Sofie Verkest

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25 Genius DIY Storage Solutions Your Home Needs Now

Say goodbye to entryway chaos forever.<p>If your house is overwhelmed with clutter, it's time to bust out your tool set to wrangle the situation once and for all. These projects are designed to organize and streamline the messiest trouble spots in your home.

Planet hunting: the search for Earth-like worlds gains momentum

While hunting on Earth is often frowned upon - hunting in space is all the rage. In fact, some scientists say that with recent developments, we may …

6 Myths Everyone Believes about Space (Thanks to Movies)

Our knowledge of outer space is a lot like our knowledge of history -- it's <i>really</i> hard to separate what we know from research from what we picked up …

Black Holes

iChip: The Future of Antibiotic Discovery

Two weeks ago, a team led by scientists from Northeastern University published a study describing a new class of antibiotics called teixobactin, which they found in the soil of a field in Maine. The Internet subsequently lit up with both excitement and criticism (mostly excitement, though). It’s …

Microbiology

The Legacy Of Hard Science Fiction

Hard science fiction may not be the galactic core of sci-fi, but its pull can be felt across the spectrum of cosmic novels.Hard-science fiction …

Science Fiction

Chuck Norris vs. Communism: how VHS piracy started a political revolution

The Sundance documentary is a love letter to movies — even the bad ones<p>No matter what your stance is on file sharing, the commercial downsides to pirating movies and television shows are obvious. Writers and directors see their work inherently devalued, and the companies financing the projects see …

Microsoft Augments Reality With Windows Holographic

Microsoft debuted Windows Holographic today, a new augmented reality user interface built directly into Windows 10.<p>Windows Holographic differs from what we’ve seen from virtual reality devices in that it augments the world around you with virtual holograms, rather than take users into entirely …

Augmented Reality

Gastropod: Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day. Or is it? In this episode of Gastropod, we explore the science and history behind the most …

Mashups

The Shake Shack Economy

In 2004, when Danny Meyer opened a burger stand named Shake Shack in Madison Square Park, it didn’t look like the foundation of a global empire. There was just one location, and Meyer was known for high-end venues like Gramercy Tavern. But the lines became legendary, and in 2008 other outlets …

Meet the Last Speaker of a Dying Language

Linguistics

Back-up brains: The era of digital immortality

How do you want to be remembered? As Simon Parkin discovers, we may eventually be able to preserve our entire minds for generations to come – would you?<p>A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.<p>Bobby, as her friends called her (theirs is a generation of nicknames), was a farmer’s …

Singularity

Lucid Dreams and Metacognition

<b>Brain researchers discover similarities between dreaming and wakefulness.</b><p>To control one’s dreams and to live out there what is impossible in real …

Meteor Strikes Russia While Asteroid Misses Earth

A meteor crashed into a community in Russia’s Ural mountains earlier today, injuring at least 950 people, according to the BBC. The meteor didn’t strike the community directly – it landed in a nearby lake – but the shockwave itself caused damaged to buildings and smashed windows. Most of the people …

5 Energy Innovations Dazzle at Detroit Auto Show

New cars and technologies debut that promise greater fuel efficiency.<p>Vehicles in the future will be lighter, able to drive themselves, and run longer on a single battery charge, based on models in the spotlight at this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit.<p>The innovations show an …

General Motors

Nuclear scientists: The end is near for humanity

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists says Earth is now closer to human-caused doomsday than it has been in more than 30 years …

20 Awesome Upcycled Organizing Projects

Well… it’s about that time of year, isn’t it?<p>We’ve all had at least one good dinner, have opened a gift or two, and are now surveying the scene.<p>And …

The best free software for writers 2018: write more efficiently without distractions

Writers tend to make a very big deal of their tools, whether those tools are delicate pens or ancient typewriters. Increasingly, though, they'll talk …

Tom Siegfried's delusions about the reality of the wave function

In recent days, I've received links to many texts that looked insultingly and fundamentally wrong. One of these hyperlinks was contributed by Bill …

Quantum Mechanics

Europe, China issue call for joint science mission

Does the universe naturally produce complexity and reason?

<b><br>Recent developments in science are beginning to suggest that the universe naturally produces complexity.</b> The emergence of life in general and perhaps …

The Effect of Hollywood on Historical Perspective

Pollsters asked French citizens who contributed the most to the defeat of the Nazis in World War II. The poll was conducted in 1945, then repeated in …

Astronomers Catch Mysterious Radio Blast From the Distant Universe

Coming from far beyond the galaxy, an extremely energetic blast of radio waves has been snared by astronomers lying in wait. Lasting for just a few thousandths of a second, the burst is the first of an enigmatic class of objects to be observed in real-time, astronomers report today in the <i>Monthly</i> …

Universe

Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea

American intervention in Korea has frequently sparked protests, especially over film. An examination of the complicated history of America and its …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from France

Ah, <i>le jardin í la française.</i> No need to add the word <i>formal</i> to that phrase, because when it comes to French gardens, formal is a given. We’ve all seen …

Weekly Roundup of eBay Vintage Home Finds

Want to add some fab eco-friendly style to your home but have no time to page through thousands of eBay listings? Then just sneak a peek at my Weekly eBay Roundup of Vintage Home Finds.<p>This eclectic mix of designer and non-designer vintage home finds caught my discerning eye because of their …

Art Deco

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson angers Christians with Christmas tweet

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sparked an Internet supernova on Christmas Day when he took to Twitter to troll Christians.<p>"On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world," the "Cosmos" host tweeted Thursday. "Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642."<p>The …

The cosmic origins of your toothpaste

It may only take brushing your teeth to help you feel connected to the cosmos.<p>New research suggests that fluorine, an element in toothpaste, may have …

Magna Carta will be 800 years old next year – the perfect reminder of the rights and freedoms we must hold dear

This year was worthy of note for good reasons and bad. It’s been a year in which many around the world have celebrated, but also in which many have …

World War I’s forgotten Christmas anniversary

Dec. 25 marks the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Truce. Why is it only a footnote in our history books?<p>Go to war and every politician will thank you, and they’ll continue to do so -- with monuments and statues, war museums and military cemeteries -- long after you’re dead. But who thanks those …