Physics and society

The curved barriers would deflect air pollution away from pedestrians and provide a scaffold for plants to "green" a city.
Tom Metcalfe, Contributor
Modern tech helps researchers read unopened letters from more than 300 years ago.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
A long-accepted study on the optimal size of national legislatures faces a challenge.
Peter Gwynne, Contributor
Dark sky tourism seeks to preserve the rich storytelling history of the indigenous people before it fades away.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
An interview with baker and onetime chemical engineer Melissa Weller.
Chris Gorski, Editor
Masks may make communication even more difficult for those with hearing loss or who face language barriers.
Marcus Woo, Contributor
Researchers use infrared light and sophisticated statistics to recognize origin of blood left at possible crime scenes.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor
New research reveals how that familiar click of two things locking together works.
Katharine Gammon, Contributor
While groups have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the science prizes have been limited to three individuals per prize per year.
Yuen Yiu, Staff Writer
A new social network map shows a well-connected anti-vaccine movement, now intertwined with coronavirus conspiracy theories.
Marcus Woo, 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
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