Lennart Koorevaar

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This Mental Trick Will Make You 3 Times More Charming, According to Science

This clever psychological hack makes it three times more likely you'll leave a good impression.<p>There's a tension at the heart of human psychology -- we love flattery but we hate fakery. Which is both a challenge and and an opportunity for networkers.<p>When meeting a new acquaintance, the best way to …

6 Surprising Things Science Says Will Make You Happy

Fulfilment may be simpler than you think<p>With the list of things that make us unhappy growing ever longer - social media, smart phones, Donald Trump - some news about what makes us cheerful is more than welcome.<p>This week the University of Warwick revealed the huge psychological benefits you get from …

Relativity's Long String of Successful Predictions

When he unveiled his general theory of relativity, Albert Einstein wasn’t exactly met with applause. Almost no one else could do the math necessary …

The ATLAS and CMS collaborations, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, have combined their data to produce our most precise view to date of the Higgs boson<p>Another of those “freak” research publications, which so befuddle the makers of university league tables, is on the way¹. Having made the best …

Physics

The challenges of building a hypersonic airliner

Could an airliner that flies anywhere in under three hours be in service by 2030?<p>“It is a magic aircraft… the pleasure of flying in it is almost a carnal one.” So said Joelle Cornet-Templet, a chief stewardess for Air France, about Concorde: one of the world’s first supersonic civilian airplanes, …

Rosetta mission: Countdown to historic comet landing

<b>A European spacecraft is on course for the first, historic landing on a comet.</b><p>Scientists have now released the first pictures from the lander after separating from its "mothership", Rosetta.<p>The mission will shine a light on some mysteries surrounding these icy relics from the formation of our Solar …

NASA braces Mars orbiters for close comet flyby

They are literally specks of dust, tiny bits of primordial material that wouldn't be visible to the naked eye.<p>But for spacecraft in orbit around Mars, they could become minuscule agents of destruction.<p>These dust particles will come hurtling past the Red Planet on Oct. 19, riding on the coattails of …

The cold logic behind Elon Musk’s $5 billion gigafactory gamble

Elon Musk is placing an enormous bet on the world’s largest lithium-ion battery plant—a $5 billion, 10 million-square-foot (930,000 sq m) “gigafactory” that would make enough battery packs to power 500,000 electric cars a year. That is four times the number of electric cars of any brand bought …

Why Solid State Drives Are Your Best Performance Upgrade And They're Getting Cheaper Too

Nothing and I mean literally nothing, has done more for general computing performance in the past 3 – 5 years, than the SSD or Solid State Drive. Faster processors, more memory, and even faster graphics cards don’t offer the kind of instantaneous and observable boost in system responsiveness, …

'Smoking Gun' Reveals How the Inflationary Big Bang Happened

New findings show that the universe underwent a burst of inflation that was seemingly faster than the speed of light in the first instant of its existence, throwing off a storm of exotic gravitational waves in the process.<p>The evidence comes from the BICEP2 experiment at the South Pole, which …

Dark Matter

Colossal 'Hole' in Space Could Be Link to Universe Beyond Our Own

Leave this world, travel 6 billion–10 billion light years toward the Eridanus constellation, and you’ll run into a giant cosmic wall of nothingness.<p>A …

Black hole may have sent star cluster hurtling toward Earth

Scientists believe they’ve found the fastest-approaching object in the universe<p>Most of the universe is rushing away from us. It's not that we're particularly repellent; it's just that the universe is expanding, pushing most other galaxies away. Light from distant galaxies travels toward us through …

Summer Triangle, signpost for all seasons

Tonight, look for the Summer Triangle. It’s not summer for our northern temperate latitudes, but the three brilliant stars of the Summer Triangle – …

750km of solid rock: new long-baseline neutrino results

Neutrinos are peculiar particles. They are very common, billions are passing through you all the time. Perhaps it is fortunate then that they very rarely interact with matter, and therefore do you no harm as they pass through. They rarely interact because, uniquely among all the fundamental …

Window on Infinity: From Saturn to Mars to Deep Space to Home

An album of space images—including a poignant shot of a blacked-out North Korea—tell this month’s tale of our place in the cosmos.

