The First Ever Image of a Planet and Its Star Over 63 Light Years Away

A massive ground based telescope based in Chile has produced this first image of a star and planet – the 10-million-year-old planet Beta Pictoris b orbiting the massive star Beta Pictoris. After nearly a decade of development, construction, and testing, the world’s most advanced instrument for directly imaging and analyzing planets around other stars is pointing Read MoreRead More

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

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