Welcome to The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week.
Excerpt: The Edumacation Book
Not everyone thinks the universe had a beginning.
The morality of intelligence in laboratory-made worlds.
Important things from September 1964
How a mild-mannered children's celebrity plans to save science in America—or go down swinging.
A scientist stationed in Antarctica tells about the biggest scientific discovery of the year, and how to have fun at the Pole.
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.
An excerpt from Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, a new book about a town in New Jersey devastated by industrial pollution
Also, the universe's age has now been measured at 13.8 billion years old.
Astrophysicist Adam Frank's new book mixes cosmology with humanity. How does our understanding of the universe and cosmic time inform our daily lives? Especially if time is an illusion?
Learning to stop bombmakers--even before an explosion goes off
Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he's become one
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
Launch the gallery below, and enjoy our favorite pictures of the year, all in one place
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
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
We'll get a vaccine for addiction, debate the future of nuclear power, use new tech to take on water shortages, and-just maybe-find an extra dimension or two. Happy New Year
Chemical burns, ruined clothes, 11 years, half a million dollars-it's not easy to improve the world's most popular toy. Yet the success of one inventor's quest to dye a simple soap bubble may change the way the world uses color
Meet the extraordinary scientists whose innovations are bringing us robot cars, new cures and vaccines, the fastest-ever computer animations, and much, much more
New Mexico's high desert is a hotbed for electrical storms. Where better to camp among 400 lightning rods?
We patrolled the halls of academe. We eavesdropped on the research grapevine. We asked scientists: Whose work is just plain brilliant?
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.