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Ashley Mackenzie for Quanta Magazine In 1995, while he was a graduate student at McGill University in Montreal, the biomedical scientist Peter Friedl saw something so startling it kept him awake for several nights. Coordinated..
You don’t want to sail on a research vessel. After all, it’s meant for science, not comfort. Cramped quarters, sparse amenities, lots of cables and stuff everywhere. But America’s newest, fanciest research vessel, the Sally..
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The Voorhes Epoxies date back to the 1930s, when a Swiss researcher was experimenting with materials to use in making dentures. Since then, these versatile compounds have served as adhesives, coatings, and structural resins in..
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There’s a lot happening at the start of an Olympic BMX race. Athletes begin at the top of a ramp, which they descend while pedaling and being pulled by gravity. At the end of the..
[embedded content] Isn’t it great when people get together to reasonably discuss ideas? Sadly, this recent Australian Broadcasting Corporation1 clip isn’t that. It features highlights of a climate change conversation between physicist Brian Cox and..
In every Olympic event, officials try to keep things is as fair as possible. In track, this means making sure runners cover the same distance. Short distances make this easy–simply paint a perpendicular line across..
Getty Images Physics at its best brings the world together. Its power is that a single simple framework can describe wildly different systems. But even the greatest descriptive equations reach their limits sometimes. Soap bubbles..