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Quanta Magazine

Quanta Magazine is an editorially independent online publication of the Simons Foundation covering developments in mathematics, theoretical physics, theoretical computer science and the basic life sciences.

  • The Simple Idea Behind Einstein’s Greatest Discoveries
    The flashier fruits of Albert Einstein’s century-old insights are by now deeply embedded in the popular imagination: Black holes, time warps and wormholes show up regularly as plot points in movies, books, TV shows. At the same time, they fuel cutting-edge research, helping physicists pose questions about the nature of… Read more »
  • Philosophers Debate New ‘Sonic Black Hole’ Discovery
    Last month, a team of physicists reported in Nature that a sound-trapping fluid, analogous to a black hole that traps light, radiates a featureless spectrum of energies, just as Stephen Hawking predicted for the invisible spheres he was famous for studying. But opinions differ about what this sonic analogue of… Read more »
  • What’s in a Name? Taxonomy Problems Vex Biologists
    Carl Linnaeus was probably not the first scientist to realize the inherent connectedness of life on this planet. But he articulated and codified it. In the 10th edition of his Systema Naturae, published in 1758, he established a system of naming and organizing life that endures to this day —… Read more »
  • When Magic Is Seen in Twisted Graphene, That’s a Moiré
    When two very similar grids with light and dark elements overlap, new sinuous patterns emerge that seem to shimmer and flow. Whether you’re into art or science, engineering or fashion, you have probably seen or at least heard of these moiré patterns. The name moiré (pronounced mwa-ray) is etymologically related… Read more »
  • How to Turn a Quantum Computer Into the Ultimate Randomness Generator
    Say the words “quantum supremacy” at a gathering of computer scientists, and eyes will likely roll. The phrase refers to the idea that quantum computers will soon cross a threshold where they’ll perform with relative ease tasks that are extremely hard for classical computers. Until recently, these tasks were thought… Read more »

Ars Technica

Ars Technica is a website covering news and opinions in technology, science, politics, and society, created by Ken Fisher and Jon Stokes in 1998. It publishes news, reviews, and guides on issues such as computer hardware and software, science, technology policy, and video games.

  • We asked, you answered: Rebecca Ford reviews your Warframe frames
    Video shot by Sean Dacanay, edited by Justin Wolfson. Click here for transcript. About a month ago, Ars posted a couple of calls to action in our forums and on Reddit: we wanted to take your coolest Warframe designs and get them in front of the game's developers at Digital… Read more »
  • Super Mario Maker 2 review: A great sequel, playable on a better console
    Enlarge / The swinging crane makes for some interesting puzzle options. When I reviewed the first Super Mario Maker in 2015, I lamented that the game didn't debut years earlier as a Wii U console launch title. No other game before or since so easily showed off the benefits of that… Read more »
  • Guidemaster: The best dash cams worthy of a permanent place in your car
    Enlarge / Garmin Dash Cam Mini. (credit: Valentina Palladino) Update: Our original Dash Cam Guidemaster was published in March 2018, but we recently tested out some of the newest options and updated our picks—just in time for 2019 summer road trips. If you've ever been in a fender-bender or a… Read more »
  • It’s possible to build a Turing machine within Magic: The Gathering
    Enlarge / Assemble just the right deck, and draw just the right cards, and you'll get the equivalent of a universal Turing machine within the game, a new study finds. That makes it the most computationally complex real-world game yet known. (credit: Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images) Consider this hypothetical… Read more »
  • Hackers, farmers, and doctors unite! Support for Right to Repair laws slowly grows
    Enlarge / Manufacturers would prefer it if iFixit guides (like the one pictured on a Motorola Xoom from 2011) didn't exist. (credit: iFixit) Kelsea Weber is apologetic for being hard to get ahold of. “We were all busy tearing down the iPhone XS,” she says. A few minutes’ conversation with… Read more »

Nautilus

Nautilus is an online and print science magazine that “combines the sciences, culture and philosophy into a single story.” It publishes one “issue” on a selected topic each month on its website, releasing one “chapter” each Thursday.

