Safe Nuclear Power and Green Hydrogen Fuel

Nuclear power is being shunned. It’s not surprising, after the serious accident at Chernobyl in 1986 that made the Russian city’s name synonymous with disaster. The potential exists for more of the same ...

Dec 11, 2005 feature
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Mathematicians solve E8 structure (Update)

A transatlantic team of number-crunchers announced they had built a theoretical structure in 248 dimensions, resolving a 120-year puzzle that could be used to test theories about the structure of the cosmos.

Mar 19, 2007
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How did the universe begin?

One of the most interesting questions considered by astrophysicists deals with the start of our universe. Indeed, there is a great deal of speculation on the subject, with different theories about how the universe began, ...

Jun 24, 2008 feature
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New mathematics-based sculpture unveils fourth dimension

Artistic works traditionally carry significance beyond their physical beauty, but a new sculpture in the McAllister Building headquarters of the Penn State Department of Mathematics may carry that tradition ...

Oct 20, 2005
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Magnetic Portals Connect Sun and Earth

During the time it takes you to read this article, something will happen high overhead that until recently many scientists didn't believe in. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million ...

Oct 31, 2008
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Why Life Originated (And Why it Continues)

( -- Today, scientists understand pretty well how life evolves, by mechanisms based on Darwin’s theory of natural selection for survival of the fittest. However, Darwin’s 1859 classic, On the ...

Dec 09, 2008 feature
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