Bees’ Tiny Brains Could Change How We Engineer Computers

Bees’ Tiny Brains Could Change How We Engineer Computers

Honey bees are just plain cool, that’s simply a fact. They make sure our earth is full of flowers and food for us and other animals, they have complex social hierarchies, and it turns out, they can do math. In particular, scientists have recently found out that bees may understand the concept of zero–the concept

LIGO’s Gravitational Wave Discovery Is Still In Question, But Why?

LIGO’s Gravitational Wave Discovery Is Still In Question, But Why?

In 2015, scientists observed gravitational waves. For the first time ever, we could actually ‘see’ the distortion of space-time as it reacted to huge events in space, like the collision of black holes. This was one of the most exciting physics discoveries of our age, and the team involved were even awarded the Nobel Prize

China’s Crazy Plan to Launch an Artificial Moon

China’s Crazy Plan to Launch an Artificial Moon

Guess what? China has announced plans to launch an “artificial moon” into our skies by 2020. And, as crazy as that sounds, it’s not actually the first time something like this has been attempted. But first. China’s new plan. As reported in China Daily, China plans to launch an “illumination satellite” into orbit above the

How Did Science Get Neanderthals So Wrong?

How Did Science Get Neanderthals So Wrong?

Let’s be real, guys, Neanderthals get a bad rap. We think of them as primitive and less developed than us humans with our smooth brow bones and tall posture. But the field of hominid development has been telling us for some time now that this is probably pretty far from the truth. And new research

Are Those Your Lips or Feet? How Your Brain Rewires Itself After Amputation

Are Those Your Lips or Feet? How Your Brain Rewires Itself After Amputation

Even though it looks like a random, bumpy mess, your brain is incredibly organized. Your brain has its own version of google maps for navigating the world around it — but just how flexible are these maps to changes? Every sound you can hear or touch you can feel is because neurons in a specific

We’re Using Stem Cells to Reverse Baldness and It’s Actually Working

We’re Using Stem Cells to Reverse Baldness and It’s Actually Working

Some very hairy mice are bringing us another step closer to un-LOCKing a way to regenerate a full head of hair. Did somebody say a pun?! About 50% of men and 25% of women experience at least partial hair loss by the age of 50, whether due to age, medical treatments, or disease. Current options

Quantum Computers Are Making Classical Ones Faster, Here’s How

Quantum Computers Are Making Classical Ones Faster, Here’s How

Quantum computers promise to one day dominate their classical counterparts like the computers we use today. But classical computers will not go gentle into that good night. They’re fighting inevitable quantum supremacy, and they’re using some tricks they’ve picked up thanks to quantum computers. You’re probably familiar with how classical computers work, information is broken

What Is the Shape of the Universe?

What Is the Shape of the Universe?

It’s the kind of question that sort of breaks your brain when you even start to figure out how to think about it: what shape is the universe? No one can be sure; until we can step outside of the universe and walk around it somehow — we can’t actually do that ever — the

These Liquid-Repelling Materials Defy Nature’s Design, Here’s How

These Liquid-Repelling Materials Defy Nature’s Design, Here’s How

I remember watching this video online and being mesmerized. The more liquid they spilled on the items the more I thought “how was this even working?, what’s going on here?” This is a superhydrophobic coating with properties that are seemingly impossible. But this material science field is making some exciting developments with materials that are

Neuromorphic Computing Is a Big Deal for A.I., But What Is It?

Neuromorphic Computing Is a Big Deal for A.I., But What Is It?

We often talk about how traditional computing is reaching its limit–there’s a threshold we can’t move past without making some seriously big changes to the way we structure computers. One of those exciting ways is by making physical computers a little more like human brains. We introduced this concept in more detail here, but a