JF Ptak Science Books Post 2461 At first glance this detailed and dense map looks foreboding and somehow off-putting--at least for me, and that was before I understood what the numbers represented. The blue numbers on this section of a...
How would you react if a dark, smoky mist were to descend from the sky and head straight toward you? No, you’re not in an episode of Doctor Who. This fascinating simulation is one of many creative works by French student Hugo Germain. Using After Effects and Cinema 4D, Germain merges his interests in physics, engineering and animation to create these mind-bending gifs of seemingly real occurrences.
Since the dawn of the computer age, we've been focused developing tech to be better, faster, stronger, and to last longer. But a team of researchers from University of Illinois (UI) have taken things in a different direction with a set of electronics that dissolve on command. Now, this isn't the first time a piece of vanishing tech has popped up, DARPA developed a self-destructing camera back in 2014. But the UI team believes their method takes u...
Back in the 90s, Mercedes anticipated upcoming requirements that every part of a car had to be recyclable. They designed wiring harnesses that were biodegradable. Hundreds of thousands of cars had to have their wiring harness replaced when the wiring insulation fell apart and the car became a large paperweight, well ahead of schedule. I expect this will be the same.
When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time at the Indianapolis Star, where my mother worked in what was then referred to as the “women’s pages.” She kept me busy returning the photos that accompanied marriage and engagement announcements, using the SASEs the young brides had supplied.
If you ever wanted to see Jon Snow jamming to the Troggs, "Game of Thrones: The Musical" will not disappoint. Members of the sprawling "Game of Thrones" cast showed off their vocal chops in a comedic collaboration with the band Coldplay. The Chris Martin/George R. R.
I'm a science writer, author of several popular science books for general readers. I also have my own blog at Scientific American, Cocktail Party Physics. 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).
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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