- Reviews & Previews
If all physicists could explain their work as well as Stephen Hawking explained black holes in his 1988 best seller A Brief History of Time, science writers would have to find other work. The British theorist’s new book proves that he is nearly as adept at writing about himself.
Still going strong at age 71 despite amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Hawking can write only three words a minute using a computer that senses his cheek movements. He wastes few of his 20,000 words,
- Reviews & PreviewsThe Center for PostNatural History, a museum that opened in 2012, features Freckles and other organisms altered by humans.
- Reviews & PreviewsComputers already make all sorts of decisions for you. Imagine if the machines controlled even more aspects of life and could truly think for themselves.
- The –estThe allure of pitch — a black tarlike hydro-carbon by-product of distilling petroleum, wood or coal — comes from its split personality: It shatters from a quick hit with a hammer, but flows if set aside for long periods.
- It's AliveYour calamari, it turns out, may have come from a temporary transvestite with rainbows in its armpits.
- Science VisualizedHebes Chasma, a huge trough on Mars, reflects the Red Planet’s tumultuous and varied past.
- FeatureBy almost any measure, this solar maximum has been pathetic. No more than 67 sunspots have appeared in a month so far; at the last peak, in 2000, that number was above 120.
- FeatureBad moods can have unappreciated mental upsides.
- PeopleGerald Guralnik was home when he learned online that physicists François Englert and Peter Higgs had won the Nobel Prize in physics for formulating the same theory he had proposed nearly 50 years ago.
- News in BriefHubble sees debris that was part of an asteroid with the ingredients for habitable planets.