‘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 […]

Bin Liu: “Turn whatever you are dreaming about into reality”

Well known for her contributions to polymer chemistry and organic nanomaterials, Bin Liu has had a dazzling career in the field of organic functional materials. As head of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Vice President of Research and Technology at the National University of Singapore, she is pushing through innovative ideas to […]

Give the gift of Bill Nye with his virtual reality science kit

This year, you can give your kids the gift of science with fully immersive VR experiments from the scientist generations have grown up with — Bill Nye.  Bill Nye’s Virtual Reality Science Kit ($59.99) includes VR goggles and a free mobile app that can be used on any smartphone to make kids feel like they’re […]

Prejudice, poverty, gender – illustrations show the reality of living with disease

IMAGE: Long distances and poor roads hinder many with NTDs from accessing healthcare, especially those with poor mobility. view more  Credit: Sightsavers Illustrations by a local artist in Nigeria are helping health workers and policy makers understand what it’s really like to live with a neglected tropical disease (NTD). The twelve illustrations have been drawn as […]

Cicada-inspired waterproof surfaces closer to reality, researchers report

IMAGE: Researchers have demonstrated a new fabrication technique that allows them to replicate the nanostructures found on cicada wings that make them water- and microbe-repellent. view more  Credit: Wayne Boo, U.S. Geological Survey CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A multidisciplinary group that studies the physical and chemical properties of insect wings has demonstrated the ability to reproduce the […]

Virtual Reality health appointments can help patients address eating disorders

IMAGE: Images taken from the virtual reality environment of a therapy appointment. view more  Credit: Dr Jim Ang – University of Kent Research from the University of Kent, the Research centre on Interactive Media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies – RISE Ltd and the University of Cyprus has revealed that Virtual Reality (VR) technology can have […]