‘Fundamentals’ shows how a few basic ingredients build reality

Hubble image of galaxies

FundamentalsFrank WilczekPenguin Press, $26 As the story is usually told, science began when some deep thinkers in ancient Greece decided to reject the popular mythological explanations for various natural phenomena. Those early philosophers sought logical explanations for things like thunderstorms, rather than attributing them to Zeus throwing temper tantrums in the form of thunderbolts. But […]

New book explores how people build good relationships across cultural boundaries

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain In a new book launched this week, Professor Helen Spencer-Oatey of the University of Warwick Department of Applied Linguistics and her co-author Professor Dániel Z. Kádár of the Hungarian Research Institute for Linguistics (NYTI) explore how people relate across cultural boundaries, a topic which is increasingly important in our interconnected world. […]

Winter survival shelters you should know how to build

When you’re trapped in the snow, a simple shelter like this could save your life. (Marc Wieland/Unsplash/) This story was originally featured on Outdoor Life. In a winter wilderness emergency, there’s no question that finding or building shelter is going to be your top priority (unless someone in your party requires urgent first aid). In […]

Engineers build chemically driven wheels that — ScienceDaily

The gear is one of the oldest mechanical tools in human history1 and led to machines ranging from early irrigation systems and clocks, to modern engines and robotics. For the first time, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering have utilized a catalytic reaction that causes a two-dimensional, chemically-coated sheet to spontaneously […]

Could Apple build a search engine that competes with Google?

“Apple it” just doesn’t have the same ring… (Nathana Rebouças/Unsplash/) Hamza Mudassir is a Visiting Fellow in Strategy, Cambridge Judge Business School. This story originally featured on The Conversation. Small corners of the internet are ablaze with the news that Apple has significantly ramped up its search bot activity. Search bots typically scan websites in […]

Scientists build whole functioning thymus from human cells — ScienceDaily

Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and University College London have rebuilt a human thymus, an essential organ in the immune system, using human stem cells and a bioengineered scaffold. Their work is an important step towards being able to build artificial thymi which could be used as transplants. The thymus is an organ in […]

How to build and extinguish a campfire without sparking a catastrophe

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Hyundai plans to build dozens of vehicles on its new modular EV platform

Hyundai’s EV system combines essential components to maximize efficiency. (Hyundai/) Manufacturers can technically “electrify” vehicles by swapping out the internal combustion engine for electric parts. But, that strategy doesn’t allow them to take full advantage of what EVs have to offer. To avoid that trap, Hyundai built its new Electric Global Modular Platform—or E-GMP—from scratch […]

Build your own door and ascend to a higher level of DIY

The doors on my shed are nicer than the ones on my house. (Courtney Starr/) Building something yourself that you would ordinarily buy changes your perception of the object forever. I experienced that recently when it came time to install doors on a shed I’d just built. I thought, “Why not build them myself?” I’ve […]