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A chemist says most people overlook a huge factor when brewing coffee

Tom Smith Photography<p>Christopher H. Hendon, a postdoctoral fellow in chemistry at MIT, was sitting in a coffee shop near his graduate school in the …

Special Report: Gravity’s Century

In 1915, the universe was small and static. Space was smooth. Gravity pulled things to the ground. At least that’s the way it was in the minds of all …

Books of the year 2015 - a scientist's reading list

Here continueth a tradition I started way back in 2013, having resolved at the beginning of that year to read less internet and more books. I present a review of the twenty-three titles that I got though in 2015, in the order in which they were read.<p>As in 2013 and 2014 my predilection for …

Books

'GOD' for Atheists (and an Expanded, Scientific Definition of God for Everyone Else)

As many celebrate the Christmas season and the coming of a New Year, maybe there's a way we can, indeed, bring atheists and theists and the disparate factions and religions together on our little planet.<p>And, instead of focusing on the old definitions of "God", that many reject, or on how …

Faith

10 web design trends that ruled 2015

Another practical trend popularized by the mobile movement, card layouts display a wealth of content in a clean, organized manner attuned to browsing. Each individual card contains all the relevant information a user needs to know, usually:<p>Enticing image<br>• Title<br>• Description (or relevant tags)<br>• Control …

Web Design

How to grocery shop for one person

<i>Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly noted the source for how much Americans spend on uneaten food. The version below has been corrected.</i><p>A few months ago, my friend Lev asked me for a basic grocery list he could refer to when he made his weekly or biweekly trip to his …

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

IBM pulls #HackAHairDryer campaign admitting it 'missed the mark'

Women in science and technology had criticised the campaign as sexist and misjudged after it asked them to conduct experiments with hairdryers<p>IBM has discontinued a campaign encouraging women to get into technology by asking them to “hack a hairdryer” after widespread criticism from women in the …

Formula E

Hopes that new Australian prime minister will reset relationship with science

Scientists welcome promise to put science centre stage but remain cautious

Australia

12 awesome jobs for people who love science

If so, you might have a thing for science.<p>To find the top 12 jobs for science lovers, we used data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on almost 1,000 occupations.<p>One of the many things O*NET analyzes is how important …

The McLaren MP4-X envisions the future of Formula 1

This is what happens when you take the rulebook and throw it into the nearest refuse bin.<p>A fair number of motorsport fans believe the glory days of Formula 1 are long gone. No longer is it the absolute pinnacle of automotive achievement, making use of the best new and future technology. To fight …

Motorsport

Styrofoam-eating mealworms might help reduce plastic waste, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Plastic, long considered nonbiodegradable and one of the biggest contributors to global pollution, might have met its match: The small, brownish, squirmy mealworm.<p>Researchers have learned that the mealworm can live on a diet of Styrofoam and other types of plastic.<p>Inside the mealworm's gut …

Pollution

If You Like To Blow S*** Up, Check Out These Chemistry GIFs

Blammo!<p>Chemistry can be a blast--literally.<p>Just consider what happens when you seal dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) in a bottle and submerge it in hot water. Via a process known as sublimation, the dry ice turns into gaseous carbon dioxide, and before you know it, well, just have a look at the gif …

Want a Solar-Powered Home? Here's a New Battery That Won't Ignite

As solar panels and wind turbines spread worldwide, they'll need batteries to store power for times when they don't produce it. Harvard debuts a promising prototype.<p>If you dream of an off-grid house powered by the sun, plan on a battery to store energy for cloudy days—ideally, one that won’t catch …

Alkaline flow battery charges up renewable energy storage

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How Physicists Quantum Teleported Information Over 62 Miles

Bringing us one step closer to a quantum Internet<p>Teleportation isn’t real, at least not as it’s depicted in fiction. No one has ever made a material object -- be it Harry Potter or Captain Kirk -- physically disappear from one location and reappear elsewhere. But information … that’s a different …

Quantum Mechanics

We talked to ex-fugitive and cybersecurity legend John McAfee about his presidential run — and he actually kind of made sense

I know because I asked him that exact question.<p>"Do you know what questioning is there? They string you up by your heels and they put a football helmet on your head. And then they beat that with a baseball bat until your brain turns to mush," McAfee told me, after denying his involvement.<p>"It leaves …

A Science Odyssey: People and Discoveries: Rutherford and Bohr describe atomic structure

<b>Rutherford and Bohr describe atomic structure<br>1913</b><p>Photo: Niels Bohr's research notes for his new atomic theory<p>In 1911, Niels Bohr earned his PhD in …

Physics

The Slow-Motion Explosive Results of Underwater Potassium

Good old chemistry.<p>The folks at Periodic Videos recently filmed a couple of experiments where a small amount of metallic potassium was suddenly introduced to water with explosive results. Where this differs from your usual high school chemistry experiment is the fact that they did so …

The Universe Is Almost Done Making Stars

Star formation is now 30 times lower than at its peak 11 billion years ago.<p>In its youth, the universe was a roiling soup of star ingredients, with new stars forming rapidly. But now it's much quieter, and things are not expected to get more exciting anytime soon, astronomers say. For the first …

Encryption might be the reason we've never heard from aliens, says Snowden

Edward Snowden thinks he might have an answer to the Fermi paradox — the cosmological puzzle of why, given that the universe is so very old and so very big, we haven't heard from any aliens yet. Speaking with Neil deGrasse Tyson on the astrophysicist's <i>StarTalk</i> podcast (the relevant section starts …