A giant thing to look at tiny things to understand giant things
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
Bringing us one step closer to a quantum Internet
Seeing is believing
Magic to expect from the world's brightest source of x-rays
The entangled triplets are unusually stable.
Dark matter makes up much of the cosmos, yet no one knows exactly what it is. Soon, physicists may finally solve one of science's biggest mysteries.
Sure, the Large Hadron Collider has another two decades of cutting-edge science left in it, but physicists are already designing the high energy experiments of the future.
Hadrons are so last-decade anyhow
That's really fast
These ten awe-inspiring science projects range from the world's largest undersea observatory to the "ultimate microscope" to a Jupiter orbiter on a suicide mission--but they're all massive, often in both size and scope
The quantum trick helps illustrate how atomic mass can affect chemical reactions
A glimpse of "the toe of God"
The most complex machines ever built don't just hunt for obscure subatomic bits
Multi-terawatt lasers make acceleration possible on a scale of inches instead of miles
Thanks to particle accelerators, paleontologists can now don the best X-ray specs in the world
The most powerful and complex science experiment in the history of the universe is finally—after 14 years and $10 billion—about to begin. There's no telling what it may find, and that's entirely the point
Physics can't find the biggest thing in the known universe, so it's looking beyond our paltry three dimensions. Michael Moyer enters the zone of insanely hard mathematics, translates what he finds into plain English, and makes it back alive.
According to the laws of physics, the world should not exist. To explain why we're here, scientists are recreating the universe's fiery beginnings by pitting matter against antimatter and watching them annihilate.
Just in case you didn't have enough to worry about, think about this: A random fluctuation of the vacuum of space anywhere in the universe could flip the cosmic light switch to "off."
Physicists are praying that their 4-mile-long machine will detect a tiny bit of matter so elusive that some consider it practically divine.