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Future Wet Suits Otter Be Warmer

Future wet suits with surface textures like the thick fur of otters that trap insulating air layers could keep tomorrow's divers warmer in icy waters. 

October 10, 2016 — Cynthia Graber

Do Einstein's Theories Explain Portals in Comics?

Could Superman’s punch send you through a wormhole? Scientific American editors discussed how general relativity relates to black holes, and wormholes, and Dr. Strange’s portals.

October 10, 2016 — Lydia Chain and Dyani Sabin

Are Category 6 Hurricanes Coming Soon?

Tropical cyclones like Irene are predicted to be more powerful this year, thanks to natural conditions, but researchers disagree on how to rate that intensity

October 8, 2016 — Jim W. Harper

Blinded by the Dark (Energy)

The path to understanding it begins with one question: Has it remained the same through the universe’s history? 

October 5, 2016 — Stephen Battersby and Nature

Nobel in Physics for Secrets of Exotic Matter

David J. Thouless, F. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz split the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.  

October 4, 2016 — Steve Mirsky