November 14, 2014

3:00 PM | Ask Anything: What's The Hottest Temperature Possible?
Open up, Sun Jason Schneider It’s easy to understand the theoretical minimum temperature: absolute zero. The absolute maximum, on the other hand, is squirrely. “We just don’t know whether we can take energy all the way up to infinity,” says Stephon Alexander, a physicist at Dartmouth University. “But it’s theoretically plausible.”  The most straightforward candidate for an upper limit is the Planck Temperature, or 142 nonillion […]

November 13, 2014

3:15 PM | Can You Fix A Machine By Smacking It?
The Fonz. Jason Schneider On Happy Days, one of the Fonz’s signature moves was to pound the jukebox to make it work. There’s a certain logic there, says Mack Blakely, executive director of the National Electronics Service Dealers Association. “In the old days, devices had a lot of mechanical stuff in ’em, and you could jar something back in place,” he says. “A solder connection might reconnect, but it probably wouldn’t be long before […]

November 06, 2014

2:01 PM | Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On Mars
Bas Lansdorp, CEO of Mars One Brenda de Vries I. Early on a Saturday morning, about 60 planetary malcontents gathered in a narrow auditorium on the campus of George Washington University. They’d come to hear about a plan to build a self-sustaining colony in space, and they hoped to be among its first settlers, leaving the rest of us to live and die on Earth.  “How many of you would like to take a one-way mission to Mars?” asked the […]
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