This is great news. Robert Charles Wilson's mind-blowing, Hugo Award winning novel Spin just got optioned by Universal Cable Productions. Which means we may be due for a Spin TV series sometime soon.
Things that usually spin really, really fast: a top, the wheel of fortune wheel, other wheels, circular objects, knobs and other things of that nature. Not a mountain! Well, unless you're Superman and can fly around it. Newsflash: we're not Superman. However! Kevin Parry and Andrea Nesbitt of Candy Glass Productions…
This is a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) observatory, which is due to launch tomorrow—but it's spinning fast enough to make you feel really quite sick.
Subscribers to Spin Magazine got a letter in the mail yesterday informing them that it had ceased publication. Wasn't Spin already kind of dead? Yes! We knew this was coming when the struggling rag was put on hold over the summer. Now it's officially gone forever, and we couldn't be happier to see Spin be relevant…
Scientists have long spoken about the possibility of using the natural spin of electrons as digital storage—but it's never been a reality because of the transient nature of the effect. Now, though, IBM researchers have found a way to keep the effect alive long enough for it to actually be useful.
In the late 1980s, a pair of Russian physicists put forward a new theory that just might serve to unite all physics in one model. But it's so fiendishly complicated that decades later, few physicists are willing to touch it.
Spin liquids are an exotic state of matter that can only exist in the world of quantum mechanics. They're a strange mess of spin states and superpositions that forces magnetism and anti-magnetism to simultaneously exist in millions of different configurations.
A hundred years ago next week, superconductivity was discovered. Now we know electric charge can flow through ultra-cold objects without resistance. How better to celebrate this anniversary than with an awesomely crazy idea about ultra-hot superconductors forming in deep space?
Scientists have figured out a way to flip the spin of individual atoms caught up in a laser matrix. Using this method, they can literally use the spin of atoms to make two-dimensional designs.
In this week's "Ask a Physicist" we get a little salty and explore the ins and outs of quantum spin. Also, why your intuition will betray you at the slightest provocation and why it's awesome to be made of fermions.
Yesterday, we presented a comprehensive guide to the world of subatomic particles, exploring all the known elementary and composite particles. But now it's time to put certainty to one side and explore the wild, mind-bending world of undiscovered particles.
Theoretically speaking, we could exponentially increase computing power by manipulating the way in which electrons in individual atoms spin. Researchers in Germany have seen atomic spin for the very first time, and captured a few tiny images to prove it.
There's only one thing Hollywood loves than a movie based on a toy: remakes. Dozens of science-fiction classics are slated for do-overs. But instead of remaking films that were fine the first time, here are 20 books Hollywood should film.
Researchers from ETH Zurich's Department of Power Electronics have developed a matchbook-sized motor that can spin faster than any other machine in the world—over 1,000,000 rpm. In order to keep it from falling apart at such high speeds, the researchers employed a titanium shell, ultra-thin copper wire for the…
New Scientist today is summarzing the world of political spin detection software-behavioral scientist Paul Ekman claims he can analyze a speech's text for words that indicate untruths and deception. Others look to analyze the tenor of the voice, and facial recognition to spot lies is becoming more of a reality. But…
Robert Charles Wilson's Hugo award-winning novel Spin has been optioned for a movie, to be produced by Leslie Urdang with Olympus Pictures and Rob Morrow's Bits & Pieces Picture Co. In Spin, aliens put a membrane around the Earth which causes time to pass much more slowly on our planet than in the rest of the…