Penitentes are nature’s ice sculptures: snowy pillars that form high in the Andean glaciers, where the air is particularly dry. Now physicists have figured out not only how these pillars form, but also why they tend to form at preferred spacings between columns.
A recent proposed microbe experiment based on Schrödinger’s counter-intuitive theory would have a scale so small as to be almost meaningless, and other challenges such as consciousness also come into play
You’re gonna have to do some prep work for this one: go print out a bunch of pictures of dogs, preferably on cardstock. If you don’t have any dogs of your own, feel free to go creep my Instagram and use mine. They are quite photogenic.
For nearly 40 years, paleontologists have argued over what really killed the dinosaurs. Was it an massive asteroid impact, or a spate of volcanic eruptions? Or what if a powerful impact ignited volcanoes, walloping Earth’s biosphere with a deadly 1-2 punch?
It’s fascinating to reflect on the different stories that philosophers have told themselves at different times about our profession’s history. For these stories have never ceased to change. “He whose mouth…
There are two types of people in this world: Those who appreciate puns, and those who do not. Actually there’s a third type of person: The person who laughs uncontrollably at said pun, talks about the pun relentlessly, then texts you the pun again later along with alternate puns. That person is me.
I'm a science writer and now a senior science editor at Gizmodo. I am also the author of several popular science books for general readers. Most recent books: "Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self," coming out January 28, 2014, and "The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" (2010).
Married to +Sean Carroll (affectionately known as the Time Lord). Black belt in jujitsu (although I no longer practice). Ran a program for two years matching scientists with writers, producers and directors in Hollywood, for the National Academy of Sciences. Dedicated to stamping out the notion of "two cultures": science is as much a part of creative human endeavor as the arts. I make a mean pad thai. Also orange/cranberry scones. Quite possibly first and only person to utter the phrase "negative index of refraction" on late-night TV (Craig Ferguson).
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