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Stories by George Musser

Caveat Emptor, Solar Homeowners

Comly Wilson at CleanEdison, which runs training and certification programs for green-tech installers, has put together a list of five things homeowners should know before buying solar.

November 20, 2012 — George Musser

String Theory in 26 Seconds [Video]

Someone once asked me to describe string theory in 26 seconds, so, a couple of months ago, I went down to Goleta Beach with my iPhone and recorded this little video.

August 2, 2012 — George Musser

As If 1 Giant Black Hole Weren't Enough, What's a Galaxy Doing with 3?

Last Thursday, my colleague John Matson described a truly amazing galaxy known, somewhat unromantically, as BX442. It has a majestic spiral pattern while hundreds of its galactic contemporaries were gawky and misshapen a peculiar and special anomaly which suggests to many astronomers that cosmic pinwheels are ephemeral art forms, like Tibetan sand mandalas...

July 23, 2012 — George Musser

Quantum Horse Races and Crystals of Light

I’d heard of quantum dice, quantum poker, quantum roulette, and even quantum Russian roulette, but a quantum horse race? I learned about this surreal game of chance last December during a symposium at the Centre for Quantum Technologies in Singapore...

June 25, 2012 — George Musser

The Emperor, Darth Vader, and the Ultimate Ultimate Theory of Physics

PASADENA—The theory is so obscure there's not a Wikipedia page about it yet. It might be impossible to formulate mathematically. One theoretical physicist calls it the Emperor Palpatine of theories, even more powerful and inscrutable than the Darth Vader theory that he and others have been studying intensively...

March 30, 2012 — George Musser
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