Physics and society

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
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
Elusive intermediate mass black holes may hold clues to how their more common supermassive cousins form.
Catherine Meyers, Editor
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
The problem could be particularly bad in rental cars.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
Different people respond to cannabis in different ways, making a blood THC level difficult to legislate.
Joel Shurkin, Contributor
Physicists figured out why grapes and water-filled beads make sparks in the microwave.
Charles Q. Choi, Contributor