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What Is Spacetime?

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

Quantum Mechanics

Today's Best Optical Illusion Might Actually Break Your Brain

It's based on the effect called Troxler fading, and, whoa.<p>Stare at this blurry mess of pastel colors for a while and something wonderful happens: It disappears. Go ahead, try it.<p>As one of those people who could never master Magic Eye as a kid, a presumed this optical illusion wouldn't work for me. …

Orbiform Rolls Like A Ball Without Being A Sphere

AltDynamic have machined a mathematically perfect solid of constant width that is capable of rolling like a ball even though it is not a perfect …

This tiny wearable knows what you’ve been eating, drinking, and smoking

A recent breakthrough in miniaturized sensor technology could end up taking a bite out of personal privacy. Researchers developed a wearable small enough to stick on a human tooth virtually unnoticed. And it’s capable of wirelessly transmitting data on any chemicals it comes in contact with.<p>The …

8 Tools You Need To Start Your Own Business

Successful entrepreneurs share their tool kit essentials<p>Starting your own successful company requires answering a problem no-one realises they had, endless commitment and (in most cases) some cold hard cash. But aside from the basics, what else do you need in your arsenal when launching a new …

LED 101: Your cheat sheet for the light bulb aisle

30 Movies from the Past 10 Years Everyone Should Watch at Least Once

Movie night, here we come.<p>If you’re looking for great movies, look no further. I’ve compiled a list of fantastic films from the past ten …

10 incredibly useful online sites you didn't know about until now

If you had to guess, how many different websites do you think exist in the world today? From simple blogs to complex businesses, the Internet spans the gamut dispensing and gathering a myriad of information. Keep your answer in your head because, at the very end of this article, I’ll tell the …

Where Do You Go When You Die? The Increasing Signs That Human Consciousness Remains After Death

Philosophically, though, our definition of death hinges on something else: the point past which we’re no longer able to return. Those two were more …

Exploding binary stars will light up the sky in 2022

Stellar collisions are an amazingly rare thing. According to our best estimates, such events only occur in our galaxy (within globular clusters) once …

Researchers discover aluminum foil actually does improve your wireless speed

Researchers at Dartmouth University have found that a 3D printed shape covered in aluminum foil can improve wireless range and increase Wi-Fi security. The project, which appeared on Eurekalert, involves placing a reflector on and around a Wi-Fi router’s antennae to shape the beam, increasing range …

17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction …

How to find things online even Google doesn't know

Research like an expert.<p>The internet is a big place overflowing with information—which makes it a great place to do research. However, as good as your Google skills might be, even the most well-known search engine doesn't always cut it. Sometimes, you just don't get the results you want—or any …

Social Media

Want To Have Lucid Dreams? A New Study Shows How You Can Boost Your Ability To Control Your Dreams

Have you ever wondered if there are ways you can take control of your dreams and enjoy a night of lucid dreaming? If so, a new study conducted has …

Palette Gear gives you modular controllers to edit video and photos easier

If you’ve ever edited video or photos, you know the clicking is endless and never very precise. You always end up getting the cursor “close” to where you want it, and rarely exactly. All because you’re limited by the movement of a mouse cursor that has to be tracked on the desk where your mouse …

Enjoy Stunning Sound: WaveSound 3 Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones $80

Whether you work in a noisy office environment or travel regularly, the Paww WaveSound 3 Noise-Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones help you stay focused on your playlists. These stunning wireless cans are now just <b>$80</b> (Orig. $150) at 9to5Toys Specials.<p>Thanks to active noise-cancellation technology, …

ScienceAlert Deal: Learn a New Language For Under $20

Over 130 languages available.<p>Learning a new language is almost always a worthwhile endeavour, but when you're out of school, it's not always easy to …

Why 'Why Buddhism Is True' Is True

Here is one thing author Robert Wright and I agree on when it comes to Buddhist meditation: It's really, really boring.<p>At least, it's boring in the beginning. But there is another thing we agree on, too. That <i>initial</i> meditative boredom is actually a door. It's an opening that can lead us to …

Meditation

Proof Of 'God Playing Dice With The Universe' Found In The Sun's Interior

Deep inside the Sun’s interior, the fusion of lighter nuclei into heavier ones causes a tiny amount of mass to be lost, converted into energy via the famous <i>E = mc2</i>. At temperatures of 4,000,000 K or above, all the way up to 15,000,000 K in the Sun’s very center, hydrogen and helium isotopes build …

Physics

15 free workout apps to get your heart racing

If you’re like most people with a packed daily schedule, sometimes it feels like a huge inconvenience to get up after a long day to go work out. (If …

New suite of apps offers access to Irish film archive

The Irish Film Institute's Film Archive has launched a suite of apps to enable people to access its digital archive of film from anywhere in the …

These Bluetooth earbuds sound as good as AirPods, but they’re only $20 and you won’t lose them

Apple’s AirPods are great and all, but they cost $160 and they’re impossible to find in stock anywhere. And seriously, does the cord-free design …

Tech Trends

Backyard Chickens Carry a Hidden Risk: Salmonella

Pet chicks and ducklings seem unlikely culprits in a serious public health problem. But they’re responsible for infecting more than 900 people with salmonella this year — the highest number to date, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>The agency is investigating multistate …

Go full-on Kodi power user status with Logitech's K400 Plus Keyboard for $18

These days just about everyone has a smart TV or something smart connected to their TV, like an Xbox One, Kodi, Android TV, etc. Navigating the …

Battling baldness by jumpstarting stem cells with lactate

If stem cells can do everything from growing skulls to generating new heart tissue, you'd think they'd also be able to help regrow hair on balding …

Apps that give your phone a second number

If you've ever had to juggle two mobile phones, you know it's a special form of torture. Two phones to carry. Two phones to keep charged. Two phones to answer!<p>Unfortunately, that's the reality for so many folks who need a second number. It might be one phone for work, another for personal. Or maybe …

Apps

This App Is Leading The Revolution in Free Access to Scientific Papers

Boycott the paywall.<p>A perfect storm of technology and the public's demand for knowledge are driving a surge towards open access (OA) science and …

Social Sciences

Watch outer space for free on a live stream

Of course you have to sign up<p>A company called Slooh, which provides live streams of outer space via telescope, is opening up its sightings of eclipses, full moons, asteroids, and comets to anyone with an internet connection — for free. All you need to do is sign up on their website.<p>Slooh owns seven …

The Liberation Science Provides: Lawrence Krauss

LK: Yeah, I think people pick on it because they wanted to find something they didn’t like because I was trying to talk about a plausible origin of …