Adam Frank is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester and a leading expert on the final stages of evolution for stars like the sun. Frank's computational research group at the University of Rochester has developed advanced supercomputer tools for studying how stars form and how they die. A self-described “evangelist of science," he is the author of four books and the co-founder of 13.8, where he explores the beauty and power of science in culture with physicist Marcelo Gleiser.
Despite the vast number of planets in the Universe, Earth's specific evolutionary history guarantees that its life forms — including humans — are utterly unique.
"The X-Files" was not a documentary.
We may be the last generation born not knowing if we are alone in the Universe.
The space telescope's findings challenge the notion of a galaxy brimming with life.
Is mathematics woven into the very fabric of reality? Or is it merely a product of the human mind?
The truth is out there, but it's probably not in the latest whistleblower's report.
Origin of life studies have always focused on a set of strict environments that could give rise to life. Ante-life opens new possibilities.
It's a useful fiction — but it's still fiction.
There are two methods to measure the expansion rate of the Universe. The results do not agree with each other, and this is a big problem.
The problem of the electroweak horizon haunts the standard model of cosmology and beckons us to ask how deep a rethink the model may need.
The standard model of cosmology has a big new problem: Some galaxies seem to be too old.
How do physicists solve a problem like entropy?
Cosmologists are largely still in the dark about the forces that drive the Universe.
It may be time for a cosmological paradigm shift.
We do not need to pause AI research. But we do need a pause on the public release of these tools until we can determine how to deal with them.
Temperatures in the Sun's core exceed 10 million degrees Celsius. But how on Earth did we actually come to know that?
Science cannot help us understand or describe first-person experience. Zen koans are a powerful form for helping us reach that description.
Cosmic origins remain a mystery.
The road to intelligent life is a series of hard steps.
Video games matter. Their continued technological and artistic development is reshaping the way we satisfy our ancient need to tell stories.
The initial goal of AI was to create machines that think like humans. But that is not what happened at all.
There might be a hard limit to our knowledge of the Universe.
Einstein tried to disprove quantum mechanics. Instead, a weird concept called entanglement showed that Einstein was wrong.
It's a radical but plausible idea.
We are still new at this.