Joseph Mittelstaedt

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The ten best albums of 2013 – readers choice

Readers have been voting for their favourite albums of the year – and here are the results<p>• The Guardian's Top 40 albums of 2013, as voted for by its music writers<p>10. The Fall – Re-Mit<p>"Inventive, fun, and crept up on the listener in revealing its qualities. It was not a 'great first listen' album, …

Sundance Channel to Air ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ Weekly Series of Classic, Indie and Foreign Films

Sundance Channel to Air '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die' Weekly Series of Classic, Indie and Foreign Films<p>The Sundance Channel has teamed up …

This Documentary About A Microsoft Paint Artist Is Incredible

If the story of 97-year-old Hal Lesko doesn't make you tear up, you are soulless.<p>Hal Lasko is a 97-year-old retired typographer who goes by the nickname Grandpa. (Not for the reason you'd expect; you should watch the video to find out why.) After he was diagnosed with an eye defect, Lasko's family …

Watch These Magnetic Droplets Dance [Video]

Bust a move, ferrofluids.<p>We're suckers for a fluid that can dance. These magnetic water droplets, or ferrofluids, can switch between a static self-assembling state—in which the structure organizes itself when the system reaches an energy equilibrium—and a dynamic state, in which the self-assembly …

In Chicago, 3-D Printers Are Available To Anyone With A Library Card

The Harold Washington Library's new Maker Lab is free and open to the public. Get making!<p>3-D printing may be the way of the future, but for the average Joe, actually getting ahold of a 3-D printer to use on the cheap remains somewhat challenging.<p>Starting this week, though, 3-D printing will be as …

Worms regrow their decapitated heads, along with the memories inside

Some memories just won't die — and some can even be transferred to a whole new brain. Researchers at Tufts University have determined that a small, yellow worm known as a planarian, which has long been studied for its regenerative properties, is able to grow back a lot more than just its body …

Open access inaction

Like many academics, I am currently trying to work out what I should think and do about open access. I share with many scientists strong personal …

What Do Ants Know That We Don't?

Ever notice how ant colonies so successfully explore and exploit resources in the world … to find food at 4th of July picnics, for example? You may …

Gravity-Defying Particles Travel Up A Waterfall

The expected rules of physics are no match for a determined tea leaf.<p>Back in 2008, Sebastian Bianchi, then a physics undergrad at the University of Havana in Cuba, was making tea when he noticed something that seemed to defy the most basic rules of physics: Tea leaves from his cup had floated …

A precision US particle physics experiment is moving home | Mark Lancaster | Life & Physics

Most experimental particle physicists, when not twitching in front of a computer cursing the ROOT manual or chasing Grid Jobs, spend their time deep …

Black Sabbath: a beginner's guide

Veteran rockers Black Sabbath returned to the album charts this week, setting a new record in the process; their latest release, 13, reached number 1 …

A theory of everything ... has physics gone too far?

<b>Jim Baggott, author of Farewell to Reality: How Fairytale Physics Betrays the Search for Scientific Truth</b><p>The discovery of the Higgs boson was a …