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These Time-Lapse Maps That Show How Much The World Has Changed In The Last 30 Years Are Completely Jarring

Earth Engine brings together trillions of scientific measurements dating back over 40 years, and Google gives researchers, scientists, and nations the tools to analyze this data to detect changes and trends.<p>Using Landsat satellite imagery from 1984 to 2012, the team was able to create half a dozen …

Google Earth

Can the world’s most promising electric-car battery be saved?

HALIFAX, Canada—Over the last half-dozen years, a swarm of companies from around the world including General Motors has snapped up licenses for a lithium-ion electrode that promised to deliver the next big step in making electric cars competitive with conventional vehicles. The companies and …

Photo of the Day! Rope swinging into Lake Eibsee in Bavaria. Photo by Brian Diggs.

App users opening the gates to data mining: McAfee

At the launch of Privacy Awareness Week, new research shows that a large proportion of Australian Android users are allowing apps to access their personal information — whether they know it or not.<p>The research — conducted in February 2014 by internet security provider McAfee — shows that more than …

Five out-there energy projects that are moving closer to reality

Some newer clean energy sources, like solar panels and wind turbines, are becoming mainstream industries, with low prices and established financing …

Is there a tech bubble? Revisiting irrational exuberance

<b>US stocks are soaring to new heights.</b><p>The S&P 500 has hit yet another record high, pushed up by consumer and technology stocks. It is continuing a trend from last year when it seemed that new records were being set nearly every month.<p>The Nasdaq, the stock index where tech companies are largely …

Stock Markets

Golden Meaning: 55 graphic artists reveal the maths of the golden ratio

Pictured above are two self-portraits of the British designer Oli Kellett.<p>Which one is most attractive?<p>The left one is untouched. The right one is retouched so that the features of his face conform to the golden ratio.<p>The golden ratio – or golden mean - is a number that is said to provide the …

Scientists Come Close To Finding True Magnetic Monopole

Ectromagnetic theory says there should be a bit of matter that is unipolar: neither north or south. So far no one has found a magnetic monopole, but physicists at Amherst college have come close.<p>Transcript<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST:<p>Scientists may have filled in a gap in one the fundamental theories of …

Algebra-cadabra! Here's a classic magic trick, and the mathematical secret behind it

You only need a cursory familiarity with the work of magicians like Derren Brown and David Blaine to realise that at the heart of many illusions lies a piece of rock-solid mathematics.<p>Sometimes tricks require fooling people with probability, as Brown expertly did in The System, his classic show …

Watch This Magnet Fall Slowly Through Air

It's witchcraft science.<p>This video from 2012 is making the rounds right now--with good reason. Drop whatever you're doing, leave your desk, quit your job, and find a magnet and copper tube, because, wow. Look at this! It's a _Matrix _time-freeze in your hands.<p>The video is showing a demonstration of …

Magnetism

The Cosmos, Explained: Neil deGrasse Tyson On His New Series

Tyson will pick up where Carl Sagan left off, hosting a continuation of the "Cosmos" TV series.<p>When astronomer Carl Sagan hosted the 13-part TV Series "Cosmos: A Personal Journey," in 1980, it soon become most widely watched PBS show in the world, and still holds a legendary place in the hearts of …

What really happens in Schrödinger’s box? – Adrian Kent

In 1909, Ernest Rutherford, Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden took a piece of radium and used it to fire charged particles at a sheet of gold foil. They …

Quantum Physics

Blog Archive

A further attempt to understand croaking:<p>“Spatio-Temporal Dynamics in Collective Frog Choruses Examined by Mathematical Modeling and Field …

The Quantum Mechanics of Fate - Issue 9: Time

“The objective world simply <i>is</i>, it does not <i>happen</i>,” wrote mathematician and physicist Hermann Weyl in 1949. From his point of view, the universe is …

How a New Science of Cities Is Emerging from Mobile Phone Data Analysis - MIT Technology Review

Mobile phones have generated enormous insight into the human condition thanks largely to the study of the data they produce. Mobile phone companies …

Emerging Technology

GoPro: Roberta Mancino's High Fashion

How did I get here?

This week I took my dad to Geneva, to show him CERN, and ATLAS, the experiment I work on at the Large Hadron Collider. Describing my job to people reminds me of how privileged and fortunate I am to be working on a project which would have been beyond my wildest dreams as a child, and the feeling is …

Jan. 4, 2014: 'Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity' Allowing People to Float is an Old Hoax

A rumor from the News-Hound.net blog is claiming there’s a “zero-G day” at 9:47 a.m. on January 4, 2014, that will decrease gravity allowing people …