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A new quantum theory predicts that the future could be influencing the past

Quantum physics has spawned its share of strange ideas and hard-to-grasp concepts - from Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” to the adventures …

Quantum Physics

How Much Coffee the ‘Friends’ Drank in 10 Years, Visualized

Writer Kit Lovelace, based in London, isn’t a diehard <i>Friends</i> fan. Yet he came across a <i>Scientific American</i> article four years back that miffed him. <i>How Many People Could You Kill With All the Caffeine Consumed on Friends?</i>, its headline asked. A fine question, yet one he felt went largely unanswered …

This Bestselling Author of 17 Books Just Gave Some Brilliant Writing Advice. Here It Is in 1 Sentence

Everyone has a story to tell.<p>Anne Lamott is a novelist and non-fiction author with 17 books and numerous essays to her credit. She writes about deeply personal topics, like her struggle with alcoholism three decades ago, single motherhood, and depression. She also writes frequently about her …

Woodworking: 6 houses you can build yourself

Who knew that building your own home out of wood would actually be easy?<p>Having a home that we own is often a goal for many of us. In fact, it doesn't …

American military backs an entirely new kind of processor

Virtually every processor you see is based on the same basic (Von Neumann) computing model: they're designed to access large chunks of sequential data and fill their caches as often as possible. This isn't the quickest way to accomplish every task, however, and the American military wants to …

This Paint Is Liquid Electrical Wire in Disguise

The applications for this paint could hit virtually every industry.<p>Traditional electrical wires have had a good run since their development. But what if you could just slap some paint on a surface to create the circuit you're after? Thanks to one London-based company, Bare Conductive, you can.<p>A …

Breakthrough Research Has Made Synthetic Photosynthesis Possible

The Power of Supramolecules<p>Photosynthesis is one of nature’s most efficient phenomena: aside from providing much of the oxygen human beings need to …

Here Are the Microsurgeons That Will Soon Roam Our Bodies

On a crisp fall evening in 2006, Dr. Sylvain Martel held his breath as a technician slipped an anesthetized pig into a whirling fMRI machine. His …

Nanotech

New Discovery of the Oldest Known Human Remains Will Change the Narrative of Human Evolution

Rediscovering Ourselves<p>On Wednesday, scientists reported they had discovered the oldest known remains of Homo sapiens in Morocco. The bones and other …

AI Has Beaten Humanity at Our Own Game. Literally.

Deep Blue’s Victory<p>Murray Campbell, a Distinguished Research Staff Member at IBM, recently discussed the legacy and impact of the fateful 1997 chess …

Graphene and quantum dots put in motion a CMOS-integrated camera that can see the invisible

Over the past 40 years, microelectronics have advanced by leaps and bounds thanks to silicon and CMOS (Complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) …

Nanotech

What Happens To Your Body When You Walk The Recommended 10,000 Steps A Day?

"If you look at it, if everyone did just 10,000 steps a day in America we would probably decrease health care budget by $500 billion a year and that …

What Things Should Every Physics Major Know?

Over the weekend, cosmologist and author Sean Carroll tweeted about what physics majors should know, namely that “the Standard Model is an SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1) gauge theory, and know informally what that means.” My immediate reaction to this was pretty much in line with Brian Skinner’s, namely that …

Physics

Bigger is better: Quantum volume expresses computer’s limit

Quantum computing benchmark looks at fundamental limit of computer, not speed.<p>The race to build the first useful quantum computer continues apace. …

Physicists Have Discovered a Gigantic Magnetic Bridge Spanning Galaxies

Magnets, Magnets Everywhere<p>If Magneto was capable of surviving in space, he’d probably be the most powerful mutant in comic book history. That’s …

Blasting tiny bubbles at broken pig bones makes them heal on their own

Bubble bubble oink and trouble<p>Scientists have healed severe bone fractures in pigs by blasting tiny bubbles with ultrasound in the animals’ bones. The technique encourages the pigs’ bodies to regenerate themselves, and could one day be used to help humans — especially the elderly — heal dangerous …

Starbucks Is Upgrading Their Iced Drinks With a Genius Trick

With summer right around the corner, many of us are trading in our classic morning java for a refreshing iced coffee. While there are many ways to upgrade your iced coffee game, one of the simplest iced coffee hacks is coming to Starbucks just in time for warm weather, and it’s taking iced coffee …

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Elon Musk Just Unveiled Breakthrough AI Research. Here’s What You Need to Know.

One Smart Bot<p>If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, OpenAI’s newest robot system should leave humanity blushing. Not only can it …

The Antikythera mechanism is a 2,000-year-old computer

115 years ago, divers found a hunk of bronze off a Greek island. It changed our understanding of human history.<p>One hundred fifteen years ago, an archeologist was sifting through objects found in the wreck of a 2,000-year-old vessel off the Greek island Antikythera. Among the wreck’s treasures — …

Scientists Achieve Direct Counterfactual Quantum Communication For The First Time

Counterfactual Communication<p>Quantum communication is a strange beast, but one of the weirdest proposed forms of it is called counterfactual …

Ten Reasons Why I’ll Quickly Reject Your Story

This past week I've been judging Writers of the Future. Most of the stories come to us electronically, so much of my day is spent opening files, …

How one $20 gadget helps me pop out of bed every morning

Every trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond inevitably ends with a cart full of gadgets, organizers and cleaning supplies you never knew you needed. While on a mission to buy a new coffee machine last week, my husband and I came across a small silver kettle we'd never noticed before. My husband instantly …

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This Robot Doesn't Need Fancy Sensors to Run

Two legs and a unique design means to can move on its own.<p>A team in Florida has created a walking robot with a twist: It needs no computer or sensors to move around. Rather, the Planar Elliptical Runner (PER) relies solely on its design to maintain its balance as it moves throughout the world.<p>Built …

Is there a nature of time?

As time goes by we realize that there seems to be only one direction. In our retrospective view of events time moves from past to present to future, …

5 Vital Lessons Scientists Learn That Can Better Everyone's Life

Scientific breakthroughs may be rare, but they never take place in an intellectual vacuum. Newton’s recognition that he was standing on the shoulders of giants has never been more true than it is today, where the titans of the past have laid the foundations for our vantage point today. Yet the …

Physics

Ask Ethan: If The Universe Is Expanding, Why Aren't We?

One of the biggest scientific surprises of the 20th century was the discovery that the Universe itself is expanding. Distant galaxies recede from us and from one another more quickly than the nearby ones, as though the fabric of space itself is being stretched. On the largest scales, the matter and …

Sorry, Einstein - Physicists Just Reinforced The Reality of Quantum Weirdness in The Universe

There's no avoiding that "spooky action at a distance."<p>One of the strangest phenomena you're likely to come across in all of science is quantum …

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A moment that changed me: stealing the book that saved my life | Jenn Ashworth

Life at home for me was desperately unhappy, and school wasn’t much better. The only place I could forget I was sad and lonely, was the library<p>I was a deeply unhappy child. Hatred of school, my parents’ disastrously bad marriage and an upbringing in the kind of church that was big on rules and low …

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Pressed is best: Handcraft the perfect cup of joe with the Flair Espresso Maker

Over the past several years, the coffee industry has seen a massive influx in on-demand espresso machines geared toward making the coffee brewing …