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If you fold a piece of paper in half a 103 times it is as thick as the Universe

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Folding paper in half over and over again is a whole lot harder than it sounds. The current record is 12 times, performed over a decade ago by American high school student, Britney Gallivan. Before she managed her twelfth fold, the record was just seven folds, and it was believed to be mathematically impossible to get any higher than that. The phenomenon is based on the exponential growth of the thickness of a sheet of paper when it’s folded in … Continue reading

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Rainbow Grapes

These may look like party balloons but they are actually rainbow grapes. These grapes aren’t a rare species, they are created during Véraison (when grapes turn from green to purple as they ripen). Via ScienceAlert.

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These New Smart Bricks Are Like Lego for Real Buildings

If these lumps of concrete look familiar, that’s because they take some of their inspiration from Lego—but there’s more to them than child’s play. Created by a company called Kite Bricks, the blocks are actually referred to as Smart Brick, or S-Bricks to their chums. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, but all feature rows of knobs along their tops which slot into voids at the bottom of others. They’re fastened together with special adhesive, rather than … Continue reading

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Which Contains More Information?

How much information is there in Spanish vs English, you vs the world?

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European air traffic data visualization

This data visualization was created from real flight data taken from a day in July 2013. It highlights the intensity of the operation in Europe – an operation which runs 24 x 7 x 365. NATS and the UK are at the heart of the operation. With Heathrow as the busiest international airport in Europe, and Gatwick as the busiest single runway airport in the world, we play a key role in ensuring air traffic under our control in European … Continue reading

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Playing with Death

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Snell’s Window

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Snell’s window is a phenomenon by which an underwater viewer sees everything above the surface through a cone of light of width of about 96 degrees. This phenomenon is caused by refraction of light entering water, and is governed by Snell’s Law. The area outside Snell’s window will either be completely dark or show a reflection of underwater objects. Underwater photographers sometimes compose photographs from below such that their subjects fall inside Snell’s window, which backlights and focuses attention on … Continue reading

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A great gift for a science lover?

Would your girlfriend or wife like a pair of earrings shaped like, from top left: the Big Dipper, Cassiopeia, dopamine and serotonin? If so you can get them from Arajera’s  etsy store.

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2014 World Cup ball has better aerodynamics: NASA

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The official 2014 World Cup game ball should make players happy, NASA said after its own aerodynamics testing showed the new design avoided the pitfalls of the unpopular 2010 version. Players complained the official Jabulani ball from four years ago was too unpredictable—a result of the almost perfectly smooth design, which meant that the airflow over the ball pulled it in unpredictable directions. Although some strikers were able to take advantage of the trait, the erratic trajectory drew complaints from … Continue reading

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30,000 LED Lights Make The Trams In Budapest Look Like Time Machines

Most major cities magically light up during the holiday season, and the Hungarian capital of Budapest is no different. Every winter, this city is covered in festive holiday decorations, but one of the most interesting of these are the city’s trams, which are covered in 30,000 bright blinking LED lights. The lights themselves might be of no particular interest – it’s what photographers can do with them that is really cool. With a long exposure photo, these trams transform into … Continue reading

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Five Shocking Medical Experiments on Humans

Number 5 was the Guatemala syphilis study. CBS News reported that from 1946 to 1948, the U.S. government worked with the Guatemalan officials and conducted medical experiments which involved deliberately infecting Guatemalan prisoners and prostitutes with Syphilis. A life-threatening sexually transmitted disease, Syphilis can cause internal organ failure if untreated. Number 4 were the Human medical experiments by Unit 731, a research group developed by the Japanese army between 1930s and 1940s. Located in northern China, the Japanese unit was responsible … Continue reading

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How Ernő Made His Cube

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Ernő Rubik  born 13 July 1944 is a Hungarian inventor, architect and professor of architecture. He is best known for the invention of mechanical puzzles including Rubik’s Cube (1974), Rubik’s Magic, Rubik’s Magic: Master Edition, Rubik’s Snake. While Rubik grew to fame based on the Rubik’s Cube and his other puzzles, much of his recent work involves the promotion of science in education. Rubik is involved with several organizations such as Beyond Rubik’s Cube, the Rubik Learning Initiative and the Judit Polgar Foundation all of whose aim is … Continue reading

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The World’s First HD Video From Space

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Cracking the Credit Card Code

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How to win at rock-paper-scissors

What are your odds of winning rock-paper-scissors? Simple – one in three. At least, that’s what chance predicts. But people do not play randomly – they follow hidden patterns that you can predict to win more games than you should, a study has revealed. Winners tend to stick with their winning action, while losers tend to switch to the next action in the sequence “rock-paper-scissors”. Anticipating these moves could give you a winning edge, say scientists. Their strategy was revealed … Continue reading

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Did removing lead from petrol spark a decline in crime?

Many Western nations have experienced significant declines in crime in recent decades, but could the removal of lead from petrol explain that? Working away in his laboratory in 1921, Thomas Midgley wanted to fuel a brighter tomorrow. He created tetraethyl lead – a compound that would make car engines more efficient than ever. But did the lead that we added to our petrol do something so much worse? Was it the cause of a decades-long crime wave that is only … Continue reading

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What has a PhD got to do with Philosophy?

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Doctor of Philosophy, abbreviated as PhD, Ph.D., D.Phil., or DPhil in English-speaking countries and originally as Dr.Philos. (for the Latin philosophiae doctor or doctor philosophiae), is in many countries a postgraduate academic degree awarded by universities. The academic level known as a Doctorate of philosophy varies considerably according to the country, institution, and time period, from entry-level research degrees to higher doctorates. A person who attains a doctorate of philosophy is automatically awarded the academic title of doctor. In the … Continue reading

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Euro leading to uniform prices across countries

Economics has a “law of one price,” which states that identical goods should, in theory, sell for identical prices—or else markets will even out the differences. Empirical work on the topic, however, has produced little evidence in support of this “law,” and many studies showing deviations from it. Now a newly published paper co-authored by two MIT economists, along with a colleague from the University of Chicago, presents evidence of a strong convergence of prices within the Eurozone, the region of … Continue reading

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Smallest Padlock In The World

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The Smallest Golden Lock In The World was designed and built by Mr. Ganesh Subramaniyam from Thiruvananthapuram Kerala, India, and took four months to finish. Weighting 41 mg, with a height of 3 mm and a circumference of 1 cm, the small gold lock got a world record certificate from the World Record Association.

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The U.S. Mint Makes Its First-Ever Domed Coin

Later this month, the U.S. Mint will release a coin unlike any it’s ever made. Instead of being flat, it is shaped something like a bowl, with a convex surface that calls to mind a ball. A baseball, to be precise. The design, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, bears the image of a baseball on one side. The obverse side, as it’s officially known, shows a baseball glove, gently curving inward. It’s a clever marriage … Continue reading

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