Embracing divergent perspectives at the same time is a key to understanding reality
One of the most basic processes in all of nature—a subatomic particle’s transition between discrete energy states—is surprisingly complex and sometimes predictable, recent work shows...
One goal laid out in the new policy is the testing of a fission power system on the moon by the mid- to late 2020s
A new analysis of light and gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars helps reveal what’s inside these ultradense objects
Three times more precise than the previous record-holding determination, the result closely agrees with theoretical predictions but could still reveal pathways to new physics
Scientists and philosophers should keep trying to solve reality’s deepest riddles while accepting that they are unsolvable
The pieces are finally coming together on the long-delayed ITER experiment to create nuclear fusion
Nanoparticles that attach to photoreceptors allowed mice to see infrared and near-infrared light for up to two months.
The enigmatic origins of chondrules—tiny inclusions in most meteorites—may be revealed at last, thanks in part to pristine material returned to Earth from asteroid Ryugu
The setup of lasers and mirrors effectively “solved” a problem far too complicated for even the largest traditional computer system
Materials scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez talks about her latest book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another.
Do we live in a higher being’s computer? Advanced research may tell us
Lasers slow molecules for a glimpse of the quantum world—and a strange heating is uncovered
Travel time differences for sound waves produced by undersea earthquakes in the same place at different times can provide details about ocean warming.
A new satellite image reveals the damage that shut down the facility, ending an era in astronomical observation
Radioactive elements produced by colliding neutron stars could make the difference between living and lifeless worlds
Horseflies misjudge landings on zebra patterns, compared with solid gray or black surfaces, which provides evidence for why evolution came up with the black-and-white pattern.
A Nobel Prize is just the latest proof that a concept rejected by Einstein in 1939 has become one of the hottest topics in physics
Physicists insist that information never vanishes, not even in black holes, but this “law” reflects wishful thinking
The surprise detection of a radio burst from a neutron star in our galaxy might reveal the origin of a bigger cosmological phenomenon