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Intel Upgrades Stephen Hawking's Portal to the World

Movie audiences who went to theaters this fall to see The Theory of Everything got a glimpse of the challenges physicist Stephen Hawking has overcome to deliver his groundbreaking insights into the nature of black holes, space and time...

December 2, 2014 — Larry Greenemeier
Gravitational Waves at the Beginning of Everything

Gravitational Waves at the Beginning of Everything

Scientists from the Center for Astrophysics have found evidence of gravitational waves created mere moments after the dawn of the universe. These waves were created in a period of rapid expansion called cosmic inflation...

March 18, 2014

Is Our Universe a Hologram?

We take for granted that we exist as 3-D beings in a 3-D universe, but physicists suggest that our world is just the projection of a reality written in 2-D. Scientific American editor Michael Moyer explains...

March 5, 2014

Science in the Abstract: Don't Judge a Study by its Cover

A competition for attention lies at the heart of the scientific enterprise. And the abstract is its “blurb.” A scientific abstract is a summary used to attract readers to an article and to get a piece of research accepted for a conference presentation...

May 12, 2014 — Hilda Bastian
The Expanding Earth

The Expanding Earth

The prevailing geological model of the early 19th century was characterized by an almost static earth, maybe slowly cooling and shrinking, until the molten interior would eventually be completely frozen and solidified...

May 12, 2014 — David Bressan
Amazing Animation Meets Mouse Genetics

Amazing Animation Meets Mouse Genetics

This week’s video comes to us from Joanne Manaster‘s post over at PsiVid. According to Joanne: How does a mouse build a burrow, and do genes help control this behavior?

May 6, 2014 — Carin Bondar

Heads Up! Thirteen Years Of Asteroid Impacts On Earth

Since the Chelyabinsk event in early 2013, when a brilliant meteor fireball streaked across Russian skies and exploded with the energy of thirty Hiroshima bombs, humans have paid slightly more attention to the potential danger of asteroids than before...

April 23, 2014 — Caleb A. Scharf

Shocked Physicist Learns His Big Bang Theory Is True [Video]

Few people were as thrilled with the big physics news today as physicist Andrei Linde. One of the main authors of inflation theory--the idea that the universe expanded incredibly rapidly just after it was born in the big bang--Linde has reason to be excited...

March 17, 2014 — Clara Moskowitz
Astrophysics, Citizen Science and the Google Science Fair

Astrophysics, Citizen Science and the Google Science Fair

Find out why Oxford University astrophysicist and founder of The Zooniverse Chris Lintott believes that humanity’s ability to be “deliciously distractable” is a creative engine powering the benefits of citizen science for discovery–and how, if you are a researcher, you might like to “play with your phyiscs.” With Google Student Ambassador Hanne Paine, we had [...]..

March 7, 2014 — Mariette DiChristina
Why the Moon Looks Different in Winter [Video]

Why the Moon Looks Different in Winter [Video]

As we steel ourselves against the cold and curse the polar vortex for bringing these bitter winds upon us, its helpful to remember that winter can also be a magical time of fluttering snowflakes and beautiful evening skies...

January 8, 2014 — Roni Jacobson
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Scientific American Health & Medicine