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3 mind-blowing space facts with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson joins us to talk about one of our favorite subjects: space. In the three-chaptered video, Tyson speaks about the search for alien life inside and outside of the Goldilocks Zone, why the term "dark matter" should really be called "dark gravity," and how the rotation of the Earth may have been the deciding factor in a football game.These fascinating space facts, as well as others shared in Tyson's books, make it easier for everyone to grasp complex ideas that are...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Science, Sports, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Oceans, Innovation, Sun, Universe, Gravity, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Planets, Dark Matter, Extraterrestrial Life


Cold War Nuclear Testing May Have Caused Extra Rain Around the World

A new study has found that nuclear radiation during Cold War-era weapons testing could have induced significant short-term changes in the amount of rainfall far across the globe..Read more...
Tags: Weather, Science, Climate Change, Physics, Geoengineering, Climate Science


How to improve your fried rice using physics

Apparently a high percentage of chefs at Chinese restaurants suffer shoulder plane from wok tossing. They must rapidly move the heavy pan to launch the food into the air so it cooks but doesn't burn, even though the temperatures may hit 1200°C. Recently, Georgia Tech mechanical engineers studied the kinematics of Chinese restaurant chefs to understand how they actually move and the "optimal regime for making fried rice." According to their scientific paper, they hope their study can not only l...
Tags: Food, Cooking, Video, Science, News, Physics, Rice


Ball-Tracking Basketball Hoop Makes it Impossible To Miss a Shot

After designing a curved basketball backboard that redirects every shot through the hoop, Shane Wighton has engineered a new and improved version that’s even more forgiving by actively tracking a ball’s trajectory and then repositioning the backboard so every shot is nothin’ but net.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sports, Physics, Hacks, Basketball, Microsoft Kinect, Shane Wighton


Astronomers May Have Found the Closest Black Hole to Earth

This black hole—if that’s really what it is—is so close to Earth that you can see its star system without a telescope. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Earth, Physics, Black Holes


How Self-Driving Telescopes Could Transform Astronomy

Astronomers and physicists continue to pursue the answers to the universe’s deepest questions, but on many matters, including dark matter and dark energy, they are stymied. What if an autonomously operating telescope, free from human biases and complications, could find the solutions we’ve been missing?Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Physics, Telescopes


Ask an astronomer: What was Einstein’s most mind-blowing discovery?

NASA astronomer and science communicator Michelle Thaller explains that the real brilliance of Albert Einstein is that he was able to bridge ideas that appeared to others to be in different realms.The thing Einstein is most famous for is the equation E=mc2. Thaller explains why that equation is so mind-blowing: Pure energy and matter are the same thing. That means, as humans, we are both made of matter and of pure energy, and as pure energy, we would not experience space or time."I think that, o...
Tags: Transportation, Astronomy, Space, Science, Time, Future, Intelligence, Nasa, Discovery, Brain, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Albert Einstein, Planets, Augmented Reality


Astronomers Think They've Found a Whole Population of Rocks From Outside the Solar System

Astronomers think they’ve found an entire population of asteroids originating from outside our solar system, according to a new paper.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Asteroids, Interstellar Objects, Centaurs


Albert Einstein’s Grades: A Fascinating Look at His Report Cards

Albert Einstein was a precocious child. At the age of twelve, he followed his own line of reasoning to find a proof of the Pythagorean Theorem. At thirteen he read Kant, just for the fun of it. And before he was fifteen he had taught himself differential and integral calculus. But while the young Einstein was engrossed in intellectual pursuits, he didn't much care for school. He hated rote learning and despised authoritarian schoolmasters. His sense of intellectual superiority was resent...
Tags: Google, Science, Education, College, Physics, Munich, New York Times, Italy, Albert Einstein, Princeton, Einstein, Weber, Parker, Albert, ETH, Facebook Twitter


The Trouble With Stephen Wolfram’s New 'Fundamental Theory of Physics'

Stephen Wolfram, computer scientist, physicist, and CEO of software company Wolfram Research (behind Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica) made headlines this week when he launched the Wolfram Physics Project. The blog post announcing the project explains that he and his collaborators claim to have “found a path to to the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Debunkery, Physics, Stephen Wolfram, Wolfram Alpha, Mathematica, Wolfram Research


Guy Uses Physics and Computer Simulations to Design a Never-Miss Basketball Hoop

Does it really take years of practice and dedication on the basketball court to compete with the talents of NBA players? Apparently not. All you need is some basic knowledge of physics, access to computer simulation software, and enough tools to build a curved backboard that directs every shot through the hoop.Read more...
Tags: Science, Sports, Physics, Hacks, Basketball, Nba, Simulations, Computer Simulations, Shane Wighton


