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What Is Spacetime?

People have always taken space for granted. It is just emptiness, after all—a backdrop to everything else. Time, likewise, simply ticks on …

Quantum Mechanics

Don't Be Afraid of the Multiverse

Rumors of science's demise have been greatly exaggerated.<p>Almost anybody who has ever thought deeply about the universe sooner or later wonders if there is more than one of them. Whether a multiplicity of universes—known as a multiverse—actually exists has been a contentious issue since ancient …

Physics

The Ultimate Arizona & Utah Road Trip Guide: 15 Days Of Scenic Byways, Canyons, Hiking And Exploring

Arizona and Utah are amongst my favourite places on Earth. The stunning natural beauty speaks for itself. Jaw-dropping canyons, snaking rivers, rusty …

Everything created is predicted by nature: A new video explains the physics of flow

Going with the flow isn’t just the cool thing to do. According to a prominent theory of physics, it’s a rule of evolution that dictates the design of all things and ensures individual survival.<p>The Duke University professor responsible for this theory, Adrian Bejan, received the 2018 Franklin …

Physics

The illusion of time

<b>The Order of Time</b> <i>Carlo Rovelli</i> Allen Lane (2018)<p>According to theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli, time is an illusion: our naive perception of its …

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Physics

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

26 hiking trails around the world that should be on your bucket list

Below is a list of breathtaking trails that span all difficulty levels.<p>From Japan's Yoshida Trail to Argentina's Fitz Roy Trek, here are 26 hikes worth traveling for.

Hiking

NASA's Hubble telescope delivers stunning new space pictures

Yes, The Multiverse Is Real, But It Won't Fix Physics

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.” Niels Bohr spoke these words to Wolfgang Pauli about the latter’s theory of elementary particles, but it could just as easily apply to many of today’s most …

Dark Matter

Scientific Theory And The Multiverse Madness

<i>Sabine Hossenfelder is a research fellow at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies in Germany. Her research focuses on general relativity and quantum gravity. She is author of the blog</i> Backreaction <i>and her first book, Lost in Math, is set to appear in June. You can find her on Twitter at @skdh.</i><p>…

Dark Matter

Why cutting-edge braneworld theories say our universe began in a white hole

Cosmologists behind braneworld theories see our universe as being a part of a complex inter-dimensional world.<br>Read More

Black Holes

These Are the Best Craft Breweries in the USA

The Best Craft Breweries in America<p>Cheers to the craft.<p>December 22, 2017<p>I don't think this is normal, but I was raised to love beer. My dad used to …

Badass? This Guy Was the Real-Life Inspiration for Indiana Jones

What would it take to inspire a character like Indiana Jones? Roy Chapman Andrews, the very personification of the swashbuckling gentleman explorer, …

Physicists just found a loophole in graphene that could unlock clean, limitless energy

by Science Alert November 27, 2017 Earth & Energy 46161<p>Mike McRae<p>By all measures, graphene shouldn’t exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat …

Physics

Is dark matter decay causing antimatter to smash into Earth?

Antimatter Abundance<p>In 2008, the space-based instrument PAMELA detected something unusual in Earth’s atmosphere — an overwhelming and surprising …

Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better

by World Economic Forum November 18, 2017 Future Society 75563<p>This article is part of the Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils.<p><i>For more</i> …

Measurements from CERN suggest the possibility of a new physics

by Brad Bergan November 18, 2017 Hard Science 46863<p>A New Quantum Physics?<p>During the mid- to late-twentieth century, quantum physicists picked apart …

Mysterious Particles Are Slamming Into Earth—But Why?

New observations stir up debate over an abundance of antimatter found in our atmosphere.<p>A cosmic engine is hurling strange particles at Earth—and new observations, published today in the journal <i>Science</i>, are complicating the hunt for the culprit.<p>In 2008, the space-based instrument PAMELA detected an …

Asgardia, the world's first 'space nation', takes flight

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's first "space nation" has taken flight.<p>On November 12, Asgardia cemented its presence in outer space by launching the Asgardia-1 satellite.<p>The "nanosat" -- it is roughly the size of a loaf of bread -- undertook a two-day journey from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, …

The Answer To Life, The Universe — And Everything? It's 63

Often, as we go through the world, the key is to ask the right question.<p>When it comes to figuring out the nature of physical reality, part of that process starts at the absolute edge of the observable universe — the cosmic horizon, a distant layer from which light has only just, in this very …

Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?

Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single …

"Quark Fusion" produces eight times more energy than nuclear fusion

Better Than Nuclear<p>To reduce the emissions fueling climate change and develop more efficient ways of generating energy, while focusing on the bottom …

We just moved one step closer to finally detecting dark matter

by Brad Bergan November 2, 2017 Hard Science 6401<p>On the Hunt<p>Dark matter constitutes 85 percent of all matter in the universe, but despite the …

A timeline for humanity's colonization of space

by Victor Tangermann October 30, 2017 Off World 23433<p>Humans have long desired to explore the vast realms of space. Today, we are finally poised to …

The ex-Tesla engineer who created an FDA-compliant hangover cure made $1 million in 3 months and was almost thrown out of the country by Trump's immigration rules

Imagine accidentally creating a startup that makes a cure for hangovers. The startup turns out to be so successful, raking in $1 million in three months, that you need to quit your high-paying job at Tesla, only to then find yourself nearly kicked out of the country by the Trump administration …

Trump Administration

A Nearby Neutron Star Collision Could Cause Calamity on Earth

A long time ago in a galaxy far away—NGC 4993, to be exact—two neutron stars collided and created a spectacular light show.<p>After billions of years …

Universe shouldn’t exist, CERN physicists conclude | Cosmos

One of the great mysteries of modern physics is why antimatter did not destroy the universe at the beginning of time.<p>To explain it, physicists …

Physics