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      Scientific American Space & Physics is a new publication that goes from quantum to cosmic with a roundup of the most important stories about the universe and beyond.
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      Physics: New Frontiers

      Science fiction has imagined some pretty wild ideas about how the universe could work – from hidden extra dimensions in Interstellar to life as a mental projection in The Matrix. But these imaginings seem downright tame compared with the mind-bending science now coming out of physics and astronomy, and in this eBook, we look at the strange and fascinating discoveries shaping (and reshaping) the field today.
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      July 18, 2011The Sciences

      Physicists Embrace the Splatter Master

      What is it about painter Jackson Pollock that physicists find so entrancing? His notorious drip paintings have earned the artist as many naysayers as admirers over the years, but within today's art community his genius is largely undisputed...
      January 23, 2013Health

      Action Plan: Making Brain-Controlled Prosthetics That Can Open a Clothespin

      Last year a group of researchers at Brown and Harvard universities reported on a study called Braingate, in which a paralyzed woman picked up a container of coffee with a robotic arm and drank from it through a straw, an action directed by electrical signals from her motor cortex.Brain-controlled interfaces have advanced dramatically during the past decade...
      July 23, 2012The Sciences

      American Astronaut Sally Ride Dies at 61

      Sally Ride, the first U.S. woman in space, died today at age 61, according to the Web site of her science-education company, Sally Ride Science. The cause was pancreatic cancer.Ride was born May 26, 1951, in Los Angeles and attended Stanford University, where she received bachelor’s degrees in physics and English, as well as master’s and doctoral degrees in physics, according to her NASA bio...
      February 11, 2009Tech

      Walkabout: Teaching robots to travel on land and sand

      Robots must be programmed to perform many of the tasks that living things take for granted—like, say walking from a hard surface onto a sandy one (such as stepping off a boardwalk onto the beach)...
      November 17, 2013But Not Simpler

      Save Yourself From The Zombie Apocalypse By Turning Your Home Into A Biolab

      Do you use a gun, a sword, a series of elaborate traps involving wild animals, or something else to defeat the zombie horde at your door? Whatever your weapon of choice, I think the great zombie weapon debate misses a crucial point–to even think about battling zombies, you first have to prevent becoming one...
      December 31, 2011Sustainability

      Most Popular #SciAmBlogs Posts of 2011

      OK, this is totally unscientific. On July 5th we launched the new network. Blogs that launched on that day only had about six months to publish posts, get subscribers to the feed, get noticed, get traffic...
      July 9, 2012The Sciences

      ScienceOnline2012 interview with Kaitlin Vandemark

      Every year I ask some of the attendees of the ScienceOnline conferences to tell me (and my readers) more about themselves, their careers, current projects and their views on the use of the Web in science, science education or science communication...
      October 12, 2015Arts & Culture

      The Cast of Manh(a)ttan Gears Up for an Explosive Season 2

      Chances are you missed WGN America’s critically acclaimed (and Emmy-nominated) new series Manh(a)ttan when it debuted last summer. Lots of people missed it, and that’s a shame, because it is a beautifully written and acted drama set in the earliest days of the Manhattan Project, bringing that era to vivid life.Fortunately, the series beat the odds when the network renewed it for a second season, which begins Tuesday, October 13, at 9 p.m...
      January 1, 2020Physics

      Quantum Slits Open New Doors

      An update to the classic “double-slit” experiment paves the way toward a novel strategy for quantum computing
      February 1, 2021Physics

      The Cosmological Constant Is Physics’ Most Embarrassing Problem

      Physicists have new ideas about why the energy of empty space is so much weaker than it is predicted to be
      January 1, 2017Space

      Tangled Up in Spacetime

      The collaborative project “It from Qubit” is investigating whether space and time sprang from the quantum entanglement of tiny bits of information
      July 1, 2021Physics

      Plasma Particle Accelerators Could Find New Physics

      The next big collider will likely rely on novel technology
      January 10, 2007The Sciences

      The Inevitability Of Cancer's Commonality; and High School Math Whiz

      In this episode, author and journalist Carl Zimmer talks about his Scientific American article Evolved For Cancer?, which looks at how natural selection has led to what appears to be an inevitable tendency for human beings to develop the disease...
      July 1, 2005The Sciences

      The Mysteries of Mass

      Physicists are hunting for an elusive particle that would reveal the presence of a new kind of field that permeates all of reality. Finding that Higgs field will give us a more complete understanding about how the universe works...
      April 1, 2019

      Quantum Gravity in the Lab

      Physicists attempting to unify the theories of  gravity and quantum mechanics have long thought practical experiments were out of reach, but new proposals offer a chance to test the quantum nature of gravity on a tabletop...
      September 5, 2012The Sciences

      Theories, models and the future of science

      Last year's Nobel Prize for physics was awarded to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess for their discovery of an accelerating universe, a finding leading to the startling postulate that 75% of our universe contains a hitherto unknown entity called dark energy...
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