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Are You Made of Air Pollution?

Curt Stager | Posted 02.15.2015 | Green
Curt Stager

Plants harvest carbon dioxide from the air, and when we dump fossil fuel carbon into the atmosphere much of it runs through the world's food chains and into our bodies. You build most of your body from air and water, but to do this you need the help of plants.

Your Atomic Self: The Invisible Elements That Connect You to Everything Else in the Universe (EXCERPT)

Curt Stager | Posted 12.22.2014 | Science
Curt Stager

Like the sound of a sonata, like Mozart, Einstein, and Whitman, you too will be gone someday. But like the abstract structure of a musical composition, the space-time coordinates and emergent patterns of your life are immortal, and your atomic and subatomic components will continue to exist in many and varied forms for trillions of years.

Neutron Death Mystery Stymies Physicists

| Clara Moskowitz | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science

Despite decades of taking measurements, scientists cannot agree on how long neutrons live. Neutrons are stable inside atoms, but on their own they dec...

Why Are Atoms So Small?

Addy Pross | Posted 06.16.2014 | Science
Addy Pross

The true question becomes: Why are so many atoms -- zillions of them -- needed to make up even the very simplest living thing? Why are we so complex?

Ultraprecise Clock May Open Up 'Entirely New Applications'

LiveScience | Denise Chow | Posted 04.04.2014 | Science

A new atomic clock unveiled Thursday (April 3) is three times more accurate than the one previously used to keep official time in the United States, ...

GOTCHA! Photon Finding Overseas Turns Physics Dogma On Its Head

LiveScience | Jesse Emspak | Posted 11.25.2013 | Science

If you want to see a packet of light called a photon, you have to destroy it. Any device that picks up on the presence of light has to absorb its ene...

MIT Geek Turns Into Science Media Svengali

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 01.23.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Why would a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) graduate in chemistry with a GPA of 5.0, Phi Beta Kapa, Sigma Xi turn to making funny and info...

He's Just Not That Into You: Why Humans Need to Get Over Themselves

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Jeff Schweitzer

With few deviations, religions declare that humans are separate from other animals, higher and better than other critters, unique in their relationship with the creator.

The Four Elements

Mario Livio | Posted 07.07.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Today we talk about chemical reactions occurring not only here on Earth, but even in the interstellar medium. We may have lost the naïve simplicity, but we have gained the understanding, precision, and predictive power.

Big Screen Meets Big Data: How Movies Are Bigger (and Smaller) Than Ever

Steve Canepa | Posted 07.07.2013 | Technology
Steve Canepa

Just as we look forward to the next compelling "Star Trek" movie and new adventures in outer space, a new frontier is emerging: inner space. IBM scientists have turned the problem on itself, tackling one of the world's largest big data challenges in the smallest way -- one atom at a time. In fact, the folks at Guinness World Records have certified the movie as the "World's Smallest Stop-Motion Film."

COOL: Computer Giant's 'Star Trek' Tribute Is SUPER Tiny

Posted 05.03.2013 | Science

By: Miriam Kramer Published: 05/03/2013 10:06 AM EDT on SPACE.com The nanophysicists working at IBM appear to be Trekkies. In honor of the iconic...

WOW: World's Tiniest Movie Features Molecule-Sized Actors

AP | Associated Press | Posted 05.01.2013 | Science

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Scientists have taken the idea of a film short down to new levels. Molecular levels. IBM says it has made the tiniest stop-moti...

Sinking Into a Creative Funk? Move Your Desk

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Holly Robinson

I love working on the porch behind my house on Prince Edward Island because there are sheep on the farm below.

WATCH: This Is What Atoms Look Like In 3D

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.29.2013 | Science

Ever wanted to know what atoms look like in 3D? Now's your chance, in a new video showing a platinum nanoparticle under extreme magnification. The ...

Absolute Zero 'Barrier' Broken In Record-Setting Research

Posted 01.05.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 01/03/2013 02:34 PM EST on LiveScience Absolute zero is often thought to be the coldest tempe...

World's Biggest Atom Smasher Gets Faster

Posted 12.18.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 12/17/2012 01:02 PM EST on LiveScience The Large Hadron Collider is working more efficie...

We Must Do More Than Think. We Must Observe

Victor Stenger | Posted 01.09.2013 | Science
Victor Stenger

A logical deduction can tell you nothing that is not already embedded in its premises. All a logical deduction does is enable you to determine whether or not some conclusion is consistent with some set of premises.

Things Aren't Necessarily What They Seem

William Bynum | Posted 01.06.2013 | Science
William Bynum

The history of science helps explain why the common sense and experiences of our daily lives seem increasingly remote from what contemporary science suggests is actually going on. The more we know, the more mysterious the universe actually seems.

What's The Smallest Thing In The Universe?

Posted 09.17.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 09/17/2012 08:05 AM EDT on LiveScience The answer to the enduring question of the sma...

Marveling at the Busiest Second in the History Of the Universe

Amir Aczel | Posted 10.17.2012 | Science
Amir Aczel

While the "why" part may elude us, perhaps forever, the Large Hadron Collider has over the last six weeks already supplied us with two important pieces of information about the "where" and the "how." Physicists tell us that this is just the beginning.

What 'Franken-Physics' Atom Feat May Mean For Computer Design

Posted 06.14.2012 | Science

By: Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor Published: 06/13/2012 03:07 PM EDT on LiveScience Physicists have just upped their ante: Not only have t...

Can the Microscopic Help Build the Colossal?

Murray Rosenbaum | Posted 06.13.2012 | Teen
Murray Rosenbaum

It is very risky, but if we could make an elevator to space, we would be using a less wasteful and less dangerous way to explore the stars.