The story of the SETI discussions during the discovery of pulsars has never been fully told—until now
Analysts believe that insurgents in Afghanistan form similar networks to street gangs in the US. So the software for analysing these networks abroad ought to work just as well at home, say military researchers
Einstein railed against the possibility of spooky action at a distance because it violates relativity. Now Chinese physicists have clocked it travelling more than four orders of magnitude faster than light
Larry Page’s dream of making it possible to search every book ever published is revived by a court ruling on copyright.
Cheap, simple water filters made of plant xylem could dramatically reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases in places without access to clean drinking water, say engineers.
Galileo could not have built the world’s first astronomical telescope without a revolutionary new theory of optics that he must have kept secret, argue historians of science
A study estimates the ultimate effect of greenhouse gases on ice sheets, after the gases have persisted for hundreds of years.
The collective behavior of moshers at heavy metal concerts is mathematically similar to a disordered 2D gas, say physicists.
The “Chinese Quantum Science Satellite” will launch in 2016 and aim to make China the first space-faring nation with quantum communication capability
Astrophysicists believe that our galaxy must be filled with more dark matter than ordinary matter. Now astronomers say they can find no evidence of dark matter’s gravitational influence on the planets. What gives?