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The complicated, century-long relationship between swimming pools and chlorine

Even new-fangled salt water systems can't quit chlorination.<p>Americans love to swim. We've won one-third of all Olympic medals for swimming—more than any other country in the world. Founding father Benjamin Franklin is credited as the inventor of swim fins. And the United States has approximately …

Saltwater

Some of the Most Spectacular Astronomy Images of 2018

Over 4,200 photographs were submitted to this year’s Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year contest, but only these 25 images made it …

Astronomy

New Technology Allows Ground Telescope to Take Sharper Images Than Hubble

Adaptive optics is the future of astronomy.<p>In 1610, Galileo used a telescope to discover the four largest moons of Jupiter, and for more than two hundred years the only way to get a better look at the night sky was to build a bigger telescope. In the 19th century, astronomers began hauling …

Universe

Secrets of Citrus Micro-Jets

sciencetake<p>By James Gorman<p>Among the many sub-disciplines of physics are quantum mechanics, cosmology and the physics of fruit.<p>It’s not a field that universities or learned societies recognize, but it fits the investigation of how reservoirs in the skin of citrus fruit burst and shoot out micro-jets …

National Academy of Sciences

The Entire History of Steel

From hunks of iron streaking through the sky, to the construction of skyscrapers and megastructures, this is the history of the world's greatest alloy.<p>The story of steel begins long before bridges, I-beams, and skyscrapers. It begins in the stars.<p>Billions of years before humans walked the …

Black Sea

How Blue Man Group makes their instruments

When it comes to Blue Man Group's instruments, almost everything is made by hand. PVC pipes and other industrial materials are par for the course. We got to peek inside the studio to see some of the latest creations from the Blue Man team. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Andrew Schneider:</b> …

Lowe's

CeramicSpeed debuts groundbreaking DrivEn drivetrain

<i>Bicycle drivetrains have steadily improved over the years, covering shifting precision and smoothness, friction, noise, weight, and what have you.</i> …

Engineering

This machine cuts patterns into rings with incredible precision

The Ringmaker is a CNC machine created by Bulunmaz, It can create patterns on rings, bangles, and a range of other round objects. It has multiple spindles, with a maximum speed of 70,000 rpm.<p>It can switch between tools automatically and has a 360° horizontal cutting attachment, diamond cutting …

Printing

The Family Banners of Westeros

The Family Banners of Westeros infographic from UK Feather Flags describes the meaning behind the designs on the flags from the popular HBO …

There Won’t Be a Single Moment When We “Discover” Alien Life

That’s not how science works.<p><i>On July 12, Future Tense will host a happy hour event in Washington, D.C., about communicating with aliens. For more</i> …

Universe

Firework colors are created by different chemicals combinations — here's what determines 7 colors in your 4th of July show

It may be Independence Day, but there's nothing revolutionary about the way your 4th of July fireworks are made.<p>Fireworks have been built from a mix of explosive powder, chemicals, and glue for ages. The earliest fireworks shows date back more than a thousand years.<p>But not all fireworks are built …

Los Angeles

Watch Volvo Hint At Electric Construction Machines With LEGO

Volvo Construction Equipment recognizes that in the future, construction machines will become autonomous, connected and electric.Some early …

Lego

This Beautiful Golden Chamber Contains Water So Pure It Can Dissolve Metal

It can detect dying stars.<p>Hidden 1,000 metres (3,300 feet) under Mount Ikeno in Japan is a place that looks like a supervillain's …

Physics

The Simulation Hypothesis — Why Quantum Physics, AI, and Eastern Mystics Agree We Are In A Video Game

<b>10. Speed of Light, Wormholes, etc.</b><p>It is curious that in our Universe, as far as we can tell, the fastest that we can travel from point A to point B …

Quantum Physics

The Science Behind The World Cup Ball

Each World Cup, the sportswear giant Adidas designs an official ball to be used in the tournament.<p>And small changes in the design can create significant differences in how the ball responds during play.<p>"It's an interesting phenomena that the world's most popular sporting event for the world's most …

Space

Which Star Wars Ships Have the Best (and Worst) Aerodynamics?

Spoilers: None of them are very good.<p>Look, we all love <i>Star Wars</i>, and part of that love is picking apart all of the ways it's dumb. The walking tanks make absolutely no sense. The capital ships? Questionably designed. The fighters? Not a whole lot better. And to explore that last bit in even more …

Military Aircraft

What Comes After James Webb and WFIRST? Four Amazing Future Space Telescopes

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in space for 28 years, producing some of the most beautiful and scientifically important images of the cosmos …

Universe

These Rarely Seen Images Show What The Internet Actually Looks Like

More than 550,000 miles of underwater cables.<p>Every second, millions of emails, clicks, and searches happen via the world wide web with such fluidity …

What Would U.S. Money Look Like, Given the Proper Attention of an Industrial Designer?

Bills so pretty you'd never spend them<p>Industrial designer Andrey Avgust hails from Belarus, a country whose currency I admit I've never seen. But …

The newest green-tech idea: drown data centers at sea

In a bid to save the planet while making some money, Microsoft just drowned one of its data centers at sea. Project Natick is now operating at about 100 ft below the surface of the North Sea near the UK’s Orkney islands, fully powered by renewable energy.<p>The logic is sound: Bringing data centers …

Scottish Government

No, you’re not being paranoid, your phone really IS listening to you

Those oddly pertinent ads on your timeline aren’t just a coincidence, your phone is listening to everything you say<p>We’ve all been there. You’re down …

Barefoot Musician Performs Incredible Piano Cover of Toto’s ‘Africa’ Using Every Part of the Instrument

The very talented and barefoot Peter Bence performed a highly percussive piano cover of the the internet’s favorite song -“Africa” by Toto. What made …

These are the hometowns of Americans who died for the U.S. since 9/11

Today is the 17th Memorial Day since 9/11. Since then, 6,940 U.S. military service members have died for America. Why it matters: Every part of the …

Sydney marks 10 years of colorful Vivid festival

Australia

The Underappreciated Man Behind the “Best Graphic Ever Produced”

He’s known for his acclaimed depiction of Napoleon’s ill-fated invasion of Russia. But Charles Minard was full of innovative visualizations.<p>Charles Joseph Minard’s name is synonymous with an outstanding 1869 graphic depicting the horrific loss of life that Napoleon’s army suffered in 1812 and 1813, …

After 35 Years, We Finally Get to See the Score of THX's Terrifying 'Deep Note'

It's the most awesome, powerful, and terrifying audio trademark in the film industry, and now we get to see how it was written.Back in 1982, Dr. …

This Has Got to Be One of The Most Beautiful And Powerful Climate Change Visuals We've Ever Seen

We are headed into the red.<p>For the average person, climate change is an abstract concept, an intangible truth, based on complex scientific data that …

Stunning USA Street Photography by Zack Lewkowicz

Beautiful urban street photos by <b>Zack Lewkowicz</b>, talented photographer and retoucher who was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and currently lives …

Mind-Altering Quantum Experiment Shows Time Has Never Existed

In 2012 US National Medal of Science award winner Yakir Aharonov, who is regarded as one of the world’s leading quantum theorists published a paper …

Newsletter

INNOVATIONS IN<p>Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?<p>George Musser is a …

Physics