Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Dutch Science Park Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Dutch Science Park Unlocking the Secrets of the Universe

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Gazillions of invisible subatomic particles called neutrinos hurtle toward Earth each second. Most pass straight through, but some collide with water molecules, producing extremely faint blue light known as Cherenkov radiation.To detect it, the Dutch National Institute for Subatomic Physics developed a 17-inch glass ball, which physicist Paul de Jong calls an “insect eye.” It…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Science of Growing a Perfect Christmas Tree

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Every winter, millions of Americans descend on farms and lots across the country with the express purpose of inspecting, and ultimately choosing from, their local selection of coniferous evergreen trees. I’m talking, of course, about Christmas tree shopping—the widely practiced pastime of publicly scrutinizing spruces, pines, and firs in search of the ideal yuletide centerpiece.Many…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Science Fun With Thanksgiving Leftovers: Rubber Bones!

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Science Fun With Thanksgiving Leftovers: Rubber Bones!

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What you’ll needBones–drumsticks and wishbones are perfectA bowl or jar that has a lid and is large enough to hold the bonesEnough vinegar to cover the bonesWhat to doMake sure the bones are clean. No meat. Leave them out for a day or so to dry out.Put the bones in the bowl or jar and…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Mad Science of Fermentation’s Funky Flavors

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Mad Science of Fermentation’s Funky Flavors

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Janelle Jones; Styling Priscilla JeongJanelle Jones; Styling Priscilla JeongWhile some parts of the world—particularly Asia—have rich histories of using fermentation, more people across the US are making their own kimchi and sauerkraut, brewing kombucha in their kitchens, and working fermentation into their everyday cooking. In the recently published book The Noma Guide to Fermentation, from…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Camp Fire: The Terrifying Science Behind California’s Massive Blaze

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Camp Fire: The Terrifying Science Behind California’s Massive Blaze

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It used to be that fires destroyed exurbs or scattered enclaves. Now they plow through cities.JOSH EDELSON/Getty ImagesIt used to be that fires destroyed exurbs or scattered enclaves. Now they plow through cities.JOSH EDELSON/Getty ImagesEditor’s note: This is a developing story about California’s Camp Fire, Hill Fire, and Woolsey Fire. We will update it as…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The House Science Committee May Soon Become… Pro-Science

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The House Science Committee May Soon Become… Pro-Science

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Rep. Bill Foster, an Illinois Democrat and particle physicist, hopes that the House will finally start taking environmental science seriously.Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesRep. Bill Foster, an Illinois Democrat and particle physicist, hopes that the House will finally start taking environmental science seriously.Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty ImagesFor the past eight years, climate science has been…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired To Shake up Science, the Breakthrough Prizes Need More Than Money

Hexbyte Tech News Wired To Shake up Science, the Breakthrough Prizes Need More Than Money

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Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who won a Breakthrough Prize for her work in physics, called for more diversity in her field.Steve Jennings/Getty ImagesJocelyn Bell Burnell, who won a Breakthrough Prize for her work in physics, called for more diversity in her field.Steve Jennings/Getty ImagesThe Breakthrough Prizes are unlike anything else in science. Instead of the hum…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Why Science Fiction Is the Most Important Genre

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Why Science Fiction Is the Most Important Genre

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Yuval Noah Harari, author of the best-selling books Sapiens and Homo Deus, is a big fan of science fiction, and includes an entire chapter about it in his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. “Today science fiction is the most important artistic genre,” Harari says in Episode 325 of the Geek’s Guide to…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired The Science Behind Social Science Gets Shaken Up—Again

Hexbyte Tech News Wired The Science Behind Social Science Gets Shaken Up—Again

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Taking a lice-grade comb to press coverage of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign can feel a little like relitigating, but in light of recent news about President Donald Trump, consider this article: “It Really Doesn’t Matter if Hillary Clinton Is Dishonest.” Published in the Washington Post just before the Iowa caucuses, it was…

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired Three Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Phone

Hexbyte Tech News Wired Three Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Phone

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Everyone already knows that you are carrying around a computer in your pocket. But your smartphone is more than just a computer—it’s also a data collector. I’m going to guess that yours can measure acceleration, magnetic field, sound, location, and maybe more. Many phones also can measure pressure. Oh, and some phones can even make…