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A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

Physics

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

One morning this summer, I got up at first light – I'd left the blinds open the night before – then drank a strong cup of coffee, sat near-naked by an open window for an hour, worked all morning, then had a martini with lunch. I took a long afternoon walk, and for the rest of the week experimented …

US surpasses Russia as world's top oil and natural gas producer

The US was on pace to achieve global energy domination on Friday, overtaking Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil and natural gas producer.<p>New estimates released on Friday by the Energy Information Administration showed America pulling ahead of both countries in oil and natural gas …

Heart attack risk could be cut by new cholesterol lowering drug, study says

Alternative drug for people resistant to statins and with very high cholesterol levels at clinical trial stage, Lancet reports<p>People with dangerously high cholesterol could get an alternative to taking statins after fresh research raised the possibility of the creation of a new type of drug that …

Lake Natron: Northern Tanzania Lake Turns Birds to Stone

Lake Natron, located in northern Tanzania, petrifies all animals that fall into it. A photographer captured images of birds that were essentially …

North Carolina

This Is How Your Brain Responds To Beer vs Coffee

We all know the drinking a coffee first thing in the morning, will increase your energy levels with its caffeine boost. But how exactly does it work? …

Why Brain Surgeons Want Help From A Maggot-Like Robot

Brain surgery is a dicey business. Even the most experienced surgeons can damage healthy tissue while trying to root out tumors deep inside the brain.<p>Researchers from the University of Maryland are working on a solution, and it sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie. They're developing a tiny, …

See the very first images of a hydrogen bond

Chemists have long known what a hydrogen bond should look like, but until last week, most hadn't actually seen an image of one. Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been able to visualize a hydrogen bond using atomic force microscopy, a technique that can deliver higher …

Simple harmonic motion

In mechanics and physics, <b>simple harmonic motion</b> is a special type of periodic motion or oscillation motion where the restoring force is directly …

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

42 Idiom Origins Explained

This week, John Green looks at the origins of 42 expressions such as "beat a dead horse," "peeping Tom," and "silver lining."<p>Don't miss an …

Pop Culture

The Dirty Etymology of 9 Everyday Words

Within our lexicon lives a library of forgotten stories, developed over centuries and tucked away in words. Thanks to the dirty impulses of our …

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