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Google employees want to teach you to code for free with their latest app

A bunch of Google employees participating in the company’s Area 120 internal incubator have launched Grasshopper, a free mobile app for Android and iOS that teaches you the basics of programming.<p>It’s beautifully designed and is suitable for just about anyone who can be trusted to use a phone on …

Apps

Why the question of whether Michael Cohen visited Prague is massively important for Donald Trump

The Steele dossier claimed Cohen went to Prague to meet Russians. He’s said for more than a year that he didn’t.<p>Did Trump lawyer Michael Cohen secretly visit Prague to meet with Russians in 2016? The future of Donald Trump’s presidency could hinge on whether the answer to that question is …

Donald Trump

Even After 22 Trillion Digits, We’re Still No Closer To The End Of Pi

Depending on your philosophical views on time and calendars and so on, today is something like the 4.5 billionth Pi Day that Earth has witnessed. But …

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

Researchers say it’s a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage<p>Scientists have created the world’s first rechargeable proton battery, a crucial step towards cheaper and more environmentally-friendly energy storage.<p>While the battery is just a small-scale …

Clean Energy

Nuclear fusion on brink of being realised, say MIT scientists

Carbon-free fusion power could be ‘on the grid in 15 years’<p>The dream of nuclear fusion is on the brink of being realised, according to a major new US initiative that says it will put fusion power on the grid within 15 years.<p>The project, a collaboration between scientists at MIT and a private …

Nuclear Energy

The devolution of American media: How the anti-democratic movement helped to elect Donald Trump

From the Fairness Doctrine to fake news: The deregulation of media has proved anathema to democracy<p><i>An excerpt from Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want (Beacon Press, 2017). Reprinted with permission.</i><p>As far back as 1835, perhaps our nation’s earliest and …

Journalism

The Oscar for Best Supporting Actor Should Go To Mike Pence

His monologues are studies in insincerity, overcoming his personal belief in faith and family to project pride standing next to a man who embodies …

“Mueller Is Going to Get What He Wants”: Inside the Trump-Mueller Cat-and-Mouse Game

While Trump’s lawyers are working to limit Trump’s legal risk, experts say it may be impossible for the president to avoid a perjury trap. “That is a problem for the Trump lawyers, not the special counsel,” says one former White House counsel. “One way or the other, the lawyers have to figure out …

Donald Trump

British universities now one step closer to replacing lithium-ion batteries

The Universities of Surrey and Bristol recently pioneered a new form of battery from a breakthrough in supercapacitor technology.<p>Last year, …

Clean Energy

Here's why Trump associates should think twice before accepting presidential pardons in Mueller probe

Right-wing allies are encouraging President Donald Trump to issue pardons to anyone — including himself — implicated in the special counsel …

Why Cosmonauts Have Never Splashed Down

When the Soyuz spacecraft returns from the ISS, a parachute slows its fall, but not enough for a safe landing. That's why there are retrorockets on …

Space Exploration

Mind-Bending New Paper Could Explain The Strange 'Patterns' Within Our Solar System

Meet pilot wave gravity.<p>There's a strange pattern in our Solar System – if you look at the orbits of the first seven planets, each one gets …

If a woman has these 14 qualities never let her go, scientists say

People in long term relationships will someday get to the point where they need to ask themselves: Is this really the person I want to spend the rest …

Physicists Say They've Created a Device That Generates 'Negative Mass'

Say what?<p>Physicists have created what they say is the first device that's capable of generating particles that behave as if they have negative …

Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

Twenty-five particles and four forces. That description—the Standard Model of particle physics—constitutes physicists’ best current explanation for …

A Rare and Stunning Sun Halo Appears Over a Mountain at a Ski Resort in Vemdalen, Sweden

A group of skiers at the Vemdalen Ski Resort in Jämtland County, Sweden were treated to the stunning sight of a crisp sun halo appearing over the …

Skiing

Gallium nitride processor—next-generation technology for space exploration

A material known as gallium nitride (GaN), poised to become the next semiconductor for power electronics, could be also essential for various space …

Nanotech

The US has reached the last stage before collapse

In <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire</i>, Edward Gibbon luridly evokes the Rome of 408 A.D., when the armies of the Goths prepared to descend upon the city.<p>The marks of imperial decadence appeared not only in grotesque displays of public opulence and waste, but also in the collapse …

Donald Trump

Is Donald Trump’s Dark Russian Secret Hiding in Deutsche Bank’s Vaults?

U.S. Donald Trump Russia investigation Deutsche Bank Robert Mueller collusion Vladimir Putin Jared Kushner<p>It sounded like an exhausted parent …

MIT Created a Membrane Which Produces Fuel from Carbon Emissions

Waste Not, Want Not<p>Researchers at MIT have created a new method of turning carbon dioxide emissions from power plants into a useful product. The …

Smokey sunset skies over Italy

These swirling, intense red sunset skies are due to ongoing wildfires in northern Italy.<p>Over the past couple of weeks, as firefighters have struggled …

Italy

"Twisted light" could create an ultra-fast internet and make fiber optics obsolete

Light Carries Information<p>Using particles of light, i.e. photons, to transmit information isn’t exactly new. Photons have seen use in a number of …

Quantum Mechanics
Political Science

This Overlooked Theory Could Be The Missing Piece That Explains How The EM Drive Works

What if it doesn't break the laws of physics?<p>Ever since the EM drive first made headlines, science lovers have puzzled over how the propulsion system …

Physics

Researchers claim they just invented the "ultimate" method for quantum computing

Around and Around<p>Today’s working quantum computers are already more powerful than their traditional computing counterparts, but a pair of researchers …

Quantum Computing

Thorium salt reactor experiments resume after 40 years

In a world marked by strong political pressure to create a carbon-neutral economy, nuclear energy seems like an ideal alternative. Despite their …

Energy

The GOP and Business Will Go to War Over Foreign Taxes

The GOP is advertising its forthcoming tax reform bill as an historic boon to business. But a fierce fight is looming over the treatment of foreign …

Finance

A New Theory to Explain the Higgs Mass

One of the greatest mysteries in physics could be solved by a mattress-like axion field that permeates space and time.<p>Three physicists who have been …

Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality

Surprising oil drop experiments suggest that the quantum world may not be as strange as advertised.<p>For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky …

The dumb accounting error at the heart of Trump’s budget

“The same money cannot be used twice” — unless it can.<p>Not only does the Trump administration’s budget proposal rely on economic growth assumptions that are wildly more optimistic than those produced by any private sector forecaster, but it turns out that embedded within those assumptions is a …

Economics