LOADING ...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum's posts - English uPOST

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum yesterday at 03:05.

This Is an Image of Quantum Entanglement... Sort Of

This Is an Image of Quantum Entanglement... Sort Of

A new quantum mechanics experiment shows the field’s spookiest concept, entanglement, in a whole new way. But, of course, it’s not as simple as that.

Lots of other news outlets have covered what they’ve described as the first-ever image, or even a “photo,” of entanglement, sometimes called spooky action at a distance. The picture does sort of show entanglement, but it’s not the two lobes of...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 19, 2019 at 22:55.

This Moon Machete Didn't Turn Me Into an Astronaut, But It Did Murder My Boss's Weeds

This Moon Machete Didn't Turn Me Into an Astronaut, But It Did Murder My Boss's Weeds

When NASA sent humans to the Moon for the very first time, it wanted its astronauts prepared for anything. So in addition to food, maps, and medical supplies, Apollo 11 carried a giant, 17-inch knife into space.

Yes, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins headed to the Moon with a machete on board. The knife, manufactured by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company, was part of a standard...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 18, 2019 at 21:08. 12 comments

What's the Best Airplane Snack?

What's the Best Airplane Snack?

Flying is objectively horrible. We let the magic of heavier-than-air transport cloud the fact that we pay hundreds of dollars to be squeezed into spaces too small for comfort so we can be treated like shit and spew greenhouse gas into the air. Unless we’re rich or flying across the world, we usually don’t even get a free meal out of it.

Perhaps the main respite from the suffering is the...

12 Comments

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 18, 2019 at 04:40.

You Only Have Yourself to Blame If a Bird Attacks You

You Only Have Yourself to Blame If a Bird Attacks You

Birds are generally smarter than you think they are. And if you mess with their babies, they WILL attack.

There has been a recent uptick in reports of bird-on-human attacks, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article. The birds probably aren’t growing more aggressive—humans are just encroaching on their habitats. But yes, you should know that when summertime rolls around in the northern...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 18, 2019 at 04:00.

Physicists Wonder: Why Has No One Been Killed by Dark Matter?

Physicists Wonder: Why Has No One Been Killed by Dark Matter?

The fact that no one has died from being struck by dark matter is enough proof to rule out certain ideas about the mysterious stuff, according to one new theory paper.

There’s a conundrum facing physicists: Most of the universe’s mass appears to be missing, based on observations of the universe’s structure, how galaxies move, and how they seem to warp distant light. Thousands of physicists are...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 18, 2019 at 03:30. 1 comments

FDA: Big Penis Comes With a Hidden Surprise

FDA: Big Penis Comes With a Hidden Surprise

If you use a supplement called Big Penis, you should know that it contains an unexpected (or very expected?) ingredient.

Big Penis capsules secretly contain sildenafil, also known by the brand name Viagra, according to the FDA.

“The Food and Drug Administration is advising consumers not to purchase or use Big Penis, a product promoted for sexual enhancement,” the agency wrote in a statement....

1 Comments

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 17, 2019 at 04:50. 1 comments

This Asteroid Will Not Hit Earth

This Asteroid Will Not Hit Earth

Breaking news for all you doomsday lovers out there: The 20-50 meter asteroid 2006 QV8 will NOT hit the Earth on September 9th.

There was a one in 7,000 chance (this is fleetingly small) that asteroid 2006 QV89 would impact Earth in two months, according to a European Space Agency and European Southern Observatory release. But follow-up observations have once again confirmed that none of the...

1 Comments

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 17, 2019 at 00:40.

Some Edible Insects Beat Orange Juice and Olive Oil in Antioxidant Test

Some Edible Insects Beat Orange Juice and Olive Oil in Antioxidant Test

New research has demonstrated that edible insects are high in antioxidants—and whether or not you buy into the health benefits of eating antioxidants, it’s an important finding from a nutrition perspective.

Around a third of the world eats insects. They’re a protein-rich, potentially environmentally friendly alternative to chicken, pork, and beef. But a team of researchers from the University...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 16, 2019 at 03:40. 14 comments

Scientists Develop Material to Create Habitable Areas on Mars

Scientists Develop Material to Create Habitable Areas on Mars

Mars’ surface, as far as we can tell, is not habitable to humans—it’s far too cold. But eventually, humanity would like to put an outpost on the planet. That will require warming things up a bit, but how?

Scientists now propose using an insulating material called silica aerogel to make parts of the Martian surface friendlier to photosynthetic life, aka plants. It’s by no means suggestive of a...

14 Comments

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 18:59.

The Dirtiest Fight in Physics Is About the Universe Itself

The Dirtiest Fight in Physics Is About the Universe Itself
FeudsIt's Feud Week at Gizmodo. We're exploring spats, gripes, and fights in tech, science, and entertainment.  

