The quantum trick helps illustrate how atomic mass can affect chemical reactions
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In the future, the exotic particle could go into quantum computers.
This year, shop SciMall for glowing rodents, animal guillotines, and more
Next year, a new tunnel under Lake Mead will begin delivering water to Las Vegas. The project is massive, expensive, politically fraught—and a harbinger of things to come.
Researchers are still at odds over what mechanisms really lend us our olfactory sense.
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
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."
Apparently a molecule under pressure violates the laws of classical physics
New technology breaks the theoretical limit on how small we can see
The 2012 Nobel Prizes have thus far inspired only snores.
He peers into the most mysterious materials using home-built, one-of-a-kind microscopes
"A Boy and His Atom" is the must-see film of the year.
Scientists are building ultra-cold systems that mimic the most extreme edges of the universe. Can these analogues help solve the big bang's mysteries?
A three-year study will explore the nature of death and consciousness
As the Large Hadron Collider readies to be fired up in Geneva, Physicist Brian Cox explains what it might reveal about the workings of the Universe—and why the grandest scientific instrument ever built is well worth the $6 billion investment
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?