| Feb 12, 2014
| 6:11 PM
It took 192 lasers and a building big enough to contain three football fields, but physicists have finally produced a pair of nuclear fusion reactions that created more energy than was in the fuel to start with.
The reactions lasted less than a...
| Feb 12, 2014
| 2:39 PM
Scientists have been trying to harness the secrets of star power since the days of the Cold War. Now, using a 2-millimeter capsule housed in a cavernous building roughly the length of three football fields, researchers have conducted a landmark...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:21 PM
The East Rutherford Seahawks?
It's got a weird ring to it, but there's a chance that Mother Nature will give the Seahawks a slight home-field kicking advantage in the Super Bowl on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium.
The cities of East Rutherford, N.J., and...
| Feb 1, 2014
| 8:31 PM
In the end, it came down to a rematch: Arcadia and University high schools, two teams made up of the brightest young science minds in Southern California who one year ago faced off just like this, armed with nothing more than a small pad of paper and a...
| Feb 3, 2014
On Nov. 1, 1952, U.S. scientists detonated the first hydrogen bomb over Eniwetok Atoll in the Pacific, introducing a powerful new weapon of war and, in the process, atomizing the rocky island. Air Force planes flying through the debris clouds collected...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 10:45 AM
High school students in St. Charles schools may no longer have the option to take Physics Honors next year as District 303 moves to align itself with changes to the Advanced Placement program.
At a Learning & Teaching Committee meeting Monday,...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:38 AM
The canopies of kelp undulating in the surges off the coast of California camouflage a complex ecosystem of sharks, rock fish, crabs, urchins and anemones that blossom like colorful flowers on the forest floor.
Now, Steven L. Manley, a biology professor...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 7:56 AM
Physics Honors will no longer be offered at St. Charles high schools as of next year due to changes to the Advanced Placement program that District 303 officials say make the honors course obsolete.
At a meeting on Monday, the school board voted...
| Jan 1, 2014
| 7:17 PM
For Ian Barbour, the deadly possibilities of the Atomic Age raised questions that science couldn't answer — a perplexing situation for a young physicist after World War II.
He responded to the challenge in an unusual way: After completing his...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Sheldon Cooper, top nerd on "The Big Bang," jokes about neutrinos. So did John Updike in the witty short poem "Cosmic Gall," printed in 1960 in the New Yorker. But Canadian astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana suggests we take them seriously indeed in...
| Jan 10, 2014
| 10:59 AM
The first U.S.-launched satellite, Explorer I, was 6 feet long and weighed 30 pounds, and it led to the discovery of the Van Allen radiation belt that surrounds Earth. More than 50 years later, scientists could do a lot more with far less.