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Paul Sutter received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. After spending three years at the Paris Institute of Astrophysics, he is now a visiting scholar at the Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics. Sutter is the host of several podcasts and YouTube series, consults for TV and film productions, and frequently makes public appearances discussing physics and astronomy topics and the role science plays in society.
A few scant equations can explain a variety of phenomena in our universe, over vast gulfs of space and time. Here's a taste of just how powerful modern physics can be.
There's a reason — actually, several — why Sir Isaac Newton is often considered the No. 1 scientist of all time.
For the past few years, the possibility of a new (and big!) planet hanging around in the far outer solar system has tantalized scientists and the public alike. Is "Planet Nine" out there or not?
Physicists are figuring out how close you can get to a black hole before you are unlikely to escape. That threshold is called the innermost stable circular orbit (ISCO).
Magnetars — highly magnetized, rapidly rotating super-dense stars — are among the most enigmatic creatures to inhabit the cosmos and their origins are shrouded in mystery.
Is space-time ultimately smooth at the tiniest of scales, or something else? It seems impossible to measure, but researchers are beginning to look down. Deep down.
Although simulations suggest that black holes should grow quickly in the early universe, when astronomers look back in time they simply cannot find many such structures.
String theory hopes to be a literal theory of everything — a powerful idea that could completely revolutionize our understanding of the physical world. But it has never been directly tested.
Double sunsets may be just as common in our galaxy as the solitary kind that we know on Earth, and this has big implications for our search for life outside the solar system.
The five main string-theory candidates may all just be pieces of a larger, cohesive whole — and M-theory could bring them together.
A new research paper has found a new potential type of abode for life: a rocky planet orbiting just past the event horizon of a rapidly spinning supermassive black hole.
As far as cosmologists can tell, the mysterious force behind the accelerated expansion of the universe, a force that we call dark energy, remains constant. But it may not have done so in the past.
All four outer planets in our solar system sport at least a few rings, but so far, we haven't observed any such features around exoplanets. That's confusing.