Quantum Microscope Uses Spooky Entangled Photons To See Better

Crisper images through physics<p>There's a new experimental microscope that visualizes incredibly difficult-to-see things with incredible accuracy via entangled photons, MIT Technology Review reports. You know, for those moments when unentangled photons just aren't enough.<p>The new microscope's creators …

Star-rich galaxy found from universe's baby years | Reuters

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (Reuters) - Astronomers have found an old and distant galaxy that is believed to date back to a time when the universe was just 650 million years old, a fraction of its current age.<p>A long-exposure Hubble Space Telescope image of the galaxy cluster Abell 2744, the deepest …

Found: The Oldest Known Star In The Universe

Astronomers announced yesterday that they've spotted a child of the very first stars.<p>Astronomers announced yesterday that they discovered the oldest known star in the universe. They believe the star is from the second generation of stars ever to form.<p>Stefan Keller, an astronomer at the Mount …

Video: Will this go faster than light?

Light speed is the ultimate speed in our universe. Why we haven’t been able to build – or even conceive of – a contraption that goes faster than …

At the recent Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate, Buzzfeed asked creationists in attendance to write a question or message for ‘the other side’. Here are some answers<p>What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again. A disappointing public debate between popular US science telly presenter …

Gemini? Here’s your constellation

How to see the constellation Gemini in the night sky, plus some of ancient lore about the legendary Twins.<p>Do you want to know how to see the …

Big Pic: A Sound System That's Loud Enough To Kill

Toot toot<p>This looks a bit like a giant ear canal, but in a way, it's the opposite. It's the largest horn in the most powerful sound system in Europe. The system's maximum output, according to the European Space Agency, would kill any human exposed to it.<p>The horn is part of the European Space …

Several Reasons Why Aircraft Carriers Are Super Dangerous

Forget Kenny Loggins and let’s take a minute to put the real Danger Zone in perspective.<p>Flying jets off and on ships has historically been a high peril endeavor. Especially on.<p>The number of U.S. sailors and Marines that have died in and around aircraft carriers is shocking — 8,500 from 1948 to 1988 …

Somber Betelgeuse in Orion’s shoulder

Tonight, look for ruddy-hued Betelgeuse, one of the sky’s most famous stars. Kids especially like Betelgeuse, because its name sounds so much like</i> …

Tickety-Tock! An Even More Accurate Atomic Clock

Scientists announced this week that they have created the most advanced clock in the world.<p>The clock, described this week in the journal <i>Nature,</i> is so precise that it would neither lose nor gain one second in about 5 billion years of continuous operation. That's pretty good, considering that the …

Spacewatch: Wake-up time for Rosetta

After 31 months in deep-space hibernation, the Rosetta spacecraft is due to awaken again at 10:00 GMT on Monday, 20 January. When its internal alarm goes off, the European Space Agency's mission will find itself close to the orbit of Jupiter and chasing inwards in the wake of Comet …

How Big is the Universe? How Small Are We in It?

What our present science understands about the size of the universe already shows us a vast and immense realm—yet it may still only be a tiny drop in …

Get ready for a crash at the Milky Way’s core

A mysterious gas cloud with three times Earth’s mass is spiraling toward the supermassive black hole at the core of our Milky Way galaxy. Expect to …

Gaseous planet with same mass as Earth is discovered by scientists

Earth's gassy 'twin' has been discovered in another solar system 200 light years away.<p>The planet, known as KOI-314c, weighs the same as Earth but is 60% larger, leading scientists to suspect it has a thick gaseous atmosphere.<p>It orbits a dim red dwarf star at such a close distance that temperatures …

Expect northern lights on January 9-10

2014 unleashed its first X-flare of 2014 on January 7. Space weather experts are calling for a good display of auroras.<p>UPDATED JANUARY 9, 2014 AT …