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白日夢與創意

文/劉育志、白映俞<p>傳說中,阿基米德泡進浴缸放鬆心情的時候,突然頓悟了讓他朝思暮想的難題,於是興奮地衝出浴室,光著身體大喊著:「Eureka!(我發現了!)」這種靈光乍現、驚喜的感覺,你可能也在蹲馬桶上廁所或泡咖啡時曾經歷過。<p>對於研究人員、創意工作者而言,白日夢更常被認為是個「生活必需品」。詩人可能在 …

Fukushima's Radioactive Water Leak: What You Should Know

The operator of the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant has failed in an effort to control radioactive water leaking into the sea. What does it mean for people and the environment in Japan, and across the Pacific Ocean?<p><b>Tensions are rising in Japan over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific</b> …

Classic aircraft: Five golden rules for enduring design

Some of the planes in our skies are 70 years old and still going strong. What’s the secret behind their staying power? Two aviation experts explain all.<p>When the Douglas DC-3 entered service with American Airlines, Adolf Hitler was in power in Germany, Jesse Owens was the fastest man in the world …

Aviation

Fusion Energy Quest Faces Boundaries of Budget, Science

The idea of firing fusion power with lasers has hit major scientific and funding roadblocks. What does it mean for the effort to bring the energy of the stars to Earth?<p><i>Part of our weekly "In Focus" series—stepping back, looking closer.</i><p><b>A large banner hangs from the front of the stadium-size building</b> …

National Geographic Magazine

See Previous Issues<p><img itemprop="contentUrl" style="transition: opacity 0.4s; opacity: 1;"></picture></div> <div>April 2018</div></a> </div> <div class="prev_iss_cover"> <a href="https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/03" target="_self"> <div class="LazyLoad is-visible"><picture><source …

What Is the Maillard Reaction? - Instant Egghead #44

Blame Bad Night's Sleep on the Moon

A new study finds human sleep patterns are timed to the phases of the moon.<p><b>If you have trouble falling asleep around the same time each month, the moon might be to blame.</b><p>Scientists say they've found evidence that human sleep patterns are timed to the phases of the moon, and that people sleep 20 …

Ditching the phone while driving for safer roads

Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.<p>This week biophysicist Elspeth Garman proposes a way to make …

Roads

【記錄】M.I.C.XII之「認真」:「這不科學啊!」-一起認真來聊動漫作品到底怎樣才科學!

文/Sunny<p>無敵鐵金剛或初號機這種「超巨大機器人」的駕駛員在全力奔跑時可能會暈機?「超人力霸王」在執行任務時變大和縮小符合物理法則嗎?最近超夯的「進擊的巨人」在演化上有可能嗎?魯夫在空島和艾涅爾對戰時,必須把橡膠的導電度考慮進去??<p>這些動漫和科幻電影中看似再普通不過的情節,用現今的科學理論來檢視, …

Romo: Turning your phone into a friendly robot

The dream of a cheap and friendly robot in every home hasn't yet taken off. Roboticist Keller Rinaudo’s solution is Romo – powered by your smartphone.<p>Robots are a common sight in our factories and industrial workplaces, but have yet to make the jump into people’s homes - whether because of cost or …

Robotics

3D 列印技術將會改變產業的 9 個方法 | T客邦

Five Surprising Facts About Daydreaming

New computer model aims to simulate our mental escapes.<p><b>Whether it's worrying or fantasizing, all of us daydream—or let our minds escape from the task at hand.</b><p>Now, a new computer model that simulates these periods of mental wandering may give scientists clues about how our brains work. Specifically, …

Maker Faire: How the DIY tech force has become strong

From creating custom 3D printing to vegetable synthesisers, the home-made technology movement seems to be catching on all over the world.<p>DIY technology has traditionally taken place in a bedroom, garage or on a kitchen table. But now a growing trend has emerged of "hack days" or DIY fairs offering …

3D Printing

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Electric scooter design that makes a hole lot of sense

Scooters are a firm favourite in the developing world – but they are noisy and polluting, and can be dangerously overloaded. One company has come up with a cleaner, safer option.<p>In many parts of the world, the scooter is one of the most popular ways to get around. City streets are crowded with the …

San Francisco

The Physics Behind Waterslides

A lot of science goes into providing a safe trip down.<p><b>At the top of the Summit Plummet waterslide at Walt Disney World's Blizzard Beach in Orlando, Florida—which stands some 120 feet (37 meters) above the ground—thrill seekers have been known to turn back.</b><p><b>It's not hard to see why: The 12-story</b> …

多做白日夢好不好?

之前的文章裡,我們提到科學家證實「專心最幸福」, 也說「漫遊的心靈是不快樂的心靈」,「活在當下」最重要。然而,白日發想,做做白日夢,難道真的如此一無是處嗎? 下面我們就來看看白日夢與工作的各種關係。<p>白日夢與工作記憶<p>形容一個人常常「胡思亂想」或「做白日夢」,往往被認為是較負面的說詞。 但刊載於《心理科 …

Science

Why you think your phone is vibrating when it is not

Most of us experience false alarms with phones, and as Tom Stafford explains this happens because it is a common and unavoidable part of healthy brain function.<p>Sensing phantom phone vibrations is a strangely common experience. Around 80% of us have imagined a phone vibrating in our pockets when …

Psychology

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你是個成天丟三落四者的人嗎?福音來了:藍牙電子瓷片 Tile | T客邦

現代人身上永遠帶了一大堆的東西,但是要用時永遠都找不著。Tile這家公司發明了一種具有GPS藍牙瓷片,可以綁在各種重要的物品上。找不時東西時,可以發出聲音提醒,也可以透過手機app來尋找。重點是,萬一你自己找不到又離太遠了,透過整個網路,只要有人走過你的遺失物附近,也會發通知給你。<p>軟硬體結合是現在技 …

Will we ever… create a universal flu vaccine?

Our best hope for preventing a pandemic threat is to develop a vaccine that protects against all dangerous strains at once. How close are we to achieving this?<p>It takes just two shots of the MMR vaccine to protect a child against measles, mumps and rubella for life. The same is true for polio and …

Immunotherapy

Solving transport headaches in the cities of 2050

With global cities swelling and car use soaring, how will our existing transport systems cope? Ryan Chin at the MIT Media Lab looks at sustainable alternatives that we could see on the streets by 2050.<p>What is the future of urban mobility? By 2050 there could be 2.5bn cars roaming the planet and …

Carsharing