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Here's how Doctor Who's time machine measures up with real instruments of space and time

There’s no denying that we’ve seen some absolutely staggering accomplishments in physics in the past year or so, particularly in our ability to …

Ask Ethan: What's The Difference Between A Fermion And A Boson?

There are only two types of fundamental particle known in the entire Universe: fermions and bosons. Every particle — in addition to the normal properties you know like mass and electric charge — has an intrinsic amount of angular momentum to it, colloquially known as spin. Particles with spins that …

Physics

Essential Oils & How To Use Them

Essential oils and plant extracts have become increasingly popular in recent years, but health practitioners have been using essential oils for …

A famous theory about aliens is a myth — here's the real story behind the 'Fermi' paradox

One is the Drake Equation, which estimates the number of civilizations in our Galaxy whose signals we might be able to detect — potentially thousands, according to plausible estimates.<p>The other is the so-called Fermi paradox, which claims that we should see intelligent aliens here if they exist …

Universe

Here's how long it would take to visit the closest star in our galaxy

There are many possible answers to this question — some very simple, others in the realm of science fiction. But coming up with a comprehensive answer means taking a lot of things into consideration.<p>Unfortunately, any realistic assessment is likely to produce answers that would totally discourage …

Space Travel