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Designing the Next Wave of Computer Chips

Processing power and speed has steadily increased since Gordon Moore proposed Moore’s law in 1965. But we are reaching a physical barrier as our transistors are shrinking to the atomic level. What will tomorrow’s computers look like and how will they function? Not long after Gordon E. Moore proposed in 1965 that the number of Read MoreRead More

How Powerful Are Algorithms? | PBS Idea Channel

If you’ve ever used Google, Netflix, Facebook, or Amazon (and we’re guessing that you have), then you’ve come into contact with algorithms. In fact, it’s guaranteed that your life has been impacted by algorithms, even in ways you’re unaware of (assuming you INTERNET… which, again, we’re guessing that you have…) The point is, the importance Read MoreRead More

Visual Body Map of Emotions

We often feel emotions in our bodies (heart ache, cold feet, etc.). Researchers surveyed participants asking them to color in the parts of the body where they felt emotions – here is the compilation of the results. Emotions are often felt in the body, and somatosensory feedback has been proposed to trigger conscious emotional experiences. Read MoreRead More

20 Science Ideas, Trends, and Breakthroughs that will shape our world in 2014

From LAZER astronomy to sending Katy Perry to Space (no, that’s not a typo) – Popular Science tracks 20 trends in science that will be big in the new year. In January 2013, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter received a historic transmission: an image of the Mona Lisa. It was the first time scientists used a Read MoreRead More

Can hidden information in photographs be used to spot criminals?

If you thought the CSI “zoom and enhance” cliche was pure fantasy – well think again. Using high resolution photographs, one study is trying to pull facial data from the reflections on a peron’s pupils. Can the eyes of photographed crime victims help authorities spot their victimizers? According to new research published Thursday in the Read MoreRead More

Iceland Spar: The Rock That Discovered Optics

Roger Cicala explains how a rare calcite crystal called Icelandic Spar sparked off the science of optics. Every year, I can’t think of anything I want for Christmas. So this year, I was pretty excited to come home and tell my wife, “I know exactly what I want for Christmas. A nice big piece of Read MoreRead More

Step away from your Cameraphone: Constantly taking photographs STOPS our brains remembering what happened

The Smart Phone seems to be making us dumber… From children’s birthdays to that  long-awaited family holiday, we all want  to remember those cherished moments with a photograph. But if you’re one of those people who  can’t stop snapping, beware –  you could end up forgetting it all in a flash.  A study has found Read MoreRead More

Stuart Firestein: The Pursuit of Ignorance – TEDTalks

What does real scientific work look like? As neuroscientist Stuart Firestein jokes: It looks a lot less like the scientific method and a lot more like “farting around … in the dark.” In this witty talk, Firestein gets to the heart of science as it is really practiced and suggests that we should value what Read MoreRead More

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