Matthew Dea

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WTF is Quantum Retrocausality? (ft. Physics Girl)

WTF is Quantum Retrocausality? (ft. Physics Girl)

We all know, if Marty travels back into the past, and messes with it, he makes the Biff timeline. Casual. We all get it. Moral of the story: If you time travel and mess with anything in the past, you automatically mess with your future, but if Marty was a quantum particle? Maybe not so […]

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10 Inventions Inspired by Science Fiction

10 Inventions Inspired by Science Fiction

Scientists may be bright, but they aren’t the only people capable of thinking up cool inventions. In fact, sometimes inventors need a little inspiration from those with less technical know-how. Although we’re still waiting on the hoverboards from Back to the Future, many of our biggest and most unexpected achievements in technology have come to […]

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This Is Not a Real Explosion, Here’s How Physics Made It Happen

This Is Not a Real Explosion, Here’s How Physics Made It Happen

Neither of these explosions are actually real. This one, known as a physical, or special effect, happened on set, and is much more colorful than in reality. And this one, a computer animation, is created using an algorithm. So what are we technically seeing onscreen? We have to create these effects that people have come […]

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Science in the National Interest 1995 MIT Symposium Session 3/3
An economist walks into a bar | Robert Litan | TEDxKC

An economist walks into a bar | Robert Litan | TEDxKC

Translator: Nga Nguyen Reviewer: Queenie Lee So, there are these two guys that walk into a bar, “No, I’m not going to go there.” It could be the beginning of a joke. But I really want it to be the introduction to the notion of artificial scarcity. And you’ll see why in a minute. So […]

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Inside InSight – German Scientist Aims to Take Mars’ Temperature

I model the interior of planets and do experiments to understand how planets work. My name is Tilman Spohn and I spent most of my scientific career studying the internal heat of planets. The InSight mission will be the first geophysical observatory on Mars. This is our experiment, the Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package, […]

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Aspire To Inspire: Women in Mathematics

Aspire To Inspire: Women in Mathematics

[MUSIC] [Kimberly:] I am Kimberly Hambuchen, I currently work in the Robotics Systems and Technology Branch at Johnson Space Center and I’m basically a robotics engineer. A robotics engineer can do many things. I personally work on software for what we call human robot interaction. I design tools that let people operate robots, tools that […]

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Scientists discover hidden patterns of brain activity

Scientists discover hidden patterns of brain activity

If you look at a movie of neural activity with neural spiking here and here and here and here, it’s very difficult if not impossible to detect any pattern in the firing. But when you look at this pattern of firing through the filter algebraic topology, different structures emerge in terms of which families of […]

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Weed Is Everywhere, So Why Is It Still a Medical Mystery?

Weed Is Everywhere, So Why Is It Still a Medical Mystery?

A couple hours outside London, thousands of cannabis plants are growing in this enormous glasshouse. Scientists here are testing different strains, processing raw plant matter, and converting it into potent medicinal extracts. But this isn’t your typical grow house, it’s a pharmaceutical research operation in the U.K. — which as it turns out, is the […]

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The Real Science Hidden in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Real Science Hidden in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

In Marvel’s Black Panther, the fictional metal vibranium is a wonder material of epic proportions. It stores and releases large amounts of kinetic energy, and cloaks the country from outsiders. While Vibranium doesn’t actually exist, the inspiration for its design came straight from real scientific labs that are exploring: acoustic levitation, ferrofluids, and cymatics. Behind […]

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