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Stories by Mark Alpert

Not Just Fun and Games

Best known for inventing the game of Life, John H. Conway is adept at finding the theorems hidden in simple puzzles

1 minute ago — 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
Fiasco at Fermilab

Fiasco at Fermilab

Last-minute budget cuts stun U.S. physicists

February 18, 2008 — Mark Alpert
Sun Power Gets a Boost

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

Neutron Oddball

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

December 16, 2007 — Mark Alpert
Saving Gas and Lives

Saving Gas and Lives

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

September 16, 2007 — Mark Alpert
Dimensional Shortcuts

Dimensional Shortcuts

Is there evidence for string theory in a neutrino experiment?

July 15, 2007 — Mark Alpert
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