Physics and society

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