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Sunshine’s Crazy Sloppy Path to You

This here?<p>This is a bit of sunshine. It’s made of pure energy. It has no mass—nothing you can hold, touch, or (accurately) draw. It’s called a photon. Some think of it as a little rat-a-tat of energy packets.<p>But, being pure energy, it goes so fast (at the speed of light) that its true nature is …

The Fourier transform lets you have your cake and understand it

If there's a mathematical idea that applies itself to almost everything in everyday life but is almost unknown outside the scientific world, the Fourier transform has to be the most unsung contender. It pops up wherever scientists need to study complex things that fluctuate in the real world – …

The lost promise of the Internet: Meet the man who almost invented cyberspace

In 1934, a little-known Belgian thinker published plans for a global network that could have changed everything<p>Tales of lost horizons always spark the imagination. From the mythical kingdom of Shangri-La to the burning of the library at Alexandria, human history is rife with longing for better …

The art of praising children – and knowing when not to

Some parents are blessed with a soul that lights up every time their little precious brings them a carefully crafted portrait or home-made greetings card. I am not one of those parents.<p>It is not that I don't love my kids, or that I don't appreciate the gesture. I rather like it when they come …

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …