World’s ‘Smallest Magnifying Glass’ Makes it Possible to See Individual Chemical Bonds between Atoms

The presence of the sharp metal tip on a plasma sphere concentrates the electric field into its vicinity, initiating a spark. Credit: NanoPhotonics Cambridge Using the strange properties of tiny particles of gold, researchers have concentrated light down smaller than a single atom, letting them look at individual chemical bonds inside molecules, and opening up[…]

Gamifying an Ancient Sea: Gods, Promises, and Digital Humanities

Ruins of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace (Samothraki), Greece. / Photo: Marsyas, Wikimedia Commons Scholars are using 21st-century network models to learn more about a little-understood mystery cult that promised safe travel at sea. By Dr. Sandra Blakely / 11.10.2016 Associate Professor of Classics Emory University Can digital techniques—brought to bear on[…]

‘Let Us Calculate!’: Leibniz, Llull, and the Computational Imagination

Drawing of Leibniz’s calculating machine, featured as a folding plate in Miscellanea Berolensia ad incrementum scientiarum (1710), the volume in which he first describes his invention. / Wikimedia Commons Three hundred years after the death of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and seven hundred years after the birth of Ramon Llull, Jonathan Gray looks at how their[…]