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How to read books for free during the pandemic

Libraries are closed. But during the coronavirus pandemic, we all need to get lost in a good book now more than ever. Fortunately, there are ways you can get your literary fix for free even when you can’t leave the…

The candy-cola soda geyser experiment, at different altitudes

(American Chemical Society) Dropping Mentos® candies into a bottle of soda causes a foamy jet to erupt. Although science fair exhibitors can tell you that this geyser results from rapid degassing of the beverage induced by the candies, the precise means by which bubbles form hasn’t been well characterized. Now, researchers reporting in ACS’ Journal of Chemical Education used experiments in the lab and at various altitudes to probe the mechanism of bubble nucleation.

Quasar tsunamis rip across galaxies

Astronomers using the Hubble Telescope found that the region around a quasar’s black hole pushes out material at a few percent the speed of light. These quasar tsunamis wreak havoc on the galaxies in which the quasars live.

Longer lives not dependent on increased energy use

(University of Leeds) Growing consumption of energy and fossil fuels over four decades did not play a significant role in increasing life expectancy across 70 countries. New research, led by the University of Leeds, has quantified the importance of different development factors to improvements in physical health on an international scale.

Photo project captures togetherness, even as coronavirus keeps us apart

Most of us are spending more quality time in the house with our families and pets than we ever have before. It’s a rare time of togetherness, even as social distancing for COVID-19 keeps us apart from everyone else. Why…