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What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

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Take And Share 3D Images Like It's No Big Deal

What we experience in real life isn't enough, so our digital lives are becoming more and more 3D. iOS 7 has parallax, movies want you to feel like …

Our Interview with Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson!

<i>Update (June 7, 2014): We recently learned that Bill Watterson has been collaborating with Pearls Before Swine creator Stephan Pastis on some brand</i> …

Podcast: The Mystery of the Moving Magnetic Field

This week on the podcast, we talk to Professor of Applied Mathematics Rainer Hollerbach, about how he and his colleagues at Leeds University think …

Review of a figure drawing posable mannequin

The talented illustrator I-Wei Huang reviewed this $300 articulated artist's mannequin. His verdict: awesome!

Finding the Ocean Inside an Opal

Opal is a hydrated amorphous form of silica. Its water content may range from 3% to 21% by weight, but is usually between 6% to 10%. Because of its …

The Technology You Need to Protect Against Mass Surveillance

In the past several weeks, EFF has received many requests for advice about privacy tools that provide technological shields against mass …

You Can Explore the Ghost Island That Inspired Skyfall on Street View

If this view looks familiar, it's because it was the inspiration for the Javier Bardem's cyberterrorist HQ in Skyfall. Now, you can explore the …

SSL: Intercepted today, decrypted tomorrow

[September 2013: The Netcraft extension — for Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera — now displays whether or not PFS is supported]<p>Millions of websites …

Gorgeous Black-and-White Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities

Among the great joys of spending countless hours rummaging through archives is the occasional serendipitous discovery of something absolutely wonderful: Case in point, these gorgeous black-and-white photographs of vintage NASA (and NASA predecessor NACA) facilities, which I found semi-accidentally …

What Android Has That iOS Has Not (Yet)

Android is open and customizable. iOS is closed, designed for ease. But iPhone users are maturing, demanding more personalization, and Apple might give it to them at WWDC. At D11, Tim Cook said “I think you will see us open up more in the future, but not to the degree that we put the customer at …

Anatomy of a hack: How crackers ransack passwords like “qeadzcwrsfxv1331” | Ars Technica

For Ars, three crackers have at 16,000+ hashed passcodes—with 90 percent success.<p>In March, readers followed along as Nate Anderson, Ars deputy editor …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

On Using Your iPhone Abroad Without Getting Totally Screwed

When I stepped off the plane in Mexico I got that sinking feeling. My iPhone wasn't going to work.<p>I mean it <i>was</i>, but, you know, it's expensive to use …