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Testing the Physics of BB-8
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Though it's spoiler-free, if you still haven't seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you may want to click away from this post and go take some quiet time to reflect on your life choices. I've uploaded very short clips from the first 30 minutes or so of the... more

May the Fourth Be With You!
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Happy "Star Wars Day" from PhysicsCentral! In a case of seriously excellent timing, the European Southern Observatory recently released a photo of their telescope being calibrated. Is it just us, or does it look suspiciously familiar?At the ESO's Panaral... more

New Developments in the Quest for Metallic Hydrogen
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
Scientists have recently added key details to a kind of map that could lead to the ultimate prize in high pressure physics: the creation of metallic hydrogen.Hydrogen is number one on the periodic table. It’s the simplest, lightest, most abundant element... more

Like Parent, Like Child
Friday, April 29, 2016
In honor of yesterday's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, here is a look at some important scientific advancements made by parent-child collaborations. Just imagine the dinner conversations… *Please note that each person mentioned is an estee... more

Star-chaeology: The Next (Stellar) Generation
Thursday, April 28, 2016
“We are looking back in time by simply studying the grandfathers and all our stellar ancestors.” Dr. Anna Frebel is an Assistant Professor of Physics at MIT and the author of Searching for the Oldest Stars, and she looks for and studies stars that are al... more

Studying Dark Energy...With Light
Monday, April 25, 2016
The universe is teeming with galaxies, but gravity distorts our view of them. Astrophysicists with the ongoing Dark Energy Survey have now collected giant catalogs of the distorted shapes of 24 million distant galaxies, making it possible to probe the un... more

Questions to Consider on Earth Day
Friday, April 22, 2016
“For most of human history we have searched for our place in the cosmos. Who are we? What are we? We find that we inhabit an insignificant planet of a hum-drum star lost in a galaxy tucked away in some forgotten corner of a universe in which there are fa... more