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Nautilus Magazine

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.

  • The Problem with the Frozen Poop Knife Study - Facts So RomanticThe Problem with the Frozen Poop Knife Study - Facts So Romantic
    In an experiment designed to test whether a tool forged by the cold from human waste could be used to kill a dog, surely the frozen implements created in the lab ought to have been tested on the skin of a dog.Photograph by K.H.Trudeau / Shutterstock When, some weeks ago,… Read more »
  • Is the Search for Dark Matter an Act of Faith? - Issue 77: Underworlds Is the Search for Dark Matter an Act of Faith? - Issue 77: Underworlds 
    The young physicist sits at his computer, watching for signals from Cygnus. His name is Christopher Toth, and his white lab coat is too big for him. Christopher speaks with calm clarity. His manner is modest, gracefully gentle, and I wonder if this comes in some way from spending your… Read more »
  • The Lightning Beneath Our Feet - Issue 77: Underworlds The Lightning Beneath Our Feet - Issue 77: Underworlds 
    An earthquake shook the central Italian city of L’Aquila in the early morning of April 6, 2009. In the months that followed, scientists collected dozens of accounts from people who claimed to have seen “luminous phenomena” both before and after the shock: flashes from the ground, glowing clouds, and floating… Read more »
  • Why We’re Drawn Into Darkness - Issue 77: Underworlds Why We’re Drawn Into Darkness - Issue 77: Underworlds 
    Robert Macfarlane grew up obsessed twith climbing mountains and nearly died on several occasions as he scaled some of the world’s high peaks. He found a safer way to indulge his alpine passions, writing about the mystique of mountains. As someone drawn to great heights, it might seem odd to… Read more »
  • The Strange Physics of How Babies Talk - Facts So RomanticThe Strange Physics of How Babies Talk - Facts So Romantic
    Different arrangements of words can be likened to microstates in statistical mechanics—the total set of ways a system’s constituent particles can be configured.Photo illustration by Khomich Yauheni / Shutterstock Like all new parents, I must sound like a kook when I babble along with my 9-month-old daughter. That’s okay: It… Read more »

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.

  • With Category Theory, Mathematics Escapes From Equality
    The equal sign is the bedrock of mathematics. It seems to make an entirely fundamental and uncontroversial statement: These things are exactly the same. But there is a growing community of mathematicians who regard the equal sign as math’s original error. They see it as a veneer that hides important… Read more »
  • Nobel Awarded for Lithium-Ion Batteries and Portable Power
    Three researchers were honored with a Nobel Prize in Chemistry this morning for their roles in the development of lithium-ion batteries, a technology that has made possible our mobile electronic civilization of cellular phones and electric cars. John Goodenough of the University of Texas, Austin, M. Stanley Whittingham of Binghamton University and Akira Yoshino… Read more »
  • Physics Nobel Honors Early Universe and Exoplanet Discoveries
    The origin of the universe and humanity’s place within it shared the spotlight during today’s announcement of the Nobel Prize in Physics. James Peebles, a physicist at Princeton University, won half of the prize for his contributions to physical cosmology, while Michel Mayor, a physicist at the University of Geneva,… Read more »
  • Nobel Prize Awarded for Discoveries on How Cells Adapt to Oxygen
    Three scientists — William G. Kaelin Jr. of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Peter J. Ratcliffe of the University of Oxford, and Gregg L. Semenza of Johns Hopkins University — were awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine this morning for their research into one of the most important… Read more »
  • Cell-Bacteria Mergers Offer Clues to How Organelles Evolved
    There are few relationships in nature more intimate than those between cells and the symbiotic bacteria, or endosymbionts, that live inside them. In these partnerships, a host cell typically provides protection to its endosymbiont and gives it a way to propagate, while the endosymbiont provides key nutrients to the host.… 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.

