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.

Science
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.
Science
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.
Science
Dec. 16 2013 2:00 PMDo We Live in a 10-Dimensional Hologram?Why physicists imagine mind-bending black-hole universes.
Science
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.

TODAY IN SLATE

Culturebox

The End of Pregnancy

And the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Took Control of the Entire Porn Industry

The Hot New Strategy for Desperate Democrats

Blame China for everything.

The Questions That Michael Brown’s Autopsies Can’t Answer

Foreigners

Kiev Used to Be an Easygoing Place

Now it’s descending into madness.

Technology

Don’t Just Sit There

How to be more productive during your commute.

There Has Never Been a Comic Book Character Like John Constantine

Which Came First, the Word Chicken or the Word Egg?

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 23 2014 1:51 PM Is This the ISIS Backlash We've Been Waiting For?
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 23 2014 5:53 PM Amazon Investors Suddenly Bearish on Losing Money
  Life
Outward
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM Why Is an Obscure 1968 Documentary in the Opening Credits of Transparent?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 6:55 PM A Goodfellas Actor Sued The Simpsons for Stealing His Likeness. Does He Have a Case?
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 23 2014 11:45 AM The United States of Reddit  How social media is redrawing our borders. 
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 23 2014 5:42 PM Seriously, Evolution: WTF? Why I love the most awkward, absurd, hacked-together species.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.