Feature Post, Geology

The Mind Bending Types of Geological Folds

Geological folds at Mount Head.

Folds are some of the most common geological phenomena you see in the world – a geological fold occurs when planar (usually sedimentary) layers are curved and/or bent, permanently deformed due to outside pressure. Folds’ sizes can vary from microscopic to mountain sized, as you can see above. Despite being a fairly simple process (in principle), folding can occur under

Feature Post, Physics

Could you balance a pencil on a one-atom thick tip?

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It’s Saturday, so time for some fun physics. This non-trivial question is often asked in international physics contests and requires a bit of out of the box thinking.

Feature Post, Psychology

How Oculus Rift could revolutionise Social Psychology

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Upon acquiring virtual technology company Oculus, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg predicted that virtual reality technology would one day permeate areas of life further than just the world of gaming, and we would ‘someday [use virtual reality] to enjoy a courtside seat at a basketball game, study in a classroom, consult with a doctor face-to-face or shop in a virtual store’. It’s true – the creation of immersive, virtual environments does indeed have masses of potential for industries which beforehand, were seemingly incongruous with such technology. Social psychology, the study of human experience and behaviour, is one of them.

Feature Post, Great Pics

19 Magnet GIFs That Will Blow Your Mind

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Magnets – they come in all sizes, they fascinate everyone, and they’re extremely useful in modern society. I won’t go into a Wiki-type of article here, explaining how they work – there’s plenty of good articles online, like this one and this one – here, we’ll just show magnets in their pure awesomeness.           All GIFs

Feature Post

7 scientific reasons to read books

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I know, I know – reading is fun, it’s hip and it’s good for you. There’s plenty of reasons why you should read, but here, I’ll focus only on the ones backed by science. 1. Reading makes you a better person. Seriously, it’s not a figure of speech. Not one, but two (parallel) studies found that reading actually makes you a better

Anthropology, Archaeology, Feature Post

Mankind and its Relatives – Modern Homo Species

Places where Neanderthal fossils were found - most of them inhabited Europe. Image via Wiki Commons.

Homo is the genus of hominids that includes modern humans, as well as other species closely related to them… I mean us. The genus is estimated to be about 2.3 to 2.4 million years old and it features several species (though it’s still not clear how many). Here are the modern (<0.6 million years) Homo species described through fossils; however, it

Environment, Feature Post

How NYC Subway trains are thrown in the ocean – and why that’s a good thing

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Usually, whenever I hear about dumping things in the ocean, I just rage! I mean, there are over 5 trillion pieces of plastic in the ocean, some other trillion pieces are trapped in the Artic ice, ocean sediments are basically a cemetery for plastic and there’s a garbage island twice as big as France in the Pacific Ocean! We really should start reducing the amount of garbage we dump in the ocean… and then there’s these guys.

Feature Post, Science

Spring is the season for citizen science – what you can do to have fun and help science!

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The birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming, and citizen scientists… do citizen science! In case you’re not familiar with the concept, citizen science are activities supported (or sponsored) by universities, organizations, institutes or governments through which everyone can provide meaningful scientific contributions. Activities can vary greatly (from counting birds to analyzing galaxy clusters), and you can do it outside,

Climate, Feature Post, Great Pics

Repeat Photography From the 1920s and Now Shows Incredible Glacier Retreat

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Repeat photography (or rephotography) is a technique in which photographs are taken repeatedly at a site to see how it evolves. It’s especially useful for glaciers, particularly because other remote ways of estimating glacial mass, depth, and rate of retreat are imperfect. These photos depict how this technique was used at a number of locations in Alaska. Here, we see

Feature Post, Science

The ‘Next Big Things’ in Science Ten Years from Now

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So, what’s the future going to look like ten years from now? What’s the next big thing? Genomics, big data, nanotech, a Martian colony and nuclear fusion, to name a few.