How a mathematical breakthrough from the 1960s now powers everything from spacecraft to cell phones. NOVA Next contributor Alex Rileyreports the story.
In other news from NOVA and around the web:
- Long-lasting “spaceballs” solve a century-old astronomy puzzle .
- Why does time go in only one direction ?
- Prozac’s latest users are hungry starlings .
- NOVA and NewsHour co-hosted a Reddit AMA with scientist Carolyn Porco and journalist Miles O’Brien about the New Horizons Pluto fly-by.
- Distant Pluto shows signs of youth , even after 4.5 billion frigid years.
- Pluto shows its true colors .
- Live dispatches from the New Horizons control room: we’ll keep updating this post as more images become public!
- Meet the LHC’s latest discovery, the long-sought pentaquark .
- Would you wear clothing made of slime ?
- A 1980s Soviet mind game might help treat PTSD .
- This molecular forensic technique could be a boon for homicide investigators.
- “With fewer students per school and limited funding to match, rural school districts have been behind in STEM education.”
- Jeff Ingram suffers from dissociative fugue, a rare type of amnesia. He recorded a message for himself in case he forgets everything.