Enormous ‘rogue waves’ can appear out of nowhere. Math is revealing their secrets.

Once considered a maritime myth, these towering waves can pose serious risks to ships in the…

Scientists make the first detection of exotic “X” particles in a quark-gluon plasma

The findings could redefine the kinds of particles that were abundant in the early universe. In…

Did scientists really quantum entangle tardigrades?

Physicists dismiss claim that the first multicellular organism has been entangled with a qubit. But what…

One of nature’s key constants is much larger in a quantum material

The fine-structure constant is 10 times its normal value in the material, giving a peek at…

Our Universe may have a fifth dimension that would change everything we know about physics

What else could there be beyond the three dimensions of space and one of time? And…

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2021

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2021 was awarded “for groundbreaking contributions to our understanding of complex…

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2021 was awarded jointly to Benjamin List and David W.C. MacMillan…

Thank the Babylonians, not Pythagoras, for trigonometry

Most every kid learns a² + b² = c² in math. Pythagoras, right? Wrong. Babylonians used…

The Math of a Crumpled Piece of Paper Is Insanely Important.

Your balled-up receipt contains multitudes.  Mathematicians at Harvard University recently discovered paper crumples in some surprisingly predictable patterns. …

Why Heron’s Aeolipile Is One of History’s Greatest Forgotten Machines

Nearly 1,800 years before the start of the Industrial Revolution, an ancient engineer by the name…