A Lego Pirate Is Sacrificed To A Colossal Wave In The Name of Science

Rogue waves are a little-understood phenomenon of ocean dynamics. The colossal swells, which seem to appear out of nowhere in otherwise calm seas, were reported for centuries before their existence was confirmed in 1995. To better understand them, scientists have recently taken to modeling the strange swells with wave… » 7/23/14 6:00pm Wednesday 6:00pm

How Brazil Nuts Solved A Mystery About Asteroids

When Japan's Hayabusa spacecraft photographed the asteroid Itokawa in 2005, scientists were puzzled by what they saw: The total volume of boulders strewn about its surface were greater than the volume of the craters they were supposed to have come from. Now physicists have an answer... by studying the movement of nuts. » 7/16/14 7:20am 7/16/14 7:20am

A Simple Experiment Could Change Our Understanding of Quantum Reality

The rules of the quantum world — where everything is probabilistic, until observation fixes it — may be a lot less indefinite than we thought. A new experiment shows that liquids have properties that physicists once thought were confined to the quantum level. And this could be a big breakthrough. » 6/30/14 11:05am 6/30/14 11:05am