Kristin Fisher

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New quantum technology, and the measurement and definition of time

A while ago the Independent asked me, and others, to share some science books that have excited us. My choice was “Science and the Universe” from the Mitchell-Beazley Joy of Knowledge library. In a pre-wikipedia (and for me pre-O level) age, this book opened up a whole landscape of amazing ideas - …

Physics

Russia and the Curse of Geography

Want to understand why Putin does what he does? Look at a map.<p>Vladimir Putin says he is a religious man, a great supporter of the Russian Orthodox Church. If so, he may well go to bed each night, say his prayers, and ask God: “Why didn’t you put mountains in eastern Ukraine?”<p>If God had built …

Russia

Scientists find odd bright spots, could be another universe bumping into ours

Scientists believe they have found proof of parallel universes, a phenomenon that they have long been theorizing about. Astronomers have detected …

Stingray phone surveillance tools can also record your calls

It looks like the Stingray tools law enforcement agencies have been using to track cellphones are even worse than we thought. They also have the ability to record your calls and access your text communications, according to Justice Department documents obtained by the ACLU. As Wired points out, …

Surveillance

College Student Leaves Girlfriend to Die of Heroin Overdose in Her Dorm Room

Joseph Joudah attempted to call and text his girlfriend before anonymously calling campus security 17 hours later.<p>CBS New York reports that prosecutors claim Joseph Joudah, 19, left his girlfriend, Olivia McClellan, 18, in her dorm room to die after she overdosed on heroin.<p>Joudah and McClellan, …

The Nazca Lines of Peru: An ancient riddle etched in the earth makes for a perfect family adventure

You look at the massive collection of lengthy grooves and geoglyphs in the bone-dry desert of southern Peru, and you know immediately they are one of the great unsolved mysteries of this Earth.<p>Why are they here? What message are these 300 geometric figures and 70 plant and animal images supposed to …

South America

Shakerato Recipe

Learn how to make this frothy, iced espresso drink<p>Meet your new favorite chilled coffee drink: the Shakerato, our twist on the Italian …

Germany is about to start up a monster machine that could revolutionize the way we use energy

And they're still dreaming.<p>But thanks to the efforts of the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics, experts hope that might soon change.<p>Last year, after 1.1 million construction hours, the institute completed the world's largest nuclear-fusion machine of its kind, called a stellarator.<p>The machine, …

The Ethics of Exercise Pills

Medications designed to mimic the health benefits of exercise could help the disabled or immobile—but they might also keep the rest of us on the couch.<p>In his 1932 novel <i>Brave New World</i>, Aldous Huxley described a fictional drug called Soma. In the novel, a soma was something akin to an opiate, which …

What Are the Odds of an Alien Megastructure Blocking Light From a Distant Star?

A strange star located 1,500 light-years from Earth is exhibiting strange flickering behavior that’s leading some scientists to speculate that an …

Magnetic and Gravity Methods in Mineral Exploration: the Value of Well-Rounded Geophysical Skills

The word “geophysics” in oil exploration is often used synonymously with “seismic”, overlooking many other fruitful techniques. In mineral …

Earth Science

Research shows that these 7 hobbies will make you smarter

Scientists have now proven that we can actually <i>increase</i> our potential and enjoy ourselves in the process.<p>We now know that by learning new skills the brain creates new neural pathways that make it work faster and better.<p>Here is a list of seven hobbies that make you smarter and why.<p>Playing music …

Marc Lewis: the neuroscientist who believes addiction is not a disease

For decades the medical profession has largely treated addiction as as a chronic brain disease. The US government’s National Institute on Drug Abuse characterises addicts as compulsive drug seekers and users who continue taking drugs despite harmful and unwanted consequences. “It is considered a …

Mental Health

Ex-Duke CEO: Here's how to power the world

Jim Rogers spent 25 years as the chief executive of electric and natural gas utilities in the U.S., the last seven as head of Duke Energy, the biggest electric power company in the country.<p>Now, in his retirement from the energy business, Rogers has taken on a new mission: Bringing electricity to …

