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This Spooky Cauldron of Green Goo Knows What You're Thinking

Brainwaves are a powerful thing. Harnessed correctly, your mind can paint, pass a ball around, and even make music. For his latest project, artist Dmitry Morozov decided to put these seemingly-psychic abilities to use.

Called "Solaris," this project is inspired by Stanislaw Lem's novel of the same name. In the book, astronauts attempt to probe a large creature surrounded by an ocean. The alien, feeling threatened, reads the thoughts of its visitors and materializes people from their past to torment them. This version of Solaris is much more docile, reading the thoughts of the participants and reacting with lava lamp-esque movements. 

In order to get things moving, participants must wear a Emotiv EEG headset, which reads brainwaves and activates magnets hidden under the green pool. The ferrofluid within reacts to brainwave-charged magnets and moves around like a living Rorschach test. Users can enter into a dialog with the ooze; using neural energy, the fluid can be willed to swim around the pool and change shape. People who have experienced the creation firsthand swear it's actually alive.

Just like the beast from Solaris, this creation takes your thoughts and feelings and turns them into something tangible. Interestingly, the personality and mood of each participant directly impacts the shapes Solaris creates. “Different emotions and activities have similar patterns in similar states, of course, but it’s a bit different by different participants,” said Morozov

[h/t: Design.Co]

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When Chuck Yeager Tweeted Details About His Historic, Sound Barrier-Breaking Flight

Seventy years ago today—on October 14, 1947—Charles Elwood Yeager became the first person to travel faster than the speed of sound. The Air Force pilot broke the sound barrier in an experimental X-1 rocket plane (nicknamed “Glamorous Glennis”) over a California dry lake at an altitude of 25,000 feet.

In 2015, the nonagenarian posted a few details on Twitter surrounding the anniversary of the achievement, giving amazing insight into the history-making flight.

For even more on the historic ride, check out the video below.

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8 Facts About the Accomplished Female Astronomer Caroline Herschel
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Caroline Herschel (1750–1848) was a German woman who made great contributions to science and astronomy. 

1. SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO DISCOVER A COMET.

Herschel spotted the comet (called 35P/Herschel-Rigollet) in December of 1788. Because its orbital period is 155 years, 35P/Herschel-Rigollet will next be visible to humans in the year 2092.

2. SHE INITIALLY WORKED AS A HOUSEKEEPER.

In her early twenties, Herschel moved from Germany to England to be a singer. Her brother William (the astronomer who discovered the planet Uranus and infrared radiation) gave her singing lessons, and she was his housekeeper. She later became his assistant, grinding and polishing the mirrors for his telescopes.

3. BUT SHE LATER TURNED HER REAL PASSION INTO A PAYING GIG.

Herschel was the first female scientist to ever be paid for her work. Starting in 1787, King George III paid her £50 per year to reward her for her scientific discoveries.

4. SHE WAS TECHNICALLY A LITTLE PERSON.

Herschel was only 4 feet 3 inches tall—her growth was stunted due to typhus when she was 10 years old.

5. SHE BROKE BARRIERS, EARNING RESPECT FROM THE HERETOFORE MALE-ONLY SCIENTIFIC COMMUNITY.

Herschel was the first woman to receive a Gold Medal from London’s Royal Astronomical Society, in 1828. The second woman to receive one was well over 150 years later, in 1996.

6. SHE CHEATED AT MATH … KIND OF.

Because Herschel was female and thus wasn’t allowed to learn math as a child, she used a cheat sheet with the multiplication tables on it when she was working.

7. EARTH'S MOON HONORS HER LEGACY.


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A crater on the moon is named in honor of Herschel—it’s called C. Herschel. The small crater is located on the west side of Mare Imbrium, one of the moon's large rocky plains.

8. SHE GARNERED AWARDS WELL INTO HER NINETIES.

For her 96th birthday, Prussian King Frederick William IV authorized that Herschel receive an award: the Gold Medal for Science.

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