Category: Science

An Observatory Spied on LA’s Carbon Emissions—From Space

While most people might be attracted by the perpetually sunny skies, nearby ocean, or mountains hugging the Los Angeles basin, environmental engineer Annmarie Eldering was drawn to the city’s smog. “It’s the...

Ranked Choice Voting Reveals the Weird Math of Elections

On the first day of class, Daniel Ullman—a mathematician at George Washington University—has his students run an exercise. Ullman presents a hypothetical three-way election, with candidates designated as A, B, and C...

Northern Farms Are Releasing Massive Amounts of Carbon

Vast tracts of peat stretch across the far north of our planet, accumulated organic material that’s too wet to decompose. Though peatlands account for just 3 percent of the Earth’s total land...

No, Covid-19 Vaccines Won’t Make You Magnetic. Here’s Why

So, how do you make it happen? Simple: You use another magnet. Putting a strong magnet near those unaligned domains will force them to line up. It's actually possible to find rocks...

The Mystery at the Heart of Physics—That Only Math Can Solve

“It’s totally boring, because you’ve described a lonely field with nothing to interact with, so it’s a bit of an academic exercise,” said Rejzner.But you can make it more interesting. Physicists dial...

The Mystery of Betelgeuse’s Dimming Has Finally Been Solved

In December 2019, astronomers noticed a strange, dramatic dimming in the light from Betelgeuse, a bright red star in the Orion constellation. They puzzled over the phenomenon and wondered whether it...

Hubble In Safe Mode Again After Computer Failure

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How to Watch Microsoft’s Windows 11 Event—and What to Expect

There’s not a lot of mystery left to Windows 11, thanks to a comprehensive leak last week. But there are still some outlines...