musser
Physicists Look Beyond the Large Hadron Collider, to the Very Large Hadron Collider

Next-Gen Particle Accelerators to Surpass Large Hadron Collider

In 1954 the renowned physicist Enrico Fermi did a simple but depressing calculation about future particle accelerators. To create particles with an energy of 3 teraelectron-volts, he estimated, you’d have to build a ring 8,000 kilometers in radius at a cost of $170 billion...

June 9, 2014 — George Musser
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
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