Joe Minutillo

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Arrival is a stunning science fiction movie with deep implications for today

One of the year’s best movies is about linguistics, metaphors, and aliens.<p>Science fiction is never really about the future; it’s always about us. And <i>Arrival</i>, set in the barely distant future, feels like a movie tailor-made for 2016, dropping into theaters mere days after the most explosive election …

Five Simple Minor Pentatonic Hacks That Open Up the Fretboard

Everyone loves the minor pentatonic scale. It’s easy to play and sounds good in many musical styles and contexts.<p>Unfortunately, it can start to sound …

Could Our Universe Have Arisen From A Black Hole?

If you go back in time as far as you can, you’ll find a Universe that was hotter, denser and more energetic. If you were to extrapolate back to an arbitrarily hot, dense state, the laws of physics that describe space, time, matter and energy break down; you’ll arrive at a singularity. Yet a …

The 8 Best Space Exploration Games

With the launch of <i>No Man’s Sky</i> fast approaching, Game Rant takes a look at some of the best space exploration titles from the history of video gaming.<p>…

Five gadgets that will transform your dumb car into a smart car

In fact, most new vehicles look more like smartphones on the inside than cars.<p>But the smarter automobiles get, the more expensive they become. And not everybody can afford to shell out thousands of dollars just to get a tech update in the car.<p>Fortunately, there's another way to bring your car into …

Mobile Devices

10-Year-Old Wins National Chemistry Challenge

By onJune 25, 2015 10:43 AM<p>An Ohio 10-year-old made history this week, by becoming the youngest student ever to win the national You Be The Chemist …

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Atheists are doing it wrong

Dear Lord, why do philosophers, who are supposed to be in the business of thinking analytically, rationally, and deeply, write such stupid stuff …

Venus' Volcanoes Are Likely Still Active

Venus' volcanoes are likely still spewing out lava, a new study suggests.<p>The European Space Agency's Venus Express spacecraft observed temperatures …

Here's the best way to start a conversation with someone you're attracted to, according to science

It's like having a stomach full of butterflies and a mouthful of peanut butter: <i>Um, uh, how are you?</i><p>Helpfully, social science has done a little empirical research about how to begin a conversation.<p>Enter a study in the journal Sex Roles lead by University of Alaska psychologist Chris L. Kleinke.<p>He …

15 Things Only Bass Players Would Understand

Robert Parmer<p>Freelance Writer Read full profile<p>Bass players are frequently seen as lower-class citizens in the music world. You struggle to get …

Can Planets Be Rejuvenated Around Dead Stars?

<b>Fast Facts:</b><p>› Astronomers have found tentative evidence for hypothesized "rejuvenated planets," giant planets that regain their youthful, infrared …

Insights- A New Educational Tool for Creating Paperless Interactive Lessons

June 25, 2015<br>The popular educational app TinyTap has recently released a new tool called Insights. This is basically a data management tool to help …

Relativity’s time dilation may limit the quantum world

Theoretical calculations suggest time dilation may cause systems to decohere.<p>A new theoretical paper has tackled the phenomenon of quantum …

Japan’s next big neutrino project

In 1998, the Super-K detector in Japan revealed that ubiquitous, almost massless particles called neutrinos have the ability to morph from one type …

Physicists are still puzzled by a particle that seems to defy the laws of physics

A cosmic ray from space, it possessed 320 exa-electron volts (EeV) of energy, millions of times more than particles attain at the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful accelerator ever built by humans.<p>The particle was going so fast that in a yearlong race with light, it would have lost by mere …

Pluto's Moons Raise New Puzzles for NASA's New Horizons Mission

Space<p>For a long time, Pluto was considered an oddball planet — and although that perception has changed, astronomers now report that its tiniest moons rank among the oddest in the solar system.<p>"The Pluto system is more interesting than we thought," said Mark Showalter, a planetary scientist at the …

Richard Dawkins: Deepak Chopra's spirituality is even worse than religion

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins is glad to hear that religion is on the decline in the United States — unless people are abandoning religion …

Water: the strangest chemical in the universe – video

You think you know water, but you don't. And if it wasn't so odd, you wouldn't be here. So how does this seemingly everyday substance turn out to be an epic scientific story of a strange molecule that connects you to everyone and everything else and the rest of the universe? Science broadcaster …

Universe

NASA Has Trialled an Engine That Would Take Us to Mars in 10 Weeks

And may have inadvertently created a warp drive in the process.<p>NASA scientists have reported that they've successfully tested an engine called the …

Space Travel

Do We Live In A Hologram? It's More Likely Than You Might Think

Everything in our universe might be a lot flatter than it seems, at least, if you do the math.<p>If you’ve got a credit card in your wallet that has one of those little 3D holograms on it — a two-dimensional image that uses some tricks of light to appear three-dimensional — you can get a sense of how …

Holograms

Even setting evolution aside, basic geology disproves creationism

I don't have to travel very far to make this case. There's a slab of polished rock on the wall outside my department office that refutes so-called …

Earth - Ten real-life animals that are dragons

<b>Komodo dragon (</b><b>Varanus komodoensis</b><b>)</b><p>If you think of dragons as supersize reptiles with a nasty bite, the Komodo dragon is the real deal. Up to 3m long and weighing as much as 70kg, they are the world's biggest lizards.<p>They can't breathe fire, but they kill pigs, deer and water buffalo with their …

Graffiti artists' move to national parks shocks nature community

Andre Saraiva is an internationally known graffiti artist. He owns nightclubs in Paris and New York, works as a top editor of the men's fashion magazine L'Officiel Hommes and has appeared in countless glossy magazines as a tastemaker and bon vivant.<p>Two months ago he showed up on the decidedly …

Nepal quake: Death toll passes 3,200 as nation struggles with devastation

<b>Kathmandu, Nepal (CNN) —</b> The death toll from the devastating earthquake that struck Nepal two days ago surged past 3,000 on Monday, a government official said. The desperate search for survivors from the country's worst natural disaster in more than 80 years continued.<p>The number of people confirmed …

Could we 'de-extinctify' the woolly mammoth?

Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP<p>Lyuba, a baby woolly mammoth discovered frozen in clay and mud in Russia’s Yamal Peninsula in Siberia.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/4/15/1429115009175/72bf25f1-f36b-42b9-9a62-6a01a61a3729-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP<p>Lyuba, a …

A chemistry card game forges bonds

The new strategy-based card game Ion makes a game out of chemistry. It challenges players to group positively and negatively charged ions to form …

NVIDIA SHIELD: What You May Not Understand About The New 4K Streamer

In the consumer space, NVIDIA has dedicated much of the last four years building up their gaming footprint by investing to improve the overall gaming experience, wherever the gamer wants to game. NVIDIA is currently delivering leadership products and technologies in gaming tablets, handheld gaming, …

See the 50 Best Images Taken by Hubble

Pillars of Creation: Originally taken on April 1, 1995, this image has become one of the most iconic to come from the Hu<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA/ESA/Hubble …

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years of Space Photography

Hubble Space Telescope

How Your Morning Starts With Quantum Physics

Quantum mechanics ranks as one of the greatest intellectual achievements in human history, in no small part because it’s such a counter-intuitive theory. Its most attention-grabbing predictions– particles behaving like waves, quantum uncertainty, superposition states, the non-local phenomena that …