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Why the World Cup Suddenly Has So Many Goals

NASA engineer Rabindra Mehta explains the aerodynamics of the World Cup soccer ball.

Why Galactic Collisions Are So Beautiful

To Predict Turbulence, Just Count the Puffs

These tiny swirls of fluid live, die, reproduce, and spark turbulence.

How Physics Is Like Three-Chord Rock

Like a set of common chords, the same math appears in diverse fields of physics.

This Shape-Shifter Could Tell Us Why Matter Exists

Neutrinos can flit between states effortlessly, hinting at deep new physics.

The Most Symmetrical Objects in the World

When the Earth Had Two Moons

A new model—“The Big Splat”—explains the strange asymmetry of the moon.

The Disappearing Physicist and His Elusive Particle

He ushered symmetry into theoretical physics, then vanished without a trace.