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Planet Formation? It's a Drag

The way worlds form from dust may also explain other phenomena throughout the universe—and right here on Earth

October 18, 2018 — Marcus Woo

The Unsolvable Problem

After a years-long intellectual journey, three mathematicians have discovered that a problem of central importance in physics is impossible to solve—and that means other big questions may be undecidable, too

October 9, 2018 — Toby S. Cubitt, David Pérez-García and Michael Wolf

Nobel in Physics for Controlling Laser Light

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland share the 2018 physics Nobel for their work with lasers that have led to numerous practical applications, such as eye surgery.

October 2, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Measure the Pressure

A weather-predicting science project from Science Buddies

September 27, 2018 — Science Buddies and Svenja Lohner

Antifreeze Surface Fights Ice with Ice

Patterning a surface with tiny stripes of ice prevents frost formation on the rest of the surface—a technique that could keep planes or roads frost-free. Christopher Intagliata reports.

September 25, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata

Pirates Needed Science, Too

On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here's an eye-patch-witness account of how science helps in all peg-leg walks of life, even piracy

September 19, 2018 — Steve Mirsky

Burning Man's Mathematical Underbelly

It’s mostly an art festival, but attendees are impressively fascinated with science and math

September 14, 2018 — Seth Stannard Cottrell and The Mathematical Intelligencer

When Neutron Stars Collide

Astrophysicists have gotten a better glimpse at what happens to crashing neutron stars by listening in on the electromagnetic echoes of the collision. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

September 7, 2018 — Christopher Intagliata