First, in honor of Valentine's day, here are some Physics Love Poems from Symmetry: Advance your romance with science. Related: How to tell a mathematician you love them. Also: What You Need To Know About Theobromine, Poster Child For Valentine's Chocolate Chemistry.
Equations and Inequalities: Math, Race and Fellowship. Fantastic piece by the New York Times' Amy Harmon on BEAM 6, "an experimental program in downtown Manhattan for youths with a high aptitude for math."
Leaving Convention Behind: Bending Multicolored Light with a flat lens.
Another Gravitational Wave Detector, VIRGO, Will Help Revolutionize Astronomy.
Universes that spawn "quantum brains" (Boltzman brains) should go on the scrap heap, says Sean Carroll.
Iron Age Potters Carefully Recorded Earth's Magnetic Field — By Accident.
Forget the ring: Lab-grown diamonds are a scientist's best friend.
Printed ‘lab on a chip’ costs a penny and catches disease early.
Dark Matter May Show Quantum Effects on a Galactic Scale. This weird type of dark matter (axions) would also puff up galaxies and make stars age prematurely. Related: Does dark matter harbor life? An invisible civilization could be living right under your nose, writes Lisa Randall.
A strange, unifying mathematical pattern is popping up in unexpected places – and could answer cosmic questions.
We're just 2 months from the first serious attempt to view a black hole's event horizon.
Wow! Reaction is An Experimental Particle Animation by Anton Woll Söder:
Fractal secrets of Rorschach's famed ink blots revealed: The simplicity of the stains' repeating patterns is key to why we see so many images in them.
If you have a new job where knowing what uranium is and how it's used is important, the folks at Motherboard made you an explainer. "You know, just in case the question comes up."
The Physics Behind Why Firing A Gun Into The Air Can Kill Someone.
"Consider the universe. Now subtract time and gravity." Holographic cosmology does not mean we're all living in a hologram.
How the physics of rebirth links the Chernobyl disaster with distant supernova explosions.
Uncovering Treasures in Condensed Matter Physics: Xi Dai explains his fascination with exotic materials.
Deadly Spider Sews Industrial-Strength Silk Strands. Venomous brown recluse spiders produce incredibly strong web silk that could be copied for multiple uses, including snagging space junk.
A drop of water-alcohol mixture on a layer of oil was caught on video bursting into thousands of tiny droplets.
Planet Nine Just Got An Unexpected New Team of Hunters.
Meet Tantawi, Mehdia, Kodai, Miguelhernández & 13 other newly named minor planets in our solar system.
By sparring with AlphaGo, researchers are learning how an algorithm thinks.
Neutrinos are pretty magical, so Fermilab scientist Anne Schukraft explained them with J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter.
Is Nightcrawler Actually Faster Than the Flash?
This awesome crash test video provides a great opportunity to do some physics.
The Big Bang Theory writer and executive producer Eric Kaplan has a hypothesis on why physics makes the funniest TV.
Micky Dolenz of Monkees fame blows away Fermilab scientists with his knowledge.
Check out Berenice Abbott's stunning vintage photos of scientific phenomena, from waves to magnetism.
A surprising picture of market panic makes beautiful art--from a $600 million Wall Street trader named Nelson Saiers. [Image: Nelson Saiers]
Aliens are probably out there, according to Winston Churchill. A newly-investigated essay from 1939 reveals Churchill's thoughts on E.T.
The forensic mathematics behind the desperate search for the Malaysia Airlines plane. Have authorities been looking for MH370 in the right place? Now anybody can scrutinise the math for any errors.
How to Understand Extreme Numbers. "Dan Goldstein, principal researcher, and Jake Hofman, senior researcher, have been running experiments to see what kinds of contextual clues—what they call “perspectives”—help people grasp the meaning of large quantities like distances, dollar amounts, population sizes, and more."
Why Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics Is More Important Than That of Poached Eggs.
This Is The Wonderfully Weird Science Behind Ice Volcanoes.
Five Extreme Facts about Neutron Stars. Neutron stars have earned their share of superlatives since their discovery in 1967.
Eight Math Concepts Explained by Knitting and Crochet.
When Einstein met Tagore – a remarkable meeting of West and East at the intersection of truth and beauty.
Why the world needs more people like physicist Leo Szilard.
How Islamic scholarship birthed modern astronomy.
African Americans played important, though often overlooked, roles on the Manhattan Project.
A physicist and possible adviser to Trump describes his love of science, and CO2. Brilliant and controversial, Dr. Will Happer of Princeton says being called a climate denier feels like being labeled a Nazi sympathizer.
A mathematician has created a teaching method that’s proving there’s no such thing as a bad math student.
"Hyperbolic tiling": can you escape from an extradimensional prison?
Take a journey to Jupiter… without leaving Earth.
Mechanical Crustaceans with Clockwork Insides Illustrated by Steeven Salvat.
This Light Painting, Double Pendulum Elegantly Demonstrates Chaotic Movement.
Ten finalists selected for film festival Quantum Shorts.
These vibrant arrangements of diatoms revive a lost Victorian art. "Matthew Killip directed this lovely short film about Klaus Kemp, a microscopist whose specialty had its heyday in Victorian times: arranging microscopic creatures into beautiful patterns."