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Einstein’s genius, gone minimalist

Einstein’s genius, gone minimalist

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1905 was a big year for Albert Einstein. He was 26 years old and working in the Swiss Patent Office when, in the span of seven months, he published four papers that would eventually be hugely influential. In these papers, he proposed that light could be a particle, proved that atoms existed, laid out his []

How do you animate cosmic rays? The story behind a TEDxCERN TED-Ed lesson

How do you animate cosmic rays? The story behind a TEDxCERN TED-Ed lesson

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On September 24, TEDxCERN was hosted by physicist Brian Cox (watch his TED Talk: “CERN’s supercollider“), and the world was welcomed to watch for free. Below, an appetite-whetter that originally ran on the TEDx Innovations Blog. Cosmic rays. Active galactic nuclei. Nucleosynthesis. For physicist Veronica Bindi, this is everyday vocabulary. A ten-year collaborator with AMS-02 — an experiment analyzing []

The fundamental nature of the universe: Allan Adams at TED2014

The fundamental nature of the universe: Allan Adams at TED2014

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Allan Adams “became a physicist to understand how the world works at its most fundamental level.” Adams, a professor of theoretical physics at MIT, points out that the things we’ve learned so far are pretty incredible: We know the universe began just 13.8 billion years ago, and have a pretty good idea how it’s going []

A new push for fusion power: Michel Laberge at TED2014

A new push for fusion power: Michel Laberge at TED2014

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“The whole planet needs a lot of energy,” begins Michel Laberge, in an understatement. So far, he says, we’ve been running on fossil fuels, and it’s been difficult to find something as cost-effective to replace them. Laberge is a fan of nuclear power, which he thinks is the best solution to that problem in the []

Op-Ed: The still-tolerated gender bias in science

Op-Ed: The still-tolerated gender bias in science

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I just might have the best job in the world. As a particle physicist and professor at Yale, I am a happy cog on the wheel of humanity, trying to understand the universe. I collaborate with brilliant people, young and old, from all over the globe. But while I love my job, the truth is []