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Photographer Explores the Rainbow-Colored Neighborhoods of Istanbul

Most Istanbul photos depict ancient Turkish architecture such as ornate mosques, traditional stone houses, or even mystical market streets. However, there’s also a surprising modern side to city that many people don't know about. Architect and photographer Yener Torun has been capturing the …

Istanbul

The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained

We explain nothing.<p>The computer you’re reading this article on right now runs on a binary — strings of zeros and ones. Without zero, modern electronics wouldn’t exist. Without zero, there’s no calculus, which means no modern engineering or automation. Without zero, much of our modern world …

Mathematics

A Kinetic Sculpture Twists and Morphs Based on the Fibonacci Sequence | Colossal

<p>Wales-based sculptor Ivan Black creates large-scale kinetic sculptures that are inspired by mathematical formulae and minimal design. One of his …

Art

Six simple steps to indexing gears on a road bike

<b>Freddy Vangoidsenhoven</b>, team mechanic with the An-Post Chain Reaction UCI Pro Continental team, has some quick tips on how to index the gears on a …

Road Bikes

Science Behind the Fiction: The Incredible physics that power The Incredibles' superpowers

Who among us hasn't wished to live in the Pixar-verse? There you can find talking toys, friendly monsters, lovable robots, and down-to-earth …

The Physics of the One Goal You Won't See at the World Cup

On my first attempt at a corner kick in decades, the soccer ball peels up and away, well behind the goal and clear over the fence surrounding Stanton …

Japanese woodcut artisan makes iconic David Bowie mashups

Artist Masumi Ishikawa has announced a new project to immortalize iconic David Bowie imagery in the style of ukiyo-e, or Japanese woodcuts.<p>The David …

The Contradictions of Good Teaching

Many educators who succeed at raising test scores also fail at keeping students fulfilled, new research suggests.<p>Is a good teacher one who makes students enjoy class the most or one who is strict and has high standards? And are those two types even at odds?<p>A new study that tries to quantify this …

Japanese Folklore Has a Monster for Everyone

From Whimsical to Utterly Terrifying, Japanese Folklore has a Monster for Everyone. Even mundane household objects can haunt your dreams.<p>*<p>How <i>Jurassic</i> …

Anthony Bourdain

Ask Ethan: If Mass Curves Spacetime, How Does It Un-Curve Again?

Matter tells space how to curve, and curved space tells matter how to move. That’s the basic principle behind Einstein’s General Relativity, which linked, for the first time, the phenomenon of gravity with that of spacetime and relativity. Place a mass down anywhere in the Universe, and the space …

Physics

The surreal swirls of ocean plankton blooms, seen from space

Yes, those are clouds you’re seeing, but they’re not floating over the sea—they’re under it.<p>Phytoplankton and algae inhabit bodies of water around the world. When clusters of the tiny plants multiply near the ocean’s surface, where light is plentiful and the water is warmer, they change how light …

Space

The Strange, Enduring Charm of Japan’s Civic Mascots

Like local sports teams or favorite regional dishes, these weird, lovable characters are now an indelible part of the identities of a generation who cannot imagine their hometowns without them.<p>In April, the mayor of Mizumaki posed for pictures beside a rotund figure with a giant garlic clove for a …

Japan

Meet The Cleanest Badasses In Japan

Isse Ichidai Jidaigumi is a peculiar club that is getting plenty of attention in Japan. The group was born in Hokkaido and now has a branch in Tokyo. …

Beautiful gardens in the back of Japanese mini pickup trucks

The Japan Federation of Landscape Contractors' Kei Truck Garden Contest challenges people to transform the beds of their miniature pickup trucks into …

Brain-aching list of counterintuitive probability riddles

In 2017, Leila asked Stack Exchange for suggestions for counterintuitive probability riddles for a course on probability; the assembled list is a …

Watch a great primer on the physics of skateboarding

Dianna Cowern, aka YouTube's Physics Girl, recruited skateboarding legend Rodney Mullen and a couple of friends with a high-speed camera for this …

Physics

Projection-mapped light-show on the Sydney Opera House

Sydney's annual Vivid festival fills the harbour with barges equipped with powerful projectors that use the buildings ringing the harbour (especially …

This movie about a 1300-year-old family business is the most sublime thing you'll see today

Built in 718 AD, Hōshi is the second oldest ryokan (hotel or inn) in the world and, with 46 consecutive generations of the same family running it, is …

Shuttered Experiment Shares New View of Ghostly Neutrino’s Shape-Shifting Behavior

Can we take a minute to appreciate just how weird neutrinos are? The second most abundant known particle in the universe passes right through most …

How Tree Trunks Are Cut to Produce Wood With Different Appearances and Uses

As wood is one of the most widely-used materials in the world, architects are accustomed to being able to easily obtain sawn wood at a nearby store. …

Woodworking

Bandai is manufacturing armored cats

Bandai created armored cats ("Nekobusou") as a jokey tweet whose unexpected popularity inspired the toymaker to go into production with a like of …

Miniature Installations Transform Bookshelves into the Back Alleys of Japan | Colossal

<p>If you’ve ever wandered around Tokyo on foot you’ll know that it can sometimes be like a spider web of side streets and back alleys. It’s one of the …

Physicists Measure Precise Value of Proton's 'Weak Charge' for the First Time

Scientists at Jefferson Lab in Virginia have precisely measured an important and innate property of the ubiquitous proton for the first time, …

How to use a Japanese purikura machine

<i>Purikura</i> means "printing club" in Japanese. It's basically a place for teens and kids to take their pictures in photobooths, filter them, and print …

How 1.7 Billion Stars Were Mapped With Dazzling 3-D Precision

The ESA's Gaia satellite is helping astronomers understand the origins of our galaxy, one star at a time.<p>More than a billion twinkling stars, drifting lazily across the sky as both Earth and our home galaxy revolve, have been mapped in 3-D by the European Space Agency’s Gaia satellite. On …

Universe

USC Wide Receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe's Crazy Floating Jump

Josh Imatorbhebhe is a wide receiver for the University of Southern California football team. And, um, he can jump crazy high. Take a close look at …

General Relativity explained like you've never seen before

A super-quick, super-painless guide to the theory that conquered the universe.<p>scroll down<br>to begin<p>For 100 years, the general theory of relativity has …

Physics

Travel Monday: A Photo Trip to Socotra

Off the coast of Yemen, in the Arabian Sea, lies isolated Socotra Island, where hundreds of plants and animals have developed into species unique to the island. Socotra is the largest island in an archipelago that includes three other islands. The Socotra Archipelago has been isolated from any …

Physics Explains Why No One Can Beat the Freeze

The only thing I know about the Freeze is that no one can beat the Freeze (except with a generous head start). And he's awesome. In case you haven't …

Exploring the Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds

Twenty-seven years ago, a group of physicists made an accidental discovery that flipped mathematics on its head. The physicists were trying to work …