The science fiction and reality of spaceflight

Ryan Marciniak, Astronomy and Physics Co-Editor Science fiction has captured humanity’s dreams of travelling to distant stars, colonizing new worlds, accessing new dimensions, encountering hostile aliens, and surviving a galaxy far, far away. Yet with all our real-world technological prowess, why haven’t any of these dreams become reality? The short answer is that flying into […]

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Entropy is everything

By Deanna Kerry, New Science Communicator Guest Blogger Physics is the foundation of all sciences. It provides fundamental laws that describe how objects move and interact with one another. Any system can be examined from the perspective of physics, even things that would normally be thought of as biology or chemistry. To understand difficult concepts, […]

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Why all the fuss about neutrinos?

SNOlab infrastructure

by Emmanuel Fonseca & Steph Taylor Physics & Astronomy subject editors On October 6, 2015, the winners of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics were announced. Canada’s Arthur Macdonald and Japan’s Takaaki Kajita would receive the award for their contributions to understanding tiny particles called neutrinos. Neutrinos (an Italian word for “little neutral one”) are […]

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Ode to the Large Hadron Collider

Higgs

Jared Stang and Stephanne Taylor, Physics & Astronomy co-editors Gather near and listen closely, The story isn’t crass. It’s all about new physics seen, The particle explaining mass. After analyzing first run data, Coming from the LHC, Physicists reported with joy, They made a discovery. But our story starts years earlier, In nineteen eighty-four. A workshop […]

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Celebrating women in science

Susan Vickers and Lisa Willemse, Communication, Education & Outreach co-editors   Popular books, conferences, and the Internet (from websites to “most influential on Twitter” lists) make a compelling argument that, until very recently, science was an activity reserved for men. Were our great grandmothers uninterested in science? Were they prevented from conducting scientific research because they […]

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