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How Optical Illusions Can Build a Better Bulb

At the SciFoo conference last weekend, brain scientist and illusionmeister Steve Macknik elevated a basic principle of energy conservation—turn off the lights when you don't need them—to a whole new level...

August 18, 2011 — George Musser

20 Solar Apps for Your iPhone

The iPhone seems like the perfect accessory for a solar power enthusiast. Right now, you have to navigate a maze of websites such as PV Watts to calculate how much energy you can expect to produce and how many years a solar array will take to pay itself off...

August 1, 2011 — George Musser

Is Reality Digital or Analog? Read the Essays and Cast your Vote

Last week, the Foundation Questions Institute announced the winners of its third essay contest, which Scientific American co-sponsored. (I helped to decide on the question, judge the essays and hand out the awards at the World Science Festival in New York City.) The essay question was, "Is Reality Digital or Analog?" Is nature, at root, continuous or discretized?...

June 14, 2011 — George Musser

Space Is an Elaborate Illusion

Editor's Note: This post was intially published May 12 on the World Science Festival's Web site .My dad took a peculiar pleasure in fitting the maximum amount of stuff into the smallest possible space...

May 17, 2011 — George Musser

NASA's shuttle program counts down 'til the end

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER—If I'd jumped, I could have touched the belly of the Discovery. Of course, I would have then been escorted unceremoniously from the Orbiter Processing Facility...

April 27, 2011 — George Musser
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