How Will Microsoft’s Wild Electron-Splitting ‘Topological’ Quantum Computer Actually Work?

Microsoft recently announced a quantum-computing advancement: a measurement that looks like an electron split in half in a piece of wire. It will be of central importance if the company hopes to create a working quantum computer. Read More >>

Holy Crap, This Galaxy Has No Dark Matter 

From what scientists have gathered, galaxies are nearly synonymous with dark matter. They seem to be mostly dark matter with specks of regular matter mixed in. Despite the fact that no dark matter has been directly observed with science experiments, galaxies’ strange motion is the knock-out reason why astronomers think the universe is filled with six times more of this mysterious stuff than regular matter. Read More >>

Another Gravitational Wave Detector Will Help Revolutionise Astronomy

Last year, the pair of LIGO experiments announced a discovery a hundred years in the making: gravitational waves, tiny ripples in space time from a pair of colliding black holes a billion light years away. You might wonder what scientists will do with two giant gravitational wave detectors now that they’ve fulfilled their primary goal. Well, those ripples weren’t the end of the story—they were the start of a whole new saga in astronomy. Read More >>

What We Know About Why Soylent Products Are Making People Ill

On Thursday evening, food replacement startup Soylent halted sales of its Soylent 1.6 powder amidst reports that it was making customers ill. Two weeks prior, the company paused sales of its latest product, the Food Bar, after Gizmodo reported that several customers had experienced nausea, vomiting, “uncontrollable diarrhoea,” and severe dehydration after consuming the bars. Some customers were admitted to A&E due to their symptoms. Read More >>

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How Did the 12 Months of the Year Get Their Names?

The simple and obvious answer: they come from the Romans. But the whole story on how the months of the year got their names is a little bit more interesting. Read More >>

Why Mark Kelly Is Now Older Than His Older Twin Brother

Astronaut Scott Kelly returned from a year-long sojourn in space in June. His slightly older twin, Mark Kelly, stayed home as a control—part of NASA’s twin study to monitor the effects of space on the human body. But there’s a physical change that NASA might not be able to measure that easily. Mark is now even older (by about 5 milliseconds) than his space-faring twin, thanks to special relativity. Read More >>

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So What Would Really Happen If You Just, Like, Never Got Out of Bed?

Whether if it’s because your hungover, or because it’s just too damn early (or probably a combination of the two – among others), staying in bed always seems like a great idea. Read More >>

How Genetic Engineering Will Change Everything

The future is going to be genetically modified. That means the future could be disease-free, with babies designed in labs by parents who live in a world where ageing has stopped. Or the future might be something else entirely, with state-mandated genetic engineering that turns citizens into super soldiers. Who knows. Read More >>

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What Do Performance Enhancing Drugs Actually Do to Your Body?

Athletes get suspended all the time for taking performance enhancing drugs (PED). There’s no doubt that some upcoming Olympic gold medal winners will end up being stripped of their medals because of PEDs. But what do those drugs actually do? How much do they help? Life Noggin takes a look at two popular PEDs — steroids and blood doping — to reveal their effects. Read More >>

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How Does Maritime Law Actually Work?

A country’s territorial waters reach twelve miles off its coast, which means it can make up the rules there. Twelve miles beyond that is the contiguous zone where the country can only enforce laws regarding customs, taxation, immigration, and pollution. Up to 200 nautical miles off the coast is the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), which is sort of international waters but only that country has the rights to harvest the natural resources there. One country, three different levels of laws over the ocean. Read More >>

What Happened Before History?

Kurzgesagt goes deep into the history of the origin of humans in its latest animation explainer. While it’s fun to see how far we’ve come, it’s almost more interesting to find out how little we know about the time before history. Read More >>

What Is the Limit to How Far We Can Travel in Space?

Bad news, guys. There’s a limit to humanity. Even if we had the technology for interstellar space travel, we still wouldn’t be able to see most of the observable universe because we’re limited to travelling to a hundredth billionth of a per cent of it. Read More >>

How Humans Can Sort of See the Invisible

What superpower would you want to have? The ability to fly? Teleport? Turn invisible? Time travel? Heal? What about to ability to see the invisible? Not exactly the flashiest power you can have, especially because we can kind of, sort of, do that right now. Read More >>

The Hilarious But Scientific Explanation Why Everything in Life Eventually Goes to Shit

People are capable of doing amazing things. When we work together we can go to the moon! We can have all of the world’s information searchable from this thing in our pocket! We can change the world! And then we’ll eventually screw it up somehow and turn it all to shit. Why? It’s the Peter Principle. Read More >>

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Interesting Animation Explains How Aeroplanes Are Able to Fly

Drag. Thrust. Lift. Jet engines. Propellers. Wings. This animation breaks down just exactly how an aeroplane flies and it’s pretty damn interesting. Each design element of the plane basically solves a law of physics and is part of the reason how a plane can fly. Read More >>