The Surprisingly Cool Physics of Pushing a Block Against a Wall

This is a cooler physics problem than I initially realized. It goes something like this.A block has a mass of 1 kg and...
Horizon over sea ice in the Arctic.

Judge says Trump can’t re-open Arctic waters that Obama closed to drilling

Enlarge / United States, Alaska, Arctic National...
Pile of tiny gray rods.

MIT scientists: Heat can act like sound wave when moving through pencil lead

Enlarge / Graphite rods ready to be...

SpaceX successfully recovered Falcon Heavy’s nosecone, and it’s going to space again

After many delays, SpaceX was finally able to launch its Falcon Heavy rocket this week, for just the second time ever. The company...
An Atlas V rocket destroyed this photographer’s camera lens, and he’s totally okay with that

An Atlas V rocket destroyed this photographer’s camera lens, and he’s totally okay with...

For photographers interested in capturing the fire and fury of a spacecraft leaving Earth, rocket launch days are a pretty big deal. We’re...

The Sun is getting cooler and dimmer, but scientists aren’t worried

In what is being considered a particularly rare event, scientists are projecting that the Sun will be an unusually cool customer by the...

NASA is watching Arctic sea ice closely, and it has a dire warning for...

NASA spends a lot of its time gazing into the depths of the cosmos, but one of the great things about having high-powered...

NASA is finally going to study Moon samples it gathered 50 years ago

NASA has been to the Moon several times, but it’s been a while since the last visit. When astronauts explored the lunar surface...

Your taste for coffee is buried in your genes, new study says

If you’re a regular coffee drinker there’s a good chance your first taste of black coffee wasn’t an entirely pleasant one, at least...