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The 20 Best Places to Camp in National Parks

Some of the finest places to lay your head are inside our national parks.<p>Summer is upon us and that means it's time to get outside, feel the sun on our noggin, breathe deep of the fresh air and enjoy all all that Mother Nature has given our great nation. And there's nowhere better to experience the …

What Would An E. Coli Do If It Were Much, Much Bigger?

Researcher models bacteria-controlled robots<p>The colonies of bacteria living on your body do more than help you digest food. According to models created by researchers from Virginia Tech, bacteria could control an inanimate host like a robot.<p>"Basically we were trying to find out from the …

E.coli

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.

How to make the summer’s coolest iced coffee alternative: cold-brewed cacao

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>In 1753 the Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus, considered by many to be the father of biological taxonomy, officially identified a tree as the food of the gods: <i>theobroma cacao.</i> The tree’s fruit<i>,</i> which grows in the shade of tropical rainforests, is known simply as cacao: a …

Coffee

Here's How Crazy-Long German Words are Made

German is known for its extra long compound words. When Mark Twain complained that some German words were “so long they have a perspective,” he was …

Mark Twain

Time Travel Simulation Resolves “Grandfather Paradox”

On June 28, 2009, the world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking threw a party at the University of Cambridge, complete with balloons, hors d'oeuvres and …

Quantum Mechanics

Gravitational Lens Creates A Perfect Einstein Ring Across The Universe

Every now and then, the universe lines up just right for us puny humans on some speck of a planet in the no-where end of the galaxy to see something …

Universe

Build a Directional Wi-Fi Antenna from Kitchen Gear and a Baby Bottle

Living with weak Wi-Fi is no way to live, and if you're not in a place where you can just add a bridge or repeater, a quick trip to the kitchen may …

It's About Time: The Science of 'Interstellar' With Brian Greene

In the movie <i>Interstellar</i>, the hopes of humanity swirl around the event horizon of a giant black hole named <i>Gargantua</i>, which warps time, space and starlight. Through the wormhole at its center, a team of scientists is instantly transported to a solar system 100 billion light years from Earth, where …

Black Holes

7 Gifts for the Adorably Obnoxious Coffee Snob

Coffee connoisseurship has reached epic levels in the past few years, and we all seem to know someone who is just never content with a no-frills …

8 Netflix Tricks You Just Can't Live Without

One of the main reasons Netflix is so popular is because of its simplicity. It’s painfully easy to queue up a movie on your laptop, video game …

Televisions

50 Old British Dialect Words We Should Bring Back

In 1905, the Oxford University Press published the sixth and final volume of <i>The English Dialect Dictionary</i>, a compilation of local British words and …

Quantum key distribution technology: Secure computing for the 'Everyman'

The largest information technology agreement ever signed by Los Alamos National Laboratory brings the potential for truly secure data encryption to …

Picturing Schrodinger's cat

Researchers from the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (IQOQI), the Vienna Center for Quantum Science and Technology (VCQ), and …

Do we live in a 2-D hologram? New Fermilab experiment will test the nature of the universe

A unique experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory called the Holometer has started collecting data that …

Quantum meets classical: Qubit fabricated with integrated micromagnet increases speed of quantum manipulation in silicon

Specifically, the paper states that the integrated micromagnet provides a promising path toward fast manipulation in materials with small …

XKCD's Creator Explains What Would Happen If Earth Stopped Spinning

<i>XKCD's Randall Munroe is publishing a book of science explainers!</i>What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions <i>is due out</i> …

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

11 Vintage Science Charts and Diagrams

Charts and diagrams have long been used to help visualize various aspects of science, and vintage infographics provide a look at what learning was …

Rhode Island

15 Amazing Coffee Facts

You know whether you like your coffee black or with cream and sugar. But how much do you <i>really</i> know about that delicious brown beverage that has …

Zayn Malik

The Quantum Pigeon

Recently physicists at Chapman University's Institute for Quantum Studies introduced the Quantum Cheshire Cat. Now they have introduced another …

Quantum engineering

It can be difficult to distinguish between basic and applied research in the nascent field of quantum engineering. One person's exploration of …