Why fusion ignition is being hailed as a major breakthrough in fusion – a nuclear physicist explains

The target chamber at the National Ignition Facility has been the site of a number of breakthroughs in fusion physics. U.S. Department of Energy/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Carolyn Kuranz, University of Michigan American scientists have announced what they have called a major breakthrough in a long-elusive goal of creating energy from nuclear fusion. The U.S. […]

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 […]