Cosmology

  1. Neuroscience

    Readers respond to stress, tattoos, and the universe

    Stress, tattoos, cosmic origins and more reader feedback.

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  2. Cosmology

    Celebrating a new way to listen to the universe

    Editor in Chief Eva Emerson reflects on the detection of gravitational waves as a historic moment for physics.

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  3. cosmic web
    Cosmology

    ‘The Cosmic Web’ weaves tale of universe’s architecture

    A new book chronicles the quest over the last century to understand how the universe is pieced together and how it came to be this way.

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  4. matter map
    Cosmology

    ‘Origins’ offers science-based account of creation

    In Origins, a science writer compiles an ambitious yet concise history of the universe and life on Earth.

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  5. star explosion simulation
    Astronomy

    Newfound gas cloud may be graveyard of first stars

    A 12-billion-year-old gas cloud, rich in hydrogen and helium but nothing else, may house the remains of the universe’s first stars.

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  6. dinosaurs
    Particle Physics

    Dark matter helped destroy the dinosaurs, physicist posits

    In ‘Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs,’ Lisa Randall finds connections between particle physics, cosmology, geology and paleontology.

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  7. XMM-Newton space telescope
    Cosmology

    Debate grows over whether X-rays are a sign of dark matter

    The dwarf galaxy Draco, which is chock-full of dark matter, doesn’t emit a band of X-rays that researchers hoped were produced by the mysterious invisible stuff.

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  8. supernova explosion illustration
    Astronomy

    Early stars found swirling in the Milky Way center

    Ancient stars with low iron abundance surround the Milky Way’s center.

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  9. Quantum Physics

    Quantum interpretations feel the heat

    Landauer’s principle shows a way to test competing interpretations about quantum physics.

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  10. spacetime
    Science & Society

    Special Report: Gravity’s Century

    After years of pondering the interplay of space, time, matter and gravity, Einstein produced, in a single month, an utter transformation of science’s conception of the cosmos: the general theory of relativity.

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  11. McDonald and Kajita
    Particle Physics

    Neutrinos’ identity shift snares physics Nobel

    Arthur McDonald and Takaaki Kajita shared the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery that neutrinos oscillate between different types, which demonstrates that the particles have mass.

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  12. galaxy light
    Astronomy

    Using general relativity to magnify the cosmos

    Astronomers have Einstein to thank for the tools that bring far-away galaxies and maybe even black hole collisions into view.

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