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LIGO

Recent Claims Invalid: Emergent Gravity Might Deliver A Universe Without Dark Matter

Gravity is one of the four fundamental forces of nature, which means it’s not derived from anything else – it just is. At least, that’s according to our presently accepted theories. But this may be about to change.<p>Physicists today describe the gravitational interaction through Einstein’s Theory of …

Dark Matter

Reality guide: Six radical ideas to change physics

Our understanding of the universe has been completely rewritten in the past century – and the obvious gaps we still have in our understanding mean it …

How Astronomy Has Opened the Gates to Humanity’s Greatest Inventions

<b>Alex Filippenko:</b> One can wonder why does astronomy, or any sort of abstract pure research for that matter, make any difference to us – to the typical …

Physics

Do Scientists Lose Credibility When They Become Political?

A new study suggests that, contrary to common fears, the answer is no.<p>In 1933, after speaking out against the rise of fascism in Germany, Albert Einstein was chastised by the Prussian Academy of Sciences, from which he had pre-emptively resigned. His fellow physicist Max von Laue spoke out in his …

Pew Research Center

Albert Einstein’s Unique Approach to Thinking

<i>“I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” — Albert Einstein</i><p>In the arena of scientific achievement and the …

13 Cognitive Biases That Really Screw Things Up For You

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of processing power, you would think our judgment would be highly accurate, but that's far from the case.<p>Our judgments are often inaccurate because the …

Psychology

“With Math I Can” – Changing Our Mindsets About Math

<i>By Rohit Agarwal</i><p>A student comes home from school, dumps a backpack on the kitchen floor, looks at a parent and in a defeated voice declares, “I’m not …

Education

9 physics concepts every time travel enthusiast should master

Ask a child how to travel through time and you'll get a simple answer: Use a time machine.<p>Ask a physicist, and suddenly you'll start hearing …

The future is a pen and this microwavable notepad

Despite the abundance of technology that I surround myself with (laptop, phone, second monitor, tablet, camera, ridiculously heavy and terrible iPad charger) the two tool that never outlive their welcome in my daily repertoire is a pen and notepad.<p>I’ve tried using a whole range of different …

Scientists are asking the wrong questions of big data

Big Data has changed all that. These days, tremendous volumes of information are being generated and collected through new technologies, be they large telescope arrays, DNA sequencers or Facebook.<p>The data is vast, but the kinds of data and the formats they take are also new. Consider the hourly …

Big Data

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Apple has reportedly signed a contract worth between $400 million and $600 million to use Google's Cloud Platform.</b> The deal is likely to be bad news for cloud market leader and existing Apple cloud partner Amazon Web Services.<p><b>2. Investors at South by Southwest couldn't stop talking about a</b> …

Startups

Goodyear's spherical, levitating tire proves nothing about autonomous cars will be normal

Self-driving cars are going to change the landscape of mobility so much that not even their <i>tires</i> are going to be normal. That is, if Goodyear is to …

High-speed Rail

Artisan Wooden Robotic Arms

Nothings better than getting toys for your birthday when you’re a kid or even for adults too. Usually it’s a videogame, a new bike or new clothes that are given as gifts, however if you’re lucky enough to have Kinohaguruma as your father, you get works of art like the Wooden Robotic Arm he crafted …

Finding Starter Projects: Free Software for Making

Learners and teachers have so many free options at their fingertips, we find that fewer are buying the higher-priced software. Just like with all kinds of making, with software these days you can do a lot with a little. Years ago, the costs of new software, especially those used by creative …

The Mathematical Art of Vladimir Bulatov

Vladimir has been making mathematical and geometric art for some time. At 3D printshow we caught up with him and he shares how 3D printing has changed his art work.

The 7 secrets to getting more leisure time, according to science

Feeling overwhelmed? Are you constantly running from thing to thing but never getting it all done?<p>When researchers survey people, they say they're …

Time Management

A $100 Origami Robot That Folds Itself Up and Walks Away

I have a thing for low-tech robots, especially when they’re made from everyday stuff. The body of this new little robot bug from MIT and Harvard, described last week in the latest issue of Science, is made from a five-layer sandwich of copper traces, paper, and shape-memory polymer — the stuff you …

Samurai Shows Off Mad Soccer Skills In Brazil (VIDEO)

This samurai's got skills -- and they aren't with a sword.<p>Check out this Nissin ramen commercial featuring an ancient warrior juggling a soccer ball in Brazil. His footwork amazes -- something that's not necessarily easy to do in the World Cup-hosting nation.<p>While the character may be from long …

A Touchless 3D Tracking Interface

Create a 3D computer interface using little more than an Arduino, six resistors, and some aluminum foil!<p>In this project, we’ll take a very simple idea — the length of time it takes a capacitor to charge — and make something rather amazing with it: a 3D interface that can track the position of your …

Tiny Homes on the Move - Lloyd Kahn

The Art of Tinkering - Karen Wilkinson and Mike Petrich

Making Rockets — the Democratization of Matter - Steve Jurvetson

Hacking Your Brain, a Primer - Amol Sarva

Cool Tools for the Maker - Kevin Kelly

Should Science Be Allowed to be Interesting? - David Pogue

Weekend Projects - TRS Drawbot