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Our Sun Erupts

On August 31, 2012 a long filament of solar material that had been hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona, erupted out into space at 4:36 p.m. EDT. The coronal mass ejection, or CME,...

Here’s Why Font Choice Is Extremely Important

Unfortunately, typography errors tend to make a bigger statement than good typography. Mistakes stick out like a sore thumb, while thoughtful typographic choices blend so nicely with the overall design that you might overlook...

Liquid lens – revolution in optics? (2 videos)

These days, cameras tend to be omnipresent, especially at important moments in our lives. They capture images our holidays, parties, or just everyday experiences. But their internal mechanics can, with use, become fragile and worn out. The answer could be liquid lenses, a revolutionary optical device invented in 1995 by French physicist-turned-entrepreneur Bruno Berge in Lyon. They can be adjusted electronically instead of mechanically to find the focal point. And this limits mechanical wear and tear.

Learn to read Chinese … with ease!

For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning — building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.