Matthew Dea

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The Tallest, Smallest, and Oldest Science of 2019

♪♪♪ Sometimes science means looking for the extremes — the biggest, smallest, oldest, and furthest. 2019 was no different. Here are three of the science-est things we found this year. First up, in June, scientists published a letter in the journal Nature announcing they’d found microscopic fossils of what might be the world’s oldest fungus. […]

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Strong Interaction: The Four Fundamental Forces of Physics #1a

Strong Interaction: The Four Fundamental Forces of Physics #1a

Welcome to our series on the four fundamental forces of physics. Gravitation, electromagnetism, the strong force and the weak force. Today, we’re starting with the most powerful of them all: the strong force. [Intro] The strong force is not something you interact with on a daily basis, but it is what holds your atoms together, […]

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Science Says You Shouldn’t Drink Your Whiskey “Neat”

Science Says You Shouldn’t Drink Your Whiskey “Neat”

{♫Intro♫} If you’ve ever sauntered up to the bar and ordered a whiskey neat, you probably looked really cool doing it. But… sadly, you ordered a sub-par drink. Because it turns out a little water can make your whiskey more flavorful. It’s all thanks to the weird chemistry of alcohol solutions. Whether it’s an aged […]

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4 Real Inventions Inspired by Science Fiction

4 Real Inventions Inspired by Science Fiction

For reasons I will never understand, it seems like science fiction gets a bit of a bad rap. In bookstores it’s usually relegated to a back corner not far from where the vampire and werewolf romances are. Sometimes, ah, usually, the folks browsing this section have a whiff of nerdiness about them. I should know […]

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Gravitation: The Four Fundamental Forces of Physics #3

Gravitation: The Four Fundamental Forces of Physics #3

Welcome Back to our series on the four fundamental forces of physics. Today we are talking about gravitation, the force that you and I probably have the closest working relationship with. But it’s not only what sticks you to the ground, and makes you fall down, it also explains how stars and galaxies form, and […]

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6 Times Scientists Radically Misunderstood the World

6 Times Scientists Radically Misunderstood the World

[ ♪ Intro ] Science is a process filled with trial and error. Which means we don’t always get it right the first time. In hindsight, some of the working theories in any scientific field — from biology, to geology, to chemistry, to astronomy — might seem a little ridiculous. And some have definitely been […]

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Did Scientists Really Make Metallic Hydrogen?

Did Scientists Really Make Metallic Hydrogen?

The fact that we exist at all is kind of amazing. Like, somehow, a bunch of primordial goop became everything living on Earth today. To figure out how that happened, scientists turn to the fossil record. And in a paper published this week in the journal Nature, a team of researchers reconstructed the face of […]

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There’s a Loophole in One of the Most Important Laws of Physics

There’s a Loophole in One of the Most Important Laws of Physics

[♪ INTRO] When you study physics, they teach you a bunch of rules. Things like how you can’t create energy, you can’t travel faster than light — it’s like, stop telling me what to do, man! These rules are helpful, though, because they give you a framework for how the universe works. Like, no matter […]

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A New Mathematical Model of the Origin of Life

A New Mathematical Model of the Origin of Life

[INTRO ♪] Mathematical modeling can seem like maybe a dry profession, but when you get to pull in findings from a half dozen different fields, the results can be especially awesome. Like, a paper published this week by a team of scientists in Canada and Germany confirming a piece of speculation going all the way […]

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3 Brand New Colors That Scientists Discovered

3 Brand New Colors That Scientists Discovered

Nowadays, we have everything from bright blue cars to green cupcakes and pink phone cases, but our lives weren’t always so full of rainbows. For millennia, we mostly had to make do with natural pigments and dyes, which were dug out of the Earth or taken from plants. And while white chalk is great for […]

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