Month: August 2021

Ambassador for Earth

Ambassador for Earth

One of the strengths of the community involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence—known as SETI—is its imaginative ability to take seriously things that most people dismiss out of hand. The idea that the technologies of astronomy can go beyond allowing us new insights into the natural world, and provide us with a means of …

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One small step

One small step

Over the past 20 years, Nature has published several landmark papers in nanotechnology, including the discovery of C60, also known as buckyball (HW Kroto et al. Nature 318, 162–163; 1985) and carbon nanotube (S. ijima Nature 354). , 56–58; 1991). But the vast amount of published papers in this field is expanding rapidly, and the …

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Power and particles

Power and particles

For decades, high-energy physicists have built the basis for the glow of a theory that can clearly do no wrong. Prosaic Although the ‘Standard Model’ may seem, each experimental observation from the accelerator has fulfilled its predictions, often to exceptional accuracy. It is also false, in that it predicts particles that should be observed in …

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A global folly

A global folly

North Korea’s nuclear test this week (see page 610) is worrying for two reasons: the unstable nature of the nation that has just entered the nuclear-weapons club, and the feeling that the international anti-proliferation regime is slowly unraveling. It’s happening before our eyes. There is very little precious about the former that can be done. …

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