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Are we alone?

Are we alone?

  If aliens ever sent us a message, scientists hope to pick it up in a remote part of northern California.   There, in a clearing nestled amid the volcanoes of the Cascade Range, 42 radio dishes point together at the sky. The dishes, each 20 feet across, form a [Read More]

Worlds beyond the solar system

Worlds beyond the solar system

Once upon a time — about 20 years ago — kids in school learned about nine planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The Nine orbited the sun, and they were the only planets that mattered. Any others existed in the imagination of [Read More]

8 Ways Scientists Look at—But Don’t Yet See—Dark Matter

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8 Ways Scientists Look at—But Don’t Yet See—Dark Matter

The hunt for dark matter is on, and scientists are looking for the mysterious stuff on Earth and in space. I wrote about recent efforts to detect dark matter for the July-August 2009 issue of Discover magazine. Read the article here. [Read More]

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Mussels photo galleries

Mussels photo galleries

Please be sure to view the full-screen version of the gallery using the button on the upper left-hand side. Please be [Read More]

The Endgame of Ruby Knuckles

The Endgame of Ruby Knuckles

This story was first published in Arcadia magazine in 2011.  That Sunday morning, I was not full of the Holy Ghost. I [Read More]

Star Trek technology becomes more science than fiction

Star Trek technology becomes more science than fiction

Fifty years ago, the first episode of Star Trek aired. It started as a quirky science-fiction television show that [Read More]

The Riddle of Bacteria and Cancer

The Riddle of Bacteria and Cancer

The human body teems with bacteria. These micro-organisms live on the skin, in mucus membranes, on the eyes and in the [Read More]

The wild weirdness of topological insulators

The wild weirdness of topological insulators

For more than 200 years, physicists have wanted to understand why electricity flows through some materials and not [Read More]

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