Month: November 2014

  • Imaginary particles. Explaining tangible things…

    Tangible products—like a solar-powered hearing aid—may come from not-so-real particles. More particular, scientists analyze the behaviour of modern materials with the help of imaginary structures called quasiparticles. (1) In physics, quasiparticles and collective excitations (which are closely related) are emergent phenomena that occur when a microscopically complicated system such as a solid behaves as if […]

  • Understand art. Without understand it…

    Computers have become budding art historians. A new program can figure out a particular painting’s style — whether it’s abstract, impressionist or Baroque, for example — and tease out possible influences on the artists. Program designers started with a close look at 1,710 paintings. For each work, the program logged the everyday items depicted, such […]

  • A-10. A hidden secret. Nazi technology today. War. Politics.

    The U.S. Air Force’s A-10 is an ugly, low-flying, slow-moving beast of an aircraft known affectionately by the troops as the Warthog. But even as the flying tank gets ready to shred ISIS terrorists to pieces over Iraq and Syria with its massive 30mm cannon—firing depleted uranium shells the size of a Coke bottle—it hides […]

  • Killed by lightning. Ancient tribes. Being.

    Eleven Wiwa Indians killed by lightning during a tribal ceremony in Colombia’s Sierra Nevada mountains will be left unburied where they died according to their traditions, an official said Sunday. The community of about 60 families will abandon their remote village in the wake of Monday’s tragedy, but it was not yet clear where they […]

  • Big data analysis. Infinity. One.

    Hoping to tame the torrent of data churning out of biology labs, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced $32 million in awards in 2014 to help researchers develop ways to analyze and use large biological data sets. The awards come out of NIH’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, announced last year after […]