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The Earth's Gravity Is Pulling So Hard At The Moon, It's Bulging

Everyone knows that the power of the Moon’s gravity is what moves the oceans’ tides here on Earth, but that’s not all the gravitational tug-of-war between the two celestial bodies is doing.<p>The force between the two is so strong that each sphere is ever so slightly pulling the other into a lopsided …

A New Idea For Colonizing Space: Send Our DNA, Assemble Ourselves Once We Get There

I mean, it’s just too hard to send actual humans, right?<p>It’s difficult to send people far into space. Why not send bacteria instead? That’s the simple foundation behind one decidedly out-there idea for sending humans to live on other planets in the future.<p>“Our best bet for space exploration could …

Identical Twins Combine Art And Math In Hypnotic Exhibition

Ryan and Trevor Oakes are identical twins who, together, explore the logic of art, the beauty of mathematics and the spaces where these two arenas of knowledge become inextricably intertwined. The Oakes brothers' artwork ranges from algorithmic watercolors to explosive pipe cleaner sculptures, each …

The Gist with Mike Pesca on removing math stigma, and Valeant’s stealthy Wall Street moves

<b>Listen to Episode 18 of Slate’s The Gist:</b><p>Today on the Gist, the case for integrating math into everyday conversation. Mike talks with Jordan …

Math Nerds Just Figured Out How To Speed Up Your LTE Network

It is a given in human history that no mobile network is fast enough. We always want downloads and uploads to go as fast as possible. The problem is …

Network Binary Math Explained

I recognize that a majority of the members in this forum are relatively new to the Cisco world, and one of the most common topics I see in the discussion threads relates to either some form of subnetting or wildcard masks. I wanted to dedicate this blog post to examining the operation of binary …

The New Math of Subways

New software can take simple data and infer exactly what's going on across a transportation system.<p>An urban transportation system is a messy, hard-to-track thing.<p>Despite planning surveys and increasing data aggregation, it's hard for the people who run city transit to know precisely what is …

Wormhole Time Travel: Cambridge Physicist Proposes Possibility Of Sending Messages Through Time

A Cambridge scientist has published a paper which might contain a theoretical method to send messages backwards in time.<p>But, look - before anyone …

19 Essential Talking Points for the Banana Enthusiast

<b>1.</b> In recorded history, bananas date back to around 600 B.C.E., when they were mentioned in Buddhist texts.<p><b>2.</b> Bananas came to the Americas in the …

Your reality is actually 15 seconds long

The present moment, as you are experiencing it this very instant, is directly influenced by the previous 15 seconds of your life, reports <i>Quartz</i>. Researchers from MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, have dubbed this phenomenon the "continuity field," and according to a study they …

These Beautiful Graphics Reveal The Chemistry Of Everyday Foods

Literally everything around us is made up of chemicals. That includes all foods. And the different kinds of chemicals they contain give the stuff we eat their flavors, colors, and smells.<p>On the blog Compound Interest, a chemist and teacher in the United Kingdom has illustrated the chemistry behind …

Flavors

E=mc2: Einstein's equation that gave birth to the atom bomb

Albert Einstein's famous equation E=mc2 for the first time connected the mass of an object with its energy and heralded a new world of physics<p>This is the most famous equation in the history of equations. It has been printed on countless T-shirts and posters, starred in films and, even if you've …

The 12 Most Controversial Facts In Mathematics

The following 12 simple math problems prove outstandingly controversial among students of math, but are nonetheless facts.<p>They're paradoxes and idiosyncrasies of probability. And they're guaranteed to start an argument or two.<p>If you're looking for a mathematical way to impress your friends and …

Mathematics

Off mass-shell: Pythagoras to the LHC, via Einstein and Feynman

When a particle physicist describes something as "off mass-shell", they could be referring to a precise bit of quantum mechanics, or denouncing an unrealistic budget estimate. Either way, it's a bit of jargon that connects Pythagoras to the Large Hadron Collider, via Einstein and Feynman<p>A few days …

What's living with you?

An invisible world of microbes<p>On a recent morning, Noah Fierer, a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder, found himself standing 1,000 feet above the farmland of eastern Colorado. He was perched near the pinnacle of the Boulder Atmospheric Observatory, …

An Internal Document Reveals How Terrified Apple Is Of Android

Re/code's Ina Fried reports that Samsung presented the document during its cross-examination of Apple Senior VP Phil Schiller.<p>The document, which was put together by an Apple sales team and was not intended to be seen by the general public, reveals that people inside Apple do worry about the …

Phil Schiller

What Happens To Your Brain When You Get Black-Out Drunk?

You wake up in an unfamiliar room, missing a button or two, with a few stains on your shirt that you're hoping are food-related. The last thing you …

Can a Parachute Save Your Life? Not According to Science.

This priceless paper, published in the <i>BMJ</i>, makes us take a good, hard look at our assumptions. Sure, we think that parachutes save lives. But in the …

Evidence-Based Medicine

Your Guide to Witnessing the Biggest, Brightest Mars in Over Six Years

On April 8th, Earth will soar between the Sun and Mars. When it does, the Red Planet will reach what astronomers call "opposition" in the night sky. …

Astronomy

Samsung says it is closer to flexible electronics after graphene breakthrough

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Samsung<p>Samsung and an affiliated laboratory say they have grown large-scale, impurity free graphene, an important step …

Team says magnetic 'push' might help ignite fusion - Futurity

Researchers have found a new kind of magnetic behavior that could help make nuclear fusion reactions easier to start.

'Nanobionics' aims to give plants superpowers

Plants are an engineering marvel of nature. Fueled by sunlight, they recycle our carbon dioxide waste into fresh oxygen for us to breathe. Plus, they make the world prettier. But, with a little help from us humans, can they be coaxed to do even more?<p>Researchers at MIT have been experimenting with …

Methane-producing microbes blamed for biggest ever mass extinction

Methanosarcina churned out vast quantities of the greenhouse gas methane 252m years ago, sending temperatures soaring<p>Climate-changing microbes may have caused the biggest mass extinction in history 252m years ago, scientists believe.<p>Volcanic eruptions had previously been blamed for the sudden loss …

NASA astronomer finds first Earth-sized planet in habitable zone

The search for a new Earth outside the solar system seems to be nearing its end. NASA's Ames Research Center astronomer Thomas Barclay has found a …

Supermassive Black Holes Were Born Big, Spacecraft Data Suggest

The gigantic black holes that lurk at the hearts of galaxies were apparently born big.<p>The central black holes in dwarf galaxies — the "seeds" that grow into the monsters at the core of the Milky Way and other large galaxies — are probably surprisingly weighty, containing 1,000 to 10,000 times the …

New China study reveals a link between air pollution and brain development in babies

Developing fetuses are extremely vulnerable to the harmful effects of environmental pollution. As the cells of major organs develop during the first …

How wide is a Higgs?

In accord with Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, short-lived particles have uncertain mass. So the Higgs boson, which gives mass to other particles, is uncertain about its own mass. New results from the CMS experiment at the CERN LHC have started to tell us how uncertain<p>The Higgs boson was …

First Asteroid-Like Object Discovered With Rings

The most hip-hop of the small orbiters<p>Meet (10199) Chariklo. It's an asteroid-like object that's a little more than 90 miles in diameter. It orbits the sun between Jupiter and Neptune. And like its giant gas neighbors, it has rings. Asteroids have rings, too! (Go and brush your shoulders off.)<p>This …

Astronomy

'Big Science' uncovers another piece in the Alzheimer's puzzle

In a paper published today, British scientists have found evidence that biological material contributing to lesions in the brain, characteristic in …