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
A swimming science project
Scientists flag unexpected behavior by “charm” quarks produced at Brookhaven National Laboratory
Scientists employ ‘gravitational lensing’ to measure the mass of a white dwarf
Space agency takes a hard look at plans for its next big space observatory
Once thought to be a “supervoid” this anomalously cold region of the sky mystifies scientists, who continue to develop wild new explanations
A heat-trapping science project
New results from the gravitational wave observatory hint that black holes move in mysterious ways
Findings could improve scanning of proteins, viruses and bacteria
Verizon’s director of network planning, Sanyogita Shamsunder, talks with Scientific American's Larry Greenemeier about the coming 5G and EM-spectrum-based communications in general.
A new study sheds light on how damaging black holes can be to the habitability of planets throughout the Milky Way and the universe
Most of the Milky Way’s antimatter may come from the explosive collisions of white dwarf stars