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Complete Guide To Downward Pickslanting [Lessons]

<b>Guitar Techniques</b>: Pickslanting is a technique that deals with switching strings when playing fast with a pick.

Guitar

This Dark Matter Theory Could Solve a Celestial Conundrum

For years, dark matter has been behaving badly. The term was first invoked nearly 80 years ago by the astronomer Fritz Zwicky, who realized that some …

Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality

Surprising oil drop experiments suggest that the quantum world may not be as strange as advertised.<p>For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky …

Diving deep into the world of emergent gravity | Ars Technica

Getting rid of dark matter would be a big ordeal, so we talk to the man behind the theory.<p>The Universe is a strange place. Apart from the normal …

Dark Matter

This Genius Map Explains How Everything in Physics Is Connected

From space time to chaos theory.<p>Physics is a huge, complex field. It also happens to be one of the most fascinating, dealing with everything from …

Scientists May Have Found Protein That Could Help Unlock Spinal Regeneration in Humans

Protein Power<p>The whole foray into stem cell research is fueled by the desire to achieve human regeneration. While some kinds of human tissue …

Biology

Five Independent Signs Of New Physics In The Universe

Since the Large Hadron Collider at CERN turned on, it’s brought with it an incredible slew of results. Large numbers of rare, exotic and unstable particles have been created, and their decays have been measured to unprecedented precision. The Higgs boson has been created and observed to have a mass …

Physics

This Rocket Failed to Put Soviets on the Moon

It was so cold on February 20, 1969, that the launch was delayed; even the biggest of all Soviet rockets wasn’t immune to the frigid winters in Kazakstan. Conditions had warmed enough the next day, and at 3:18pm the mammoth N-1 rocket left the Earth for the first time. The combined thrust of the 30 …

Space Exploration

The Strange Second Life of String Theory

The theory failed to unite gravity and quantum mechanics. But it still has become one of the most useful tools in science.<p>String theory strutted onto the scene some 30 years ago as perfection itself, a promise of elegant simplicity that would solve knotty problems in fundamental physics—including …

Quantum Mechanics

How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math - Issue 40: Learning

I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little …

Mathematics

Legendary physicist Freeman Dyson talks about math, nuclear rockets, and astounding things about the universe

<i>Today, Dyson frequently writes about science and technology's relationship to ethics and social issues. Business Insider sat down with him and talked about math, war, the human brain, the education system, and the Orion Project.</i><p><i>This interview has been edited for clarity and length. It was</i> …

Mathematics

New boson that interacts with dark matter has been predicted by scientists

Madala boson predicted as a result of 'peculiarities' in data from experiments at the LHC.<p>A new boson has been predicted by scientists following …

The Coros LINX is a smart bike helmet that makes sense

While cycling apps are thick on the ground, a full gadget ecosystem is hard to come by. Seattle startup Coros is looking to change that with the LINX, a helmet-app combo (with handlebar controller) that lets you listen to music, take calls, get turn-by turn directions and track progress made along …

Bicycle Helmets

Chrome for Windows gets Material Design and big battery improvements

Microsoft has been hammering Chrome's battery performance in recent months, but Google is starting to hit back with updates to its browser. Chrome 53 has been released to the stable channel this week, and it brings CPU and GPU power consumption enhancements for video playback, alongside "big" …

Android News

Intel/Microsoft deal will finally push VR out to the masses

While virtual reality has been high in the hype cycle for a couple of years now, its market impact has been relatively modest. High visibility VR headset products like Oculus and Microsoft’s HoloLens created a lot of smoke but relatively little fire. The high prices, lack of standards, and lack of …

M2 Premium Videos

This New Equation Promises to Unify Physics Theories with the Help of Wormholes

As far as famous equations go, none are more known than <b>Einstein’s</b> <b>E=mc2</b><b>.</b> This insight by Einstein that relates mass and energy has been linked to the …

Twisted Light Could Dramatically Boost Data Rates

<b>It was just 24 years ago that researchers reported</b> the discovery of something remarkable about light: Certain beams, traveling through space with a …

Quantum Mechanics

Cortana awakens: The evolution of Microsoft's smart assistant

It’s fun to imagine all the other names Microsoft’s voice assistant, Cortana, could have had: “Bill,” “Explorer,” “Pathfinder.” None of these were …

Panos Panay and Ben Rudolph take you behind the scenes of Microsoft's secret Surface Lab in this video | On MSFT

Ever wondered what is happening over at Microsoft’s Surface Lab? Well, now you might have the chance to explore it. ExpertZone released a new video …

Prototypes

Enable This Secret Feature To Make Microsoft Edge Browser Run Faster

Speed up Microsoft Edge by enabling TCP Fast Open<p>Edge, which was introduced with Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 10 last July has not only …

Learning Excel isn't just for finance professionals, it can boost anyone's productivity at work — here’s how

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Alfonso de Tomas / ShutterStock We've said it before but it bears repeating: Microsoft Excel is likely the most powerful program on …

Software

How to create a Checklist in Excel

Most of us use To-Do apps to list down the tasks which we want to do on a particular day. This keeps us to complete our tasks without any …

Analytics

Exclusive: Why Microsoft is betting its future on AI

Satya Nadella bounded into the conference room, eager to talk about intelligence. I was at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, WA, and the company’s CEO was touting the company's progress in building more intelligent apps and services. Each morning, he told me, he puts on a HoloLens, which enables …

Artificial Intelligence

Introducing Microsoft Planner - a new way to organize work

Today, we take a deeper look at Microsoft Planner—a new experience in Office 365 to organize work, manage and assign tasks and collaborate within …

Project Management

Is Samsung cooking up a smart helmet to take on Microsoft HoloLens?

Samsung bet correctly on virtual reality with the Gear VR and now the headset has become the best way to get a mobile VR experience.<p>But what's next? …

Satya Nadella has made huge progress with a company that was once Microsoft's biggest threat

Red Hat, which makes a popular version of the open source operating system Linux, was once feared and hated by Microsoft. Microsoft's most important customers — big companies — flocked to Linux as an alternative to Windows Server.<p>And that used to be an expensive problem for Microsoft. Not only does …

Red Hat

Microsoft still believes hand tracking is the future of PC input

Microsoft wants to move beyond the keyboard and mouse to power the interfaces of the future. While the software maker has been investing in voice recognition and augmented reality scenarios, Microsoft's research division has made some significant progress with hand tracking. Researchers are working …

Augmented Reality

Here’s the science behind how submarines dive and resurface

Let's start with the basics: Ships stay afloat because the weight of the water that it displaces equals the weight of the ship. As gravity pulls down on the ship; water creates an opposite upward force called buoyant force, which prevents the ship from sinking.<p>Submarines use ballast and trim tanks, …

Cold War

Apple has just become an energy company, looks to sell excess electricity into the grid and maybe more

<i>Update: John Weaver did a deeper dive on this over at Electrek</i><p>Apple has quietly created an energy subsidiary, ‘Apple Energy’ LLC, registered in Delaware but run from its Cupertino headquarters. The company was seemingly formed to allow it to sell excess electricity generated by its solar farms in …