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Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand, As Two Oddities Merge Into One

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

Where Do Recycled Electronics Go?

As New York and other states make e-cycling mandatory, we look at the tech<p>Starting in 2015, the 20 million residents of New York State will be forbidden to throw away electronics. The statewide ban requires residents to dispose of their unwanted TVs, printers and MP3 players at designated stores …

The Coolest-Looking New Species Of 2014

PopSci's pick of the litter<p>The world is so abundant with strange species, scientists describe new ones every year. Here at <i>Popular Science</i>, we picked a few of our favorites from this year to share. This is a small fraction of the species scientists name in a year. Just today, the California Academy …

Zoology

Bacterial Motors Come in a Dizzying Array of Models

Bacteria that can swim propel themselves with corkscrew tails anchored in rotary motors. That may seem surprisingly mechanical for a microbe, but it …

The World's Loudest Sound Caused Shock Waves 100,000 Times That of a Hydrogen Bomb

A lithograph of the eruption (circa 1888).<p>On 27 August 1883, the Earth made the loudest noise in recorded history. Emanating from the island of …

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First direct evidence that a mysterious phase of matter competes with high-temperature superconductivity

(Phys.org)—Scientists have found the first direct evidence that a mysterious phase of matter known as the "pseudogap" competes with high-temperature …

Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Be Just 10 Years Away

Hyperloop, the ultra-fast tube transport dreamed up by SpaceX founder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, could be ready for passengers in as few as 10 years.<p>In a 76-page report released on Dropbox on Thursday, a new startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies laid out plans for building …

Solar Power Can Provide Hot Meals for the Masses

<b>In every one of my restaurants, each day begins with the same routine. Chefs receive their orders, line cooks start prepping their ingredients, and the front of the house starts polishing the silverware and setting the tables. Along with all of that, someone goes into the kitchen and lights the</b> …

How Would You Do On The Supposedly Smarter SATs? (Updated)

The dreaded college entrance exam is getting revamped. Take our quiz to see how the new questions stack up against the old.<p><b>Update, December 16, 2014:</b><p>The charts above show how 310 readers did on our highly abbreviated SAT exam. The quiz included a verbal and a math question from both the current …

Education

How Information Theory Unifies Quantum Mechanics

A new framework ties together wave-particle duality and quantum uncertainty with bits.<p>Two parallel mysteries of quantum mechanics, so-called wave-particle duality and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, are in reality one and the same. This is according to a new framework developed by physicists …

Quantum Mechanics

World First: Man Controls Two Prosthetic Arms With His Mind

Doctors wired them right into his nerves<p>Until recently, losing both arms in an accident would probably have meant the end of a patient's two-fisted grip. Not so for Leslie Baugh, the first shoulder-level double amputee to wear and control two complex, mind-controlled prosthetic limbs.<p>Baugh isn't …

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