What Goes On in a Proton? Quark Math Still Needs Answers

What Goes On in a Proton? Quark Math Still Needs Answers

Objects are made of atoms, and atoms are likewise the sum of their parts—electrons, protons, and neutrons. Dive into one of those protons or neutrons, however, and things get weird. Three particles called quarks ricochet back and forth at nearly the speed of light, snapped back by interconnected strings of particles called gluons. Bizarrely, the…

The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards

The Eerie Stillness of Empty Schoolyards

Before Covid-19 hit the San Francisco Bay Area, photojournalist Justin Sullivan could upload a raw file to Getty Images in a few seconds. Now, it can take several minutes. “Between the hours of 2 and 6 pm, the internet just flatlines,” Sullivan says. “Everyone’s on Zoom calls and watching movies or whatever.” That “whatever” includes…

Science Fairs Are Canceled. Maybe That’s Just as Well

Science Fairs Are Canceled. Maybe That’s Just as Well

The global pandemic has eliminated so many public events, and it sucks. Sports, canceled. Concerts, canceled. Graduations, canceled. In Louisiana, where I live, there are usually a bunch of awesome spring festivals; not this year. Also canceled, just about every school- and state-level science fair and, as far as I can tell, pretty much every…

An Unlikely Partner to Counter Cyberattacks

An Unlikely Partner to Counter Cyberattacks

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, ransomware attacks have increased 148 percent over baseline levels from February 2020. This follows an already devastating surge in ransomware attacks against state and local governments. Hackers made headlines on August 16, 2019, after they remotely blocked access to critical data in 22 localities in Texas. That same year, Baltimore’s city…

The Classic TV Shows and Movies We Keep Rewatching

The Classic TV Shows and Movies We Keep Rewatching

There’s only so many ways I can phrase it: the reality we’re living in sucks. People are battling the novel coronavirus, are out of work, and some are learning to grieve without being able to hug their loved ones; healthcare workers are facing supply shortages and trying to not get sick themselves, and we’re all…

How Much Is a Human Life Worth, In Dollars?

How Much Is a Human Life Worth, In Dollars?

The numbers are staggering. On May 7, 2,231 Americans died of the disease Covid-19, bringing the total number of deaths in the United States to 75,662, and more than 270,000 worldwide. The economic effects have been nothing short of American carnage. At the end of April the US Congressional Budget Office hinted that the second…