Charles Q. Choi

Charles Q. Choi is a science reporter in New York who has written for Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Science, and Nature, among others. In his spare time, he has traveled to all seven continents, earned the rank of yondan in the Toyama-ryu battodo school of Japanese swordsmanship, and has had science fiction appear in Analog magazine.

Cosmic Backyard

Twinkling Stars Might Hold The Key To Finding Alien Intelligence

Stars at night twinkle as the atmosphere interferes with their light. Scientists are repurposing this mechanism to hunt for alien intelligence.

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Future Telescopes With Liquid Mirrors Could Peer at Alien Worlds in Detail

A project called FLUTE is looking into self-healing space telescopes.

Cosmic Backyard

This Mysterious Interstellar Object Could Contain The Universe's Darkest Secrets

Fragments of extinct solar systems and planets could be visiting us regularly — these scientists think they know how to find them.


This Fossil of a Giant Whale Could Be The Heaviest Known Animal To Date

Scientists still have no idea what it ate.


Scientists Finally Confirm A Long-Held Belief About What Triggers Photosynthesis

A single photon is enough to catalyze photosynthesis in bacteria, according to a study published in Nature, which likely applies to plants as well.


Bursts of Brain Activity: A Rare Look At Dying Brains Could Finally Explain Near-Death Experiences

Researchers have long questioned whether consciousness actually continues during the dying process.


Ground-Breaking Physics Experiment Shows Light Can Cross Through Gaps in Time

Quantum physics never ceases to impress.


Scientists Claim a New Invention Could Make Nuclear Fusion a Practical Reality

But it isn’t clear if it works.


Controlled chaos may be the key to unlimited clean energy

Small doses of instability could eventually bring us a new source of clean power.


Saturn's rings were once a moon ripped apart by bizarre forces

Resonance with not-so-near Neptune destabilized the moon 100 million years ago.


Astronomers find a shocking culprit that shaped Earth's continents

Sure, asteroids did some of the work. But a few came from the fringes of our Solar System.


This revolutionary new technology pulls clean fuel from the air

If all goes well, it could create sustainable energy anywhere on Earth.


This 31,000-year-old fossil may reveal the world's oldest amputation

Scientists may have discovered evidence of the earliest known use of surgery


Scientists just bypassed millions of years’ worth of evolution in mice

But they don’t have mutant-making in mind.

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Physicists discover a mind-bending puzzle about protons at the quantum level

Quarks can sneak in and give protons a little extra heft now and then.


This breakthrough stem-cell therapy could reverse genetic blindness

An answer has long evaded scientists — until now.

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3D analysis reveals a key similarity between dinosaur and bird embryos

It's all in the hips.


This groundbreaking new battery could help solve our e-waste problem

Just add water to power your device.


Humans were drinking milk long before they could easily digest it

Why lactose tolerance evolved is still somewhat of a mystery.


Trap-jaw ants are so powerful they should implode — scientists finally uncovered their secret

The insects evolved special jaws to prevent the animals from destroying themselves.