October 30, 2014

12:00 PM | Feast Your Eyes On The Best Microscope Images Of The Year
Jumping Spider Eyes Noah Fram-Schwartz Every year since 1974, Nikon has herded a gaggle of nerds into a room for an impossible task: Pore over thousands of microscope images and pick the very best ones. I was lucky enough to join the judge’s circle this summer for Nikon Small World 2014—the 40th year of the microscopy competition. Our small group had to peruse more than 1,200 entries from 79 countries. It wasn’t easy. Many of the images had just the […]

October 23, 2014

12:57 PM | The Surprising Science Behind The Movie 'Interstellar'
Interstellar Syncopy/Paramont Pictures Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and enthralling story can prompt even the most disciplined Popular Science employee to daydream at his or her desk. To us, science fiction is a lens through which we can explore our place and future in the universe. So when we found out director Christopher Nolan was […]
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