Feb 18, 2014 — The relationships between big and small, near and far, then and now can be perplexing. Commentator Adam Frank says you can bring it all into focus by spending a little quality time with your toilet.
Feb 5, 2014 — Stephen Hawking wants to do away with black holes (as we know them) so he can save the two pillars of modern physics: general relativity and quantum mechanics. At stake is our understanding of the nature of space and time, and how matter affects, and is affected by, both.
Nov 26, 2013 — So you know how, if someone comes by and taps the top of your open beer bottle, a volcano of brewski will explode? Well, it turns out that the physics involved are the same as what causes an atomic bomb to form a mushroom cloud. A scientist explains how it works.
Nov 22, 2013 — What is a brain but a cloud of elementary particles? If that's the case, then isn't the world a just figment, an image or a confabulation? Commentator Alva NoŽ asks if our world, the world described by science, is any more real than the stories in the Bible.
Oct 22, 2013 — You'll get wet if you are out in the rain; that's a given. Will running through the rain get you wetter, or will it save you from a few drops? MinutePhysics illustrates the answer in this entertaining video.
Sep 29, 2013 — Can everything that happens in the universe (like the working of your mind) be understood merely as an expression of interactions at the level of elementary particles? Astrophysicist Adam Frank doesn't think so. He's skeptical of reductionism and takes heart from a new theory that sees cause-and-effect flowing both ways.
Sep 13, 2013 — We find ourselves drawn to the belief that physics alone investigates the basis of the universe, reality as it really is, beyond parochial human interests and values. Alva NoŽ asks if we can actually accept this, or if there is more to the universe than the particles and fields of physics.
Aug 28, 2013 — Boiling the Universe down to its essence is an age-old dream. But does the notion that we can sum up everything in a single, hopefully elegant, theory make sense? Physicist Marcelo Gleiser doesn't think so, saying that the very idea of a final theory clashes with the essential premise of science.
Aug 21, 2013 — It's time to reconsider the grand quest for "unification" in modern physics, says commentator Marcelo Gleiser. Our unrelenting search for symmetry and perfection in the natural world leaves us blind to data that seems to depict an imperfect and asymmetric Universe.
Aug 9, 2013 — A gap persists in high school physics. A new study finds that girls are more likely to take physics if they see women in their communities working in science, technology, engineering and math.