In a Parallel Universe, Another You

This essay is part of a series called The Big Ideas, in which writers respond to a single question: What is reality? You can read more by visiting The Big Ideas series page. When I was 8 years old, a revelation forever changed my life. The year was 1955, and newspaper headlines announced the death … Read more

What’s Inside The Squid Cube?

In a containment lab in Wellington, New Zealand, Kat Bolstad considered the squid cube. It was the size of a keg and had been frozen solid since January, when it was hauled up during a research trawl in fishing grounds to the east of the country. The squid cube was not a cube of squids … Read more

Quantum sensor can detect electromagnetic signals of any frequency

MIT researchers have developed a method to enable quantum sensors to detect any arbitrary frequency, with no loss of their ability to measure nanometer-scale features. Quantum sensors detect the most minute variations in magnetic or electrical fields, but until now they have only been capable of detecting a few specific frequencies, limiting their usefulness. Credit: … Read more

Robotic lightning bugs take flight | MIT News

Fireflies that light up dusky backyards on warm summer evenings use their luminescence for communication – to attract a mate, ward off predators, or lure prey. These glimmering bugs also sparked the inspiration of scientists at MIT. Taking a cue from nature, they built electroluminescent soft artificial muscles for flying, insect-scale robots. The tiny artificial … Read more

How does arsenic kill? | Live Science

Arsenic rose to infamy centuries ago as a nearly odorless, tasteless poison that was often used by and against the ruling classes in Europe during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. But what is the history of arsenic poisoning, and how does it kill? It turns out, an element that’s vital to life also plays … Read more

The James Webb Space Telescope is finally ready to do science

This article was originally published at The Conversation. (opens in new tab) The publication contributed the article to Space.com’s Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Marcia Rieke (opens in new tab)Regents Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona NASA is scheduled to release the first images taken by the James Webb Space Telescope on July 12, 2022. … Read more

BepiColombo lines up for second Mercury flyby

Science & Exploration 20/06/2022 3523 views 73 likes The ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission is gearing up for its second close flyby of Mercury on 23 June. ESA’s spacecraft operation team is guiding BepiColombo through six gravity assists of the planet before entering orbit around it in 2025. Like its first encounter last year, this week’s flyby … Read more

Animals grew back faster and smarter after mass extinction

The diversification of the saurichthyiform fishes (“lizard fish”) in the Middle Triassic of South China (eastern paleo-Tethys), reflecting the establishment of a complexly tiered marine ecosystem (or marine fish communities) with intensive predator-prey interactions along the food chains. Credit: Feixiang Wu Paleontologists in the UK and China have shown that the natural world bounced back … Read more