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Q&A: What Does Space Smell Like?

Q&A: What Does Space Smell Like?

A whiff of the final frontier.

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Q&A: What is the Higgs Boson?

Q&A: What is the Higgs Boson?

The science behind the “God particle.”

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One of the Many Quirks of Quantum

One of the Many Quirks of Quantum

Yale Professors Jack Harris and Leonid Glazman developed a new detector to settle a decades-old debate about the existence and nature of non-dissipating quantum currents.

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Will a Magnetic Pole Shift Mean the End of the World?

Will a Magnetic Pole Shift Mean the End of the World?

Why a sudden reversal of your compass to point South is part of a natural phenomenon.

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Molecular Mixology

Molecular Mixology

In recent years, molecular gastronomy has been expanded to produce the sister field of molecular mixology, which applies science to the creation of decadent avant-garde drinks.

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Book Review: The 2012 Black Hole Killer

Book Review: The 2012 Black Hole Killer

As the world anxiously awaits the supposed apocalypse on December 21, 2012, Arthur T. White provides his own spin on the doomsday theories in his novel, The 2012 Black Hole Killer.

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The Physics of Cat Tongues

The Physics of Cat Tongues

High-speed imaging technology reveals that there’s more to cats’ lapping than meets the eye: felines use inertia and liquid adhesion to draw vertical columns of water into their mouths.

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Why is uranium used in nuclear bombs?

Why is uranium used in nuclear bombs?

In 1934, a team led by Italian scientist Enrico Fermi began bombarding uranium atoms with neutrons, producing much smaller atoms, such as barium, and some neutrons. This process came to be known as nuclear fission.

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Paint Drying: A Stressful Process

Paint Drying: A Stressful Process

Members of Professor Eric Dufresne’s laboratory are studying the mechanical forces generated by crawling cells and have related these forces to those generated when paint dries, helping to build a greater understanding of the dynamics of soft materials.

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Physics Chair Forges Ahead

Physics Chair Forges Ahead

The Alder Women’s Board recently recognized Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics & Astronomy and the Department Chair of Physics, with the Women in Space Science Award. Previous awardees include elite women scientists, such as former NASA Spacecraft Commander

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