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Among this week's physics highlights: The complex physics of that viral water bottle trick, Hungarian physicists may have found evidence for a fifth force of nature, and a physicist's thoughts on That Moment in last week's episode of Game of...
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Isaac Newton Once Tried To Invent His Own Language http://gizmodo.com/isaac-newton-once-tried-to-invent-his-own-language-1779244648 …
The great 17th century physicist Isaac Newton is known for many things. There’s his laws of motion and theory of gravity. Plus, the dude invented calculus, wrote a lengthy treatise about optics, and dabbled in alchemy for good measure. But few people know that as a young college student, Newton tried to invent his own universal language.
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How to Spot Bullshit: A Primer by Princeton Philosopher Harry Frankfurt http://www.openculture.com/2016/05/how-to-spot-bullshit-a-primer-by-princeton-philosopher-harry-frankfurt.html …
We live in an age of truthiness. Comedian Stephen Colbert coined the word to describe the Bush administration’s tendency to fudge the facts in its favor.
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+Patrick Horgan Apparently Colbert coined the modern definition of the word, but not the original version that meant something else in the early 1800s: https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/truthiness
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The Stories of Science Are Brought to Life in This Comic Anthology http://gizmodo.com/the-stories-of-science-are-brought-to-life-in-this-comi-1779437654 …
If you love all things science, you’ll probably be delighted by Boundless, the latest anthology conceived by the folks at Boston Comics Roundtable, a non-profit community of independent comic creators.
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Cell-phone radiation appears to cause uptick in 2 types of cancer in rats, but don’t throw your phone out just yet. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601591/a-connection-between-cell-phones-and-cancer-has-been-found-should-we-be-worried/ …
Cell-phone radiation appears to cause an uptick in two types of cancer in rats, but don’t go throwing your phone out the window just yet.
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Note that the very same study also found, "rats exposed to cellphone radiation lived, on average, longer than radiation-free rats"
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Living Works That Flatten Three-Dimensional Scenes Into Two-Dimensional Photographs by Alexa Meade  http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2016/05/living-works-that-flatten-three-dimensional-scenes-into-two-dimensional-photographs-by-alexa-meade/ …
Flattening three-dimensional installations into two-dimensional images, Alexa Meade compresses reality by covering models in specifically applied paint, making sure to focus on painted shadows and highlights to transform her posed subjects into paintings. Meade's works, which she has referr
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This vocalist flawlessly SINGS the most difficult jazz saxophone solo of all-time: John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps' http://www.classicfm.com/discover/music/coltrane-giant-steps-solo-sung/#rFleDxBqx8KcqS3i.97
Watch a phenomenal note-for note vocal rendition of John Coltrane's epic solo
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Holy moley!! That's some kind of talent.
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New Quantum 'Cat State' Can Be in Two Places at Once http://gizmodo.com/new-quantum-cat-state-can-be-in-two-places-at-once-1779243935 …
Chances are you’re familiar with the Schroedinger’s cat paradox, whereby a hypothetical cat inside a box is both dead and alive until we open the box to see for ourselves. Now physicists at Yale University have figured out how to make a cat that both lives and dies in two boxes at once. They described their work last week in Science.
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I was once in 4 States at the same time.
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Skepticism about skepticism: "one person’s skeptic is another’s denialist." https://shar.es/1dFCWr
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Octopuses may be your new overlords. The tentacle boom is an unexpected outcome of climate change in the oceans. http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/05/octopuses-may-indeed-be-your-new-overlords/
The tentacle boom is an unexpected outcome of climate change in the oceans.
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How the World's Most Glamorous Ice Bar Stays Frozen In the Middle of the Desert http://gizmodo.com/how-the-worlds-most-glamorous-ice-bar-stays-frozen-in-t-1778992680 …
The bar is made of 120 tons of pure, crystal-clear ice. So are the walls, and all the furniture, along with intricately carved ice sculptures, including a replica of the Vegas skyline and an icy Iron Throne just for Game of Thrones fans. Walking into Minus 5 Ice Bar in Las Vegas is like stepping into a real-world scene from Disney’s Frozen.
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Stop Worrying About Spoilers--They Actually Help You Enjoy the Story More http://gizmodo.com/stop-worrying-about-spoilers-they-actually-help-you-en-1778452171
It is a truth universally acknowledged that pretty much everyone hates spoilers. The internet was furious with former Detroit Tigers player Michael Sams for accidentally tweeting a major spoiler for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And this week we learned about a vengeful ex-girlfriend who deliberately spoils Game of Thrones for her former paramour each week.
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The issue is not whether or not spoilers enhance our experience of a story. The issue is that the spoiler is provided when not wanted. I should be able to choose whether or not I want the story spoiled. I do not want to be reading something and then have a spoiler revealed to me unexpectedly, especially when I don't want it. That athlete who spoiled Star Wars likely did so for people who did not want the story spoiled. That is why he got so much flack for it.
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I'm a science writer and now a senior science editor at Gizmodo. I am also the author of several popular science books for general readers. Most recent books: "Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self," coming out January 28, 2014, and "The Calculus Diaries: How Math Can Help You Lose Weight, Win in Vegas, and Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" (2010).
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Married to +Sean Carroll (affectionately known as the Time Lord). Black belt in jujitsu (although I no longer practice). Ran a program for two years matching scientists with writers, producers and directors in Hollywood, for the National Academy of Sciences. Dedicated to stamping out the notion of "two cultures": science is as much a part of creative human endeavor as the arts. I make a mean pad thai. Also orange/cranberry scones. Quite possibly first and only person to utter the phrase "negative index of refraction" on late-night TV (Craig Ferguson).
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