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Exploring the Invisible

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 07.23.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Much of modern physics has been about exploring inherently invisible things, which seem to be far more common than the obvious things we experience with our senses. Yet these invisible things follow rigorous laws that allow us to test their existence in many ways. Here is a very short list of some of the "invisible" things that we routinely work with.

Speedy Particles Puzzle Solved? | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 12.01.2013 | Science

Huge electric fields in the radiation belts around Earth may help explain how electrons surrounding the planet can be accelerated to speeds near that ...

'Some Parties Are Always Ending': Stephin Merritt Sits One Out

Zack Rosen | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Zack Rosen

Future Bible Heroes toured this summer, but frontman Stephin Merritt stayed home. This won't be surprising to longtime fans of the Magnetic Fields/The 6ths/Gothic Archies mastermind, who views touring as a "necessary evil" for reasons related and unrelated to a hearing condition.

Solar Simulation Shows 'Heartbeat' That Pumps Out Sunspots, Solar Flares

Posted 04.05.2013 | Science

By: Elizabeth Howell Published: 04/04/2013 02:08 PM EDT on A magnetic "solar heartbeat" beats deep in the sun's interior, generating ene...

WATCH: Blob Attacks Magnet In Incredible Time-Lapse

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 04.01.2013 | Science

In a scene straight out of the 1958 horror flick "The Blob," a new YouTube clip shows a lump of magnetic silly putty completely engulfing a magnet. ...

Jupiter-Bound Space Probe Still Years From Arrival

Posted 06.20.2012 | Science

By: Denise Chow Published: 06/19/2012 12:54 PM EDT on ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A NASA probe that is traveling through space on its way to J...

On the Culture Front: Tribeca Film Fest Afterthought, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Newsies and More

Chris Kompanek | Posted 07.02.2012 | New York
Chris Kompanek

t's been a busy month on the culture front; a lot has gone down in the music, theater and film worlds. Magnetic Fields, Silence! The Musical, Newsies, A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Tribeca Film Festival.

Pigeon Study Unlocks Secret Of Birds' Amazing Homing Skills

| Sarah C. P. Williams | Posted 04.27.2012 | Science

Release a pigeon thousands of kilometers from home, and it'll fly across seas, forests, or deserts to return. It's not sight or smell that allows this...

SXSW Is Right Around The Corner

Posted 05.05.2012 | Home


Bending Gender With The Magnetic Fields

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 02.04.2012 | Home

If you've been humming "Andrew In Drag," Stephen Merritt's return-to-form earworm since we first heard it in January, here's a video for you to watch ...

Museum of Natural History Plots Epic Video Game

Posted 01.20.2012 | Arts

If you’re of the persuasion that, as great as they are, most planetariums need some spicing up, The Museum of Natural History now has you covered. I...

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

Kerthy Fix | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Kerthy Fix

Merritt's music inspires the most passionate and loyal of listeners. We adore the humor and his wry wit, the knowing nod to the weaknesses of the human spirit in the face of love and sex.

Six Questions With Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields

Thomas Gladysz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Thomas Gladysz

Singer-songwriter and composer Stephin Merritt recently composed an original score to the 1916 silent film, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Here, Merritt answered a few questions about this latest project.

Scientists Levitate Mice Using Magnetic Fields

Live Science | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Scientists have now levitated mice using magnetic fields. Other researchers have made live frogs and grasshoppers float in mid-air before, but such...