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This Physicist Turned Time Crystals From a Theoretical Oddity to an Odd Reality

Last year, scientists created a time crystal for the first time in a lab. It wouldn’t have been possible without the theories of Chetan Nayak.<p>Look, I’m going to give it to you straight: time crystals are confusing as hell. They’re a new phase of matter that basically extends the rigid, periodic …

Quantum Mechanics

American energy use, in one diagram

How much energy we use, what kind, and how much is wasted.<p>Spring brings new growth, new possibilities, and, best of all, a new spaghetti diagram from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) at the Department of Energy.<p>Every year, LLNL produces a new energy flow chart showing the sources of US …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

The Mind-Bending Mathematics Behind Quantum Computers

And if you've had your coffee, maybe you can even understand half of it.<p>Quantum computing is a lot to wrap your mind around. To put things very simply (as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did recently, with surprising eloquence) regular computers are made up of bits—ones and zeros—which are …

Map of the entire visible universe released to the public

In 2010, the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) was fired up and pointed towards the heavens. Equipped with the …

Researchers discover astonishing behavior of water confined in carbon nanotubes

It's a well-known fact that water, at sea level, starts to boil at a temperature of 212 degrees Fahrenheit, or 100 degrees Celsius. And scientists …

Sea Level

Introduction to Consciousness

Describing Consciousness<p>Consciousness is an individual’s state of awareness of their environment, thoughts, feelings, or sensations; in order to …

Our Brains Have a Basic Algorithm That Enables Our Intelligence

<i>Summary: Researchers report relatively simple math logic underlies complex brain computations.</i><p>Source: Medical College of Georgia at Augusta …

Periscope Data pulls in $25 million in Series B

Periscope Data, the company that lets data scientists quickly build customized, highly detailed visualizations of their data, has signed the term sheet on a ~$25 million funding round, according to sources close to the matter.<p>Sources told TechCrunch that the pre-funding valuation was at $100 …

Periscope

How much does a photon weigh?

A couple of weeks ago, after a glass of wine, I did a twitter “ask me anything” about optics and light which resulted in the question that is the …

Physics

One Arm Dumbbell Row for Back Strength

The one arm dumbbell row is a good addition to any dumbbell workout. This movement targets the upper and lower back, shoulders, biceps, and hips …

How To Use Color To Prove Your Point, From A Data Viz Expert

The importance of color theory is a well-explored topic in art and design. But what about when it comes to information design?<p>When working with large amounts of data, precision is key. The same is true of the art of data visualization: size, shape, shade, hue–the tiniest details of a visualization …

Data Visualization

95 Business Books for People Who Dream Big

After some requests for “further reading” on a variety of management concepts, my coworker Rebecca Corliss put together some internal …

101 of the Most Fantastic Interactive Infographics You’ll Love

If you have a ton of data and you want to tell a good story, interactive infographics are a fantastic tool. They entice your audience to explore the …

Data Visualization

How the Power to Control Objects With Our Minds Stopped Being Science Fiction

The recent announcement that a young paralysed man in Ohio in the US named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers after having a chip …

The Brain

Why don’t birds get lost? They may have mastered quantum mechanics.

In the moment after their plane was hit, there was no time to think, let alone radio their position. The four Royal Air Force pilots ditched their broken bomber and dropped into the North Sea, near Britain. It was February 23, 1942 — and it should have been their last day on Earth.<p>Floundering in …

Magnetism

Microsoft is taking its cues from Facebook as it totally shakes up Office

Similarly, the most exciting thing to happen to Microsoft Office in the last 10 years was probably the demise of Clippy, and yet it's still the center of many millions of people's working life, even amid mounting competition from the likes of Google and Slack.<p>"I think people don't understand how …

Microsoft Office