In the shadow of the Large Hadron Collider, six teams are competing to answer one of the universe’s deepest existential questions
A spinning science activity
New results suggest free-floating giant planets are less common than previously believed, but hint at vast numbers of smaller castaway worlds
Researchers create a bizarre effect once thought to only occur in intense gravitational fields
Topological effects might be hiding inside perfectly ordinary materials, waiting to reveal bizarre new particles or bolster quantum computing
Scientists aren’t yet certain that electrons and their relatives are violating the Standard Model of particle physics, but the evidence is mounting
The hunt for the missing flight MH370 plane maps a largely unexplored part of the Indian Ocean's seafloor
A kitchen science project
A laboratory buried nearly a mile beneath South Dakota is at the forefront of a global push for subterranean science
The discovery could offer fresh insight into how fundamental forces bind together subatomic particles
A hidden population of black holes born less than one second after the big bang could solve the mystery of dark matter
Whether lightning rods should have rounded or pointy ends became a point of contention between rebellious Americans and King George III.
A dense science project
Quantum bits, aka qubits, can simultaneously encode 0 and 1. But multicolored photons could enable even more states to exist at the same time, ramping up computing power. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Physicists have exploited the laws of quantum mechanics to send information without transmitting a signal. But have they, really?
Researchers designed an antireflective coating for smartphone screens, with inspiration from the bumpy eyes of moths. Christopher Intagliata reports.
A team of physicists has revealed why rolling suitcases start rocking from wheel to wheel—and how to avoid that frustrating phenomenon. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Researchers built silver–zinc batteries that can bend and stretch—meaning they could be more elegantly integrated into future wearable devices. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Machine learning is crucial to staying ahead of hackers trying to break into at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider’s (LHC) massive worldwide computing grid
Results from the Micius satellite test quantum entanglement, pointing the way toward hack-proof global communications—and a new space race