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.
Chemical changes inside Mars' core caused it to lose its magnetic field. This, in turn, caused it to lose its oceans. But how?
Rocks and minerals don’t simply reflect light. They play with it and interact with light as both a wave and a particle.
Quantum physics is starting to show up in unexpected places. Indeed, it is at work in animals, plants, and our own bodies.
The outer planets' clouds hide the weirdness within.
Plants at room temperature show properties we had only seen near absolute zero.
About six million years ago, the Mediterranean was sealed off from the Atlantic, and over centuries it ran dry. One megaflood reversed that.
Catastrophes are difficult to predict because they are so rare. But AI using active learning can make predictions from very small data sets.
What do you call it when the Earth shakes for three decades?
We are traveling in a realm that once exclusively belonged to the gods. Space travel will force humanity to rethink everything.
A conversation with an advanced alien species is likely to be simple and to take 1,000 years. It might also be dangerous.
A group of prominent scientists shares how research has changed them.
When battles raged in ancient cities, their rocks blazed so brightly that they could be reoriented according to Earth's magnetic field.
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.