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Black Holes, Lifeloggers, and Space Brains

I’ve been having a great time working for New Scientist for the last few months. Here’s what I’ve been writing and coding for them, from newest to oldest: Black hole feasting may help crack four cosmic puzzles: the supermassive black hole … Continue reading

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What’s Cooler Than Being Cool?

You may have seen some news reports over the last week or two saying that scientists had made a substance with the hottest temperature ever recorded — but that temperature was somehow below absolute zero, a negative temperature on the … Continue reading

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Entropy and Billy Pilgrim

The Second Law of Thermodynamics — entropy never decreases in a closed system — is among the more famous laws of physics. If you’re reading this blog, I’d be surprised if you’ve never heard of entropy before. You’ve probably also … Continue reading

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Big Numbers and Really Big Numbers

Astronomy and cosmology involve some big numbers: a hundred million miles to the sun; six trillion miles in a light-year; two million light-years — ten billion billion miles, a one with 19 zeros after it — to the nearest galaxy. … Continue reading

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