If You Love Science, You Should Read This Magazine

It started with a Kickstarter campaign. A couple of veteran science/technology journalists, Jim Giles and Bobbie Johnson, wanted a place where people could do investigative, long-form sci/tech writing. But most general interest magazines had cut down their feature sections, while science magazines didn't want to touch … » 12/11/12 3:47pm 12/11/12 3:47pm

Neutrinos do something even stranger than breaking the speed of light

Amidst the dubious news of neutrinos potentially traveling faster than light, it's easy to lose sight of something even stranger: neutrinos are in a constant identity crisis, oscillating between different types. Why is this? In this week's "Ask a Physicist" we'll find out. » 11/16/11 9:00am 11/16/11 9:00am

A Strange New Quantum State of Matter: Spin Liquids

Spin liquids are an exotic state of matter that can only exist in the world of quantum mechanics. They're a strange mess of spin states and superpositions that forces magnetism and anti-magnetism to simultaneously exist in millions of different configurations. » 8/15/11 4:00pm 8/15/11 4:00pm

Mysterious changing neutrinos could explain why we don't live in an…

There's nothing in the laws of physics that actually requires matter to dominate antimatter, and yet all our observations of the universe suggest that that's the case. But some unexpected behavior by ghostly neutrino particles could solve the antimatter mystery. » 6/15/11 12:20pm 6/15/11 12:20pm

Neutron star observed creating otherwise impossible form of matter

Neutron stars are the unimaginably dense remnants of collapsed giant stars. They get their name because the conditions inside are so fierce that atoms are smashed apart into a soup of protons, electrons, and, yes, neutrons. And now we have the first direct evidence that neutron stars are forming superfluids of neutrons … » 2/06/11 1:20pm 2/06/11 1:20pm

This really could be the year we find the elusive Higgs Boson

"If nature is kind to us, we will find it next year." That's one physicist's bold prediction for when the Large Hadron Collider will detect the long-awaited Higgs Boson, the missing particle of the standard model of physics. » 1/02/11 12:00pm 1/02/11 12:00pm

The mysterious X particle might solve the mysteries of matter

Physics is still grappling with two basic questions about the nature of matter: why is there more matter than antimatter, and where and what is all the dark matter? Meet the hypothetical X particle, the potential answer to both questions. » 12/03/10 2:05pm 12/03/10 2:05pm

io9 Talks to Iain M. Banks About His New Novel and Why He Likes to…

Scottish scifi author Iain M. Banks has managed to carve out his own realpolitik-laced subgenre in the world of space opera. Although he writes literary novels under the "pseudonym" Iain Banks, his science fiction is literary in its own right, full of artful surprises and sentient starships with motives far more complex … » 2/19/08 2:00pm 2/19/08 2:00pm

Iain M. Banks' New Novel Kicks Ass on a Galactic Scale

Iain M. Banks is the master of narrative zoom and pan: one minute he'll bring you in very close to a tiny moment in one person's life as she mourns the death of a brother, and the next you'll be spinning in deep space staring at a supermassive artificial world created by liquid-breathing aliens, millions of miles… » 2/19/08 1:00pm 2/19/08 1:00pm