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Brain connections predict how well you can pay attention

Brain connections predict how well you can pay attention

During a 1959 television appearance, Jack Kerouac was asked how long it took him to write his novel On The Road. His response – three weeks – amazed the interviewer and ignited an enduring myth that the book was composed in a marathon of nonstop typing. Like the Kerouac of legend, some people possess the […] … learn more→

Without Einstein it would have taken decades longer to understand gravity

Without Einstein it would have taken decades longer to understand gravity

It was 1905, and Albert Einstein had just turned theoretical physics on its head by publishing a paper on what later became known as special relativity. This showed that space and time could not be considered in absolute terms: time could speed up or slow down; standard lengths could contract; and masses could increase. And, […] … learn more→

How trillions of tiny solar panels could power the internet of things

How trillions of tiny solar panels could power the internet of things

It could herald a great leap forward in the way we live our lives. The internet of things, the idea that objects can be interconnected via a global network, will run your home, keep you healthy and even check how much food is in your fridge. It will mean a trillion new “smart sensors” being […] … learn more→

How close are we to Back to the Future’s vision of tomorrow? A scientist’s view

The art of futurology – predicting what future society might look like – is plagued with difficulties. Books, films, TV shows and plays that feature such efforts are all judged through the prism of hindsight. The 1989 film Back To The Future Part II (BTTF2) saw its characters travel in time to 21 October 2015 […] … learn more→

Climate alarmist caught in ‘largest science scandal in U.S. history’

The plan by climate alarmists to have other scientists imprisoned for their ‘global warming’ skepticism is backfiring horribly, and the chief alarmist is now facing a House investigation into what has been called “the largest science scandal in US history.” Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Chairman of the House Committee on Space, Science and Technology, has […] … learn more→

How the neutrino could solve great cosmic mysteries and win its next Nobel Prize

The humble neutrino particle won its fourth Nobel Prize in physics this year (also in 2002, 1995 and 1988). Despite being millions of times smaller than other subatomic particles, it is of major importance in physics and could be the key to unravelling some of the universe’s best-kept secrets. So where is neutrino research heading […] … learn more→

‘Windows 10 on everything’ is Microsoft’s gambit to profit from its competitors

Microsoft’s aim to make Windows 10 run on anything is key to its strategy of reasserting its dominance. Seemingly unassailable in the 1990s, Microsoft’s position has in many markets been eaten away by the explosive growth of phones and tablets, devices in which the firm has made little impact. To run Windows 10 on everything, […] … learn more→

Ancient plant eating cousins from Brazil and South Africa are reunited

New evidence has been provided confirming previous compelling geological findings that today’s continents were once linked in one giant land mass. The evidence has come through the discovery that two fossils, one from South Africa and the other from Brazil, were cousins. The discovery of a Brazilian plant-eating herbivore fossil in 2008 prompted a restudy […] … learn more→

How to prepare for a cyber attack

There is a lot of debate on whether Wednesday’s computer issues that shut down the New York Stock Exchange, the Wall Street Journal, and United Airlines were just a very strange coincidence (very strange) or a deliberate cyber attack. This isn’t the first possible cyber attack on the United States this year. Heck, it’s not […] … learn more→

Map of active space probes all over the solar system

Where are active spacecrafts now, and when will we hear back? There are about 25 active space probes sending data to us from space — “active” meaning able to transmit data back to Earth. Many of these probes are en route, meaning within several years we’ll be receiving more messages as the crafts reach their […] … learn more→