Renewable Energy

This Is What The Center Of Our Galaxy Looks Like

Astronomers take an unprecedented, x-ray view of the black hole in the center of the Milky Way.<p>This new, unprecedented image of the Milky Way shows that our galaxy's core is a pretty tumultuous place.<p>The compiled image of photos taken by the European Space Agency's x-ray satellite XMM-Newton …

Black Holes

Sexual orientation is much more complex than straight, gay or bisexual

When asked about sexual orientation, most people typically identify the categories: straight, gay and bisexual. We tend to place people into the straight category if they are in relationships with opposite-sex individuals, in the gay category if they are in relationships with same-sex individuals …

A Simple Way To Retrieve Info You Lost In A Black Hole

Just an easy quantum procedure<p>Black holes are full of conundrums. Like, what would happen if you threw a book inside one of these gravity wells? The theory of general relativity (the physics laws that govern really big things in the universe) predicts that the book would disappear forever. But …

Black Holes

Inside the mind of ‘mathemagician’ John Horton Conway

<i>Born in Liverpool in 1937, John Horton Conway studied mathematics at Cambridge, where he later taught before moving to Princeton in 1987. A fellow of</i> …

01 The Integration of FInite Element Analysis in Geotechnical Design

2 studies have narrowed the search for dark matter and dark energy

Dark matter was first proposed more than 70 years ago to explain why the force of gravity in galaxy clusters is so much stronger than expected. If the clusters contained only the stars and gas we observe, their gravity should be much weaker, leading scientists to assume there is some sort of matter …

World's fastest-melting glacier loses massive chunk in 2 days

One of the world's most rapidly flowing glaciers may have just set another record, and it's not one not that bodes well for low-lying coastal cities …

Scientists Pull Carbon Nanofibers Out Of Thin Air

Pulling some strings to capture CO2<p>Rumpelstiltskin may have been able to spin straw into gold, but even he couldn't pull carbon fibers from thin air. Yet that's exactly what researchers at George Washington University have managed to do.<p>Led by Stuart Licht, researchers have created a solar-powered …

Chemistry

12 Worst Habits For Your Mental Health

Change these simple, everyday routines to live a happier life.

July was warmest month on Earth in 136 years, NOAA says

Another month, another record high for global temperatures, U.S. government scientists announced Thursday.<p>Earth’s average surface temperature for the month of July was 61.86 degrees Fahrenheit (or 16.61 degrees Celsius). That made July the hottest month since meteorologists began keeping track way …

Global Warming

Mowgli Holmes Wants to Map Weed DNA and "Piss Off Monsanto"

“I know you are all hoping I’m going to talk about weed,” <b>Mowgli Holmes</b> told the crowd at <b>TechFestNW</b> today. “But I’m just going to talk about …

Cannabis

Where Is All the Dark Energy and Dark Matter?

Two experiments on Earth are helping to shine light on the hidden characteristics of dark energy and dark matter — elusive phenomena that make up …

Dark Matter

Nicotine changes marijuana's effect on the brain

DALLAS, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Generally speaking, the smaller a person's hippocampus -- a part of the brain associated with learning and memory -- the …

Cannabis

25 Cities Worth Moving to If You Want to Launch a Business

Entrepreneur and Marketer, Co-founder of Web Profits<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In business -- as in real estate -- it’s all about location, location, location. Despite the rise in remote-work arrangements, this sentiment holds true even if you don’t have a physical …

July 2015 sets a horrifying new high: The hottest month ever recorded.

When trying to rank climate change mileposts, this is a big one.<p>Earlier this week, data from NASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency showed July was …

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum electronics together

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum devices together, transmitting entanglement — and crucially the quantum properties that could deliver the next-generation of electronics. Sounds boring and complicated (it's not <i>too</i> complicated), but it's important, we promise. It all involves the …