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Legless, Leaping Larvae

Jump, little maggot, jump! Show the world that not only the finely muscled and strong-boned can…

Most Wikipedia Profiles Are of Men. This Scientist Is Changing That.

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The 5G Health Hazard That Isn’t

In 2000, the Broward County Public Schools in Florida received an alarming report. Like many affluent…

Wired Bacteria Form Nature’s Power Grid: ‘We Have an Electric Planet’

At three o’clock in the afternoon on September 4, 1882, the electrical age began. The Edison…

Scientists Took an M.R.I. Scan of an Atom

As our devices get smaller and more sophisticated, so do the materials we use to make…

The Ins and Outs of Knit Theory

BOSTON — On the eve of the American Physical Society’s annual March meeting, a Sunday “stitch…

For a Split Second, a (Simulated) Particle Went Backward in Time

In “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and then a…

You’ve Conquered the Escape Room. But Can You Escape the Lab?

URBANA, Ill. — It was 10 p.m., and we were locked in a room at the…

Trilobites: The Microbots Are on Their Way

Like Frankenstein, Marc Miskin’s robots initially lie motionless. Then their limbs jerk to life. But these…

In Bubbles, She Sees a Mathematical Universe

PRINCETON, N.J. — On the evening of March 19, the mathematician Karen Uhlenbeck gathered with revelers…

ScienceTake: This Water Drop, It’s the Greatest Dancer

Any water droplet can dance. All it needs is the right dance floor. Take, for instance,…

ScienceTake: When Plasma Becomes Another Fruit of the Vine

If you haven’t seen what happens to grapes in a microwave oven, you haven’t spent enough…

Zhores Alferov, Russian Physicist and Nobel Prize Winner, Dies at 88

Zhores I. Alferov, a Russian physicist who won the Nobel Prize for research that underpinned an…

Out There: Where’s the Nobel Prize for the Bureaucrats?

Welcome to the hot stove science league. On Thursday, with great fanfare, officials from the U.S.…