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Hubble Discovers Water Plumes Over Europa

Scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope have found plumes of water vapor shooting off the southern pole of Europa, an ice-covered moon of Jupiter that is believed to have an underground ocean. Read more

Magnet Levitates and then Melts Metal

This video shows a piece of metal floating in a coil and then melting. How does this happen? It isn’t magic, just physics. Read more.

A lab has created negative temperatures? HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?!

Record Temperature Set: Colder than Absolute Zero: "The inverted Boltzmann distribution is the hallmark of negative absolute temperature, and this is what we have achieved," said researcher Ulrich Schneider, a physicist at the University of Munich in Germany. "Yet the gas is not colder than zero kelvin, but hotter. It is even hotter than at any positive temperature — the temperature scale simply does not end at infinity, but jumps to negative values instead."

Mind = kaboom!

When Exactly Did It Get Cool To Be A Geek?  

Geek’ makes its first printed appearance in F.K. Robinson’s Glossary of Yorkshire Words and Phrases with this definition: “Gawk, Geek, Gowk or Gowky, a fool; a person uncultivated; a dupe.” Parked there between “gawk” and “gowk,” geeks have always been, like freaks, positioned as a spectacle. Indeed, as everyone who loves Katherine Dunn’s Geek Love knows, for the first half of the twentieth century “geek” was used to describe carnival sideshow acts and circus freaks: specifically, the sort who bit the heads off live chickens.

from the Awl