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On the Future of Innovation

By Peter Heller Nowadays, the typical presentation of a futurologist is a near-infinite roll call of possibilities. Sometimes more than a hundred slides create something…

Beyond Capitalism?

By Mark Napier With a plethora of scientific and technological developments such as sustainable energy, interstellar mining operations, in vitro (laboratory grown) meat, synthetic biology…

The Discovery of the Nucleus

How did physicists figure out that the raisin cookie model was incorrect, and that the atom’s positive charge was concentrated in a tiny, central nucleus?…

The Birth of the Electron

Nineteenth-century physicists spent a lot of time trying to come up with wild, random ways to play with electricity. The best experiments of this kind…

The Quest for the Atomic Force

“Where the telescope ends, the microscope begins. Which of the two has the grander view?” – Victor Hugo His father died during his mother’s pregnancy.…

Dark Energy

Until recently, physicists thought they understood gravity fairly well. Einstein had modified Newton’s theory, but certain characteristics of gravitational forces were firmly established. For one…

Force

We need only explain changes in motion, not motion itself. Aristotle’s ideas about the causes of motion were completely wrong, just like all his other…

The Principle of Inertia

Physical effects relate only to a change in velocity Consider two statements of a kind that was at one time made with the utmost seriousness:…

Acceleration in Physics

Definition of acceleration for linear v−t graphs Galileo’s experiment with dropping heavy and light objects from a tower showed that all falling objects have the…

All Complex Ecosystems have Parasites

By Cory Doctorow (Paper delivered at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, San Diego, California, 16 March 2005) AOL hates spam. AOL could eliminate nearly 100…

The Future of Ignoring Things

By Cory Doctorow (Originally published in Information Week‘s Internet Evolution, October 3, 2007) For decades, computers have been helping us to remember, but now it’s…


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