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The first image of a black hole: A three minute guide

The first image of a black hole: A three minute guide

This is the first direct image ever taken of a black hole, courtesy of the Event Horizon Telescope. Creating this image required more data than any other scientific experiment in history. So how did they do it? Up until now most measurements of black holes were indirect, like this time lapse of stars at the […]

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Quantum Computers Explained – Limits of Human Technology

Quantum Computers Explained – Limits of Human Technology

Quantum Computers Explained – Limits of Human Technology For most of our history, human technology consisted of our brains, fire, and sharp sticks. While fire and sharp sticks became power plants and nuclear weapons, the biggest upgrade has happened to our brains. Since the 1960’s, the power of our brain machines has kept growing exponentially, […]

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How synthetic purple dye was discovered.

How synthetic purple dye was discovered.

I’m here to tell you the story of the accidental discovery of artificial dyes. Sir William Henry Perkin discovered moving in 1856. He was trying to make quinine instead of making quinine. Perkins ended up with a black powder. But he didn’t throw the black powder away. He experimented on it. And found that he […]

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146 Years of Popular Science

146 Years of Popular Science

This is what the universe looks like after 146 years of Popular Science 1872 – Issue one of Popular Science 1886 – Electromagnetic waves confirmed by Heinrich Hertz 1895 – X-rays discovered by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen 1898 – Polonium and radium discovered by Marie and Pierre Curie 1903 – First flight by the Wright Brothers […]

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Was this the first periodic table?

Was this the first periodic table?

It may not look like it but this is the first periodic table. It was conceived by a little known French man called Alexandre-Emile de Chancourtois in 1862. This was 7 years before Dmitri Mendeleev’s first periodic table which is the ancestor of the one we all know today. The clever thing about de Chancourtois […]

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