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Stories by Mark Alpert

The Bowling Ball That Invaded Earth

Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest science fiction thriller, The Orion Plan, featuring the method whereby aliens most likely really would colonize our planet.

May 5, 2016 — Mark Alpert and Steve Mirsky

Alpha Centauri or Bust

Is a new plan to blast nanosatellites to the stars with gigagantic lasers brilliant or crazy—or a little of both?

April 13, 2016 — Mark Alpert

My Love Affair With Relativity

I was introduced to the Einstein field equations three decades ago as a naïve undergraduate—and was smitten at once by their beauty and simplicity

November 25, 2015 — Mark Alpert

Furious New Science Fiction from Mark Alpert

Scientific American editor–turned-sci-fi-writer Mark Alpert, author of Final Theory and Extinction, talks about his latest book, The Furies 


August 3, 2014 — Mark Alpert and Steve Mirsky

Fiasco at Fermilab

Last-minute budget cuts stun U.S. physicists

March 1, 2008 — Mark Alpert

Sun Power Gets a Boost

A stolen idea from the plant world could improve prospects for solar power

January 1, 2008 — Mark Alpert

Neutron Oddball

A newly discovered neutron star doesnt behave like it's supposed to

December 16, 2007 — Mark Alpert

Saving Gas and Lives

Can the U.S. improve fuel economy without sacrificing safety?

September 16, 2007 — Mark Alpert

Dimensional Shortcuts

Is there evidence for string theory in a neutrino experiment?

July 15, 2007 — Mark Alpert

The Autism Diet

Can avoiding bread and milk ease the disorder?

March 18, 2007 — Mark Alpert

Smart Tags Get Smarter

The next generation of electronic tags promises to outperform RFIDs

December 1, 2006 — Mark Alpert
The Neutrino Frontier

The Neutrino Frontier

At fermilab, particle smashing yields to flavor changing

July 31, 2006 — Mark Alpert

Crater Jumper

Hopping probe may hunt for ice on the moon

March 13, 2006 — Mark Alpert