  • iPadOS review: The iPad is dead, long live the iPadiPadOS review: The iPad is dead, long live the iPad
    Enlarge / iPadOS. When we reviewed the 2018 iPad Pro, we were impressed by the power and potential of the hardware, but iOS 12 wasn’t up to the task of making the iPad a true content creation machine or a daily workhorse. We said it was time for Apple to… Read more »
  • As NASA tries to land on the Moon, it has plenty of rockets to choose fromAs NASA tries to land on the Moon, it has plenty of rockets to choose from
    Enlarge / If you want to buy a commercial SLS launch, you also need to rent the mobile launcher from NASA. (credit: NASA) Last week, NASA held an "industry day" for companies hoping to win lunar lander contracts from the government as part of its Artemis program. During the teleconference,… Read more »
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina: The Ars Technica reviewmacOS 10.15 Catalina: The Ars Technica review
    Enlarge / No operating system is an island, but macOS Catalina is named after one. (credit: Apple) Ever since the iPhone came out in 2007 and almost instantaneously overshadowed the Mac, both in terms of sales and development resources, Apple has been making the Mac a bit more like the… Read more »
  • Why customers love Tesla despite its many mistakesWhy customers love Tesla despite its many mistakes
    Enlarge (credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images/Aurich Lawson) Journalist Ed Niedermeyer remembers the exact moment he became a Tesla skeptic: Memorial Day weekend 2015. That's when Niedermeyer traveled to the Tesla Supercharger facility in Harris Ranch, California, to see Tesla's first (and, it turned out, only) battery-swap facility. At a live demo… Read more »
  • Plate tectonics runs deeper than we thoughtPlate tectonics runs deeper than we thought
    Enlarge / Þingvellir or Thingvellir, is a national park in Southwestern Iceland, about 40km northeast of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. It's a site of geological significance, as the visuals may indicate. (credit: Ray Wise/Getty Images) It’s right there in the name: “plate tectonics.” Geology’s organizing theory hinges on plates—thin, interlocking pieces… Read more »

3Blue1Brown

3Blue1Brown, by Grant Sanderson, is some combination of math and entertainment, depending on your disposition. The goal is for explanations to be driven by animations and for difficult problems to be made simple with changes in perspective.


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.


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.

  • STARSHIP UPDATESTARSHIP UPDATE
    SpaceX's Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle is a fully, rapidly reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and anywhere else in the solar system. On Saturday, September 28 at our launch facility in Cameron County, Texas, SpaceX Chief Engineer and… Read more »
  • DRAGON RESUPPLY MISSION (CRS-18) SPLASHDOWNDRAGON RESUPPLY MISSION (CRS-18) SPLASHDOWN
    Packed with about 3,300 pounds of cargo and science, SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft departed the International Space Station on Tuesday, August 27. 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 »
  • AMOS-17 MissionAMOS-17 Mission
    On Tuesday, August 6, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, carrying the AMOS-17 satellite for Spacecom. Liftoff occurred at 7:23 p.m. EDT, or 23:23 UTC and the satellite was deployed approximately 31 minutes after liftoff. Read more »
  • DRAGON ARRIVES AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATIONDRAGON ARRIVES AT THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
    Dragon arrived at the International Space Station on July 27, 2019 and was captured at 6:11 a.m. PDT while flying about 267 statute miles over the coast of southern Chile. The spacecraft was then installed on the Harmony module for the duration of its four-week stay at the orbiting laboratory. Read more »
  • DRAGON RESUPPLY MISSION (CRS-18) LAUNCHDRAGON RESUPPLY MISSION (CRS-18) LAUNCH
    At 6:01 p.m. EDT, or 22:01 UTC, on Thursday, July 25, SpaceX launched its eighteenth Commercial Resupply Services mission (CRS-18) from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. Dragon separated from Falcon 9’s second stage about nine minutes after liftoff. 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.

  • NASA Spacecraft Launches on Mission to Explore Frontier of Space
    After successfully launching Thursday night, NASA’s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) spacecraft is in orbit for a first-of-its-kind mission to study a region of space where changes can disrupt communications and satellite orbits, and even increase radiation risks to astronauts. Read more »
  • NASA Highlights Science on Next Northrop Grumman Mission to Space Station
    NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, Oct. 17, to discuss select science investigations and technology demonstrations launching on Northrop Grumman’s 12th commercial resupply mission for the agency to the International Space Station. Read more »
  • NASA Invites Media to Events Highlighting Spacesuits for Moon to Mars
    Media are invited to NASA Headquarters in Washington Tuesday, Oct. 15 to get an up-close look at the next generation spacesuits the first woman and next man to explore the Moon will wear as part of the agency’s Artemis program. Read more »
  • NASA Invites Media to Final Orion Jettison Motor Test in Huntsville, Alabama
    Media are invited to witness the final test for a motor on the launch abort system of NASA’s Orion spacecraft prior to the first crewed Artemis missions to the Moon. The test will take place Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the Redstone Test Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Read more »
  • NASA Administrator to Visit SpaceX Headquarters
    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will tour SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Thursday, Oct. 10, to see the progress the company is making to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station from American soil as part of the agency’s Commercial Crew Program. Read more »

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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