Adam Frank is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester and a leading expert on the final stages of evolution for stars like the sun. Frank's computational research group at the University of Rochester has developed advanced supercomputer tools for studying how stars form and how they die. A self-described “evangelist of science," he is the author of four books and the co-founder of 13.8, where he explores the beauty and power of science in culture with physicist Marcelo Gleiser.
It is humanity's biggest step yet into the Solar System.
Thanks to a couple of rovers, we know Mars was once blue.
"Even with my training, I still got insights from the book’s descriptions. That’s how good Carroll is at explaining physics."
Einstein always loses in the quantum realm.
A variety of living and non-living things exhibit behavioral synchronization. Why?
Since our arrival, humans have driven a seven-fold drop in the mass of wild land mammals.
Could anyone still meet the Theoretical Minimum?
What we call "basic research" is actually the most cutting-edge. It underpins knowledge, and without it, technology does not come into being.
Like humans, stars die. The James Webb Space Telescope's early images already give us a lot of information about how this happens.
SETI is no longer just a guessing game.
Quite a lot, actually, even though it has no identifiable value as a scientific concept.
Any alien civilization that grows to span an entire planet would spark the same effects that we have. So, what do we do about it?
What if intelligence can thrive without consciousness?
Do the laws of physics place a hard limit on how far technology can advance, or can we re-write those laws?
Astronomers in 2017 caught an image of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy far, far away. Doing it in our own galaxy is a huge milestone.
A new paper combines two concepts from the edges of astrophysics: Dyson Spheres and black holes. A Type III civilization could combine them.
Time for a status check before watching "Moon Knight."