Erik Sarnello

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Faster Than Light! Incredible Illusion Makes Images 'Time Travel'

Using a weird phenomenon in which particles of light seem to travel at faster-than-light speeds, scientists have shown that waves of light can seem …

Physics

Where are all the aliens?

<i>This post originally appeared at WaitButWhy.com.</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a really good starry place on a really good starry night and they look up and see this:<p>Some people stick with the traditional—feeling struck by the epic beauty or blown away by the insane scale of the universe. …

Singularity

Parsing the untyped $\lambda$-calculus with Parsec

The book <i>Types and Programming Languages</i> (briefly, TAPL) is a popular introduction to type systems and programming language theory. Starting with the …

Python Programming

Simple '4-7-8' breathing trick can induce sleep in 60 seconds

A deep breathing trick can make insomniacs drop off to sleep in under one minute, a health expert has claimed.<p>The method involves making a loud whooshing noise with the mouth then holding the breath in stages.<p>Called the ‘4-7-8’ method, it has been pioneered by the US sleep expert Dr Andrew Weil who …

A Crash Course on Derivatives

There you are in your introductory physics course. The course requirements say that you have to be in Calculus 101 (it's probably not called that) in …

First photo of light as particle and wave

At last … a wavicle! Who thought we’d ever see a single photo of light’s dual nature as both a particle and a wave?<p>Here is the first-ever photo of …

Quantum mechanics 101: Demystifying tough physics in 4 easy lessons

Ready to level up your working knowledge of quantum mechanics? Check out these four TED-Ed Lessons written by Chad Orzel, Associate Professor in the …

The 13 Most Important Numbers in the Universe

In the order in which science first became aware of them.<p>Some numbers, such as your phone number or your Social Security number, are decidedly more important than others. But the numbers on this list are of cosmic importance—they are the fundamental concepts that define our universe, that make the …

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Comedy vs. anti-science: 10 amazing videos that show how humor can make a difference

From Colbert and Oliver to Sarah Silverman and Louis CK, comedians are torching anti-science activists with aplomb<p>In the latest version of America's long-running culture wars, conservatives (and even some liberals) have zeroed in what once might have seemed like an unlikely target. While all the …

The 10 Most Important Questions In Science*

I noticed in <i>The Guardian</i> that there's a book coming out this week listing the 20 biggest challenges for modern science. I'd like to go over 10 of them today, perhaps coming back to the other 10 next week.<p>*Every list of "most important questions" comes freighted with a certain amount of …

Why Futurama Was The Greatest Show About The Future Ever Aired

R.I.P. Futurama, we'll miss ya<p>The first time I saw <i>Futurama</i>, the long-running (but off-and-on) animated series from <i>Simpsons</i> creator Matt Groening, I was a kid watching it on summer afternoons at my grandmother's house. I don't think I'd ever laughed that hard--not at its colossally influential older …