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How Does the Power Grid Work?

The modern world depends on electricity. It’s a crucial resource, especially in urban areas, but electricity can’t be created, stored, and provided at a later time. The instant it’s produced, it’s used no matter how far apart the producer is … Continue reading

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Human Minds Burst into Splashes of Color in Surreal Digital Illustrations by Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor

Bogotá-based illustrator Carolina Rodríguez Fuenmayor draws portraits and intimate scenarios brimming with surreal elements and spots of color. In her digital pieces, Rodríguez Fuenmayor tends to obscure subjects’ faces with bright bursts, masses of florals, and whirlpool-like ripples that cloud … Continue reading

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Piss off? Annoy? Shit on? Why Macron’s use of the French swear word ‘emmerder’ is so hard to translate | The Conversation

He said what? Frederic Legrand – COMEO/Shutterstock You can only properly translate French scatological swear words if you consider who is using them. In this case, the most powerful person in France. When French president Emmanuel Macron vowed to “emmerder” … Continue reading

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Light and the Quantum – with Serge Haroche

The properties of light which could not be explained through classical physics helped to kick-start the quantum revolution.Then came the strange quantum phenomena… Subscribe for regular science videos: http://bit.ly/RiSubscRibe Watch the Q&A here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMdTb… The properties of light which could … Continue reading

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Animals can be detected from DNA in the air | BBC Newsround

Associate Professor Kristine Bohmann collects air samples at Copenhagen Zoo Researchers have found that by testing the air they can work out which animals have been in an area. Scientists analysed environmental DNA (eDNA) and found that the animals give … Continue reading

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Biped’s smart harness helps blind people avoid obstacles | Dezeen

Alice Finney Swiss startup Biped has released a smart harness at the Consumer Electronics Showthat uses autonomous driving technology to allow visually impaired or blind people to detect obstacles seconds in advance. Called Biped.ai, the wearable technology has a minimalist … Continue reading

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Builders Compete for Best Earthquake-Proof Toothpick Tower | Kottke

Perhaps intuiting our shared love and fond remembrance of school engineering competitions (egg drop! toothpick bridge!), Spencer Wright alerted me to the latest issue of The Prepared, specifically this bit about a competition to design toothpick towers that can withstand simulated … Continue reading

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Entropy: Origin of the Second Law of Thermodynamics

How did Clausius create entropy and why? I read his original papers to follow how possibly the most confusing concept in Classical Physics was created. My Patreon Page (thanks!): https://www.patreon.com/user?u=15291200 The music is from the awesome Kim Nalley of course … Continue reading

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First Law of Thermodynamics: History of the Concept of Energy

Where did the first law of thermodynamics come from? Why is energy called energy and what has that to do with heat? Where did the 1/2 in kinetic energy come from? Watch this video to find out the real people … Continue reading

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Ceramic Figurines by Claire Partington Put a Contemporary Twist on Historical Symbols | Colossal

JANUARY 11, 2022. GRACE EBERT All images © Claire Partington Citing traditional portraiture and figurative ceramics, London-based artist Claire Partington(previously) sculpts grand characters with a dose of contemporary wit: Lavishly outfitted women lose their heads to anthropomorphized octopuses, a flip … Continue reading

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