A fight over the very nature of the universe has turned ugly on social media and in the popular science press, complete with accusations of “cheating” and ad hominem attacks on Twitter. Most of the universe is hiding, and some scientists disagree over where it has gone.

It’s quite...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 18:05.

Scientists Think They Know How Pluto's Hidden Ocean Stays Liquid

Scientists Think They Know How Pluto's Hidden Ocean Stays Liquid

Recent results suggest that Pluto has a liquid water ocean buried beneath its icy shell. But how could such a thing be possible at the frigid outer edges of the solar system? Scientists from Japan and the United States might have an answer.

In a paper published Monday in Nature Geoscience, these researchers speculate that perhaps, Pluto’s ocean is kept insulated by a layer of gas beneath the...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 17:31.

Huge Lava Lamp-Like Blobs Spotted in 40-Year-Old Observations of the Sun

Huge Lava Lamp-Like Blobs Spotted in 40-Year-Old Observations of the Sun

Scientists have found lava lamp-like blobs up to 500 times larger than the Earth in the solar wind, in data from a pair of spacecraft that launched in the 1970s.

There’s a ton we don’t know about the matter blasted into space by the Sun—that’s why scientists have sent the new Parker Solar Probe to observe the star up close. This new research offers a preview of the kinds of things that Parker...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 17:19.

Where Are We in Space? Astronomers Update Their Celestial Frame of Reference

Where Are We in Space? Astronomers Update Their Celestial Frame of Reference

How do you know where anything is in space? Sure, you can say, “Oh, that star, it’s the one in the middle of the Big Dipper,” but that’s not very useful in an era of incredible telescopes peeping at galaxies billions of light-years away. On January 1, 2019, scientists will adopt the newest, internationally standardized frame of reference to help locate things in space.

The third edition of...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 16:13.

Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome

Scientists Create E. Coli With Entirely Synthetic Genome

Scientists created a variant of the E. coli bacteria with an entirely synthetic genome, according to a new paper.

Building and replacing the large entire genome yet was just one goal of the team from the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK. They hoped that the resulting bacteria would use a reduced number of possible DNA base pair combinations in order to...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 15:42.

Lead Exposure Could Be Making Mockingbirds More Aggressive

Lead Exposure Could Be Making Mockingbirds More Aggressive

You may be familiar with the aggressive behavior of the northern mockingbird, found throughout most of the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean. A new study implies that less-than-lethal lead concentrations might make that behavior worse.

While not all city dwellers realize it, we share our environs with hundreds of wild avian species , from migratory warblers just passing through to the...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 15:22.

Enormous Stream of Stars Discovered in Southern Sky

Enormous Stream of Stars Discovered in Southern Sky

Scientists have discovered a nearby “stellar stream” containing thousands of stars spanning the southern sky. They made the discovery thanks to the recent release of data from the Gaia sky survey.

Stellar streams are essentially clusters of stars that have been pulled apart but that still move in a correlated way suggestive of their related past. Discoveries like these are exciting for the way...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 14:51.

NASA Finally Has a Plan to Try to Free InSight's Extremely Stuck Probe

NASA Finally Has a Plan to Try to Free InSight's Extremely Stuck Probe

Scientists have finally determined the first steps toward dislodging the Mars InSight lander’s frustratingly stuck heat probe .

NASA successfully planted the InSight lander on Mars late last year, to much fanfare . One of the mission’s major goals was to bury a heat probe 10 to 15 feet below the Martian surface in order to study the planet’s interior, but after only a foot or so, the probe...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 13:27.

Around-the-World Expedition Finds 200,000 Species of Viruses in the Oceans

Around-the-World Expedition Finds 200,000 Species of Viruses in the Oceans

After traveling around the world, sampling the ocean from pole to pole, scientists have uncovered nearly 200,000 populations of marine viruses.

In the marine ecosystem, tiny living things called microbes make up most of the ocean’s biodiversity and over half of its biomass. But much less is known about the viruses—packets of genetic information that replicate inside other living things—that...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 13:21.

Our Solar System's Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes

Our Solar System's Largest Asteroid Is Covered in Ice Volcanoes

We usually associate volcanoes with extreme heat. But new results demonstrate that the Solar System’s largest asteroid, Ceres, is covered in volcanoes that have spewed ice throughout their history.

Scientists analyzed images of Ceres, a rock 588 miles wide (Montana is 630 miles wide) and the largest asteroid in the asteroid belt, taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft. They found that Ceres is...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Jul 15, 2019 at 13:14.

No, 'Oumuamua Is Probably Not an Alien Spaceship

No, 'Oumuamua Is Probably Not an Alien Spaceship

On October 19, 2017, a strange object from outside the Solar System whizzed by the Earth, exciting scientists and non-scientists alike. Immediately, some people speculated that this interstellar visitor could be an alien spacecraft. But we’re here to report that, despite a recent paper, there’s no reason to think ‘Oumuamua is an alien ship, yet.

A variety of news outlets have been reporting...

Language