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What makes one pair of headphones better than another?
Learn the secrets of the little electromagnetic speakers on your ears.
Snapping your fingers is a move worthy of a professional athlete
Your fingers are more powerful than a baseball pitcher’s arm.
Physicists want to create energy like stars do. These two ways are their best shot.
Both approaches to nuclear fusion share a common goal—harnessing the power of a sun on Earth.
What we can learn from baby black holes
The quasar J0313-1806 is 13 billion light-years away from Earth. But it still can reveal a lot about our own universe.
When light flashes for a quintillionth of a second, things get weird
The shortest light pulses in the world come in pairs, and scientists can now control them.
NASA images show the sun has had a rough week
Imagine if you had a massive magnetic field—and then farted.
X-rays are revealing new clues about a shipwreck from 1545
The Mary Rose, built in 1511, was one of the largest ships in the English fleet at the time.
Strange, dark, and hot ice could explain Uranus and Neptune’s wonky magnetic fields
Scientists finally understand what's inside superionic ice.
Chaos is more predictable than you think
It's a little different than Isaac Newton envisioned.
A key part of the Big Bang remains troublingly elusive
Physicists still don't understand what happened in the instant after the Big Bang.