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The Supercool Materials That Send Heat to Space

Paints, plastics and even wood can be engineered to stay cool in direct sunlight—but their role in displacing power-hungry air conditioners remains unclear

February 17, 2020 — XiaoZhi Lim and Nature magazine

When Einstein Was Bohemian

His brief sojourn in Prague saw him working on early versions of general relativity and engaging with writers, philosophers and politicians

February 11, 2020 — Michael D. Gordin | Opinion

Fingering Fake Whiskeys with Isotopes

Whiskeys claimed to be from the 19th century are revealed to be made with much more recently grown barley, thanks to the unique isotopic fingerprint of the nuclear-testing era.  

February 6, 2020 — Eliene Augenbraun

How to Make a Mass Extinction

Journalist and author Peter Brannen talks about his book The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions ...

January 30, 2020 — Steve Mirsky
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