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Hiding Clear Ideas behind Unclear Words

Chances are you know someone who thinks science is simultaneously complicated and boring. What a feat for a subject to be both at once, and what a …

Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist

New research explains why we pretend to know more than we do.<p>Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor of cognitive science at Brown University, has some compelling answers to these questions.<p>“We're biased to preserve our …

Critical Thinking

Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

Why Is the Night Sky Black?

It sounds obvious. That’s what night is. The sun has set and when you look up at the sky, it’s black. Except where there’s a star, of course. The …

What should everyone know about physics?

A couple of weeks ago, Sean Carroll made an offhand remark (the best kind) on twitter about what every physics major should know. That prompted a …

What Should Non-Scientists Learn From Physics?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on what every undergraduate physics major ought to learn over their four years, giving a sketch of the bare minimum of curricular content. In response to that, Doug Natelson offered an aspirational list of things we’d like <i>everyone</i> to know about physics. This is …

Physics

What Things Should Every Physics Major Know?

Over the weekend, cosmologist and author Sean Carroll tweeted about what physics majors should know, namely that “the Standard Model is an SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1) gauge theory, and know informally what that means.” My immediate reaction to this was pretty much in line with Brian Skinner’s, namely that …

Physics

Earth - Why doing a poo takes almost all animals roughly 12 seconds

The ancient Chinese practiced copromancy, the diagnosis of health based on the shape, size and texture of faeces. So did the Egyptians, the Greeks and nearly every ancient culture. Even today, your doctor may ask when you last had a bowel movement and to describe it in exquisite detail.<p>Sure, it's …

Portraits of the Earth-Moon System

The Earth and its moon almost form a binary planet system. The moon is enormous—relative to the size of its planet—compared with the rest of the solar system. Since the 1960s, spacecraft and astronauts have been able to “step back” far enough to capture combined portraits of the Earth and its moon, …

Space

Science: This Super-Simple Learning Hack Can Help You Master Any Subject | Inc.com

We all spend well over a decade in school, and while you might quickly forget the date of the battle of Gettysburg or the formula for the area of a trapezoid, you'd hope that you'd at least graduate with a good grasp of <i>how</i> to learn. You can always look up facts, but knowing how to study effectively …

5 Vital Lessons Scientists Learn That Can Better Everyone's Life

Scientific breakthroughs may be rare, but they never take place in an intellectual vacuum. Newton’s recognition that he was standing on the shoulders of giants has never been more true than it is today, where the titans of the past have laid the foundations for our vantage point today. Yet the …

Physics

The Best Science Documentaries on Netflix in April, Ranked

Knowledge is power and Netflix is our professor.<p>Sure, Netflix has a bevy of cheesy rom-coms, sexy capers, and superhero content. But Netflix can also …

Entertainment

A 'Digital Alchemist' Unravels the Mysteries of Complexity

Sharon Glotzer has made a number of career-shifting discoveries, each one the kind “that completely changes the way you look at the world,” she said, …

Quantum Mechanics

You Physics Teachers Really Ought to Teach Numerical Calculations

I love including numerical calculations in my introductory and advanced physics courses. I find that including coding in the introductory physics …

Physicists Say They've Created an 'Impossible' New Form of Matter: Supersolids

The most compelling evidence yet that supersolids exist.<p>Our world just got a little stranger, with physicists claiming they've successfully created a …

Physicists Are at War Over the Discovery of "Metallic Hydrogen"

The bitter race for metallic hydrogen has been ongoing for 80 years.<p>A few weeks ago, inside a Massachusetts lab, a tiny speck of silver reflected …

3D-Printed, Scale Model of the Solar System Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

by Little Planet Factory on Etsy Etsy shop Little Planet Factory has created a 3D-printed, 1:1.5 billion scale model of our Solar System. The 8 model …

Check Out An Interactive Map of Every Dinosaur Fossil Found On Earth

The map lets you search by period, taxonomy and strata.<p>Some engineers have created an interactive map to navigate the overwhelming amount of data created by the Paleobiology Database, a massive collection of information about fossils and related research. The map essentially plots the location of …

Paleontology

The author of the million-selling Seven Brief Lessons on Physics rails against Richard Dawkins and the science-arts split<p>Carlo Rovelli’s slim poetic meditation <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i> managed to clarify the troubling uncertainties of Einsteinian relativity, quantum theory and other physical …

The two questions that determine your scientific literacy

If you think you can just take a test and demonstrate your scientific literacy, think again.<p><i>“Through basic science literacy, people can understand</i> …

Consciousness

Why 4.5 Billion Years of Fluctuating Global Temperatures Can’t Explain Climate Change Today

XKCD does it again.<p>One of the most commonly used arguments against human-caused climate change is that Earth has experienced severe fluctuations in …

Climate Change

Want to Raise Successful Boys? Science Says Do This (but Their Schools Probably Won't) | Inc.com

This is a story about successful kids (especially boys), common sense, and research.<p>Most of us spend hours each day sitting at work. Science says it's killing us, and we have developed all kinds of fads to combat it--from standing desks to smartphone alerts to get us up and moving.<p>Armed with that …

Standardized Testing

17 Google products you've never heard of

Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more.<p>While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly …

Recommended Reading: Physicists Wonder: Does Time Really Exist Or Does It Just Look That Way?

As it turns out, time is a pretty complicated thing. And I'm not talking about measuring it, or making little devices to chime out the hours, either. …

3 Science-Backed Lessons From Albert Einstein on How to Become a Better Student of the World | Inc.com

There's no doubt that Albert Einstein was a pretty smart cookie -- he changed the world forever with his theory of relativity. But Einstein didn't just figure things out for his own benefit. He was a teacher who honestly believed wisdom and knowledge shouldn't be hoarded. As you try to get the most …

Albert Einstein

Visualizing the vast distances of space with a 1-pixel moon in a side-scrolling solar-system

If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel tries to convey the vastness of space by inviting you to side-scroll through our Solar System with (you guessed it) the …

First Dinosaur Tail Found Preserved in Amber

To scientists' delight, the incredible appendage from 99 million years ago is covered in feathers.<p>The tail of a 99-million-year-old dinosaur, including bones, soft tissue, and even feathers, has been found preserved in amber, according to a report published today in the journal <i>Current Biology</i>.<p>While …

Paleontology

A Nobel prize-winning physicist identified three simple steps to mastering any subject

I wasn’t always a good learner. I thought learning was all about the hours you put in. Then I discovered something that changed my life.<p>The famous Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman understood the difference between “knowing something” and “knowing the name of something,” and it’s one of …

Physics has a dizzying array of subdisciplines. This short video breaks it down.

An 8-minute history of the giant field of physics.<p>Physics can be defined simply as the study of matter and energy. But that simple definition covers an enormous range of topics.<p>There’s the classical physics you learned about in high school: It can explain how much force it takes to slide a box …