Patricia Poths

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Has Fusion Finally Solved Its Hype Problem?

Omar Hurricane studies nuclear fusion at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, Calif. In February Hurricane's lab took the biggest step toward fusion energy yet. He tells PopMech how today's goals and breakthroughs have taken a sharp turn from the hype and pipe-dream promises of the …

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Top 10 Physics Findings That Will Tangle Your Brain

There's a reason Albert Einstein always looked like he'd stuck his finger in a light socket: Physicists spend their days doing some of the most mind-blowing research in science. Here are 10 physics findings that will cramp your brain and make your hair stand on end.<p><i>"Expanding Universe" by Mblegacy</i> …

Physics

Scientists just created some of the most powerful muscles in existence

In a surprising breakthrough for the world of materials science, researchers have created some of the most powerful artificial muscles we've ever …

Cookie-Baking Chemistry: How To Engineer Your Perfect Sweet Treat

In a time-lapse video, a baking cookie almost looks like a creature coming alive as it spreads out and then rises up. Credit: B.W.F/Vimeo.com<p>Baking cookies is almost magical. You put little balls of wet, white dough into the oven and out pop brown, crispy, tasty biscuits.<p>"In a time-lapse video, it …

This is How Facebook Ranks Your Friends

Have you ever wondered how Facebook ranks your friends for you? The company keeps a score for everyone you interact with on the social network.<p>This affects the order of results when you start typing a name into the search box, the people that appear on top in your Friends pane when someone visits …

What Your Cravings Are Really Telling You

Photographed by Eva K. Salvi.<p><i>This post was originally published on November 12, 2013.</i><p>I’ve always heard that craving salty or sweet foods can actually …

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk chocolate-coloured miniature poodle, Darwin, asleep in his arms – shares his vision of the household appliance of the future. It is a box attached to a computer that would receive DNA sequences over the …

Newton's Universal Law of Gravitation

How Isaac Newton's encounter with that apple ended up helping send rockets into space<p>Newton's equation first appeared in the <i>Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica</i>, July 1687. It describes why that apple fell from that tree in that orchard in Lincolnshire. Whether or not that apple actually …

Meditation Instead of Medication

In many parts of the world, evidence shows that meditation has been around for thousands of years. Some scholars even believe the ancient cave paintings in Spain and France depict meditators as far back as 14,000 B.C. From the sages of old to modern gurus, across the globe, we have been told that …

Meditation

Self-healing metal could lead to longer-lasting airplanes

MIT researchers recently pulled on a piece of cracked metal so hard that they expected it to break apart. Instead, something unexpected happened: The …

What German Wisdom Can Teach The Rest Of The World About The Good Life

<i>Our Living Well, On Location series explores cities and countries from around the world. How do other people pursue health and happiness? We're going coast to coast, country to country to find out.</i><p>The people of Germany, with their reputation for having an industrial-strength work ethic, may not …

Why eating a bigger breakfast may help you lose weight

Most of us know that losing weight is a matter of calories in versus calories out. To shed excess pounds, the equation is simple: Eat less and move more. But according to a new study in the journal Obesity, there's more to weight loss than total calories: when you eat your calories matters, too.<p>It …

Big Breakfasts Trump Big Dinners When It Comes To Weight Loss, Study Finds

<b>By Katherine Harmon (Click here for the original article and podcast)</b><p>Your mother was right: breakfast is the most important meal of the day--especially if you're looking to lose weight. And the bigger the better, according to a new study in the journal Obesity. [Daniela Jakubowicz et al., High …

10 Unconventional Ways to Reduce Stress

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. …

Exercise

4 Food Combinations That Will Boost Your Health and Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Sometimes two is better than one, especially when it comes to nutrition. While we all know there are certain food combinations that taste good together (think fries and ketchup), nutrition experts have discovered that certain food …

Wellness

Why Fighting Can Actually Be Good for Your Relationship

I was completely unprepared when the man attacked me. For a split second, I saw him out of the corner of my eye; a big guy, maybe 20 years old, with …

Martial Arts

How The Busiest People On Earth Find Time To Relax

One has to wonder how the most successful, busy people get it all done. The beloved Oprah, for one, has acted in and produced dozens of award-winning films, launched several lucrative talk shows and published one of the most-recognized magazines of all time -- all while overcoming a sincerely …

Math matters: how big data is building the future of everything

To speed up innovation, scientists are sequencing 'the materials genome'<p>New materials lead to new innovations. Gorilla Glass is a big selling point for smartphones. Kevlar saves lives and has worked its way into consumer products. Lithium-ion batteries have enabled a host of energy-storage …

Thermoacoustic Headphones Make Sound With Hot Nanotubes

Just call it "Heats by Dre."<p>Inside these earbuds, something big is happening on a very small scale. Set on a tiny lattice of silicon, electrified nanotubes of carbon are rapidly warmed up and cooled down, producing sound waves as their temperature fluctuates. The technique is known as …

Headphones

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 …

Eye Contact: Not As Persuasive As We Thought

A new study finds more eye contact makes people less likely to agree with a persuasive argument, especially if they're already skeptical.<p>Here's a lesson straight out of my high school speech class: When making an argument, make eye contact with your audience. Connect with people. Stare deeply into …

Psychology

Stanford Engineers: New Material Could Lead to Invisibility Cloaks

The new material's artificial "atoms" are designed to work with a broad range of light frequencies. With adjustments, the researchers believe it …

Astronaut Tom Jones: Why Gravity is an Irresistible Force

How closely does the new space thriller Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and out this weekend, resemble reality in space? Veteran astronaut and PopMech contributor Tom Jones explains.<p><b>In my dreams of spaceflight</b>, years after my final mission, I usually find myself in the middle of …

Male brain versus female brain: How do they differ?

Chapter 16 of my book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>. Here's the introduction to the book, the chapter about topographic mapping, the chapter about mirror neurons, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience.<p><b>Summary</b>: Subtle observable differences exist between male and …

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