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Science

Essays and videos exploring physics, evolution, cosmology and other frontiers in science
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Future of technology

Is this the future of space travel? Take a luxury ‘cruise’ across the solar system

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Physics

A song of ice, fire and jelly – exploring the physics and history of the trumpet

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Quantum theory

We are not empty

The concept of the atomic void is one of the most repeated mistakes in popular science. Molecules are packed with stuff

Mario Barbatti

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Physics

A dreamy tribute to the music of Brian Eno, rendered in paint, soap and water

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Physics

Why does the Sun occasionally flash green as it eclipses the horizon?

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Physics

There’s a striking link between quantum and astronomic scales. What could it mean?

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Quantum theory

Untangling entanglement

Why does the quantum world behave in that strange, spooky way? Here’s our simple, four-step explanation (no magic needed)

Huw Price & Ken Wharton

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Biology

The key to geckos’ unrivalled climbing skills isn’t sticky feet. It’s subatomic

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Physics

Time is an object

Not a backdrop, an illusion or an emergent phenomenon, time has a physical size that can be measured in laboratories

Sara Walker & Lee Cronin

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Quantum theory

All is One

The ancient philosophy of monism and the physics of quantum entanglement agree: all that exists is one unified whole

Heinrich Päs

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Philosophy of mind

We may never settle the ‘free will’ debate, but tapping into it is still worthwhile

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Space exploration

What are you really seeing when you see magnificent images of space?

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History of science

Machina mundi

How medieval thinkers foreshadowed modern physics in investigating the character of machines, devices and forces

Henrik Lagerlund & Sylvain Roudaut

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Quantum theory

Why aren’t our everyday lives as ‘spooky’ as the quantum world?

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Space exploration

Burning ice, metal clouds, gemstone rain – tour the strangest known exoplanets

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Metaphysics

Bertrand Russell wanted to kill off causation. Can contemporary philosophy rescue it?

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Physics

The tangled tale of how physicists built a groundbreaking wormhole in a lab

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Biology

There’s no one way for an insect to fly, but they’re all amazing in close up and slo-mo

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Astronomy

Raw solar-storm footage is the punk-rock antidote to sleek James Webb imagery

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Physics

An interstellar voyage explores the ‘paradox’ of twins separated by light years

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Mathematics

Imaginary numbers are real

These odd values were long dismissed as bookkeeping. Now physicists are proving that they describe the hidden shape of nature

Karmela Padavic-Callaghan

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Physics

Spectacular fractal patterns emerge when electricity meets a wooden surface

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Metaphysics

To see the Universe more clearly, think in terms of processes, not objects

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Physics

This is not an animation: the spectacular sight of magnets meeting a metallic liquid

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