  • Our Aversion to A/B Testing on Humans Is Dangerous - Facts So Romantic
    Research suggests that people have an irrational aversion to A/B tests, which could limit the extent to which important institutions like hospitals, legislatures, and corporations base their decisions on objective evidence.Photograph by Fernando Cortes / ShutterstockFacebook once teamed up with scientists at Cornell to conduct a now-infamous experiment on emotional… Read more »
  • The Case for Eating Jellyfish - Facts So Romantic
    Scientists are exploring how jellyfish could be used as a greater source of food, in medicine and nutraceuticals.Photograph by Pixabay / silverstrike24A few summers ago, Stefano Piraino was walking along the rocky shoreline on a small island off the coast of Sicily when he spotted a washed up jellyfish. Naturally,… Read more »
  • Presenting the Scrabble Luck Calculator - Issue 73: Play
    Scrabble is a volatile game. It’s not uncommon for underdogs to make tournament upsets. Why? Luck. It plays a large role in Scrabble, and efforts to remove it, by changing tile values, for instance, have mostly been in vain. Still, Scrabble skills matter. For those looking to improve them, it’s… Read more »
  • When We Were the Cosmos - Issue 73: Play
    Leading off this week’s chapter of Nautilus, physics writer Michael Brooks carries on a playful, imaginary conversation with Jerome Cardano, a crazy-bold 16th-century scientist, inventor, and astrologer (it was, after all, the 16th century). Brooks writes that Cardano created the first theory of probability, and discovered the square root of… Read more »
  • To Be More Creative, Cheer Up - Issue 73: Play
    I pour a cup of coffee, sharpen my pencil, and get ready to create. I’ve dusted off a half-conceived novel outline I abandoned three years ago, but this time I’m not waiting for my muse to intervene. Instead I hit the play button on the Creative Thinker’s Toolkit, an audio… Read more »

SpaceX

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., doing business as SpaceX, is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company headquartered in Hawthorne, California. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk with the goal of reducing space transportation costs and enabling the colonization of Mars. SpaceX has since developed the Falcon launch vehicle family and the Dragon spacecraft family, which both currently deliver payloads into Earth orbit.

  • STP-2 Mission
    At 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, SpaceX launched the STP-2 mission from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Deployments began approximately 12 minutes after liftoff and ended approximately 3 hours and 32 minutes after liftoff. Read more »
  • RADARSAT CONSTELLATION MISSION
    On Wednesday, June 12, SpaceX successfully launched the RADARSAT Constellation Mission for MDA, a Maxar company, from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Falcon 9 lifted off at 7:17 a.m. PDT, or 14:17 UTC with the first of three RADARSAT satellites deploying approximately 54… Read more »
  • DRAGON RESUPPLY MISSION (CRS-17) SPLASHDOWN
    Packed with about 4,200 pounds of cargo and science, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Monday, June 3. A parachute-assisted splashdown in the Pacific Ocean occurred that afternoon just west of Baja, California. A recovery team then secured Dragon on a boat for the return trip to… Read more »
  • STARLINK MISSION
    On Thursday, May 23 at 10:30 p.m. EDT SpaceX launched 60 Starlink satellites from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. SpaceX’s Starlink is a next-generation satellite network capable of connecting the globe, especially reaching those who are not yet connected, with reliable and affordable… Read more »
  • DRAGON ARRIVES AT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
    Dragon arrived at the International Space Station on May,6, 2019 and was captured at 4:01 a.m. PDT while flying about 257 statute miles over the North Atlantic Ocean. The spacecraft was then installed on the Harmony module for the duration of its four-week stay at the orbiting laboratory. Read more »

Nasa

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research. NASA was established in 1958, succeeding the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics.


MinutePhysics

MinutePhysics is an educational YouTube channel created by Henry Reich. The channel’s videos include time-lapsed drawing to explain physics-related topics in approximately one minute. As of November 2017, the channel has over 4 million subscribers.


American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, with around 117,500 members including scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students.


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