Light, sight, and why things may not be the same colours they look.
Or, why government offices have multiple ancient computers, each running a different version of Internet Explorer.
From Greek mythology to Turritopsis jellyfish: an investigation into immortality.
Newton was an alchemist. Mary Poppins may have been a witch. What are scientists today?
How can water make such musical sounds? And, how does anything make sound at all?
Ordovician life, the importance of dirt, and tips for being a lazy gardener
From backyards to backstreets, evolution marches on.
The world, and your phone, is dependent on chemicals. What happens when they run out?
Are AI trained with computers and data? Yes — but first, you need a human.
How to measure the immeasurable — and why it can sometimes go wrong.
How your next word is predicted — and how you can make it more accurate.
Do users have a ‘body’ that exists independently from the online profile?
An update from the Snipette editors.
Change is afoot, and we wanted to let you all know.
Why does the Earth spin one way and not the other? There’s a logical reason.
The new climate movement that thinks Greenpeace isn’t green enough.
In Japan, an year is more than just a number. But is this culturally rich system still relevant today?
The hidden details that influence your decisions — and the Aztec way to deal with them.
Privacy, Patreon, and paywalled Papers: the ethics of payments on the World Wide Web.
Who owns the Mound? The answer is not so clear.
Why can’t people from different social networks stay in touch with each other?
This is to inform you of upcoming changes in content and scheduling.
Most invasions are planned in advance. But this one was an accident.
How long does your brain take to buffer? And what’s that got to do with your big toe?
How fast does time move? The answer depends on what you’re thinking.
How fast does time go, exactly? The answer can depend on who you are.
It’s time once again, for a new year to come round — and with it, more new things that we’re planning at Snipette!
What is a plant made of? The answer may surprise you.
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Thinner than thread and stronger than steel, silk is not simply for snares.
Long before JPEGs, typewriting and knitting were making pictures from dots.
No matter where or how you write, a bit of you stays behind.
The old type of printing-press is gone — but the lines they made us say are still very much around.
Humans dream of contacting aliens — but will we understand what they’re saying?
The conscious, the subconscious, and the neural network of your smartphone’s keyboard.
A library without librarians, a bookshelf without books, and other wonders of the modern word.
I help water to freeze and ice to fall, and can make clouds rain at my command.
A netizen’s guide to the postal service.
Darkness is just the absence of photons. Or is it?
They talk about Life on other planets, but have we even seen the limits of life here on Earth?
Are today’s people really more tech-savvy? Or is it the other way round?
I was reading a ‘book’ the other day. It was designed quite well.
In order to truly read quickly, we need a language that’s seen and not heard.
When chess moves are logical but don’t make sense.
They wanted to listen to Sputnik. Instead, they invented the GPS.
We are now officially one year old!
How does a river fight disease? By making your illness catch a cold.
How do you pick up a tune, and hold it in your hand?
First there were six. Then there were nine. And then there were eight. Now, are there 110?
We’ve been living on land for thousands of years, but we never completely left the ocean.
When solutions end up creating more problems.
The little creatures that rule the world.
They may seem still. But actually, they’re always on the move.
Will Martian astronauts be able to load YouTube?
4G is coming to the Moon. Can it be used for spacecraft on Mars?
Travel is fast, on the roadway that has no cars.
In your telephone-line, it enables eavesdropping. In your brain, it could be the mechanism behind metaphors.
There’s General Relativity and Special Relativity. And then, there’s the relativity we encounter every day.
Computers are good at doing their job, but you should remember to tell them to do it.
If Mars was magnetic, could Life have lived?
Why does the moon stay up in the sky? Because it’s always falling.
It was first invented in the 1970s. They’re still working on it today.
Why you may get WhatsApp messages from people you’ve never heard of before.
Happy New Year!
When you’re inside water, sleeping is not so easy.
What you speak is what you think. Or is it the other way round?
Fireflies blink their lights. In the ocean, it’s more dramatic.
The kudu antelope explains how and when to eat.
Introducing vectors, the hidden arrows that make your images sharp.
How does money travel in time? Here are the details.
How banks make money by borrowing it from the future.
Learning to drive is not easy. Especially if you’re a car.
They can rise when they’re hungry. They can sink when they’re thirsty. And they prefer things with a pinch of salt.
What’s a person? The answer’s not nearly as simple as you’d think.
Electric cars. How do they work? How do they feel? What would it be like to own one?
As we gear up for electric cars, a smaller revolution has gone relatively unnoticed.
From Eberhard to Elon Musk, the short but swift history of the world’s most innovative car-company.
Thomas Parker made his electric car in 1874. So why aren’t they more widely used today?
Countries around the world are pushing for an electric future. But they’re doing it for different reasons.
India plans to make all new cars electric by 2030. Will it work?
Is your planning system working? Or is it just another item on the to-do list?
Stuck in a microwave oven? Here’s how not to get cooked.
From door-latches to iris-scans, the art of blocking people has gone a long way. And it’s still going.
It’s written on practically every Indian lorry. But what does it mean?
Messages may get lost in the post. But you can at least stop them getting lost in your email.
What if the main dish was really a dish?
Imagine if you could pick up a drop of water, and carry it, just like that?
Before leaves, and before coal, there lived the Lepidodendron.
Why do whales get beached? Now we know.
There are hundreds of different kinds of pasta — you’ll never be able to remember all of them!
Take control of your conversations with XMPP (part 2).
An brief introduction to XMPP.
When you first start typing, it takes a long time.
The animals and plants of Australia are very different from the animals and plants of any other part of the world.
If you look closely, you’ll find that the front of this ambulance looks suspiciously like a cycle.
If your pencil makes a slip...
If you were a vulture flying for the first time across certain parts of the desert, you would notice the waves.
After a few days of waiting, the E.B. informed us that they were sending two people to check our line today.
Alternating Current is called Alternating Current because it keeps changing the direction in which it moves.
The little bits that reveal your secrets.
Imagine being one of your ancestors, hundreds of millions of years ago.
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