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Engineer Discovers Something Amazing in Da Vinci's 'Irrelevant Scribbles'

Never assume that Leonardo Da Vinci’s doodles are meaningless. That, at least, is the takeaway of a new study out of the University of Cambridge, which shows that a page of Leonardo’s scribbled notes from 1493—previously dismissed as “irrelevant” by art historians—is actually the first written demonstration of the…

Pitching the Perfect Curveball Takes Just the Right Mix of Skill and Physics

Among a baseball pitcher’s arsenal of tricks is the infamous curveball, whereby the baseball takes a sudden dive downward just before it reaches the plate, faking out the batter. A new “History Minute” video from the National Institute of Standards and Technology takes a look at the physics behind this longstanding…

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Explore the Science of The Avengers with This Sneak Peek Into a New Vegas Exhibit 

If you’re the kind of Marvel fan who loves to ponder the inner workings of the Iron Man suit, the physics of Captain America’s shield, or how Bruce Banner’s brain might change after Hulk-ing out, you’ll love the new interactive Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit. It just opened this week at the Treasure Island Resort…