My news story for Nature on new simulations indicating that higher dimensional universes may be holograms of lower dimensional ones, with the same physics, was cited as the most read online news story by Nature readers in 2013, with more than 1.2 million hits so far.
Voyager has yet to leave the solar system
In my Nature article Physicists twist water into knots, Dustin Kleckner and William Irvine, physicists at University of Chicago, Illinois, break new ground by capturing the twisting and knotting of a vortex in water. They do so, in part, through the use of a three-dimensional printer and laser-scanned air bubbles injected into the fluid. Better … Continue reading New Ability to Tie Water Provides Insight into Elementary Particle Physics [Nature]
My article in Nature, Ephemeral Third Ring of Radiation Makes Appearance Around Earth, discusses how twin spacecraft studying the Van Allen radiation belt overturned a fifty year old model: Instead of seeing two rings of high-energy particles circling the Earth, an unexpected third ring has been found.
A major focus of astronomy is supernova activity, and yet we have a limited understanding of what happens before the explosion. Recent research, which is covered in my Nature article Astronomers catch rare glimpse of a star’s final moments, captured the months leading up to a supernova. The data provides important insight into those final … Continue reading Watching a Star’s Last Days [Nature]
Although NASA is used to making the most of limited resources, it isn’t used to making the most of spy satellites. That’s about to change, as the National Reconnaissance Office donated two spy satellites to NASA, which will modify their spy technology to aid in the hunt for exoplanets. In my latest Nature article, Fresh … Continue reading Donated Spy Satellite to Help NASA Find Exoplanets [Nature]
A pair of just-released statistical studies of the universe suggest numerous habitable planets exist in our Galaxy, with one study suggesting a life-friendly planet within 20 light years of our Solar System. From my Nature article, Small stars host droves of life-friendly worlds, that broke news of this latter study, which used data from NASA’s … Continue reading (SCOOP) M Dwarfs Particularly Promising for Life-hosting Planets [Nature]
For more than a century, the star HD 140283 has been studied, but only now has its age been estimated: within hundreds of millions of years of the age of the Universe. Delivering a scoop, my Nature article, Nearby star is almost as old as the Universe, details this important new conclusion: The team then … Continue reading (SCOOP) Long-studied Star Now Considered Almost as Old as Universe [Nature]
NASA’s NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Array) X-ray observatory was launched in June and already is providing important findings. My article in Nature, NuSTAR spies black holes in galactic web, details the finding of two possible intermediate-mass black holes in the nearby galaxy IC 342: The image below shows the galaxy IC 342, with the two black … Continue reading Recently Launched Observatory Identifies Two Unknown and Important Black Holes [Nature]