Ada Lovelace’s skills with language, music and needlepoint contributed to her pioneering work in computing

Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, was more than just another mathematician. Watercolor portrait of Ada King, Countess of Lovelace by Alfred Edward Chalon via Wikimedia Corinna Schlombs, Rochester Institute of Technology Ada Lovelace, known as the first computer programmer, was born on Dec. 10, 1815, more than a century before digital electronic computers were developed. […]

Toilets spew invisible aerosol plumes with every flush – here’s the proof, captured by high-powered lasers

Aerosol plumes from commercial toilets can rise 5 feet above the bowl. John Crimaldi/Scientific Reports, CC BY-NC-ND John Crimaldi, University of Colorado Boulder Every time you flush a toilet, it releases plumes of tiny water droplets into the air around you. These droplets, called aerosol plumes, can spread pathogens from human waste and expose people […]

SCIENCE: The Most Awesome Way to Make a Perfect Cup of Hipster Coffee

Want to brew an awesome cup of joe at home using the power of science? Look no further than the Belgian balance siphon! Check it out in action below, courtesy of Youtuber and photographer Peter McKinnon. Want one? Amazon has the device right here! Please note that Geeks are Sexy might get a small commission […]

How to Test if We’re Living In a Computer Simulation

NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI Melvin M. Vopson, University of Portsmouth Physicists have long struggled to explain why the universe started out with conditions suitable for life to evolve. Why do the physical laws and constants take the very specific values that allow stars, planets and ultimately life to develop? The expansive force of the universe, […]

Four Common Misconceptions About Quantum Physics

Shrödinger’s cat is world famous, but what does it really mean? Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr, CC BY-SA Alessandro Fedrizzi, Heriot-Watt University and Mehul Malik, Heriot-Watt University Quantum mechanics, the theory which rules the microworld of atoms and particles, certainly has the X factor. Unlike many other areas of physics, it is bizarre and counter-intuitive, which makes it […]

Synchrony with chaos – blinking lights of a firefly swarm embody in nature what mathematics predicted

Fireflies’ synchronized light shows have fascinated observers for ages. Raphael Sarfati, CC BY-ND Raphael Sarfati, University of Colorado Boulder Imagine an old-growth forest in the fading light of a summer evening. As the last of the sun’s rays disappear beneath the horizon, a tiny flash catches your eye. You turn around, hold your breath; it […]

NASA’s Artemis 1 mission to the Moon sets the stage for routine space exploration beyond Earth’s orbit – here’s what to expect and why it’s important

NASA is going back to the Moon. NASA/Bill Ingalls Jack Burns, University of Colorado Boulder NASA’s Space Launch System rocket lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the early hours of Nov. 16, 2022. The rocket carried the Orion Crew Capsule as the centerpiece of the Artemis 1 mission. The […]

Why Some Like it Hot: The Science of Spiciness

Capsaicin is what makes chilli peppers taste hot. Picture source: Torres Ivan on Pxhere Roberto Silvestro, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC) Spiciness, or its perception, occurs in most cuisines worldwide. The chilli pepper of the genus Capsicum (family Solanaceae) is one of the world’s most widely used spices, found in thousands of recipes and […]