Scientists use olive oil to discover new universal physics law

Physicists at the Dutch research institute AMOLF used olive oil in an experiment on light phase transitions.The scientists found that light would behave the same way in atoms, superconductors and high energy physics.The discovery can have applications in new computing and sensing systems. The dressing in your salad might redefine science if you look carefully enough. Researchers in the Netherlands used a drop of olive oil to discover a new universal law of phase transitions. The research was ca...
Tags: Science, Research, Computers, Physics, Netherlands, Innovation, Universe, Curiosity, Rodriguez, Kevin Peters, Said Rodriguez, Zou Geng


Where Did All the Antimatter Go? Scientists Are Closer to Finding Out

Particle physicists have released the results of a decade-long search, taking us a crucial step closer toward understanding where all of the universe’s antimatter has gone.Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Cosmology, Antimatter, Neutrinos


This pair of white dwarfs is spinning out gravitational waves

General relativity predicts white-dwarf binaries can do this, and now one has been found.The binary is a perfect candidate for a massive new gravitational-wave detector being deployed.The new LISA detector is a constellation of three satellites positioned millions of miles apart. Last spring, the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected a gravitational wave produced by the collision of two huge black holes 3 billion years ago. Einstein ha...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Discovery, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Einstein, Ligo, Brown, Lisa, Warren Brown, Cosmos, Mukremin Kilic


The future of space travel is starting right now

2020 is off to rocky start, but there are some exciting things happening on the space travel front.Private companies like SpaceX and Boeing have partnered with NASA to get American spacecrafts into space, back to the moon, and onwards to Mars."I think in a hundred years first of all we're going to be celebrating 2020, so 2120 get ready for a big party," says Reisman.
Tags: Travel, Science Fiction, Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Future, Nasa, Physics, Moon, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Exploration, Mars


Undersea telescope seeks out dark matter

More than 125 of these curious soccer ball-sized glass spheres hang near the floor of the Mediterranean Sea. Even though they're deep underwater, they're keeping a constant vigil for neutrinos, particles that may be evidence of dark matter, supernovae, and neutron stars far off in intergalactic space. Eventually, the Cubic Kilometer Neutrino Telescope (KM3NeT) will consist of 6,000 spheres suspended across one cubic kilometer of seawater. Often, neutrino detectors are located deep underground ...
Tags: Post, Astronomy, Space, Science, News, Earth, Physics, Oceans, Coyle, Mediterranean Sea Even, Paschal Coyle, Marseille Particle Physics Center


The “Feynman Technique” for Studying Effectively: An Animated Primer

After winning the Nobel Prize, physicist Max Planck "went around Germany giving the same standard lecture on the new quantum mechanics. Over time, his chauffeur memorized the lecture and said, 'Would you mind, Professor Planck, because it’s so boring to stay in our routine, if I gave the lecture in Munich and you just sat in front wearing my chauffeur’s hat?' Planck said, 'Why not?' And the chauffeur got up and gave this long lecture on quantum mechanics. After which a physics profe...
Tags: Google, Productivity, Science, Education, College, Germany, Physics, Munich, Richard, Seoul, Feynman, Cornell, Usc, Max, Richard Feynman, Facebook Twitter


A Typical Neutron Star Is Only 13.6 Miles Wide, According to New Ultra-Precise Measurement

A typical neutron star measures 22 kilometers (13.6 miles) wide, according to new research. It’s the most accurate measurement yet of these highly compact, super-dense objects.Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Particle physics, Black Holes, Cosmology, Neutron Stars, Astrophysics


Freeman Dyson as remembered by Tim O'Reilly

Legendary physicist and mathematician Freeman Dyson, whose mind-blowing work ranged from quantum electrodynamics to nuclear engineering to the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, died last week at 96-years-old. Tim O'Reilly just published a tribute to Dyson's genius, curiosity, kindness and unique lens on, well, everything. From O'Reilly Radar: When I interviewed Freeman on stage at OSCON in 2004, along with his son George, the subject strayed to digital preservation. I lamented h...
Tags: Post, Science, News, Physics, Maths, Scientists, Mathematics, Dyson, Richard Feynman, George, Freeman, Danny, Shin, Tim O Reilly, OSCON, Freeman Dyson


What You Need to Know About Honeywell's New Quantum Computer

Business conglomerate and defense contractor Honeywell announced today that it will bring what it claims is the most powerful quantum computer yet to market in the next three months.Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Computing, Quantum Computing, Quantum Physics, Honeywell


Are physics and astronomy about to experience a cultural shift?

