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Researchers discover 'swing-dancing' pairs of electrons, set the stage for room-temperature superconductivity

A research team led by the University of Pittsburgh's Jeremy Levy has discovered electrons that can "swing dance." This unique electronic behavior …

Nanotech

The First Virtual Reality Board Game

Lost Cities VR wants to change the way we play games.<p>From the polished intrigue of big companies' virtual reality pet projects to overblown promises of afterlife simulation Project Elysium, the VR industry is trying new stuff, being weird, and finding out what works.<p>For Winnipeg-based developer …

Virtual Reality

Bitcoin Is The World's Most Dangerous Idea

<i>This research is courtesy of Sander Duivestein, professional speaker and trendwatcher at VINT, the International Research Institute of Sogeti</i><p>A symbol for ‘nothing’ doesn’t seem to mean very much, but the biography of the number ‘zero’ shows what a dangerous idea it has been since its very first …

Blockchain

10 Great Tabletop Games That Can Be Played in Under 30 Minutes

The great thing about the modern tabletop gaming movement is the incredible diversity that’s available. Your options are no longer limited to four …

The 10 Coolest Boardgame Components

Sometimes the best part of a boardgame is having a good excuse to play with a toy, even if you are a 22 year old adult who has real responsibilities …

Why Consciousness Exists: Douglas Rushkoff on Science, God, and the Purpose of Reality

What to make of the fact “that something wonderfully strange is going on in the dimension we call reality.”<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,”</i> Carl Sagan wrote in his magnificent meditation on science and spirituality, <i>“we will have</i> …

Richard Feynman on How His Father Taught Him about What Is Most Important

How to plant the seed for the lifelong pleasure of finding things out.<p>Theoretical physicist and legendary science communicator <b>Richard Feynman</b> (May 11, 1918–February 15, 1988) remains known as “The Great Explainer” — a moniker at least as deserved as his Nobel Prize, merited by his enchanting …

Richard Feynman

The Power of Aesthetic Force: Anna Deavere Smith and Sarah Lewis on Beauty as a Tool of Justice and a Catalyst for “Nonselfing”

“The law represents a part of the people’s will but … the people’s will is moved by beauty.”<p><i>“Beauty, as a conscious element of experience, as a thing to be valued and explored, has gone into abeyance among us,”</i> Marilynne Robinson wrote in her exquisite reflection on beauty. In our visually …

Self-esteem

10 Insanely Gorgeous, Under-The-Radar European Destinations

The value of the dollar against the euro is the highest it has been in years, making now the perfect time to take that trip you've been meaning to plan. But instead of the usual suspects (lookin' at you, London and Paris), why not try one of these under-the-radar spots that are far less crowded but …

European Travel

Category Archive | Common Core Math

<i>Category :</i> Common Core Math<p><b>What is an Interactive Notebook?</b> <br>I’m sure you’ve heard about Interactive Notebooks by now, but let’s just review a bit in …

Surveillance

Why Learning the Rules for the ‘Settlers of Catan’ Board Game Can Be Horrifying

Funny or Die has created an amusing short that looks at how and why learning the rules for the <i>Settlers of Catan</i> (now officially just titled <i>Catan</i>) …

Top 10 national parks in Europe: readers' travel tips

Durmitor, Montenegro<p>Several readers praised the rural landscape of Montenegro, which jazzual described as one of the “most beautiful countries in Europe”. They said: “Durmitor national park, in the north, is absolutely stunning and includes rugged mountains, pristine pine forests, two deep canyons …

European Travel

Comment on Top 10 Cooperative Games by Dean of DVD

I’m also pleased to see Sentinels of the Multiverse on this list. We find it to be a great cooperative game that you can actually play solo if you …

Top 10

Sense of Nonsense: Alan Watts on How We Find Meaning by Surrendering to Meaninglessness

“It is in this kind of meaninglessness that we come to the profoundest meaning.”<p>In his early thirties, <b>Alan Watts</b> (January 6, 1915–November 16, 1973) walked away from a career as an Episcopal priest and set out to popularize Zen teachings in the West. His singular fusion of secular philosophy and …

Frugal Living

How we'll live in space, according to people in the 1970s

Concept art for<br>NASA space stations<p>Imagining life on the high frontier<p>In the 1970s, NASA held a series of summer schools to explore practical designs …

Maps They Didn’t Teach You In School

Ever wondered how your penis or breast size compares to the rest of the world? Which countries smile and which countries don’t? How smart are your …

28 Beautiful Words The English Language Should Steal

There's a word for that, just not in English.<p>H/T This Quora thread, this Tumblr, these posts on BuzzFeed.

Language

This Tumblr Pairs Medieval Art with Rappers, and It's Brilliant

Gives new meaning to the expression "hip-hop royalty."<p>If you've ever looked at a photo of a blinged-out Rick Ross and thought, <i>Dude totally looks like Henry VIII</i>, there's a new Tumblr for you. The site, B4 XVI (a.k.a. beforesixteen), juxtaposes famous rappers with medieval and Renaissance artwork …

Rap & Hip-Hop

In Defence Of Prancing, Effeminate Men

As a camp gay man, I don’t blame Russell Tovey for his remarks about effeminate men, but the wider problem of gender conformity. Let all men be free to prance endlessly.<p>The skirt was mustard-yellow, shiny, with underlays of netting that puffed it up and, crucially, made it excellent for twirling. I …

Sexuality

This incredibly futuristic plane could be the future of airliners

Lingeriepedia<p>DetailsWritten by Masr GateHits: 13677<p><b>Designer Oscar Viñals has envisioned the future. And the future is the Progress Eagle</b> …

Digital washing can wreck your strategic business planning

Like France's 1930's Maginot Line, 'digital washing' of old ideas and lack of forward thinking has the potential to create strategic disaster in a …

Innovation

Have We Found Alien Life?

Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others<p><i>This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science.<p>Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a …

Biology