Chris Follmer

231 Flips | 14 Magazines | 6 Likes | 5 Following | 637 Followers | @Tibeca | NY Original, PHX transplant. Wanted warmer weather, now live in an oven. Very eclectic, Random Access Memory person with way too many interests.

One Simple Reason Why Touching The Sun Is So Hard

This past weekend, NASA successfully launched the Parker Solar Probe: the first spacecraft that will ever touch, with its own instruments, solar material directly in the vicinity of the Sun itself. It seems paradoxical: how could it be so difficult to collide with the source of 99.8% of the mass in …

Astronomy

This List Of 50 Low-cost Hobbies Will Excite You

Do you want to find a fun, low-cost hobby? A good hobby is entertaining, fulfilling and will enhance your life – but they can often also be very …

Hobbies

Overscheduling Your Days Can Wreck Your Productivity

It’s good to have a schedule planned out each week, but having too many appointments set for each day might be be more harmful than helpful. A recent …

Mathematical dimensions and martial arts analysis

<b>Introduction</b><p>The other night I dreamt I was back at university, in a mathematics lecture. The lecturer writes up Pierre de Fermat's last theorem1 on …

Parallel Universe? Hundreds Reports Of An Amazing Floating City In Nigeria

<b>Hundreds of people have reported seeing a floating city full of buildings and towers above a Nigerian village. Could this peculiar event be another</b> …

NASA created a rare, exotic state of matter in space

NASA has cooled a cloud of rubidium atoms to ten-millionth of a degree above absolute zero, producing the fifth, exotic state of matter in space. The experiment also now holds the record for the coldest object we know of in space, though it isn't yet the coldest thing humanity has ever created. …

Space

U.S. military orders soldiers to turn off GPS tracking devices

U.S. troops deployed overseas will have to remember to turn off the GPS tracking services on their favorite wearable fitness device. It's an …

GPS Tracking

How Long Would It Take To Travel From One End Of The Universe To The Other At Light Speed?

<i>If the universe is 93 billion light years in diameter, how long would it take to travel end to end at light speed? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by Jack Fraser, Master’s Physics,</b> …

Physics

The greedy ways Apple got to $1 trillion

For being the richest company ever with $243 billion in cash, Apple sure cuts corners in the stingiest ways. The hardware giant became the first trillion-dollar company this week. Yet it’s tough to reconcile Apple earning $11 billion in profit per quarter with it still screwing us over on cords and …

Headphones

Review: SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD – fast enough for 4K workflows [Video]

As a MacBook Pro user, having access to external SSD storage is important given the price of build-to-order SSD upgrades. For example, a 4TB SSD upgrade alone on the 2018 MacBook Pro can set you back $3400, more than the price of the laptop itself.<p>With this in mind, such upgrades can’t be …

Gear & Gadgets

Police officer jumps off overpass to save boy's life in daring New York rescue

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A 12-year-old boy is recovering and remains hospitalized days after he jumped several feet from an overpass and a police officer jumped to help him Friday.<p>"Everything happened so fast and I think my adrenaline was pumping so high" said police Officer Jessie Ferreira Cavallo, of …

First Aid

7 Weird Things That Will Happen When You're Actually With "The One"

Ending up with "The One" is something many of us hope will happen someday. For some, knowing they've finally met their person happens in an instant. …

Relationships

The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Mathematics

The 2016 election is coming back to haunt Facebook's profits

YouTube

Samsung announces new 'unbreakable' display that survives punishing UL certification

Samsung Display has announced that it has developed a truly "unbreakable" display panel, after receiving certification from Underwriters Laboratories …

Galaxy Note

DARPA pushes for AI that can explain its decisions

Companies like to flaunt their use of artificial intelligence to the point where it's virtually meaningless, but the truth is that AI as we know it is still quite dumb. While it can generate useful results, it can't explain <i>why</i> it produced those results in meaningful terms, or adapt to ever-evolving …

Artificial Intelligence

This Dizzying Galaxy Supercluster Will Change Your Perspective on The Cosmos

The mass of 20 million billion Suns.<p>Last year, astronomers discovered a massive supercluster of galaxies located approximately 4 billion light-years …

Universe

Boston Dynamics Is Gearing Up to Produce Thousands of Robot Dogs

Boston Dynamics, maker of uncannily agile robots, is poised to bring its first commercial product to market — a small, dog-like robot called the …

Robotics

10 ways to beef up your LinkedIn profile

LinkedIn has become the preeminent platform for professionals.<p>What started as a simple networking and job search tool has blossomed into an essential …

The military is building a space plane. Now it looks to have an engine up to the task

A new generation of GPS satellites is set to launch into orbit later this year. As with other national security missions, a roughly 200-foot-tall rocket will blast the massive satellite to space, fulfilling a contract worth more than $80 million.<p>But as nations develop technology to disable or shoot …

Aviation

The Boston Dynamics robots can now hunt you in the woods

We regret to inform you that the Boston Dynamics robots, the dog-looking machines that terrified Twitter with their ability to open doors, can now …

Cell-sized 'microlasers' could regulate brain activity

Scientists have spent years creating ever-smaller lasers. Berkeley Lab's latest invention, however, is something special -- and could lead to a significant change in medicine. An international team at the school has developed "microlasers" that are smaller than a red blood cell. The researchers …

Nanotech

Clever Machines Learn How to Be Curious

Computer scientists are finding ways to code curiosity into intelligent machines.<p>You probably can’t remember what it feels like to play Super Mario …

Machine Learning

Apple has an iPhone payment plan for people who hate wireless carriers

Anyone who decides to buy the latest iPhone face the same dilemma: Do I buy from Apple or from my wireless carrier?<p>Buying directly from Apple …

Facebook is hiring another 1,000 people to review and remove ads

Facebook is in the midst of an advertising crisis.<p>Facebook is making changes to its advertising policies in the wake of an investigation that confirmed the company unknowingly sold ads to Kremlin-backed sources trying to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election.<p>Facebook will hire 1,000 additional …

"Holy grail" microchip might surpass the power of the human brain

Photonic Synapses<p>Scientists at the University of Exeter have made a landmark breakthrough in the quest for the “holy grail” of computing: …

FACT CHECK: Can Marijuana Help Heal Broken Bones?

CLAIM<p>Scientific studies support the conclusion that marijuana can play a role in healing broken bones.<p>RATING<p>ORIGIN<p>Despite being used both …

Cannabis

These wireless earbuds transform the sounds around you and preview a future of in-ear computers — here's what they're like

"Just as Microsoft put a computer on every desk, and Apple put one in every pocket, we want to put a computer in every ear," he says.<p>The "we" there is Doppler Labs, the four-year-old, New York-based company that Kraft co-founded. It's been interested in your ears since its inception — first with a …

Consumer Tech

Tesla might be on the verge of a breakthrough that would change its 'overpromising' reputation

"[C]omplacent shareholders have been willing to look past years of over-promising and under-delivering from a promotional CEO," Einhorn wrote.<p>"Elon Musk's ability to spin a yarn and keep a story going seems to mesmerize his investors, blinding them to the challenges the company is facing."<p>Einhorn …

Tesla