The Crooked, Complex Geometry of Round Trips

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if Earth weren’t shaped like a sphere? We take for granted the smooth ride through the solar system and the seamless sunsets afforded by the planet’s rotational symmetry. A round Earth...

Want to Write a Book This Year? These Tools Can Help

2020 was not the year I wrote my first book—but it was the year I started thinking about it. And in typical freelance writer fashion, I decided to take advantage of my position and get some advice on how to...

The US Government Needs to Invest in Digital Design

Imagine if, when the president addressed the nation in those early, frightening days of March 2020, he had announced the launch of a user-friendly digital hub for citizens to access critical government services related to Covid-19. The site and corresponding...

TVLine Items: Young Rock Teaser Trailer, The Chi Promotion and More

RELATED STORIES It’s time to see what The Rock’s been cooking. Dwayne Johnson has unveiled the first teaser trailer for NBC’s Young Rock (premiering Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 8/7c). Like its title suggests, the autobiographical comedy “focuses on different chapters of...

The Physics of Reddit’s Spinning Solar System Icon

This data looks nice and linear. That means that the inner and outer planets orbit at a constant rotational rate (which is expected). The angular velocity is defined as the change in angular position divided by a change in time—that...