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Scientists Finally Prove Strange Quantum Physics Idea Einstein Hated

The equations of physics are things that we humans created to understand the Universe, and it can be hard to disentangle them from the Universe’s …

Quantum Mechanics

Mathematical secrets of ancient tablet unlocked after nearly a century of study

Dating from 1,000 years before Pythagoras’s theorem, the Babylonian clay tablet is a trigonometric table more accurate than any today, say researchers<p>At least 1,000 years before the Greek mathematician Pythagoras looked at a right angled triangle and worked out that the square of the longest side …

Mathematics

Let Us Now Praise Muslim Apostates

Standing up to political correctness and facing death threats, the Muslim apostate writers Ibn Warraq and Ayaan Hirsi Ali have honored our …

5 Scientific Myths You Probably Believe About The Universe

The Universe is a vast, mysterious place, encompassing everything we’ve ever known, observed or could ever hope to come into contact with. For millennia, a look up at the sky — our window into the cosmos beyond our world — was met with wonder, awe, and a fascination with the unknown. Thanks to all …

Physics

10 Europe road trips that should be on your bucket list

The next time you head to Europe, consider applying the classic American road trip formula to your vacation abroad. Hitting the road in Europe is a great way to get off the beaten tourist path and spontaneously discover small villages, regional cuisine and friendly locals. And you’ll surely find …

European Travel

Ask Ethan: Are there different types of space and time?

If everything is relative, as Einstein says, then how do cosmologists measure these quantities in ways everyone can agree?<p><i>“A human being is part of a</i> …

Universe

2,300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience

In 2008, neuroscientist Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Sleep and Consciousness put forward his “integrated information theory,” which is currently accepted as one of the most compelling explanations about what consciousness is.<p>One of the central claims of the …

The Ancient Origins of Consciousness by Todd Feinberg and Jon Mallatt review – how the brain created experience

An evolutionary history shows how consciousness is key to human survival<p>What does it mean to say that I am conscious? For sure, consciousness is a protean term, with multiple meanings. Among its features are some or all of the following: trivially, that I am awake and not asleep or “unconscious”; …

Biology

The Real Reasons Quantum Entanglement Doesn't Allow Faster-Than-Light Communication

My colleague-in-blogging Ethan Siegel does a regular reader-request feature, and this week’s edition drifts into my territory, answering a question about using quantum entanglement for faster-than-light communication. As I jokingly said on Twitter, Ethan’s answer is pretty good for an astronomer, …

Quantum Mechanics

Traveling Faster Than Light? Four Phenomena That Put the Cosmic Speed Limit to the Test

The Cosmic Speed Limit<p>The speed of light is widely known to be the absolute pinnacle of movement. When Albert Einstein first entwined mass and energy …

Physics

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

Sleep

Learn to code in one of the most beginner-friendly and in-demand programming languages on the web

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Gvahim/FlickrFor anyone who's been wanting to learn to code, or is looking to add another programming language to their skill set, Ruby …

Programming

State of the Art JavaScript in 2016

So, you’re starting a brand new JavaScript front end project or overhauling an old one, and maybe you haven’t kept up with the breakneck pace of the …

How to Mathematically Measure Consciousness

How can we measure the phenomenon of human consciousness?<p>A month ago I was being introduced for the public presentation of my neuroscience PhD …

Economics

Ray Dalio runs the world's most successful hedge fund according to these 20 management principles

Ray Dalio is the most successful hedge fund manager of all time, according to a recent ranking by LCH Investments.<p>He runs Bridgewater Associates according to an intense and unusual management philosophy that values "radical transparency." At the firm's isolated Westport, Connecticut headquarters, …

Markets

Why less is much, much more on LinkedIn

Forget what you’ve heard about connecting with everyone. Avoid the sales schemers and scammers and connect smart with these tips.<p>Every time you log on to LinkedIn, an icon reminds you that several people are waiting to connect.<p>Some are strangers with impressive sounding jobs, while others might be …

Employment

How To Pack For An RTW Trip (And The 11 Things I'll Never Leave Behind Again)

Photo credit: Anthony Spino<p>I am not a packing expert. I don't own zip-off convertible pants or Tevas or carry my own towel when I travel.<p>I backpacked through Europe in college and will never again hoist a heavy pack onto my delicate trunk. Which is why, HOW THE HELL DID YOU PACK?? is the question …

How to Stop Being Lazy and Get More Done: 5 Expert Tips

Some days the to-do list seems bottomless. Just looking at it is exhausting.<p><b>We all want to know how to stop being lazy and get more done.</b> I certainly …

Time Management
Housing

How to Craft the Perfect LinkedIn Profile: A Comprehensive Guide [Infographic]

Check out this comprehensive guide covering covering everything from the do's and don't's of a LinkedIn profile to SEO tips so your profile is more …

Infographics

Why humans find it hard to do away with religion

The new atheists decry religion as a poisonous set of lies. But what if a belief in the supernatural is natural?<p>An American scientist visiting the …

10 Essential Camping Items you shouldn't leave home without!

After more than 40 years of camping experience, and fresh from 2 weeks of camping in the Ikara-Flinders Ranges, I got thinking about what camping …

National Parks