Dr. Elizabeth Fernandez is a science communicator, looking at the interface between science and technology in society, and writes on science and society, science and philosophy, astronomy, physics, and geology. Particularly, she looks at how science, philosophy, religion and culture intersect. She has a PhD in astrophysics and has worked around the world, using telescopes both on the ground and in space. Her articles have appeared on Forbes.com and Big Think. She is also the host and producer of SparkDialog Podcasts, a podcast on science and society, where she tells the story of science in our lives. Besides science, she is an artist and writer, loves pretty much ever genre of music in existence, and seeks out bizarre and unique musical instruments. She has a passion for interfaith relations, working with people from many countries and backgrounds promoting dialog between faiths. Follow her on Twitter @SparkDialog.
Maybe the brain isn't "classical" after all.
Maybe our understanding of quantum entanglement is incomplete, or maybe there is something fundamentally unique about consciousness.
Quantum entanglement may remain spooky, but it has a very practical side.
We are not yet at the point where quantum communications can be deployed to secure the internet, but we might not be far off.
Uncertainty is inherent to our Universe.
Quantum communication offers a surer path to sending an interstellar message, as well as receiving one. But can we do it?
The length of a day oscillates slightly every six years. This was a surprising discovery made last decade. We might now know why.
Some of the coastal areas were not repopulated for millennia afterward, showing that there was a long-lasting memory of this tragic event.
There's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on beneath the single plate of Mars.
The answer may lie in the particular way sand forms on Titan.
The high pitches from the flute and the harp would reach your ears before the notes from the tuba and the cello.
We have long thought that Pluto was completely frozen solid, but the discovery of cryovolcanoes challenges that assumption.
Extremely precise atomic clocks are not just of theoretical interest; they could help detect impending volcanic eruptions or melting glaciers.
Volcanic activity caused the end-Triassic mass extinction 200 million years ago. The dinosaurs survived and rose to dominance.
Ancient helium-3 from the dawn of time leaks from the Earth, offering clues to our planet’s formation. A key question is where it leaks from.
From crocodiles to birds, certain animals managed to survive some of the worst extinction events in world history.
Gigantic ranges called "supermountains" formed twice in Earth's history, and they may have had a profound influence on evolutionary history.
Chemical changes inside Mars' core caused it to lose its magnetic field. This, in turn, caused it to lose its oceans. But how?
We know more about the universe than what is beneath our feet. But Earth's mantle holds subtle clues about our planet's past.
Impressive but deadly physics underlie catastrophic eruptions.
From hellishly hot planets to water worlds, some distant planets are like nothing in our Solar System.