Benjamin Robbins

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The Candle Problem From 1945 Is a Logic Puzzle That Requires Creative Thinking

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Creativity

Total solar eclipse 2017: everything you need to know

20 questions you were embarrassed to ask about the August eclipse, answered.<p>On August 21, a total solar eclipse will cut through the entire continental United States. It’s going to be awesome. If you’re in the bull’s eye center of the moon’s shadow, known as the totality, the sky will go dark for a …

Astronomy

An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found - They Make Blood

Things just got complicated.<p>Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new …

University of California

This $300 Wheel of Cheese Was Named Best in the Country

All of the winners were from the Dairy State.<p>Most competitions seek to identify the cream of the crop, but in this contest, if you submit cream, it …

Green Bay

US Scientists Have Cautiously Backed Permanent Gene Editing in Humans

A brave new world.<p>In a controversial move, a senior US scientific committee has given the green light to one of the most contentious forms of genome …

Genetics

Scientists Have Confirmed a Brand New Phase of Matter: Time Crystals

Constant motion without energy.<p>For months now, there's been speculation that researchers might have finally created time crystals - strange crystals …

Quantum Physics

3D-printed turbine can power 10,000 homes using carbon dioxide

These days engineers are fervently working towards solving a pressing crisis--efficient energy. GE Global Research has developed an ingenious carbon …

The Secret Algorithm Behind Learning

<i>“The person who says he knows what he thinks but cannot express it usually does not know what he thinks.”</i> <br>― Mortimer J. Adler, How to Read a Book<p>I …

Self-improvement

Higher education for the AI age: Let’s think about it before the machines do it for us

Amid the wall-to-wall coverage of the U.S. presidential race, it was easy to miss the Obama administration’s release this month of a slim, 48-page report titled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence.” Yet the subject of the report — and the changes it foreshadows — may prove to be as …

The Physics of Buster Keaton, the Greatest Stuntman Ever

I'm beginning to think that Buster Keaton was the greatest all time stunt-person. Just look at this reel of some of his greatest stunts—most …

Scientists have a new theory behind the ‘knuckleball’ — baseball’s strangest pitch

The knuckleball is a strange pitch that seems to defy the laws of physics. Unlike the fastball, it moves through the air slowly and randomly changes direction, baffling batters. Conventional theory says that a baseball's raised seams cause the movement. However, scientists at the École …

Despite cloudy, cool summer, Arctic sea ice hits 2nd-lowest level on record

The 2016 Arctic sea ice melt season is over, leaving an emaciated covering of relatively thin ice across the top of the world. The National Snow and …

Global Warming

FACT CHECK: Video Shows Baby Delivered Inside Intact Amniotic Sac

CLAIM<p>A viral video shows a newborn baby delivered inside an intact amniotic sac. See Example( s )<p>EXAMPLES<p>Collected via Facebook, September …

No Man’s Sky is an existential crisis simulator disguised as a space exploration game

It’s cold and lonely and empty and unsatisfying. It’s also worth your time.<p>At Recode’s annual Code Conference in June, venture capitalist Elon Musk made the provocative argument that reality is not reality at all, but a massive simulation built on top of some other reality.<p>“There’s a billion-to-one …

No Man's Sky

Maps have ‘north’ at the top, but it could’ve been different

Why are almost all modern maps the same way up? Caroline Williams explores the intriguing history that led to this orientation – and discovers why it shapes how we see the world in more ways than we realise.<p>Imagine looking at the Earth from space. What is at the top of the planet? If you said the …

GoSol is crowdfunding a scalable and cost-effective solar solution

<b>This optimistic initiative aims to kick off a global wave of solar entrepreneurship with free construction guides for building high-powered solar</b> …

Batteries Or Train-Pumped Energy For Grid-Scale Power Storage

New advances in batteries and storage technologies for electricity may soon solve one of the most vexing issues with wind and solar energy – dealing with their intermittency. The wind and sun generally do not generate power when it’s needed, and we haven’t had efficient ways to store that energy, …

Clean Energy

If You’re Only Playing Quidditch on the Pitch, You’re Missing Out

We all love the wizarding sport of Quidditch. In fact, we love it so much that we’ve actually turned it into a real-life sport. Colleges all over …

Geek

Optical illusion: These hearts are all the same colour - so why do they look different to you?

When you look at the image above, what do you see? Most people see alternating purple and orange hearts - but, in fact, they're both made up of the same colours.<p>If you take away the background, here's what you're left with:<p>This optical illusion has been baffling the internet in recent days thanks …

Psychologists say a common cognitive trap could be sabotaging your success

What time are you available for a phone call tomorrow? Can you sign off on this project proposal? How much pizza should we order for tomorrow's staff meeting?<p>Ugh. 2 p.m. Yes. 10 pies. Done.<p>You might feel incredibly productive after making these decisions, simply because you checked three items off …

The telescope gets its first major upgrade in centuries

Lockheed Martin is working on new technology that promises to drastically reduce the size of telescope needed to see a long distance<p>The general design of a telescope has remained more or less the same since the techology was first invented in the 17th century.<p>Like an eye, the telescope collects …

New Year's Eve is your only chance to catch this beautiful comet in your lifetime — here's how to spot it

The visitor is the comet C/2013 US10 (Catalina); most people are just calling it Comet Catalina (the official name has a bit more complicated nomenclature). There are a couple of <i>very</i> cool things about this comet you should know about, but before I get to that part let me tell you how to see …

Use This Simple Math Problem to Kick Critical Thinking Into High Gear

9 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s 9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. Or maybe it’s 10 a.m. on a Wednesday. Or maybe your team meets on Thursdays around 11 a.m. It’s that time of week where a group of smart go-getters sit down for their weekly data-dump meeting. …

Profit

12 Mind Tricks That Make People Like You And Help You Get Ahead

When you’re working hard and doing all you can to achieve your goals, anything that can give you an edge is powerful and will streamline your path to success.<p>Mind tricks won’t make you a Jedi, but using the brain’s natural quirks to your advantage can have a positive impact on everyone you …

A Mesmerizing Animation Shows Just How Weird Our Solar System Is

NASA’s Kepler space telescope spotted thousands of worlds during its four-year mission, proving that our galaxy is filled with planets. But even more …

Researchers discover the source of animals' natural compasses

For years, biologists have pondered how so many members of the animal kingdom -- from fruit flies and pigeons to sea turtles and wolves -- are able to navigate long distances apparently by sensing the Earth's magnetic field. Two theories have emerged in recent years: one that the ability derived …

Biology

What is the Shape of the Universe?

If you could somehow manage to step outside of the universe, what would it look like? Scientists have struggled with this question, taking several …

The best space facts ever – in pictures

Children and teenagers,Books,Culture,Picture books,Space,Non-fiction (children and teens),Venus,The moon,Mars,Jupiter,Saturn,Neptune,Pluto<p>Did you know Venus spins in the opposite direction to all the other planets in our solar system and there are thought to be trillions of diamonds on Uranus? …

Germany’s About to Switch on a Revolutionary Nuclear Fusion Machine

This thing is a monster.<p>For more than 60 years, scientists have dreamed of a clean, inexhaustible energy source in the form of nuclear fusion. And …