Emad Akhtar

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Astrophysicists Have Built The Most Detailed Simulation of The Universe Ever Created

1 billion light years in a supercomputer.<p>Saying our Universe is a big place is a bit of an understatement. And with recent advances in our …

You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …

This new multiverse theory will blow your mind

You’ve read about them in sci-fi novels, seen them in sci-fi movies, and virtually entered them through sci-fi video games, but is there any way …

Blockchain Explained: How It Works, Who Cares and What Its Future May Hold

Best known as the immutable database that runs underneath cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, blockchain is poised to play a critical role in …

5 ways the heaviest element on the periodic table is really bizarre

Called oganesson, element 118 has some very strange properties, according to theoretical calculations by physicists.

Is the E-Reader Dead?

Ah, the simple pleasure of a book. The slow burn of drama, the crisply printed words, the flash of the screen as you share a particularly moving …

The Ongoing Battle Between Quantum and Classical Computers

A popular misconception is that the potential—and the limits—of quantum computing must come from hardware. In the digital age, we’ve gotten used to …

Quantum Computing

Syria's civil war has been raging for 7 years. What's behind it?

“Beyond imagination.”<p>That is how the U.N. has described the onslaught by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the rebel enclave of eastern Ghouta, which is located in a so-called "de-escalation zone."<p>The intensifying bombing campaign around 10 miles from the country’s capital has …

Quantum Mechanics, Explained In Five Minutes

Quantum mechanics deals with the mathematical description of the motion and interaction of subatomic particles, incorporating the concepts of …

Incredible Hubble discovery in deep space could rewrite rules of physics

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in our orbit for nearly 30 years, returning data and photographs – both beautiful and scientifically important – …

Talk is cheap: the myth of the focus group

Focus groups make us feel our views matter – but no one with power cares what we think. By Liza Featherstone<p>In the early 1950s, the Betty Crocker company had a problem: American housewives liked the idea of cake mix, but they weren’t actually buying it. And so the company approached Ernest Dichter, …

Food Industry

The timeless allure of ruins

Even writers of the ancient world spoke of the wrecks of earlier societies with fear and longing, says Paul Cooper.<p>Mankind has always lived among its own ruins. Since our earliest history, we have explored ruined places, feared them and drawn inspiration from them, and we can trace that complex …

Archaeology

Inside the Amish town that builds U2, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift's live shows

In December 2016, designer Ric Lipson was in New York on a conference call with Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. Lipson is a senior …

Thousands Once Spoke His Language in the Amazon. Now, He’s the Only One.

INTUTO, Peru — Amadeo García García rushed upriver in his canoe, slipping into the hidden, booby-trapped camp where his brother Juan lay dying.<p>Juan writhed in pain and shook uncontrollably as his fever rose, battling malaria. As Amadeo consoled him, the sick man muttered back in words that no one …

University of California

Satya Nadella on AI, Sexual Harassment, and Microsoft’s Soul

<i>Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is putting his own stamp on the tech giant once led by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. He spoke to</i> …

Inside the world of a Kenyan cryptocurrency miner

<b>(CNN) —</b> Eugene Mutai is well aware of the risks of mining virtual money. "Sometimes I ask myself: will the bubble pop?"<p>He's right to be -- cryptocurrencies are volatile. That hasn't stopped him from operating in this shadowy and controversial corner of the global financial system.<p>A few years ago …

Cryptocurrency

Estonia, the Digital Republic

Its government is virtual, borderless, blockchained, and secure. Has this tiny post-Soviet nation found the way of the future?<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, …

The internet is broken

We like to picture the internet as a set of pipes along which information flows. But a better metaphor would be to see it as an enormously …

Longreads Best of 2017: All of Our No. 1 Story Picks

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2017. Here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our weekly Top 5 email.</i><i>If</i> …

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

Artificial Intelligence

Earth’s Hum: Scientists Record the Very Sound of Earth—but Don't Know Why It Happens

Scientists have recorded the mysterious sound of the Earth deep underwater for the first time. The eerie hum could be key to understanding the makeup …

Everything We Know About Physics in One Neat Infographic

If you've ever wondered which part of physics covers which part of space, fret no more. Here is an awesome map that lays it all out.<br>Read More

The Military Is Burning Art from Guantanamo That the World Should See

An exhibition of detainee art has the Pentagon riled, but destroying it is a cruel form of censorship.<p>For all its notoriety, most Americans know very little about Guantanamo Bay. A decade and a half after 9/11, it remains shrouded in secrecy—a remote prison in Cuba where America sent alleged …

Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

Since it decriminalised all drugs in 2001, Portugal has seen dramatic drops in overdoses, HIV infection and drug-related crime. By Susana Ferreira<p>When the drugs came, they hit all at once. It was the 80s, and by the time one in 10 people had slipped into the depths of heroin use – bankers, …

Portugal

Histomap: Visualizing the 4,000 Year History of Global Power

on December 2, 2017 at 11:55 am<p>Shares 37.3K<p>Imagine creating a timeline of your country’s whole history stretching back to its inception.<p>It would be …

Stanley Kubrick’s Rare 1965 Interview with The New Yorker

Stanley Kubrick didn't like giving long interviews, but he loved playing chess. So when the physicist and writer Jeremy Bernstein paid him a visit to …

Paradise Papers leak reveals secrets of the world elite's hidden wealth

Files from offshore law firm show financial dealings of the Queen, big multinationals and members of Donald Trump’s cabinet<p>The world’s biggest businesses, heads of state and global figures in politics, entertainment and sport who have sheltered their wealth in secretive tax havens are being …

Corruption

Bob Dylan’s Year of Living Laureatishly

A year ago, the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to Bob Dylan, shocking folks all over the world — most notably, Bob Dylan.<p>In its announcement, the Nobel Prize committee compared the singer-songwriter to the ancient Greek poets, Homer and Sappho, even though he probably more closely …

Inside Bob Dylan’s ‘Time Out of Mind’ Sessions

In 1996, Bob Dylan met Daniel Lanois in a hotel room in New York. He wanted Lanois to listen to some lyrics that he’d put together and tell him if …

Rock & Roll