Thirteen Facts About Quantum Entanglement

1. Entanglement describes the liminal relationship between two quantum particles that exist in “superposition,” a mix of states that can only be resolved when a physical property is measured. Think of the transporter in Star Trek: When someone is transported to another location they are technically in two places — and two quantum states — […]

Thirteen Resolutions I Won’t Be Making for 2009

(#47) 1. To build a particle collider in my basement. 2. To construct my own light saber. 3. To fold time and space with my washing machine. 4. To use that extra leap second for saving the cheerleader. 5. To leap tall buildings in a single bound. 6. To outfit my car with a flux […]

Thirteen Extrasolar Planets

(#46) We may have lost Pluto, but there are plenty of other planets in the universe worthy of holding our attention. Granted, these new kids on the block are outside of our solar system. Left, the sunlit side of 51 Pegasi b, the first planet ever detected around a sun-like star. Image source: Extrasolar Visions. […]

Thirteen Facts About Space Junk

(#45) You think space is empty? Well, it was before we started leaving junk up there. Image courtesy NASA via NatGeo. Debris comprised of thousands of nuts and bolts, defunct satellites, space probes, lost gloves, hatches, and paint fragments now orbit our planet. In 2000, NASA counted 8,927 man-made objects floating around the Big Blue […]