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What Is a Boson?

In particle physics, a <i>boson</i> is a type of particle that obeys the rules of Bose-Einstein statistics. These bosons also have a <i>quantum spin</i> with …

What Is Evolution?

A Brief Overview<p>The Theory of Evolution is a scientific theory that essentially states species change over time. There are many different ways …

Here Are the Most Amazing Things to Observe During a Solar Eclipse

A total solar eclipse is such a spectacular sight that it can render even experienced observers and scientists spellbound. In the excitement, viewers …

A visual explanation of quantum mechanics

From the ViaScience YouTube channel comes this 31-part video explainer of quantum mechanics. As the introduction video notes, there is a fair bit of …

Quantum Mechanics

The 102 ways to win at Catan – Part I

<i>With your numerous settlements and cities built</i> around <i>the island, your nascent empire is gaining momentum. Every turn, you receive plenty of</i> …

Best indie games for Mac

Charming, eerie, and meaningful — these indie games shine on your Mac.<p>When it comes to personal computers, the Mac has never been known as a gaming …

How No Man’s Sky exposes the gaming generation gap for 80’s kids

I have a No Man’s Sky moral dilemma. I’m doing something that I worry may, in the long term, compromise my enjoyment of the game. “Playing it! That’s …

12 Mac search tips from a Spotlight addict

Spotlight is surprisingly powerful and flexible. Learn the many things your Mac's search tool can do with this collection of shortcuts, tips and tricks.<p>Spotlight search is a handy tool for any Mac user, even if you use it only to locate files. If you become familar with these tips they way I have, …

iOS

This Awesome Video Shows The Scale of The Universe in The Best Way Possible

I mean, we knew the Universe was big, but...<p>We get it. The Universe is epic, vast, and unknowable, and Earth is tiny. There are black holes billions …

The One Smartphone Hack Guaranteed To Make You More Productive

It's deceptively simple but extraordinarily effective.<p>The other day, around 3 p.m., I had one of those "moments" at work. You know--when you feel overwhelmed by how much you have to do, and at the same time frustrated at how little you've accomplished so far.<p>Just then, my phone vibrated--a text …

Russian 5yo boys dig way out of kindergarten, try to buy Jaguar sports car

Two five-year-old Russian boys used spades to dig their way out of their kindergarten and set off on a mission to buy a Jaguar sports car, …

Why three curries a week could lower risk of death

People who ate spicy food three times a week cut their risk of dying by 14 per cent, a study by Harvard University found<p>Curry really could be the spice of life after scientists discovered that eating hot food regularly can lower the risk of dying prematurely.<p>A study of nearly 500,000 Chinese people …

Medical Journals

Steven Weinberg: the 13 best science books for the general reader

The Nobel laureate on making science accessible – from Ptolemy to Darwin to Dawkins<p>If you had a chance to ask Aristotle what he thought of the idea of writing about physical science for general readers, he would not have understood what you meant. All of his own writing, on physics and astronomy as …

The Physics of App Friction

In a previous life, I was founder and CTO of Havok, a company that develops special effects simulation software for games and movies. One of the many …

Should we give up on the dream of space elevators?

Elevators that can whisk people and cargo up from the planet’s surface into space could spell an end to polluting rockets. But making them reality is a challenge. Nic Fleming investigates.<p>Elon Musk is considered by many to be visionary – a pioneer of private exploration, and the man behind the …

Engineering

A History Of Video Game Graphics

How to Use 'Instant Hotspot' On a Mac with OS X Yosemite

With OS X Yosemite, Apple has included a number of Continuity features that improve the integration between iOS and Mac devices. OS X Yosemite includes a feature called Instant Hotspot which allows users to more easily use their iPhone's wireless cellular data connection from their Mac or iPad.<p>With …