Gabriel Popkin's Articles
- MuseumsNew York's National Museum of Mathematics offers a physical, tactile, even rambunctious presentation of math.
- NewsMicrobes may not have consumed methane from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill as fast as previously thought.
- Reviews & PreviewsThe laws of mathematics and physics suffice to explain a world of coincidences, statistician David J. Hand argues.
- Reviews & PreviewsThe film "Dark Universe" compresses a century of discovery into a crisp, comprehensible half hour.
- NewsPhysicists have achieved nearly perfect control over a bit of quantum information, bringing them a step closer to error-free computation.
- NewsOcean-dwelling bacteria may have helped end global warming 56 million years ago by gobbling up carbon from the CO2-laden atmosphere.
- FeatureOver decades climatologists have grown more confident in their projections of the future impact of greenhouse gas emissions. But whether shifts in cloudiness will amplify global warming continues to vex researchers.
- Reviews & PreviewsInterspersed with the plot of Particle Fever are artful explanatory animations and commentary by six articulate physicists. Through these characters, we learn that the Higgs is a stepping stone toward a deeper understanding of the universe.
- NewsVolcanic magma may spend most of its time in a chunky state resembling cold porridge, a new study finds.
- Reviews & PreviewsOn only five occasions in Earth’s long history has a large fraction of the planet’s biodiversity disappeared in a geological instant. But, journalist Kolbert reminds us in her new book, we are well on our way to making it six.