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Laniakea: Our Home Supercluster

Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But where does one end and another begin? And where are we in the picture?...

December 21, 2015 — Nature Video

Why This Refugee Farmer Left His Land

Farming is becoming ever more difficult on lands that are getting hotter and drier.

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December 17, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun

Why We Live in a Cloud of Microbes

Pets and people shed clouds of microbes as unique and personal as their fingerprints, but the clouds can change over time.

November 30, 2015 — Jack Penland and Christopher Intagliata

The Pigeon, the Antenna and Me: Robert Wilson

Radioastronomer Robert Wilson recalls a pair of pigeons who almost thwarted the discovery of cosmic background radiation. Wilson’s discovery—“the echo of the big bang”—earned him a share of the 1978 Nobel Prize in Physics...

October 21, 2015 — Nature Video

One Photon's Journey: Saul Perlmutter

This is the story of the evolution of life on earth during one photon’s journey across the universe. Told by Saul Perlmutter who shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe...

October 14, 2015 — Nature Video

Fluorescence Is a State of Mind: Stefan Hell

How to break a fundamental law of physics and win a Nobel Prize to boot. Stefan Hell explains super-resolved fluorescence microscopy for which he shared the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry...

October 7, 2015 — Nature Video

General Relativity at the Beach

A hammock turns out to be the perfect place to contemplate spacetime, especially if you happen to have some coconuts

September 8, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Clara Moskowitz

The Science of Online Dating

Looking to get ahead in the online dating world? Science has evidence for some surprising tips.—Eliene Augenbraun, Christopher Intagliata

June 11, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Christopher Intagliata

High Heels, High Risk

Shoe-related dangers lurk underfoot. The rate of high heel–related injuries doubled over a 10-year period, and most of those injuries happened in a place you might not expect.

June 7, 2015

Genes Orchestrate Musical Ability

It might take practice to get to Carnegie Hall but scientists found that it takes a set of dozens of genes in the brain working together to make that practice pay off.

June 2, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun, Karen Hopkin and Benjamin Meyers
The U.S.'s Quietest Places

The U.S.'s Quietest Places

If you are looking for some quiet zones in America, then this map is for you. National Park Service researchers recorded and mapped ambient sound from all over the country. 

May 29, 2015

Scientific American Presents a Beetle Curator

Max Barclay curates insects at London's Museum of Natural History. He discovered the only known beetles collected by the famed 19th century explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, in a dusty old box...

May 22, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Mariette DiChristina

When Black Holes Collide

When supermassive black holes run into each other, the fabric of space and time gets a little bit wrinkled.

May 21, 2015 — Eliene Augenbraun and Clara Moskowitz
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