Pierre Hélin

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Why Does the Balloon Move Forward in an Accelerating Car?

I love this experiment. It's a classic really. Also, Destin (from Smarter Every Day) does a great job making it interesting to everyone.<p>Using Fake …

Using a Foreign Language Could Affect Moral Judgement - D-brief

By Carl Engelking | April 29, 2014 3:51 pm<p>Would you push a man off a bridge and into the path of an oncoming train to prevent the speeding locomotive …

The brief life of polywater, the water that 'doesn't freeze'

In the 1960s, scientists in the US and Russia independently discovered a new form of water that was 40 percent denser, didn't solidify until 40 degrees below Celsius, and didn't seem to boil no matter how much it was heated. They called it polywater, and its mysterious properties flummoxed …

3 ‘Modern’ Inventions That Existed Millions of Years Ago: Nuclear Reactor, Telescope, Clothes

Evidence exists pointing to prehistoric civilizations as advanced as our modern civilization—or perhaps more advanced.<p>Such evidence could turn our …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Painkiller in brain buffers social snubs - Futurity

Research shows the brain releases natural painkillers during rejection to ease emotional pain. The discovery …

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

A new diagnostic test involves a dollop of peanut butter.<p>You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?<p>"The …

Build a responsive site in a week: typography and grids (part 2)

• <b>Knowledge needed</b>: Intermediate CSS and HTML• <b><br>Requires</b>: Text editor, modern browser, graphics software• <b><br>Project time</b>: 1 hour (5 hours total)<br>• Download …

A 12-Year-Old's Quest To Remake Education, One Arduino At A Time

Twelve-year-old electronics prodigy Quin Etnyre wanted to make education more fun. So he became a teacher.<p>Quin Etnyre walks to the front of a crowded room at Deezmaker 3D Printers and Hackerspace in Pasadena, California. He adjusts his laptop on the workbench, then looks up and addresses the class. …

The 10 Most Awesome College Labs Of 2013

Explore Japan’s Abandoned ‘Battleship Island’ Courtesy of Google Street View

In the most recent James Bond movie, Daniel Craig spent some time in the eerie emptiness of an abandoned island that the villain Silva had claimed as …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a concise, solid grounding in neuroscience… remarkably lucid… balanced and entertaining".) When I …

Want To Be A Morning Person? Take A Few Tips From Campers

In the first episode of <i>Downton Abbe</i>y, the Countess of Grantham, played by Maggie Smith, complains about the newfangled electrical chandelier installed in her family's 1915 estate. "Oh, dear, such a glare," she says, shielding her eyes with a fan.<p>The countess may have a point.<p>Too much artificial …

How Realistic Is The Sci-Fi Space Thriller 'Europa Report'?

We chat with Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist who consulted on the film, about realism in space thrillers, why actors are better than robots, and more.<p>It's rare that a great space movie breaks the Hollywood traditions of big budgets, blatant abuse of physics, over-the-top special effects, factitious …

Crowdfunding the classics: 20 years and $1.8 million later, 'Shadowrun' returns

Kickstarter has become the go-to place for game studios looking to get out from underneath the publishers' thumbs. And gamers have certainly taken notice, helping multiple companies raise in excess of $1 million each to build their dream projects. The thing is, so far none of these big-name …

'Gravity' Trailer 2

Mobify – Digital Experience Platform

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Control a dSLR camera with your Android phone or tablet

That Android phone or tablet you've got? Consider it your dSLR's best new accessory. With the help of a little adapter and an innovative app, you can use it to augment your camera, opening doors to a range of new shooting options and flexibility.<p>It's all thanks to the ever-useful USB On-the-Go …

Mobile Photography

“Angry Birds” Comes To The Kennedy Space Center

There are many reasons to visit the Kennedy Space Center. But if seeing rocket ships up close and learning from real astronauts what it’s like to be in space seems old hat, there’s now an exciting new exhibit that’s sure to engage and impress: <i>Angry Birds.</i><p>The 4,485-square-foot, seven-exhibit …

The Dark Side Of The Love Hormone Oxytocin

New research shows oxytocin isn't the anti-anxiety drug we thought it was.<p>Oxytocin, the feel-good bonding hormone released by physical contact with another person, orgasm and childbirth (potentially encouraging monogamy), might have a darker side. The love drug also plays an important role in …

Babies who spent more than one night a week away from mother are 'more insecure'

Babies who spend more than one night a week away from their mothers are more insecure, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from the University of Virginia studied data from 5,000 children who spent a night or more per week away from a primary caregiver, as increasingly happens when parents share …

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FBI hair analysis may have falsely convicted thousands, including some on death row

Over 2,000 cases up for review in 'unprecedented' internal investigation<p>The FBI will examine hair sample evidence from more than 2,000 cases dating as far back as 1985. <i>McClatchy</i> reports that under the initiative the bureau will investigate cases in which hair samples helped secure convictions, …

Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness

Our lives are ruled by time and we use time to tell us what to do. But the digital alarm clock that wakes us in the morning and the wrist-watch that …

Amp Your Ride

Charge electronics on the go with a bike-mounted USB hub.<p>I'm a mechanical engineer who loves bicycling. When gas prices soared through the roof in 2009, I rode my bike to save money. I wanted to charge USB devices, such as my phone, during commutes but didn't want to spend $150 (or more) on a …

Some SIM cards can be hacked 'in about two minutes' with a pair of text messages

Every GSM phone needs a SIM card, and you'd think such a ubiquitous standard would be immune to any hijack attempts. Evidently not, as Karsten Nohl of Security Research Labs -- who found a hole in GSM call encryption several years ago -- has uncovered a flaw that allows some SIM cards to be hacked …