I’m telling a story on Februay 4th, in Brooklyn, as part of a Story Collider show. Some of you might remember that I told a story with Story Collider once before and it was a blast. This time, I’ll be talking about a run-in I had with a (literally) crazy film crew; more than that I don’t want to say just yet.Read more "Telling stories and teaching classes"
Ever wondered how many stars in the night sky had planets like Earth going around them? That’s what this interactive feature for New Scientist is about. I built it with my colleagues Peter Aldhous and MacGregor Campbell, using data from the Kepler space telescope. Rather than taking up more space here, I’ll let the feature speak for itself; I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.Read more "How Many Earths?"
Einstein called it “spooky action at a distance.” Entanglement is the strangest feature of quantum mechanics — yet it might be the stuff that space and time are made of. My piece for New Scientist is about this strange idea, and how it might shed light on some of the biggest puzzles in physics….Read more "Spooky Wormholes"
Big news this week! The full data set from the Planck satellite has finally been released to the public and the scientific community at large. Cosmologists around the world have been itching to see this data for years, and with good reason: Planck has given us our sharpest full-sky image of the cosmic microwave background radiation, the oldest light in the universe….Read more "A Cosmic Picture of Your Ancestors"
Some of my friends and I use big computers to try to find out where stuff was — all of the stuff, in every place out in space — in the first tiny part of a second, at the beginning of time. We do this by looking at where all of the stuff in space is now, and trying to guess what that means about where stuff was before. But it is very hard to do that, even with a big computer….Read more "Where were all of the things a long time ago? Can we find out by looking at things now?"