Behind the scenes

The Quest for the Most Elusive Material in Physics

A look at the search to find “the most miraculous substances of modern physics”, that speaks to the nature of scientific research. The substance turns out to be “a material that, at near room temperature, could transport electricity without losing power.”

Operation Columba

The story of the pigeon reveals a far more fascinating animal than their present urban representatives would suggest. They’ve in fact played various helpful roles in human existence since they were first domesticated by the Sumerians four thousand years ago. This piece examines a World War II plan that used them to gather intelligence and spread misinformation.