More has been learned about the origin and structure of the cosmos in the last century than in the entire history of humanity. And new discoveries are made constantly, thanks to the skills of the international science community and the great technological advances that make it possible to probe the universe. Here are SftPublic lectures and conversations on leading areas of investigation.
A guide to fundamentals of astrophyics at a time of many exciting --and sometimes puzzling-- discoveries
Red dwarfs provide vital information about galaxy evolution...
From the beginning of the universe to complex life: an explanation of the development of the cosmos
Some mysterious, invisible stuff is holding galaxies together
Einstein completely changed our understanding of the universe...
How do scientists investigate exoplanet atmospheres --and what are they discovering?
An explanation of the most spectacular explosions in the universe, and their possible impact on life
When the LHC starts up again in 2015, what will scientists be looking for?
From the Big Bang to parallel universes...
Astronomer Joan Najita explains the challenge of understanding how planetary systems are created.
The Large Hadron Collider probes the most fundamental level of nature...
Was there ever life on Mars? How do scientists search for and analyze possible clues?
A novel approach to teaching mathematics
A look at how major ideas in science are often initially resisted, and a view of the invisible cosmos
An amazing 30+ year project and the discovery of two new Milky Way spiral arms
Astrophysicist and popular science author, Mario Livio, talks about his science, his writing, and his passion for art
The investigation of how super-galaxies form is expected to provide insight into other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy.
Max Tegmark discusses the topic of his book: the multiverse and how reality is mathematical
A visionary approach to teaching, learning --and discovering-- mathematics
A very exciting investigation of the possible role of ultraviolet radiation in the emergence of life --on Earth and elsewhere
Discover how art and science intersect; it will change your entire perspective
A description of exoplanet atmospheres and how scientists attempt to analyze these alien atmospheres.
Deep cosmic surveys hope to explain the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe. That search considers dark energy, dark matter, gravity.
An exploration of the quantum realm in computation, the cosmos, and biology
How astronomers read the evolution of the universe through the chemistry of the stars
From astrology to astronomy, from superstition to empirical investigation....
How realistic is the time-travel concept and how would time machines work?
How the Sun's magnetic storms can affect electric grids and electronic communications
The latest news from this year's work at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN
Did the ancient moon have a magnetic field like Earth's? And why do scientists need to know?
What scientists are learning about the early universe --before light emerged
How stars and their planetary systems form, and what the New Horizons mission to Pluto will reveal about the "fossil record" of our own solar system
Mathematics everywhere: the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical
David Kaiser discusses how culture influences science and why we should be aware of that relationship
How do spiral galaxies like our Milky Way form?
One of our foremost physicists discusses two projects: the cyclic universe and quasicrystals
Finding the Higgs is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of science...
Finally, an explanation of how votiing districts can be unfairly sliced and diced
A report on the 2015 experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, now at unprecedented 13 TeV energy