Michael Francis

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NASA releases breathtaking new images of Mars

A NASA probe just sent back some incredible pictures of the red planet<p>NASA has released brand new pictures of Mars, and they’re probably the most …

Not all memories really happened: What experts wish you knew about false memories

Just because you’re absolutely confident you remember something accurately doesn’t mean it’s true<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Every memory you have ever had is chock-full of errors. I would even go as far as saying that memory is largely an illusion.<p>This is because …

Whale wars: Why humpbacks save other animals from orca attacks

Are humpback whales naturally altruistic creatures? Sort of, according to a surprising new study into an unusual behaviour of one of the ocean's …

What is it like to interview a terrorist? 5 questions for The Post’s national security reporters

The Post’s national security reporters Greg Miller and Souad Mekhennet recently wrote about the son of Osama bin Laden’s chief bombmaker, Mohammed Masri. In a series of exclusive interviews with Miller and Mekennet, Masri recalled dinners at Osama bin Laden’s compound and his own efforts to build a …

Think you can take out a swarm of attack drones? DARPA wants to hear from you

Pentagon research agency DARPA wants to develop a system that's capable of countering a swarm of attack drones.<p>DARPA is already developing concepts …

The Collatz Conjecture Is a Simple Problem That Mathematicians Can't Solve

A kid can understand the question, but no one can answer it.<p>Part of the beauty of mathematics is that seemingly simple patterns lead to much more complicated questions and theories. The Collatz conjecture, which is the subject of a new video from YouTube channel Numberphile, is the perfect example …

Mathematics

The F-35 Shoots Down a Drone, Its First Air-to-Air Kill

A burst of good news for the Joint Strike Fighter.<p>The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter has achieved its first air-to-air kill. According to the F-35 program office an -A version of the controversial fighter, destined for the U.S. Air Force and other flying forces around the world, fighter shot down a …

Military

The Depressing Reason Bottled Water Is About to Outsell Soda for the First Time

Americans are leaving carbonated beverages behind in favor of bottled water. But their motivations go beyond a general trend away from sugary …