James David Finch

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Year in review: Quantum spookiness is real

Some pesky loopholes no longer plague a crucial test for assessing the weirdness of quantum mechanics. Experiments reported in 2015 definitively …

Quantum Mechanics

We’ve Officially Got Four New Elements

Chemistry geeks rejoice! The 7th period is complete!<p>It's one thing to find evidence of an element once. But to confirm its existence, as was done here, you need to demonstrate it experimentally multiple times.


High-flying solar balloons could produce clean electricity night and day

<b>Combining solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, hydrogen production, and fuel cells, these solar balloons are meant to be deployed above the clouds.</b><p>A team …

Friends, Romans, Countrymen, Lend Us Your Toilets (Without Parasites)

When the Romans expanded their empire across three continents, they probably seemed like the neat-freakiest people to attempt global domination.<p>The Romans brought aqueducts, heated public baths, flushing toilets, sewers and piped water. They even had multiseat public bathrooms decked out with …

Environmental Health

11 Secrets Hidden in Famous Works of Art

Among Michelangelo’s venerable ceiling murals inside the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel is arguably the most iconic depiction of man’s relationship to God. …