Sean Michael

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This Children's Book Wants To Teach That Princesses Don't Need Saving

The Princess Who Saved Herself is about an awesome, multiracial princess who lives with a pet snake and plays rock 'n' roll.<p><b>Jonathan Coulton:</b> When I wrote the song my daughter was very into princesses and pink things, a phase that caught me a little by surprise. I certainly wasn't pushing the …

Could Black Holes Destroy the Universe?

Before you say “no way,” hear the latest research out.<p>One of the surprises that the LHC had in stock for us is that the Higgs turned out to be …

Physics

A Compact Solar And Power Storage System Gets Off-Grid Communities Their Own Minigrid

Power to dozens of households, no annoying electric company.<p>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEFlpqpE8NE<p>More than a billion people don’t have electricity, and a billion more live with unreliable electricity. Getting power to these people is key to economic development, but it’s a big challenge: …

What would happen if we actually found life on another planet

We've looked near, by sending a lander to the Moon and rovers to Mars, and we're looking far, sending satellites on missions outside our solar system and analyzing the spectra of planets orbiting other stars in the "goldilocks zone."<p>But recently, with the discovery of a saltwater ocean on Jupiter's …

Fun-Da-Mental

Luke Skywalker's Home Planet Tatooine Is Possible After All

One of the most eerily alien images in the <i>Star Wars</i> saga involves neither light sabres nor Tie fighters – it’s a simple shot of Luke Skywalker watching a binary sunset on his homeworld, Tatooine.<p>Astronomers have for more than a decade dismissed this as yet another example of Hollywood getting the …

Universe