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The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy

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 …

Physics

Millions of stars

This image sequence from ESA’s billion-star surveyor – Gaia – looks toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy and captures some 2.8 million stars.<p>The …

Universe

Quantum Physics Overview

How Quantum Mechanics Explains the Invisible Universe<p>Quantum physics is the study of the behavior of matter and energy at the molecular, atomic, …

Physicists find new particle with a double dose of charm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have found an extra charming new subatomic particle that they hope will help further explain a key force that binds …

Scientists are about to change what a kilogram is. That’s massive.

If Jon Pratt were an international criminal mastermind, he would fly to Paris, don an all-black suit and ski mask and sneak into the elegant French baroque building that serves as headquarters for the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures.<p>His mission: “To set the whole world’s system of mass …

Physics

A 200-Year-Old Lesson: Scientific Predictions Are Worthless Unless Tested

Our best scientific theories of the day — of any day, really — are only as useful as the phenomena they predict. We have confidence that the Sun will rise and set not merely because it’s always done so, but because the laws of physics, proven and validated throughout the centuries, dictate that …

6 bathroom color schemes that will never look dated

Bathrooms can be one of the most challenging rooms to overhaul. Renovating them can not only put a strain on your time and budget, but it puts the room out of commission while the work’s being done. No one wants to renovate their bathroom more often than necessary, and for this reason many people …

The Coolest Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2015

Not every scientific advance is heralded as a revolutionary breakthrough, because science mostly progresses incrementally. Sure, certain high-profile …

How Introverts Can Make the Most of Conferences

For introverts, attending a conference can feel exhausting. But if you avoid conferences — or just avoid talking to anyone while attending them — it can hurt your career and your business. The good news is that you don’t have to go against the grain of your own personality to get value from …

Public Speaking

For the First Time, Scientists See Light Acting as Both a Wave and a Particle

A quantum quirk of light, finally spotted in real time<p>Light moves like both a particle and a wave, and how we see it depends on our point of view. So says the conventional (if you want to call it that) logic of quantum mechanics. However, scientists at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne …

Scientists say all the world’s data can fit on a DNA hard drive the size of a teaspoon

Even though it’s looking increasingly likely that humanity will find a way to wipe itself off the face of the Earth, there’s a chance that our creative output may live on. Servers, hard drives, flash drives, and disks will degrade (as will our libraries of paper books, of course), but a group of …

Harvard

New Drone Ambulance Concept Has Potential to Save Lives Faster

Gridlocked city streets, traffic signals and sirens become a non-issue in a design firm's conceptual plans for a drone ambulance. Argodesigns' lifelike renderings demonstrate how an ambulance made out of a drone could behave at accident scenes. Usefully, the drone could land in an area the size of …

India Is Building the World's Largest Magnet to Hunt Neutrinos

It weighs 50,000 tons.<p><i>INO prototype magnet (Photo Credit: INO)</i><p>India is gunning to become a science powerhouse. Last year the country launched a successful Mars orbiter, Mangalyaan, established itself as an interplanetary nation. Now India is taking on the world of particle physics, building the …

Physics

NASA Is Building a Laser Communication Base in Hawaii

It's best, fastest way to talk to spacecraft.<p>Hawaii will play host to NASA's new laser communications system, built on the grounds of the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems. The tech will also allow easier communication with the International Space Station.<p>Highly focused …

Demonstration