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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
In the future, the exotic particle could go into quantum computers.
The quantum trick helps illustrate how atomic mass can affect chemical reactions
Our August 1991 cover story, in honor of Harry Kroto's passing
Researchers are still at odds over what mechanisms really lend us our olfactory sense.
Apparently a molecule under pressure violates the laws of classical physics
Whatever did happen to yesterday's beloved technologies of tomorrow?
A stepping stone toward quantum computing and artificial atoms
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.
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."
He peers into the most mysterious materials using home-built, one-of-a-kind microscopes
The 2012 Nobel Prizes have thus far inspired only snores.
A working, large-scale quantum computer is still a decade away, but researchers are currently turning a critical corner from theory to building the first small quantum systems
"A Boy and His Atom" is the must-see film of the year.
New technology breaks the theoretical limit on how small we can see
Here's how that steam-powered boom could happen.