Micah Stafford

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Explainer: The Mysterious Dark Energy That Speeds the Universe's Rate of Expansion

The nature of dark energy is one of the most important unsolved problems in all of science. But what, exactly, is dark energy, and why do we even …

Alan Turing’s relative calls on gay men to seek lifting of past convictions

In 1952 Alan Turing – the Enigma code breaker responsible for decrypting Nazi messages, and credited with shortening the second world war by two years and saving thousands of lives – was charged at a Manchester police station over homosexual activity. He was later tried and convicted of gross …

Alan Turing

What Is The Gas Composition Of Middle Earth's Atmosphere?

The science of the rings<p>The world of Middle Earth, as portrayed in the <i>Lord of the Rings</i> books and films, is known mainly for its inhospitability. Giant spiders, orc hordes, ringwraiths on horseback, and terrifying monstrosities of shadow and flame in the depths of caverns all make for a pretty …

When It Comes to Wine Glasses, Size and Shape Matter

A spiffy new camera set-up devised by scientists in Japan indicates that glass shape–just like the wine snobs have been telling us all along–affects the flavor of wine.<p>In a recent study, Kohji Mitsubayashi and colleagues at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University topped wine-filled glasses with a …