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The Atlantic

A Cold War Among Cosmologists Turns Hot

Two camps of theorists are bickering in public—with one saying the others’ ideas don’t even qualify as science.

Physics + Astronomy

Quanta Magazine

Exoplanet Puzzle Cracked by Jazz Musicians

A system of seven Earth-like exoplanets appeared to be unstable. Now their orbits have been rewritten in the music of the spheres.

Physics + Astronomy

Science Magazine

UV light could easily kill microbial stowaways to Mars

Physics + Astronomy

The Atlantic

How Dams Risk Poisoning Indigenous Diets

A new hydroelectric facility in Canada could push dangerous amounts of methylmercury into communities that rely on seafood.

Life Science // Chemistry

Undark

To Address Flooding in Miami, the Best Way Forward Might be Back

For a flood-prone neighborhood on the front lines of climate change, officials are looking to nature for solutions.

Environmental Science // Multimedia

Quanta Magazine

Strange Dark Galaxy Puzzles Astrophysicists

The surprising discovery of a massive, Milky Way-size galaxy that is made of 99.99 percent dark matter has astronomers dreaming up new ideas about how galaxies form.

Physics + Astronomy

Smithsonian Mag

Why the universe needs more black and Latino Astronomers

Astronomy has one of the worst diversity rates of any scientific field. This Harvard program is trying to change that.

Physics + Astronomy

Quanta Magazine

Tiny Tests Seek the Universe’s Big Mysteries

Huge supercolliders aren’t the only way to search for new physical phenomena. A new generation of experiments that can fit on a tabletop are probing the nature of dark matter and dark energy and searching for evidence of extra dimensions.

Physics + Astronomy

Smithsonian Mag

Stephen Hawking on Why Black Holes are Worthy of Your Consideration

A new Harvard-Smithsonian initiative will delve into places in the universe where spacetime sags around massive objects.

Physics + Astronomy

The Atlantic

Clouds Might Ruin Our Chance to Spot Extraterrestrial Life

And not the ones in Earth's skies.

Physics + Astronomy

The Wall Street Journal

The Answer at the End of the Universe: Review of John Gribbin's "13.8"

Until recently, the most careful measurements dated some stars to before the universe began.

Physics + Astronomy

Hakai Magazine

A New Algorithm Offers the Possibility of Faster Tsunami Warnings

Shaving crucial minutes off the time it takes to send tsunami warnings would give people more time to evacuate.

Earth Science

The Atlantic

The Birds That Spend All Winter Practicing Love Songs

Some species work on their beach body. Others work on their pipes.

Animal Behavior

Smithsonian Mag

Army Ants Act Like Algorithms to Make Deliveries More Efficient

The marauding ants know just where to place living bridges to create shortcuts without sacrificing their food gathering prowess.

Animal Behavior

The Atlantic

What If History’s Brightest Supernova Exploded In Earth’s Backyard?

A thought experiment.

Physics + Astronomy

New Scientist

Seal fur and Arctic bacteria leach toxic mercury into waters

Environmental Science // Animal Behavior

New Scientist

Star Wars universe passes real-world test for alien head count

Culture // Physics + Astronomy

New Scientist

Megatsunami 170 metres high once smashed into Cape Verde

Environmental Science