Christy Schmidt

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California man builds 14-foot ‘Star Wars’ TIE fighter on his almond farm

An almond farmer from Turlock, California, has built a life-size replica of a <i>Star Wars</i> TIE fighter—and it’s as cool as it sounds.<p>Erich Gemperle, …

San Antonio

Getting to the bottom of the Higgs boson

As the Large Hadron Collider at CERN continues probing the high-energy frontier of physics, a new feature of its greatest discovery so far has come into view<p>In high-energy particle collisions we study the smallest known constituents of matter. According to our best knowledge of physics, these …

Physics

5 Books That Will Make You Smarter at Work

Be like Bill Gates and make reading your favorite way to grow and learn about new topics. Here are books for your summer reading to fill your head and your heart.<p>Can you guess one of the almost forgotten secrets of powerful leaders? It's found on the printed page or today's smartphones.<p>It's an old …

Whose shell is this? Neuroscientists selectively wipe specific snail memories

“It’s <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>, but with snails” sounds like a desperate Friday afternoon pitch meeting at Pixar, where everyone’s a bit …

Columbia University

The Intriguing Backstory of Darth Vader's Castle in Rogue One

The idea that Darth Vader had a home somewhere in a galaxy far, far away isn’t a new one. <i>Star Wars</i> concept designer Ralph McQuarrie came up with the …

Star Wars: Episode IV Sped Up Every Time a Laser Is Shot Makes the Movie Less Than 90 Seconds

“<i>Star Wars</i> but every time someone shoots a laser it speeds up” by Lord Aussem on YouTube is <i>exactly</i> what it says on the tin. I’m more surprised by the …

Top 10 Personal Growth Books of 2016

I don’t know about you, but for me, 2016 was a tumultuous year. A lot of things that happened this year that made me realize how little control we …

Why Are There 24 Hours in a Day?

<i>This thing all things devours;</i> <i><br>Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;</i> <i><br>Gnaws iron, bites steel;</i> <i><br>Grinds hard stones to meal;</i> <i><br>Slays king, ruins town,</i> <i><br>And beats</i> …

Lots of breast cancer patients suffer from ‘chemo-brain’

Women with breast cancer cite “chemo-brain” as a substantial problem after chemotherapy for as long as six months after treatment, research …

25 Animations of Great Literary Works: From Plato, Dostoevsky & Dickinson, to Kafka, Hemingway & Bradbury

Over the years, we've featured a large number of literary works that have been wonderfully re-imagined by animators. Rather than leaving these works …

Literature

8 books that will change your life in 2017

And if your New Year's resolution isn't to read more ... well, have we got some recommendations that will make you change your resolution.<p>The following eight books will help you stop worrying, stop being tired, and stop feeling overwhelmed — and start excelling in your field, embracing life's …

21 Brilliant Books You’ve Never Heard Of

Championed by 21 writers you have.<p>Ever come across a book—on a nightstand in an Airbnb, in a box of your mom’s college junk, on a shelf at a friend’s <i>Bachelor</i> viewing party—that’s so energizingly rip-roaring, so envelopingly world-building, that you can’t really believe you’ve never heard of it …

The funniest and most unusual animal photos of 2016

A selection of images captured by photographers over the past 12 months, including a Donald Trump lookalike pheasant, kissing parakeets, and a lost sloth

Donald Trump

Requiem for an ’80s Kid: We’ve Lost Our Prince and Now Our Princess

The death of Carrie Fisher was the latest in what has been a merciless year of celebrity deaths. In just the past 48 hours, we’ve lost a pop icon in …

George Michael

Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2016 Winners

Every year the <i>Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards</i> rewards the most humorous animal pictures. Few moths ago, we presented you finalists the pictures. …

Fort Worth Police Department's 'Star Wars' recruitment video goes viral

The Fort Worth Police Department have gone viral again with their "Star Wars"-themed recruitment video.<p>The Texas police department, whose recruitment video featuring Darth Vadar went viral last year, have created another hit.<p>This year's video features a police officer instructing a storm trooper in …

The 25 Best Books of 2016

A collection of the best novels, non-fiction, and memoirs from the past year.<p>At a time when politics have dominated the national conversation in a way that can often feel overwhelming, the best books of 2016 so far have provided escapism and comfort. They've shown us that empathy is a great virtue, …

Chemists officially name four new elements, and here they are

The periodic table just got some new members, as the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry has officially accepted new names for four …

Chemistry

13 science fiction and fantasy books you can’t afford to miss this December

It’s December. I can hardly believe how fast the year flew by. December means the full rush of Christmas and holiday shopping, and it means a slightly lighter load of new books hitting bookstores. That’s fine by me: it means that I can try and tackle the accumulated piles of books on my own to-read …

100 Notable Books of 2016

<i>The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec. 6, 2015, when we published our previous Notables list.</i><p><b>Fiction & Poetry</b><p><b>ALL THAT MAN IS.</b> <i>By David Szalay. (Graywolf, $26.)</i> Szalay writes with …

New Type Of Chemical Bond Confirmed

Chemistry students around the globe are pretty familiar with ionic, covalent, hydrogen, and van der Waals bonds, but a study has demonstrated the …

What caused the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster?

On the anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, BBC Future revisits a Horizon documentary that shows how the tragedy unfolded - and explores what Nasa learned in the aftermath.<p>On 1 February 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia began its descent back to Earth after a 16-day mission. The crew …

Ultralight metamaterials to revolutionise 3D printing - Manufacturers' Monthly

Imagine a material with the same weight and density as aerogel – a material so light it’s called ‘frozen smoke’ – but with 10,000 times more …

Free voxel modelling software Monolith is perfect for multi-material 3D printing

Jan 29, 2015 | By Alec<p>For most of us desktop 3D printing nuts, working with a limited budget, 3D modelling software can at times be tricky. Do you …

Swiss Maker and Teacher 3D Prints Scale Model of the Eiffel Tower in 100 Pieces

It took Gustave Eiffel and company a little over two years to complete the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris. During the fundraising that preceded the …

Scientist Says Metamaterials and 3D Printing Will Lead To Invisibility Cloaks In His Lifetime

The world will get considerably more ‘transparent’ if work being done in a lab in Arizona comes to fruition.<p>Hao Xin, a professor of electrical and …

Microwaves

Pinshape Infograph & Survey: Who's 3D Designing and Printing?

Pinshape, with headquarters in Mountain View, California, is an online 3D printing marketplace and community dedicated to bringing people across the …

6 of the Coolest Works of 3D Printed Art We’ve Ever Seen

Mushroom chairs, nuclear cloud lamps, eerie ghost-like trapped creatures, beautiful shell-cone objects, and stag’s and futuristic human heads, are …