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Wormholes May Save Physics From Black Hole Infernos

Wormholes May Save Physics From Black Hole Infernos

Are black holes surrounded by walls of fire? Does this imply that one (or more) of our most cherished physical principles—and here I’m talking about biggies like quantum theory, the conservation of information or Einstein’s equivalence principle—is wrong?...

August 23, 2013 — Michael Moyer
Does My BMI Make Me Look Fat?

Does My BMI Make Me Look Fat?

Not all fat people are metabolically equal. And a simple number like the body mass index (or BMI) does not take that key fact into account.

August 22, 2013 — Christine Gorman
Previously Unknown Mammal Spent Decades Hiding in Plain Sight

Previously Unknown Mammal Spent Decades Hiding in Plain Sight

As fans of the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation know, skulls and teeth can provide excellent forensic clues. Yet any taxonomist will tell you that hard-boiled detectives and forensic scientists are far from the only ones to appreciate the investigative powers of craniums and pearly whites...

August 20, 2013 — Arielle Duhaime-Ross
More Solar Panels at the White House

More Solar Panels at the White House

The Washington Post‘s indefatigable Juliet Eilperin got an unnamed official at the White House to confirm that solar panels are being reinstalled at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this week—fulfilling a promise made by the Obama administration three years ago...

August 15, 2013 — David Biello
We Could Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Real

We Could Make Elon Musk’s Hyperloop Real

At some point cloaked in the (recent) mists of time, Elon Musk took over the mantle of leading U.S. visionary, as is the prerogative apparently of our technology billionaires.

August 14, 2013 — David Biello

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