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.

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
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.



More Than Scottish Pride

Scotland’s referendum isn’t about nationalism. It’s about a system that failed, and a new generation looking to take a chance on itself. 

What Charles Barkley Gets Wrong About Corporal Punishment and Black Culture

Why Greenland’s “Dark Snow” Should Worry You

Three Talented Actresses in Three Terrible New Shows

Why Do Some People See the Virgin Mary in Grilled Cheese?

The science that explains the human need to find meaning in coincidences.


Happy Constitution Day!

Too bad it’s almost certainly unconstitutional.

Is It Worth Paying Full Price for the iPhone 6 to Keep Your Unlimited Data Plan? We Crunch the Numbers.

What to Do if You Literally Get a Bug in Your Ear

  News & Politics
Sept. 16 2014 7:03 PM Kansas Secretary of State Loses Battle to Protect Senator From Tough Race
Sept. 16 2014 4:16 PM The iPhone 6 Marks a Fresh Chance for Wireless Carriers to Kill Your Unlimited Data
The Eye
Sept. 16 2014 12:20 PM These Outdoor Cat Shelters Have More Style Than the Average Home
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 15 2014 3:31 PM My Year As an Abortion Doula
  Slate Plus
Slate Plus Video
Sept. 16 2014 2:06 PM A Farewell From Emily Bazelon The former senior editor talks about her very first Slate pitch and says goodbye to the magazine.
Brow Beat
Sept. 16 2014 8:43 PM This 17-Minute Tribute to David Fincher Is the Perfect Preparation for Gone Girl
Future Tense
Sept. 16 2014 6:40 PM This iPhone 6 Feature Will Change Weather Forecasting
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 16 2014 11:46 PM The Scariest Campfire Story More horrifying than bears, snakes, or hook-handed killers.
Sports Nut
Sept. 15 2014 9:05 PM Giving Up on Goodell How the NFL lost the trust of its most loyal reporters.