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Stories by Michael Moyer

What Makes Food Taste So Good?

Deliciousness is the happy result of a surprising blend of factors, some of which have nothing to do with your taste buds

May 28, 2015 — Michael Moyer

Do We Live in a Holographic Universe?

An experiment going up outside of Chicago will attempt to measure the intimate connections among information, matter and spacetime. If it works, it could rewrite the rules for 21st-century physics

August 1, 2014 — Michael Moyer

World Cup Prediction Mathematics Explained

The World Cup is back, and everyone's got a pick for the winner. Gamblers have been predicting the outcome of sporting contests since the first foot race across the savannah, but in recent years a unique type of statistical analysis has taken over the prediction business.

June 11, 2014 — Michael Moyer

Twin Earth May Be Better Than Earth for Life

Pseudo-Earths are out there. That's the message of today's exciting announcement that a planet about the same size as Earth lives in its star's habitable zone--the temperate region around a star where liquid water might flow.

April 17, 2014 — Michael Moyer

Faraway Planets May Be Far Better for Life

Astronomers have come up with a shopping list of what a planet needs to support life, perhaps even better than our Earth does, making them "superhabitable." Michael Moyer reports 

 

January 31, 2014 — Michael Moyer

Scientists Find First Neutrinos from Distant Space [Video]

The world has heard the first faint whispers of the most powerful cataclysms in the universe. Scientists working on the IceCube experiment in Antarctica report that they have found 28 neutrinos that must have come to earth from explosions in the distant universe—the first time scientists have found neutrinos coming from outside our own solar [...]

November 21, 2013 — Michael Moyer
Besides Higgs, Who Might Get the Physics Nobel?

Besides Higgs, Who Might Get the Physics Nobel?

Tomorrow’s Nobel Prize in physics is widely anticipated to go to Peter Higgs, perhaps along with Francois Englert, for their nearly 50-year-old prediction of a new particle that we now call the Higgs boson.

October 7, 2013 — Michael Moyer
Wormholes May Save Physics From Black Hole Infernos

Wormholes May Save Physics From Black Hole Infernos

Are black holes surrounded by walls of fire? Does this imply that one (or more) of our most cherished physical principles—and here I’m talking about biggies like quantum theory, the conservation of information or Einstein’s equivalence principle—is wrong?

August 23, 2013 — Michael Moyer