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The potentially world-destroying power of the atomic bomb moved many scientists to engage more directly with the public, an effort that continues to this day.

Peter Gwynne, Contributor

Movies, music and even candy wrappers helped people process what it meant to put the powers of gods in human hands.

Chris Gorski, Editor

Isotopes produced in the original Manhattan Project reactors seeded decades of research and even a few Nobel Prizes.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Science is an endeavor of trial and error. Can we find a better way to share the "erroneous" trials?

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

In this visual representation of a network of vaccine-related pages on Facebook, blue represents pages expressing pro-vaccine sentiments, red represents pages expressing anti-vaccine sentiments, and green represents pages that are interested in vaccines,

A new social network map shows a well-connected anti-vaccine movement, now intertwined with coronavirus conspiracy theories.

Marcus Woo, Contributor

A next-generation atom smasher would cost billions of dollars. Europe and China both plan to build one, but scientists are debating if it's worth it.

Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer

image shows asteroid entering atmosphere above Earth, surrounded by smoke and fire

While plenty of apocalypses occur in science fiction, the risks could be shown more realistically, experts argue.

Ramin Skibba, Contributor

Elusive intermediate mass black holes may hold clues to how their more common supermassive cousins form.

Catherine Meyers, Editor

Picture of a person's hand holding the processed wood, which has turned bright white.

Researchers have modified wood not only to make it stronger but to make it capable of cool itselfing, which may lead to energy savings.

Bailey Bedford, Contributor

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