The Father of Parallel Worlds, Commemorated by Indie Rock

Hugh Everett is the father of the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum mechanics, the first physicist to propose that we exist in a potentially infinite series of parallel dimensions. He's also the father of Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett, who was just 18 when his father died. Tonight, PBS airs “Parallel Worlds,… » 10/21/08 12:15pm 10/21/08 12:15pm

Watching Movies in Vapor

This image is not light projected onto vapor: it is light that is literally contained in vapor. Gas can be a storage medium, holding data like these images of the number 2 for microseconds at a time. Scientists in Israel are figuring out ways to turn gas chambers into the hard drives for futuristic quantum computers.… » 6/23/08 10:06am 6/23/08 10:06am

A Supermagnetic Tunnel Full of Subatomic Action

Last year, before the gigantic hadron supercollider at CERN research facility was installed underground, a photographer captured this picture of a 1,950 metric ton tunnel containing giant magnets that will be placed in a tunnel and kept at near-zero temperatures. These mega-magnets are the biggest in the world, and… » 1/28/08 7:00am 1/28/08 7:00am