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Change These Settings on Your New TV for a Better-Looking Picture

If you’re one of those people who buys a brand-new TV, spends hours straining your back trying to place it in your home entertainment center (or …

Tutorials

This Genius Map Explains How Everything in Physics Fits Together

From space-time to chaos theory.<p>Physics is a huge, complex field. It also happens to be one of the most fascinating, dealing with everything from …

Physics

Lego Batman, Superman, and Emmet Star in the Best Airplane Safety Video You've Ever Seen

In the escalating arms race that is entertaining airline safety videos, Turkish Airlines has just dropped the equivalent of the atomic bomb on its …

Lego

Beyond Time

We conventionally think of time as something simple and fundamental. It flows uniformly, independent of everything else, from the past to the future, …

Physics

How to Use the Simple but Powerful Effects Panel in Lightroom (VIDEO)

If you’ve been following Lucy Martin’s excellent series of Lightroom tutorials you have, no doubt, already learned a lot. A few months ago, we shared …

Tutorials

What Is Magnetism? Definition, Examples, Facts

A Simple Introduction to Magnetism<p>Magnetism is defined as an attractive and repulsive phenomenon produced by moving electric charge. The affected …

Magnetism

13 Sci-Fi Movies On Netflix That'll Actually Blow Your Mind

We live in an age where it's taken for granted you can plop down on the couch and have instant access to hundreds, if not thousands of streaming …

Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe

If astronomers are right, a ghostly particle that lit up an instrumented swath of ice beneath the South Pole on 22 September last year was a …

7 TED Talks That Will Help You Be A Better Leader

As a leadership and culture coach, I’m always on the lookout for new inspiration. Learning about other people’s experiences, strategies, and ideas about leadership can generate awesome insight!<p>Here are some TED talks that “package” what makes great leaders into concise, informative speeches.<p><b>1. John</b> …

Leadership

New Music Friday For June 29: Seven Albums You Should Hear Now

It's an exciting week for new music. <i>All Songs Considered</i>'s Robin Hilton talks to NPR's Rodney Carmichael, Ann Powers, Stephen Thompson and Tom Huizenga, along with WBGO's Nate Chinen about the best releases for June 29. This includes Drake's highly-anticipated double album, <i>Scorpion,</i> Florence and …

The 10 Best Overlooked Movies of 2018, So Far

There are plenty of movies to celebrate in 2018, but these ones could use a little extra attention.<p>If 2018 ended today, it would have been a very …

Best films of 2018 so far

All the Money in the World<p>Raucous thriller about the real-life 1973 kidnapping of J Paul Getty’s grandson, and the billionaire’s subsequent refusal to pay the ransom – a film that became notorious in its own right after reshooting scenes featuring disgraced actor Kevin Spacey.<p><b>What we said:</b> With the …

Comic Books

Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything?

A new paper argues that the condition now known as “Dissociative Identity Disorder” might help us understand the fundamental nature of reality

Consciousness

Ask Ethan: If Mass Curves Spacetime, How Does It Un-Curve Again?

Matter tells space how to curve, and curved space tells matter how to move. That’s the basic principle behind Einstein’s General Relativity, which linked, for the first time, the phenomenon of gravity with that of spacetime and relativity. Place a mass down anywhere in the Universe, and the space …

The Standard Model of particle physics: The absolutely amazing theory of almost everything

The Standard Model. What dull name for the most accurate scientific theory known to human beings.<p>More than a quarter of the Nobel Prizes in physics …

11 No-Sugar Snacks That Skip the Refined Stuff but Not the Flavor

Snacking becomes infinitely more important once you start watching your sugar intake. When the munchies suddenly hit, finding something to hit the …

14 of the Most Baffling Mysteries About the Universe

We’ve learned so much over the centuries, but science still can’t definitively answer these surprisingly fundamental questions.<p>If the universe began …

The 13 Best Books I Read Last Year

These are some seriously great books. How great are they, you ask? Well, let me tell you. See, my 1-10 rating system is actually logarithmic. Meaning …

The 18 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows Set In Space, Ranked

From "Firefly" to "Doctor Who," these are the voyages of television's top spaceships.<p>Space is a scary place, as we’ve seen in countless movies and TV …

Science Fiction

'Time is elastic': an extract from Carlo Rovelli's The Order of Time

What does it really mean to say that time ‘passes’? Why does time pass faster in the mountains than it does at sea level? The physicist explains in this extract from his latest book<p>• Interview with Carlo Rovelli<p>I stop and do nothing. Nothing happens. I am thinking about nothing. I listen to the …

Sea Level

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

This New App Will Help You Identify the Plants and Animals You See in Nature

Learn the difference between a poppy and a windflower.<p>New app Seek is giving curious outdoorsy types an easy way to identify the plants and animals …

Machine Perception

Mathematicians Explore Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds

Decades after physicists happened upon a stunning mathematical coincidence, researchers are getting close to understanding the link between two …

Mathematics

Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in April

With Westworld and Lost in Space on deck, it’s a good month for genre<p>Next month is April, which means it’s time for the second season of HBO’s <i>Westworld</i> to arrive. Yes, there’s also going to be some “movies” at your local “theater” that may be considered “important if you want to stay remotely in …

Entertainment

Spring 2018

Welcome back to the Pitchfork Guide to Upcoming Releases, our seasonal guide to new music. Four times a year, we round up a list of albums, singles, EPs, reissues, and more arriving in the coming months. This installment covers spring 2018, starting with Friday, March 30. (Please note that release …

Yale neuroscientists debunked the idea that anyone is “normal”

Don’t you wish everyone would just act more normal, like you? I know I do.<p>But normal is a relative state that depends on time, place, and circumstance. There’s no one right way to be a human, and that applies to mental as well as physical states. That’s why neuroscientists are advocating for more …

Psychology

BAD LIP READING Gives Leia and Tarkin a Death Star Musical Moment

Bad Lip Reading has struck again with another musical send up of a classic <i>Star Wars</i> moment. The latest video sets the clock back over forty years to …

Sorry to Bother You Is the Most Surreal, Important Scifi Movie in Years

All Cassius Green wants to do is make enough money to get by. The main character of <i>Sorry to Bother You</i> needs to pay off four months of back rent to …

Stephen Hawking had pinned his hopes on 'M-theory' to fully explain the universe – here's what it is

Rumour has it that Albert Einstein spent his last few hours on Earth scribbling something on a piece of paper in a last attempt to formulate a theory …

'Number of Letters' Riddle Is Stumping the Internet

We love a good puzzle or brain teaser, so when we heard about the latest riddle making the rounds on the internet, we just had to check it out. But …