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This New Form of Light Is a Physical Molecule, Here’s How We Made It

Photons are oddballs. When they’re not busy being waves, they’re massless particles that can travel at light speed because, well, that’s what they are, little packets of light. For decades it was also thought photons didn’t interact with each other, but recently researchers have discovered how to bind photons together as though they were molecules. […]

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The science of expansion: Andromeda, gravity, and the ‘Big Rip’ | Michelle Thaller

One of the questions I get asked most commonly as an astronomer is if almost all the galaxies in the universe are flying away from us in space, why is the Andromeda Galaxy getting closer to us? Does that somehow mean that the Big Bang works differently in different parts of the universe? And the […]

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The Einstein myth: Why the cult of personality is bad for science | Michelle Thaller

So Jonathan you ask a question that actually gets to the heart of a lot of my ideas about science and culture. And you ask about the celebrity culture. We hear about these famous scientists, it goes Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking or Neil deGrasse Tyson; we know of these wonderful kind of larger than […]

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