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Stories by Graham P. Collins

7 Radical Energy Solutions

7 Radical Energy Solutions

The failure rate may be 90 percent, but if any of these exotic technologies succeeds, it could significantly improve energy security and efficiency

May 16, 2011 — THE EDITORS, Graham P. Collins, David Biello, Bijal P. Trivedi, JR Minkel, Steven Ashley, Charles Q. Choi and Michael Lemonick

Nanomovies: Ultrafast Electron Microscopy

The movies don't have nearly as much interpersonal drama as Avatar , but in these the actors are nanoscopic, directed by the laws of physics operating at the nanoscale.

August 11, 2010 — Graham P. Collins

Blindsight: Seeing without knowing it

Is it possible to see something without knowing you can see it? Maybe that's not so hard to imagine if you think of subliminal images flashed for a frame or two on a movie screen—too quickly for you to see consciously but perhaps long enough to add a frisson of fear.

April 22, 2010 — Graham P. Collins

Tectonic Plates

The long, strange trip of continental drift

September 1, 2009 — Graham P. Collins

Coriolis Effect

The earth's spin influences hurricanes but not toilets

September 1, 2009 — Graham P. Collins

Origins: The Start of Everything

Where do rainbows come from? What about flying cars, love and LSD?

August 17, 2009 — Davide Castelvecchi, Graham P. Collins, Bruce Grierson, Mara Hvistendahl, Jonathon Keats, Michael Moyer, George Musser, Christie Nicholson, Ricki Rusting, Jessica Snyder Sachs, Christine Soares, Gary Stix, Kate Wong, Melinda Wenner and Philip Yam

Stephen Hawking receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

Stephen Hawking was among the recipients at the White House today when President Barack Obama presented the National Medal of Freedom to 16 “agents of change.” Relatively few scientists win this medal, the highest civilian honor awarded in the U.S., particularly when the science is as removed from everyday life as the theoretical physics of black holes.

August 12, 2009 — Graham P. Collins
An Iron Key to High-Temperature Superconductivity?

An Iron Key to High-Temperature Superconductivity?

The discovery that compounds known as iron pnictides can superconduct at 50 degrees above absolute zero has reignited physicists' quest for better high-temperature superconductors, and may offer clues to unlocking a 20-year mystery

August 5, 2009 — Graham P. Collins

Seeing beyond the diffraction limit in 3-D

PITTSBURGH—At a meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) here this past week, physical chemist W. E. Moerner of Stanford University presented a clever new trick for looking inside living cells.

March 21, 2009 — Graham P. Collins

Signs of a supersolid at the March APS meeting

PITTSBURGH—Look in that lab: it's a gas, it's a solid, it's a superfluid—it's SuperSolid! Well, maybe.

The "it" in question is a collection of rubidium atoms cooled to within a whisker of absolute zero and the lab is physicist Dan Stamper-Kurn's at the University of California, Berkeley.

March 19, 2009 — Graham P. Collins

Yes, the earth moved for me...

I slept through this morning's Midwest quake, but I sure felt this aftershock an hour ago: That's a seismograph in West Lafayette, IN. The online image gets updated every 10 minutes.

April 18, 2008 — Graham P. Collins

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, 1917–2008

He wore pajamas and a bathrobe, and a swollen bare foot was propped up on an ottoman. That was the figure cut by the revered science-fiction author Arthur C.

March 20, 2008 — Graham P. Collins

Wipeout?

A hyped theory of everything sinks from sight

April 1, 2008 — Graham P. Collins