Clever Cat ‘Co-Authored’ Physics Paper in 1975

June 14, 2017 1 min read


Growing up, we’re told we can do anything we set our mind to. And that’s exactly what Chester the cat did. In the 1970s, Chester—under the pawsome pseudonym F.D.C. Willard—co-authored a paper on […]

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Genius Tells a Fascinating Story but Subtlety Isn’t its Strong Suit

April 26, 2017 1 min read


National Geographic’s new scripted drama Genius has a great premise. Each season focuses on the life of an inventor or scientist, with the goal being to impart a deeper understanding of who the […]

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NASA Made an EmDrive, and It Works, But We Still Don’t Know Why

November 29, 2016 1 min read


There’s a new engine that might just might, be able to propel humanity to the stars. It’s called the EmDrive. You might have heard about it not too long ago when some physicists […]

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The Physics of Falling Cats Is Surprisingly Complicated

November 05, 2016 1 min read


Cats are mysterious creatures, and among their many secrets is how the heck they always manage to land on their feet. It’s a phenomenon that has interested scientists for as long as both […]

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Scientists could get first ever image of a black hole in 2017

June 08, 2016 1 min read


Despite all the depictions of black holes in science fiction movies and TV, scientists have never actually seen one. Even the largest black holes scientists have located are still very obscured and distant. […]

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Scientists model human brain with gel, realize folds are due to physics

February 03, 2016 1 min read

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Humans are very smart animals thanks to our big, meaty brains. The human brain is distinct from those you find in most other creatures in that the surface is covered with undulating folds […]

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New ‘unbreakable’ glass developed that’s almost as strong as steel

November 04, 2015 1 min read

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Improvements in hardened glass have benefited a number of industries, including but not limited to, automotive and mobile devices. Scientists have been searching for a way to make glass more resistant to scratching […]

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Germany is ready to switch on its stellarator fusion reactor

November 03, 2015 1 min read

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Even with recent pushes to expand clean energy, most of modern society runs on fossil fuels. Scientists have been chasing the dream of clean nuclear fusion for decades. It hasn’t worked out so […]

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Scientists develop super-thin invisibility cloak material

September 22, 2015 1 min read

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Researchers at UC Berkeley are a step closer to the fabled invisibility cloak we’ve all been waiting for. The new study published in the journal Science details a new super-thin metamaterial that scatters […]

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Caltech researchers detect the most distant galaxy yet

September 05, 2015 1 min read

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The universe is 13.8 billion years old, give or take a few eons. We know that it didn’t take long for matter to start clumping together to form stars and galaxies, but a […]

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Scientists figure out why interleaved phone books can’t be pulled apart

August 29, 2015 1 min read

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It's well known that two phone books with their pages interleaved are almost impossible to separate because of friction, but the exact cause was a mystery until now.

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New version of physics-exploiting axe on Kickstarter

August 19, 2015 1 min read

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The new Leveraxe uses the same clever design tricks to blast logs into pieces, but it's lighter and more durable.

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