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Physicists create new form of light

Try a quick experiment: Take two flashlights into a dark room and shine them so that their light beams cross. Notice anything peculiar? The rather …

Quantum Mechanics

The Planet Chair

Mixing a futuristic design and minimal materials, the Planet Chair gives any room a quiet place. It's constructed from multiple triangular segments …

What Makes the Hardest Equations in Physics So Difficult?

The Navier-Stokes equations describe simple, everyday phenomena, like water flowing from a garden hose, yet they provide a million-dollar …

Physicists create first direct images of the square of the wave function of a hydrogen molecule

For the first time, physicists have developed a method to visually image the entanglement between electrons. As these correlations play a prominent …

Quantum Mechanics

Nebulas and Night Sky: DIY Crafts that Add Starry Brilliance to Your Home

New Year is upon us and much like the years before, 2018 brings with it a new hope, a refreshing new attitude and energy to once again take on the …

Interior Design

How 'enzyme cascades' break down sugar in your cells - Futurity

Chains of enzymes work together like an assembly line to make sugar in the food you eat into usable energy. Here's how it works.

Dutch Company Makes Unconventional, Patterned Suits for Any Occasion

Business casual doesn't have to be boring, or at least that's the idea behind this collection of suits from Dutch company OppoSuits. The formalwear …

The Greatest Machine That Never Was

Charles Babbage famously designed two early computers starting in the 1830s: the Difference Engine and the Analytical Engine. Equally famously, …

Emotional Exhaustion: Is Empathy a Choice?

Life offers endless opportunities to test your empathy—the ability to feel for and with others—sometimes to its breaking point: A rally that breaks …

Psychology

50 Recipe Infographics to Help Make You a Better Cook

People don’t cook anymore, which is a shame. It’s a lost art, more so for certain generations than others (let’s not point fingers here) but to not …

Scientists Say Walking Burns More Calories Than Previously Thought

Step-counters, rejoice: physiologists have found that the equations used for calculating energy expenditure are inaccurate, and say we’re likely …

Robotics

How to Restore and Revitalize Old Power Tools

Apply a little DIY skill and you can refurbish your hard-working power tools to their former glory.<p>There's no better feeling than using the same power tool your parents or grandparents used. But there's a good chance those decades-old drills and saws are in disrepair, are no longer safe to use, or …

Woodworking

Chemistry labels for your crayons

Queinteresante's chemistry-themed crayon labels come in sets of 24 for $3, or $8 for 64, or go big with 120 for $15!<p>Children play and draw with …

A Harry Potter Fan Made A Weasley Location Clock For His Parents, And It's Incredible

It actually works!<p>Muggles beware: You're gonna want to attempt this DIY version of the Weasley's location clock from Harry Potter.<p>In the movies, the Weasleys' clock uses hands and faces to show where every member of the family is at a given time: "School," "Work," "Mortal Peril," etc.<p>Imgur user …

Household electromagnetic radiation doesn't make you ill or give you cancer. Here's why

People suffering from electromagnetic hypersensitivity are ill. But when you look at the evidence, it’s not electromagnetic radiation that’s the problem<p>There are few phenomena as ubiquitous or vital to human existence as electromagnetic radiation (EMR). It permeates everything we experience, be it …

When Arthur Conan Doyle Tried Solving a Real Mystery

On September 1, 1907, the <i>New York Times</i> wrote:<p>It looks as if Sir Arthur Conan Doyle will eventually come to be considered an even greater detective …

15 New England Dishes That Will Warm You Up

Winter is officially upon us. And that means falling back on food that’s warm and comforting. So why not look to the region of the country that has …

What 13,000 Cubic Feet Per Second of Floodwater Looks Like

<b>by James Hunt</b><p>The Roman poet and philosopher Ovid once said that "Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence." And …

These 23 Tweets Will Make You Feel Better About The World

"You live on a tiny blue dot, lost in a sea of stars, and every speck of life around you is improbable and wondrous. Why can't you see that?"

25 Words That Are Their Own Opposites

Here’s an ambiguous sentence for you: “Because of the agency’s oversight, the corporation’s behavior was sanctioned.” Does that mean, 'Because the …

Etymology

How 3 Women Get the Perfect Cat-Eye, in GIF Form

"How to do a cat eye" is one of the most Googled beauty questions ever (it yields over 67,500,000 results). And here's why: It's really freakin' hard for most people. But every now and then, you'll meet a real, live person who has mastered the technique (and who isn't a professional makeup artist). …

8 Things We Simply Don't Understand About the Human Brain

Despite all the recent advances in the cognitive and neurosciences, there’s still much about the human brain that we do not know. Here are 8 of the …

This Microscope Creates Near-Real-Time Nanoscale Video of Chemical Reactions

It’s relatively easy to create highly detailed images of even molecule-sized structures if you can keep them still—but if they move, you’ve little …

15 Holiday Traditions We Need to Bring Back

December is full of amazing traditions and festivities, but many wonderful holiday customs have faded into near-obscurity. These fifteen examples …

Flame colours – a demonstration- Learn Chemistry

Flame test – a demonstration<p>Demonstration<p>This demonstration experiment can be used to show the flame colours given by alkali metal, alkaline earth …

The Answers to 10 Tricky Job Interview Questions

In an interview setting, even the most basic questions can feel nerve-racking. If you’ve ever drawn a blank when asked to talk about your hobbies, …

Google Offers 360-Degree Views From Inside the World’s Greatest Concert Halls

Thanks to Google, the best seat in the house is now right in front of your laptop screen. Their newly-launched Performing Arts project brings users …

12 awesome jobs for people who love science

If so, you might have a thing for science.<p>To find the top 12 jobs for science lovers, we used data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on almost 1,000 occupations.<p>One of the many things O*NET analyzes is how important …

Employment

Why asparagus makes pee smell funny, and other amazing facts about everyday foods and spices

By digging deep into the molecular chemistry of everyday foods and spices, Cambridge-based chemistry teacher Andy Brunning has the answers.<p>And you don't have to be a chemistry-expert to understand them.<p>Brunning heads the popular science website Compound Interest and recently published the book "Why …

Culinary Arts

Frontal brain wrinkle linked to hallucinations

<b>A study of 153 brain scans has linked a particular furrow, near the front of each hemisphere, to hallucinations in schizophrenia.</b><p>This fold tends to be shorter in those patients who hallucinate, compared with those who do not.<p>It is an area of the brain that appears to have a role in distinguishing …

Neuroscience