SCIENCE AND EDUCATION

Hot Chocolate Tastes Much Better In an Orange Cup

Hot Chocolate Tastes Much Better In an Orange Cup

Scientists have discovered that an orange or creme-colored cup definitely makes chocolate taste better, while a white or red cup will not enhance the flavor. The discovery demonstrates once again that our taste buds are definitely influenced by the colors our eyes perceive. Published in the Journal of Sensory Studies,…

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How Young Star and Planets Grow Simultaneously

How Young Star and Planets Grow Simultaneously

Astronomers have used the ALMA telescope to get their first glimpse of a fascinating stage of star formation in which planets forming around a young star are helping the star itself continue to grow, resolving a longstanding mystery. The young system, about 450 light-years from Earth, is revealing its complex…

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Science Fiction Dreams That Came True in 2012

Science Fiction Dreams That Came True in 2012

As a longtime reader of science fiction, it’s always interesting to see how the visions of writers eventually become real. Take Arthur C. Clarke’s letter to Wireless World in 1945, which details the geostationary communications satellite network everyone uses today. The satellites are in what is called the “Clarke Orbit.”…

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Powerful New Tool Is Quantum Analog of Phase Space Flow

Powerful New Tool Is Quantum Analog of Phase Space Flow

UK-based physicist Ole Steuernagel from the University of Hertfordshire, alongside Dimitris Kakofengitis and Georg Ritter, have found that a new powerful tool they call ‘Wigner flow’ is the quantum analogue of phase space flow. Wigner flow provides information for quantum dynamics similar to that gleaned from phase space trajectories in…

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