Matthew Dea

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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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How Scientists Are Hunting for the Universe’s First Stars

How Scientists Are Hunting for the Universe’s First Stars

Looking through a telescope is like looking back in time. Because light has a finite speed limit, the farther away you look, the deeper into the past you see. With radio telescopes we can even see the universe as it was just after the big bang, nearly 13.8 billion years ago. But after that early […]

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Everything We Know About Dinosaur Evolution Just Changed, Here’s Why

We all know by now that most dinosaurs were probably feathered, right? I mean, since the discovery of feathered theropod dinosaur fossils in the mid-1990s, that’s become pretty common knowledge. This year, in 2019, scientists have linked together many fossil and genetic discoveries to address a long-standing question in the paleontological community. When did feathers […]

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Rubber band cannons – Science with children – ExpeRimental #1

Rubber band cannons – Science with children – ExpeRimental #1

Dead on target. Yes! This is a simple toy cannon that’s easy to make. My boys have had loads of fun playing with it. I’ll explain how to make it in a moment, but the thing I love about it is the fact that it allows children to explore energy, forces, and motion all while […]

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How Supercapacitors Could Make Batteries a Thing of the Past

How Supercapacitors Could Make Batteries a Thing of the Past

Researchers recently and quite accidentally discovered something that could change the whole electric car ballgame. If their predictions are accurate, we could one day live in a world where cars can be fully charged in minutes instead of hours, and their power storage units would last decades instead of years. What is this tantalizing breakthrough […]

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We May Have Just Found the Strongest Material in the Universe

It turns out the strongest material in the universe isn’t steel, it isn’t graphene, and it’s not even that ever-so fictional vibranium. It’s….pasta? Nuclear pasta to be exact. Ok it’s not actually pasta, but it is a material so dense that it’s approximately 10 billion times stronger than steel. And yes, scientists have named it […]

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How Mission Designers Invent Futuristic Spacecraft

How Mission Designers Invent Futuristic Spacecraft

A submarine that can dive through Titan’s methane seas. A celestial hopper that can harvest frozen nitrogen as propellant. These are the types of futuristic spacecraft that could explore distant worlds for us. But while they look straight from science fiction, there’s actually an in-house conceptual design team at NASA behind them. I’m Steve Oleson. […]

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We’re Using Stem Cells to Reverse Baldness and It’s Actually Working

We’re Using Stem Cells to Reverse Baldness and It’s Actually Working

Some very hairy mice are bringing us another step closer to un-LOCKing a way to regenerate a full head of hair. Did somebody say a pun?! About 50% of men and 25% of women experience at least partial hair loss by the age of 50, whether due to age, medical treatments, or disease. Current options […]

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