Bugging Out, Science, Science / Physics and Math The Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Material—Made by Bacteria A good kind of chaotic, as it happens. When the researchers tested the strength of each lattice, the Type IV…

Hang Time, Science, Science / Physics and Math Researchers Levitated a Small Tray Using Nothing but Light Their simulations estimated that a 6-centimeter plate could carry 10 milligrams of cargo in the mesosphere under natural sunlight. Ten…

Dot Physics, Science, Science / Physics and Math How to Use Your Speedometer to Figure Out Where Your Car Is Let’s imagine that you are in a car with no windows. I know that’s crazy, but just hold on. Although…

Busy Beavers, Science, Science / Physics and Math Super Slow Computer Programs Reveal Math’s Fundamental Limits Programmers normally want to minimize the time their code takes to execute. But in 1962, the Hungarian mathematician Tibor Radó…

Rock On, Science, Science / Physics and Math Geometry Reveals How the World Is Made of Cubes At first, “everything seemed to work,” Jerolmack said. Domokos’ mathematics had predicted that rock shards should average out to cubes….

Odd Perfect Numbers, Science, Science / Physics and Math Mathematicians Open a New Front on an Ancient Number Problem As a high school student in the mid-1990s, Pace Nielsen encountered a mathematical question that he’s still struggling with to…

Science, Science / Physics and Math Astronomers Are Uncovering the Magnetic Soul of the Universe Anytime astronomers figure out a new way of looking for magnetic fields in ever more remote regions of the cosmos,…

Science, Science / Physics and Math Build Your Own Pinhole Videocam! Admittedly, it’s a very dim image. If there’s any other light leaking into your device, you won’t even be able…

Science / Physics and Math ‘Common Sense’ Is No Substitute for Science in a Pandemic In his daily coronavirus briefings, President Trump regularly touts the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as possibly one of the “biggest game-changers…

Science, Science / Physics and Math The New Math Bridge Beyond Fermat’s Last Theorem When Andrew Wiles proved Fermat’s Last Theorem in the early 1990s, his proof was hailed as a monumental step forward…