Marcus Woo

Contributing Writer

quantum physics

Quantum Machine Appears to Defy Universe’s Push for Disorder

March 20, 2019

One of the first quantum simulators has produced a puzzling phenomenon: a row of atoms that repeatedly pops back into place.

mathematical physics

A Child’s Puzzle Has Helped Unlock the Secrets of Magnetism

January 24, 2019

People have known about magnets since ancient times, but the physics of ferromagnetism remains a mystery. Now a familiar puzzle is getting physicists closer to the answer.

Art for "‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter"
quantum physics

‘Quantum Atmospheres’ May Reveal Secrets of Matter

September 25, 2018

A new theory proposes that the quantum properties of an object extend into an “atmosphere” that surrounds the material.

geophysics

The Hunt for Earth’s Deep Hidden Oceans

July 11, 2018

Water-bearing minerals reveal that Earth’s mantle could hold more water than all its oceans. Researchers now ask: Where did it all come from?

Michael Assis folding a large, beige sheet or Miura-ori
statistical physics

The Atomic Theory of Origami

October 31, 2017

By reimagining the kinks and folds of origami as atoms in a lattice, researchers are uncovering strange behavior hiding in simple structures.

About the author

Marcus Woo is a science journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His work has appeared in WIREDNew ScientistNational GeographicSmithsonian, NPRthe BBC, and other publications.