Is information the fifth form of matter?
The history of the Universe, as far back as we can see using a variety of tools and telescopes, out to the maximum present depth of SDSS. We are now […]
In theory, the fabric of space could have been curved in any way imaginable. So why is the Universe flat when we measure it?
Vera Rubin is shown here in 1974, analyzing data from different portions of a galaxy to ascertain its rotational properties. The discovery that the effects of gravity did not trace […]
After more than two decades of precision measurements, we've now reached the "gold standard" for how the pieces don't fit.
A comprehensive interdisciplinary paper removes any doubt that orcas don't belong in marine parks and zoos.
Representation matters. Meet five stellar women in physics who were unjustly denied their place in history. Nobel season is now over, with another year in the books of celebrating the scientists […]
This year’s prize represents not just a single example of brilliant work, but generations of advancements that led to it. Every year, the most prestigious prize in the most fundamental of […]
This large, fuzzy-looking galaxy is so diffuse that astronomers call it a “see-through” galaxy because they can clearly see distant galaxies behind it. The ghostly object, catalogued as NGC 1052-DF2, […]
How one researcher created a pirate bay for science more powerful than even libraries at top universities.
Throwback Thursday: How Dark Matter’s #1 Competitor Died The only way out is to modify the laws of gravity, and our best observations rule those modifications out. “The discrepancy between […]
In a recent Guardian profile, actor and playwright Sam Shepard declared that American culture is "on [its] way out," especially since so much of its industry has been off-shored.
When things don’t add up, it’s a great sign that something amazing is right around the corner. Every Thursday, we take an older post from the Starts With A Bang archives […]
Continuing a tradition I started last year, here’s a very personal, very subjective, “I can’t read everything, so I probably left out something, so mention it in the comments, OK?” […]
'Tis the season to be savvy. Here's a round-up of Big Thinkers' favorite tech ideas for simplifying - and beautifying - your holiday.
The second part of Eruptions readers' recollections of the historic May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.