December 24, 2003
"It's No Small Matter" (Dec. 20), your Column One article, always a treat, was especially good this time. It has managed to make the search for the sterile neutrino quite understandable to us who know no physics -- not to mention quite human (even comic), heroic in its tedious progress and somehow beautiful as well. Thank you for publishing challenging concepts quite lucidly explained. Ellen Swallow Manhattan Beach
July 18, 2012 |
A Jet Propulsion Laboratory researcher has solved the so-called Pioneer anomaly -- the unexpected slowing of the two Pioneer spacecraft -- and shown that it is not due to unknown physics, as some theoreticians had speculated. Instead, it is the result of heat radiated by the spacecraft. Pioneer 10 and Pioneer 11 were launched in 1972 and 1973, respectively, on a trajectory toward the edge of the solar system. In the early 1980s, controllers at NASA's JPL detected a slight deceleration in the crafts' speeds.
June 7, 2012 |
The Institute for Figuring, a nomadic entity since its inception in 2003, has new headquarters in Chinatown: a cozy, thoughtfully appointed exhibition space that gives friendly form to a slippery bundle of concepts. Founded by Margaret Wertheim, a science writer, and her sister Christine, a poet, as a venue for exploring “the poetic and aesthetic dimensions of science, mathematics and engineering,” the IFF is best known for its Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project, an increasingly global community art initiative that encourages the crocheting of reef-like forms according to principles of hyperbolic geometry.
October 7, 2009 |
Three American "masters of light" who created technologies that made it possible to capture digital images and transmit them and other electronic information long distances today won the 2009 Nobel Prize in physics. Charles K. Kao, a naturalized American who did most of his work in England and Hong Kong, will share half the $1.4-million prize for demonstrating that highly purified fibers of glass can carry light waves for long distances, setting the stage for the globe-girdling fiber-optic networks that transmit the bulk of everyday television, telephone and other communications.
September 19, 2010 |
The Physics of Imaginary Objects Tina May Hall University of Pittsburgh Press: 160 pp., $24.95 In hard times, as you well know, fewer risks are taken when it comes to potential profit and potential loss. In the publishing world, this means less experimental fiction published by large houses. It also means an upwelling of creative new houses and imprints that publish raw experiments with language. Tina May Hall's pungent writing breaks down walls between poetry and prose, narrator and reader, humor and horror.
October 9, 2012 |
Two scientists who invented methods to observe and measure the behavior of tiny particles, a key step toward developing powerful quantum computers, were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics Tuesday. Working independently, American David J. Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Serge Haroche of France developed ways to study individual particles of matter and light without destroying them, a feat that was previously thought to be impossible because quantum particles lose their special properties when anything interacts with them.