Matthew Dea

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New Subatomic Particles Are Shifting the Standard Model of Physics

The Large Hadron Collider is just as exciting as it sounds—it’s the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. It helps us discover brand new subatomic particles! One of the most recent newbies is called uhhhhhh…this. And it’s a…pentaquark, which is a kind of exotic hadron…which means what, exactly? And how does it fit into—or […]

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Scientists Just Witnessed the Birth of Two Stars in Stunning Detail

Scientists Just Witnessed the Birth of Two Stars in Stunning Detail

Ladies and gentleman, a star is born! Or rather, two stars. This transfixing image features two circumstellar disks in which baby stars are growing, taking in material from their surrounding disk. This is the first time ever that we’ve witnessed the complex birth of binary stars in such vivid detail. Stars are one of the […]

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The Science Nobel Prizes Explained in 3 Minutes

The Nobel Prize committee gives awards to those who provide – “the Greatest Benefit to Mankind” and a handful of dedicated scientists make the cut every year. This year’s winners tinkered with evolution in the lab, developed therapeutics that fight cancer and created lasers so powerful that they can peek inside an atom. They’re investigating […]

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Could These Numbers Unravel New Dimensions in Space?

Could These Numbers Unravel New Dimensions in Space?

If real, irrational, rational, whole and complex numbers are the only numbers you’re familiar with…boy have I got news for you. Some special kinds of numbers, like quaternions and octonions, describe more than our three dimensions. Just let that sink in a little bit. Can you even picture the kind of math involved for a […]

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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 […]

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How Scientists Found the Universe’s First Type of Molecule

How Scientists Found the Universe’s First Type of Molecule

Scientists just detected the universe’s first molecule using a telescope that we fly around the world on a plane…and that’s a real sentence. Just let that sink in a little bit. That’s the world we live in these days. The molecule in question is called helium hydride and the fact that we’ve finally detected it […]

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How Close Are We to Terraforming Mars?

How Close Are We to Terraforming Mars?

WITH TOWERING VOLCANOES, SWIRLING DUST STORMS, AND PLUMES OF SUBLIMATING DRY ICE AT ITS POLES, THE SURREAL LANDSCAPE OF MARS HAS CAPTURED THE EARTHLY IMAGINATION FOR CENTURIES. BUT WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO MAKE IT HABITABLE? AS IN, A PLACE WHERE WE COULD BREATHE, WALK AROUND WITHOUT OUR BLOOD BOILING, OR EVEN GROW CROPS AND […]

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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 […]

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Why Scientists Used Graphene Nanoribbons to Engineer Bionic Mushrooms

Why Scientists Used Graphene Nanoribbons to Engineer Bionic Mushrooms

Imagine the world…powered by mushrooms. No, I’m not on drugs, this is an actual scientific thing–we’ve now invented mushrooms that produce electricity, no fossil fuels required. Let me explain: researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology just created what they’re calling a bionic mushroom—a fungus they’ve modified to produce electricity! It really is basically any […]

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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 […]

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