Cosmos

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.

Astrophysics Knowns and Unknowns

A guide to fundamentals of astrophyics at a time of many exciting --and sometimes puzzling-- discoveries

Big Science from Little Stars

Red dwarfs provide vital information about galaxy evolution...

Cosmic Evolution

From the beginning of the universe to complex life: an explanation of the development of the cosmos

Dark Matter in the Universe

Some mysterious, invisible stuff is holding galaxies together

Einstein's Relativity

Einstein completely changed our understanding of the universe...

Exoplanet Atomospheres

How do scientists investigate exoplanet atmospheres --and what are they discovering?

Gamma Ray Bursts

An explanation of the most spectacular explosions in the universe, and their possible impact on life

Great Expectations: The Large Hadron Collider 2015

When the LHC starts up again in 2015, what will scientists be looking for?

History of the Universe in One Hour

From the Big Bang to parallel universes...

How Solar Systems Form: Puzzles and Possibilities

Astronomer Joan Najita explains the challenge of understanding how planetary systems are created.

A Front-Row Seat at the Big Bang: The LHC at CERN

The Large Hadron Collider probes the most fundamental level of nature...

Looking for Signatures of Life on Mars

Was there ever life on Mars? How do scientists search for and analyze possible clues?

Mahajan Mathematics

A novel approach to teaching mathematics

Mapping the Heavens

A look at how major ideas in science are often initially resisted, and a view of the invisible cosmos

Mapping the Milky Way

An amazing 30+ year project and the discovery of two new Milky Way spiral arms

Mario Livio, Ph.D: His Astrophysics, His New Book (Brilliant Blunders), His Other Books

Astrophysicist and popular science author, Mario Livio, talks about his science, his writing, and his passion for art

Massive Galaxies: Where and How They Form

The investigation of how super-galaxies form is expected to provide insight into other mysteries such as dark matter and dark energy.

Mathematics and the Multiverse

Max Tegmark discusses the topic of his book: the multiverse and how reality is mathematical

Natural Mathematics: Intuition and Insight

A visionary approach to teaching, learning --and discovering-- mathematics

Origami: Art and Science

Discover how art and science intersect; it will change your entire perspective

Probing Exoplanet Atmospheres

A description of exoplanet atmospheres and how scientists attempt to analyze these alien atmospheres.

Probing the Large-Scale Universe

Deep cosmic surveys hope to explain the mysterious accelerating expansion of the universe. That search considers dark energy, dark matter, gravity.

Quantum Computing, Quantum Biology

An exploration of the quantum realm in computation, the cosmos, and biology

Reconstructing the Evolution of Stars

How astronomers read the evolution of the universe through the chemistry of the stars

Renaissance Roots of Modern Science

From astrology to astronomy, from superstition to empirical investigation....

Solar Magnetic Storms and Space Weather

How the Sun's magnetic storms can affect electric grids and electronic communications

The 2016 Large Hadron Collider Update

The latest news from this year's work at the Large Hadron Collider in CERN

The Core of the Moon

Did the ancient moon have a magnetic field like Earth's? And why do scientists need to know?

The Dark Age of the Universe

What scientists are learning about the early universe --before light emerged

The Formation of Stars and Planets

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

The Grand Geometry of Nature

Mathematics everywhere: the deepest truths of Nature are mathematical

The Social Context of Science

David Kaiser discusses how culture influences science and why we should be aware of that relationship

The Tumultuous Milky Way and Its Satellite Galaxies

How do spiral galaxies like our Milky Way form?

Two Paul Steinhardt Projects: The "Cyclic Universe" and "Quasicrystals"

One of our foremost physicists discusses two projects: the cyclic universe and quasicrystals

Update from the Large Hadron Collider: The Higgs?

Finding the Higgs is one of the greatest triumphs in the history of science...

What's Up at the 2015 Large Hadron Collider

A report on the 2015 experiments at the Large Hadron Collider, now at unprecedented 13 TeV energy