Matthew R. Francis

Matthew R. Francis is a physicist, science writer, public speaker, educator, and frequent wearer of jaunty hats. He blogs at Galileo’s Pendulum.

Space: The Next Generation
Nov. 20 2014 7:21 AMWhat’s Next for Space Exploration?Five places in the solar system we really need to visit.
Mysteries of the Universe
Feb. 18 2014 11:48 AMWhat Is Dark Energy?Researchers’ ideas are mind-bending, highly creative, and occasionally nuts.
Dec. 16 2013 2:00 PMDo We Live in a 10-Dimensional Hologram?Why physicists imagine mind-bending black-hole universes.
Aug. 23 2013 4:32 PMWarp Speed? Not So Fast.A NASA engineer claims he has a way to move faster than the speed of light. Shh! It’s a secret.
May 29 2014 9:36 AMThe Two Top Inspirations of Science-Sounding Nonsense: Quantum and Consciousness
Mysteries of the Universe
Feb. 13 2014 6:36 AMDid Stephen Hawking Just Eliminate Black Holes?Celebrity science can be weirder than quantum mechanics.
Sept. 24 2013 12:51 PMA Holographic Big BangDid the universe start with a five-dimensional black hole?
Future Tense
Aug. 14 2013 3:43 PMNew York Times Wants to Fight Einstein, Einstein Declines
  News & Politics
Jan. 27 2015 6:07 PM How the Koch Brothers Could Make, Break, or Reshape Republican Politics in 2016 Charles and David Koch are putting $900 million into the 2016 race. How they can make, break, or reshape Republican politics. 
  Slate Plus
Jan. 27 2015 11:18 AM Slate Voice: “American Liar” Listen to Mark Joseph Stern read his piece about Jesse Ventura’s defamation suit against Chris Kyle.