A new report calls for doubling the number of undergrad degrees awarded to black students in physics and astronomy by 2030. In the United States, black students earned a total of 223 bachelor's degrees in physics and just 10 in astronomy in 2018.The report found that unsupportive environments in physics and astronomy departments and systemic financial challenges faced by black students contributed to the underrepresentation of black students. Black students have been systematically excluded fro...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Education, Race, America, Diversity, Earth, Physics, United States, Innovation, Social Change, American Institute of Physics AIP, American Geophysical Union AGU, American Astronomical Society AAS, Statistical Research Center, Shirley Malcom


'We're above civilisation': life in a cosmic ray station – photo essay

Cut off during winter, a former Soviet weapons research facility high up on Mount Aragats, Armenia is now part of a network of sites around the world studying the mysterious particlesThe cosmic ray research station on Mount Aragats sits at an altitude of 3,200 metres. The site in Armenia was constructed in 1943 to conduct top-secret research into atomic reactions for the development of nuclear weapons. Now the facility provides insight into thunderstorms and cosmic rays. The only way visitors ca...
Tags: Europe, Science, World news, Physics, Armenia, Mount Aragats, Mount Aragats Armenia


Watch Elsa Garmire’s pioneering laser show from 1972 – futuristic and expressive even now

Forget that cheesy Pink Floyd stuff from the planetarium. Scientist Elsa Garmire used optic chops to make lasers into a real instrument – and her work holds up today. Sound and light artist and researcher Derek Holzer spotted this one; don’t miss his vector work and other synesthetic studies. It’s not a new article, but this story from Sloan Science & Film, Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York is worth visiting now. Death of the Red Planet, 1973. What’s telling is, it to...
Tags: Music, Usa, Science, Sci-fi, History, Pink Floyd, Physics, Cinema, Stories, Futuristic, Motion, Clara, Audiovisual, Red Planet, Sloan, Queens New York


Scientists Figured Out the Perfect Recipe For Making Gigantic Soap Bubbles

Now that most of the world’s major problems have been resolved, science is turning its attention to the less pressing issues plaguing humanity, including how to mix up the perfect soapy solution for making gigantic bubbles that don’t immediately pop.Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Physics, Bubbles, Emory University


Why Are There So Few Black Physicists? A New Report Describes What Needs to Change

A task force organized by the American Institute of Physics, a not-for-profit organization made up of other American physics societies, has released the results of a study into why African American students are persistently underrepresented in receiving undergraduate degrees in physics and astronomy. Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Science policy, American Institute of Physics, Diversity In Science


Stephen Hawking thought black holes were 'hairy'. New study suggests he was right.

A recent study analyzed observations of gravitational waves, first observed in 2015.The data suggests, according to the researchers, that black holes aren't bounded by smooth event horizons, but rather by a sort of quantum fuzz, which would fit with the idea of Hawking radiation.If confirmed, the findings could help scientists better understand how general relativity fits with quantum mechanics. What's it like on the outer edges of a black hole?This mysterious area, known as the event horizon...
Tags: Space, Science, Mit, Physics, Innovation, Stephen Hawking, ISI, Black Hole, Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Ligo, String Theory, University of Waterloo, John Wheeler, Afshordi, Jahed Abedi


There is no dark matter. Instead, information has mass, physicist says

Researchers have been trying for over 60 years to detect dark matter. There are many theories about it, but none are supported by evidence. The mass-energy-information equivalence principle combines several theories to offer an alternative to dark matter. None The  “discovery” of dark matter We can tell how much matter is in the universe by the motions of the stars. In the1920s, physicists attempting to do so discovered a discrepancy and concluded that there must be more matter in the univ...
Tags: Astronomy, UK, Science, Information, Earth, Physics, Arizona, Innovation, Sun, Wheeler, Universe, Mathematics, Bell Labs, Einstein, Manhattan Project, Dark Matter


'Remarkable' Mathematical Proof Describes How to Solve Seemingly Impossible Computing Problem

You enter a cave. At the end of a dark corridor, you encounter a pair of sealed chambers. Inside each chamber is an all-knowing wizard. The prophecy says that with these oracles’ help, you can learn the answers to unanswerable problems. But there’s a catch: The oracles don’t always tell the truth. And though they…Read more...
Tags: Science, Physics, Mathematics, Quantum Computing, Proofs, Quantum Entanglement


Michio Kaku: 5 fascinating moments from this 1991 interview

Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist and renowned science communicator.In 1991, he sat down for an hour-long interview in which he discussed climate change, nuclear weapons, human evolution, and more.Kaku is a regular contributor to Big Think. None Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the world's most beloved science communicators, having helped millions of people better understand the nature of the universe and its many mysteries. The 72-year-old physicist has forged an extensive career. In 1974, he ...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Physics, Innovation, Cbs, South Pole, String Theory, George H W Bush, Frank Drake, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Michio Kaku, Kaku


Has Hubble Detected Rogue Clumps of Dark Matter?

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered evidence of small clumps of dark matter warping the light from distant quasars. Read more...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Physics, Particle physics, Dark Matter, Cosmology, Astrophysics, Wimps, Cold Dark Matter, Particle Astrophysics



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