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Transcendence: A New Play Explores the Einstein Nobel Prize Controversy
Friday, May 01, 2015
Einstein and the controversy surrounding the Nobel Prize in Physics take center stage, while Franz Kafka steals the showYou would think it's impossible to simultaneously spurn a professor and award him the greatest academic prize in the world, but you ar... more

Mercury Spacecraft Crashes with the Energy of Two Thousand Falling Trees
Thursday, April 30, 2015
For the past eight years NASA's MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft has been sending back gigabytes of images and data from the Sun's closest companion, Mercury. Today this will come to a fiery end when th... more

The Best Short Quantum Films You'll See Today
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
This award winning film lets you experience what happens when solar wind slams into Earth's magnetosphere. The results are downright spooky.This is the short film 20hz, based on data from the CARISMA radio telescope array during a geo-magnetic storm... more

Podcast: On Vacation this Week
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The PhysicsCentral podcast is taking a much needed vacation. We'll return next week, but to tide you over until then, we're rerunning our post from September highlighting the 2014 winners of the annual Ig Nobel Prizes.Ig Nobel founder and master of cerem... more

The 'Silly Walk' of a Motor Protein is Revealed
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks has a new addition: the pivoting gait of a motor protein that transports cargo throughout the cell. This walk has been imaged by researchers at the University of Oxford, who first had to develop a new high-speed ima... more

New Technology Could Better Detect Dangerous Materials At US Ports
Friday, April 24, 2015
Image credit: Tristan Taussac via flickr | http://bit.ly/1HZOFqnRights information: http://bit.ly/1haBUhXIt is the stuff of scientists' nightmares and science fiction writers' plot points: a nuclear weapon is slipped into the U.S. on a cargo ship and det... more

Hubble Turns 25: Our Top 5 Images and an Anniversary Reveal
Thursday, April 23, 2015
The Hubble Space Telescope turns 25 tomorrow and like many other science organizations, we've compiled a list of some of our favorite Hubble images over the years. Stay tuned to the bottom where we will reveal the official 25th anniversary image, unveile... more