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Make a Black Hole

A spacetime science activity from Science Buddies

December 7, 2017 — Science Buddies and Ben Finio

Computers Learn to Use Sound to Find Ships

Researchers trained machine-learning algorithms to pinpoint the location of a cargo ship simply by eavesdropping on the sound of its passing. Christopher Intagliata reports.

December 5, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata

Inflating the Universe with Prize-Winning Cosmologist David Spergel

This year’s Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was awarded to the team behind NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe, or WMAP, a space telescope that launched in 2001 to map the cosmic microwave background—the earliest, oldest light we can detect from the universe’s infancy. The WMAP team will split the $3 million award, with its leaders receiving the largest shares. One of those leaders, WMAP’s chief theorist David Spergel, sat down to speak with Scientific American about WMAP’s science and its legacy. 

December 4, 2017 — Lydia Chain, Michael D. Lemonick and Lee Billings

Come On and Zoom (through the Universe)

Caleb Scharf, director of Columbia University’s Astrobiology Center talks about his latest book, The Zoomable Universe: An Epic Tour through Cosmic Scale, from Almost Everything to Almost Nothing, and the OSIRIS-REx space mission. 

November 11, 2017 — Caleb A. Scharf and Steve Mirsky

Nearby Exoplanets Invigorate the Search for E.T.

SETI pioneer Jill Tarter and Berkeley researcher Dan Werthimer talk about how the discovery of nearby exoplanets is inspiring new efforts to gain info about these galactic neighbors.   

November 7, 2017 — Steve Mirsky

Physics Phenomenon Reveals a Pyramid's Mystery

Scientists used muons, a by-product of cosmic rays, to image the interior of the Great Pyramid—and found a previously unknown space inside. Christopher Intagliata reports.

November 2, 2017 — Christopher Intagliata
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Think Outside the Gift Box