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What "Interstellar" Gets Wrong about Interstellar Travel

Christopher Nolan’s new film, Interstellar, is a near-future tale of astronauts departing a dying Earth to travel to Saturn, then through a wormhole to another galaxy, all in search of somewhere else humanity could call home.

November 12, 2014 — Lee Billings
Physics Week in Review: September 27, 2014

Physics Week in Review: September 27, 2014

The big physics news this week was the announcement of the long-awaited results from the Planck missions — and the news is not good for the BICEP2 collaboration: the Study Confirmed Criticism of BICEP2′s original Big Bang Finding.  They may have had space dust in their eyes.

September 27, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
How to See a Black Hole: Introducing Dark Star Diaries

How to See a Black Hole: Introducing Dark Star Diaries

The image you see here is a computer-generated model of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, which we call Sagittarius A*. More precisely, it is a model of the "shadow" that Sagittarius A*, with its mass of four million suns, should cast.

March 27, 2014 — Seth Fletcher
Physics envy: The last emotion you ever want to feel

Physics envy: The last emotion you ever want to feel

This is a guest post by my friend Pinkesh Patel, a data scientist at Facebook. Pinkesh has a PhD in physics from Caltech during which he worked on LIGO, the gravitational wave detector.

April 3, 2014 — Ashutosh Jogalekar
The Fingerprints the Higgs Leaves Behind

The Fingerprints the Higgs Leaves Behind

Tomorrow, the Nobel prize in physics will most likely be awarded to Peter Higgs and Francois Englert. Along with other researchers, the two physicists are credited with the 1964 introduction of the then-theoretical Higgs field—a fluid that permeates every corner of the universe and gives each particle a distinct mass.

October 7, 2013 — Rachel Feltman

Physics Week in Review: November 1, 2014

Hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween festivities. Here’s a few other related links: The ghostly glow of St. Elmo’s fire: it works the same way that a neon light glows.  The Levitating Halloween Pumpkin with a superconductor inside.  Bonus: More Conceptual Physics Halloween Costumes.This year, go out as The Holographic Principle!

November 1, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette
Manh(a)ttan Recap: An Appetite for Self-Destruction [SPOILERS]

Manh(a)ttan Recap: An Appetite for Self-Destruction [SPOILERS]

The residents of the Los Alamos base camp receive a special visitor in this week’s episode of Manh(a)ttan — none other than Niels Bohr, he of the infamous model of the atom and one of the unquestioned giants of 20th century physics.

August 18, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette

Physics Week in Review: August 2, 2014

Looking for a few good popular math books? In the latest New York Times Book Review, I look at five terrific recent ones: Jordan Ellenberg's How Not to Be Wrong, David J.

August 2, 2014 — Jennifer Ouellette