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Stories by Michael Moyer

Robot Bees Learn to Fly [video]

In March, the Harvard University researchers behind the RoboBee project wrote an article in Scientific American that detailed the challenges of building a swarm of bee-sized robots.

May 2, 2013 — Michael Moyer

Physicists Debate the Many Varieties of Nothingness

What is nothing? Sounds like a simple question— nothing is simply the absence of something, of course —until you begin to think about it. The other night the American Museum of Natural History hosted its 14 th annual Asimov Memorial Debate, which featured five leading thinkers opining (and sparring, sometimes testily, but more on that later) about the nature of nothing.“Nothing is the most important part of the universe,” said Lawrence Krauss, a physicist at Arizona State University and author of the recent “A Universe from Nothing: Why There is Something Rather than Nothing.” Of course we can imagine the (mostly) empty space between galaxies as being a sort of nothing...

March 22, 2013 — Michael Moyer

It s Official: We ve Found the Higgs Boson. But Which One?

When last we checked in on the hunt for the Higgs, physicists weren’t yet ready to call the deal done. They were only willing to say that they had discovered a new particle—some sort of boson—and that this new boson was “Higgs-like.” Their reticence hinged on the measurement of the new particle’s spin, a fundamental quality that, for bosons, must take an integer value such as 0, 1 or 2...

March 15, 2013 — Michael Moyer

Sorry, the Government Is Not Creating Free Nationwide Wi-Fi Networks

You would be forgiven for thinking that the U.S. government just announced a plan to build a free public Wi-Fi system. After the Washington Post ran a front-page story on Monday morning that began “The federal government wants to create super WiFi networks across the nation, so powerful and broad in reach that consumers could use them to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cellphone bill every month,” others picked up on the incredible story...

February 5, 2013 — Michael Moyer

Earth-Like Planets Fill the Galaxy

LONG BEACH, Calif.—Look up on a starry night. Almost every one of those tiny pricks of light is home to an unseen world. Our Milky Way galaxy is full of planets—100 billion or more—and many of those planets are Earth-like rocks (although our solar system still appears to be an oddball)...

January 8, 2013 — Michael Moyer

Have Scientists Found Two Different Higgs Bosons?

A month ago scientists at the Large Hadron Collider released the latest Higgs boson results. And although the data held few obvious surprises, most intriguing were the results that scientists didn’t share.The original Higgs data from back in July had shown that the Higgs seemed to be decaying into two photons more often than it should—an enticing though faint hint of something new, some sort of physics beyond our understanding...

December 14, 2012 — Michael Moyer

Romney Cites Energy Report That Advocates Carbon Price

Mitt Romney wants to fund energy research and development, but not the “green energy” research that Barack Obama has favored. That’s the clear takeaway from his answers to the 14 questions posed to the two candidates by Scientific American and ScienceDebate.org...

September 18, 2012 — Michael Moyer
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