Me at Gizmodo This Week:
Consciousness May Be a Lot Like Making Coffee, Say Scientists.
National Geographic Is Now Owned by a Climate Denier. Related satire (by the hilarious Mallory Ortberg at The Toast): Upcoming Cover Stories For National Geographic Now That Rupert Murdoch Owns It. Sample cover line: "There Are Ice Cubes In My Drink, So How Can Global Warming Exist?"
Creepy Relics of Phrenology, the Pseudoscience of Reading Head Bumps.
CERN's "Cosmic Piano" Makes Music Out of Raw Particle Data.
Watch What Happens to This Drop of Water When It Hits Hot Oil.
This Is Your Brain On Google's Deep Dream Neural Network.
Sagan-Inspired Short Animated Film Star Stuff Makes The Universe Feel a Lot Bigger.
Why Trading In Your Old Car for a 2016 Prius Might Not Be the Best Investment.
Other Cool Links:
Einstein refused to believe in inherent unpredictability of the world. At Quanta, Frank Wilczek ponders: Is subatomic world insane, or just subtle?
A Life in Games: The Playful Genius of John Conway.
Was there any "before", before the Big Bang? Physics philosopher Tim Maudlin has some thoughts about that.
The LHC spots a consistent oddity in lepton decays. It's not statistically robust, but it's present in three different experiments. Related: A provocative question: Will the LHC be the end of experimental particle physics? Also: RT's article,"10 Mind-Blowing Facts About the Large Hadron Collider," Is Amazing Garbage.
What if Solving Math Problems Were as Easy as Checking Solutions?
Dissecting the Technology of The Martian: Electrical Power.
The oceans are not silent. In fact, they are louder than ever. And that, scientists believe, is a problem.
Kirigami Paper-Cutting Art Inspires Design that Allows Solar Energy cells to stretch and tilt.
How Neutrinos saved your teeth from cavities: Neutrinos from exploding stars forged a lot of the fluorine in the universe.
Signs of neutrinos from the dawn of time, less than a second after the Big Bang.
Map Reveals What Neutrino Particles Can Do for Nuclear Monitoring.
Magnetic Fields Provide A New Way To Communicate Wirelessly.
Ardbeg’s space whisky tastes “noticeably different” from Earth-matured whisky -- and not in a good way. Related: Recognize Space Whisky for What It Is: A Long Con to Sell You Gross, Expensive Whisky. Also: In Space, Yesterday's Coffee is Today's Coffee; it will be brewed with recycled urine.
Who Needs a Space Elevator Anyway?
Alien Nuclear Wars Might Be Visible From Earth With the right telescope and a lot of luck.
Cosmic Hourglass Reveals Tricky Birth of Giant Stars.
Quantum computers need not spell the demise of public-key cryptography. A Tricky Path to Quantum-Safe Encryption: In the drive to safeguard data from future quantum computers, cryptographers have stumbled upon a thin red line between security and efficiency. Related: A New Design for Cryptography’s Black Box:
A two-year-old cryptographic breakthrough has proven difficult to put into practice. But new advances show how near-perfect computer security might be surprisingly close at hand. Also: Intel Promises $50 Million for Quantum Computing Research
How close are we to nuclear fusion?
Science for the People (podcast): Eye of the Beholder explores the history of optics.
Thomas Edison’s Recordings of Leo Tolstoy: Hear the Voice of Russia’s Greatest Novelist.
RIP Richard G. Hewlett, first official historian of the Atomic Energy Commission.
How Science Fiction Failed Us: The Real Future Of Autonomous Cars.
Interactive art project inspired by Lem novel Solaris lets you move a ferrofluid with your mind. "Participants must wear a Emotiv EEG headset, which reads brainwaves and activates magnets hidden under the green pool. The ferrofluid within reacts to brainwave-charged magnets and moves around like a living Rorschach test. Users can enter into a dialog with the ooze; using neural energy, the fluid can be willed to swim around the pool and change shape."
Scientists Can Levitate Nanodiamonds in a Vacuum Using Laser Light.
How does the Lexus hoverboard actually work? A scientist explains.
Hawking’s latest pronouncements inspire wide attention. But why so little public awareness of the late Jacob Bekenstein?
The Math That Shows How Less Roads Can Lead to Less Traffic Congestion.
What trail mix can teach kids about ratios. "Kids do mathematical calculations all the time without realizing it, especially when it comes to food. Take ratios. What kid doesn’t have a strong opinion about the best vegetable to protein ratio? Cheese to sauce? Milk to cocoa?"
When parents with high math anxiety help with homework, children learn less.
Songs of Mathematics: "Twinkle, twinkle, you're a star: Knowing math will take you far!"
A rare TED interview with Jim Simons, the mathematician who cracked Wall Street.
Do You Really Understand Why Water Boils? New Survey Says, Probably Not.
See How Goo Squirting Into Other Goo Makes Shifting Geometric Patterns. "A small number of forces can create a surprisingly large number of patterns. In this case, all that’s needed is a space with inflow and outflow areas, a supporting fluid, and a viscous fluid getting squirted into that supporting fluid."
The Best Oooey Gooey, Kid-Friendly Science on the Web.
The Problem with the new Web series, Experimenting with Megan Amram. "This show is not peppered with but rather slathered in jokes about "girly" things like the desire to be skinny, needing a sexy man to help you, and constantly wanting to know if people like you. I know that this was an attempt to be approachable and funny, but the result is that it makes femininity seem synonymous with ineptitude and shallowness. There are plenty of ways to be "girly" without being incompetent." Related: On the power of images, even in catalogues: Science is for Boys and Makeup is for Girls.
Why Do I have To Learn This? "Challenging yourself intellectually is how you make your brain grow in new ways."
Intel to end sponsorship of Science Talent Search; organizers looking for a new donor.
Via The Kid Should See This: "Filmmaker Jon Rolph decided to 'Paint' with LEGO in this stop motion short, in which he recreates Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow by Dutch painter and De Stijl founding member Piet Mondrian."