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Quantum cryptography is a way of securing information based on the principle of uncertainty in quantum physics.  An encryption based on such physics would in theory be ‘unbreakable’, since intercepting a message causes the encryption process to shatter like the Read more…


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As fall approaches rapidly, many are wondering if the race for a vaccine will bear fruit as early as January 2021. I am a physician-scientist and infectious diseases specialist at the University of Virginia, where I care for patients and Read more…


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It’s been twelve months since we counted down the final minutes of 2019 and joyfully screamed ‘Happy New Year’. We were so blissfully unaware of what was in store for us in the days ahead.   For those who lost Read more…


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Every now and again, we get a little glimpse of just how far human ingenuity has gone. Quite literally: The above image was taken by a spacecraft travelling through the Solar System while it was at a distance of 251 Read more…


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A test of a powerful new space imaging instrument has given us a gloriously detailed new perspective of the Apollo 15 Moon landing site. By bouncing a powerful radar signal off the lunar surface, the new instrument has been able Read more…


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The start of electric aviation is upon us, but it’s going to take many more years before the average environmentalist can fly guilt free on a fully electric long haul jet. In the meantime, scientists are trying to make the Read more…


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Scientists have created new kinds of ‘living materials’ by tweaking the base ingredients of kombucha – the popular tea drink fermented with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast (aka SCOBY).   This kind of ‘tea fungus’ – sometimes called Read more…


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To artists and romantics, the twinkling of stars is visual poetry; a dance of distant light as it twists and bends through a turbulent ocean of air above our heads. Not everybody is so enamoured with our atmosphere’s distortions. To Read more…

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