Robert Charles Wilson's Spin Could Be Your Next Favorite TV Series

This is great news. Robert Charles Wilson's mind-blowing, Hugo Award winning novel Spin just got optioned by Universal Cable Productions. Which means we may be due for a Spin TV series sometime soon. » 6/09/14 3:49pm 6/09/14 3:49pm

One of the most terrifyingly incomprehensible theories in…

In the late 1980s, a pair of Russian physicists put forward a new theory that just might serve to unite all physics in one model. But it's so fiendishly complicated that decades later, few physicists are willing to touch it. » 4/15/12 10:00am 4/15/12 10:00am

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

Ultra-hot superconductors could spontaneously form in the vacuum of…

A hundred years ago next week, superconductivity was discovered. Now we know electric charge can flow through ultra-cold objects without resistance. How better to celebrate this anniversary than with an awesomely crazy idea about ultra-hot superconductors forming in deep space? » 3/30/11 4:00pm 3/30/11 4:00pm

Write your name in letters one atom wide

Scientists have figured out a way to flip the spin of individual atoms caught up in a laser matrix. Using this method, they can literally use the spin of atoms to make two-dimensional designs. » 3/24/11 4:30pm 3/24/11 4:30pm

What the hell is spin?

In this week's "Ask a Physicist" we get a little salty and explore the ins and outs of quantum spin. Also, why your intuition will betray you at the slightest provocation and why it's awesome to be made of fermions. » 12/16/10 9:00am 12/16/10 9:00am

The Undiscovered Particles on the Edge of Known Physics

Yesterday, we presented a comprehensive guide to the world of subatomic particles, exploring all the known elementary and composite particles. But now it's time to put certainty to one side and explore the wild, mind-bending world of undiscovered particles. » 9/17/10 4:00pm 9/17/10 4:00pm

Don't Remake These 21 Movies, Film These Books Instead!

There's only one thing Hollywood loves than a movie based on a toy: remakes. Dozens of science-fiction classics are slated for do-overs. But instead of remaking films that were fine the first time, here are 20 books Hollywood should film. » 3/05/10 1:17pm 3/05/10 1:17pm

Robert Charles Wilson Talks About Movies And Limits To The Singularity

In Robert Charles Wilson's new novel Julian Comstock, an energy-depleted 22nd Century looks very much like the 19th. We interviewed Wilson about his non-singularity future, and the silent movies that inspire him. » 6/24/09 2:42pm 6/24/09 2:42pm

Robert Charles Wilson's Hugo award-winning novel Spin has been optioned for a movie, to be produced by Leslie Urdang with Olympus Pictures and Rob Morrow's Bits & Pieces Picture Co. In Spin, aliens put a membrane around the Earth which causes time to pass much more slowly on our planet than in the rest of the… » 5/20/08 12:24pm 5/20/08 12:24pm