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The 2 most dangerous numbers in the universe are threatening the end of physics

It's the idea that we are reaching the absolute limit of what we can understand about the world around us through science.<p>"The next few years may tell us whether we'll be able to continue to increase our understanding of nature or whether maybe, for the first time in the history of science, we …

What Kind of Technology Could Dark Matter Research Lead To?

Beneath the Black Hills of South Dakota, scientists at the Sanford Underground Research Facility are using a device called a Large Underground Xenon …

The man who studies the spread of ignorance

How do people or companies with vested interests spread ignorance and obfuscate knowledge? Georgina Kenyon finds there is a term which defines this phenomenon.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>In 1979, a secret memo from the tobacco …

UC Berkeley

101 Hopeful, Sad, Reflective and Revealing Things Obama’s Said About the Toughest Job in the World

<b>Every presidency can be seen as a series of words.</b> Which is why we decided to read through hundreds of thousands of the words of Barack Obama—who was a writer, in practice and disposition, long before he was the 44th president of the United States. What does he think of his job? Yes we can, Obama …

On Art and Masturbation

On Art and Masturbation<p>No two subjects could seem further apart. The one: the summit of the human spirit and one of the ultimate sources of meaning. …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Google's commercial quantum computer is 100 million times faster than a PC - IBTimes India

The quantum computer resoundingly beat a conventional computer in a series of tests.<p>In what could change the era of computers, researchers from …

The Waltons Are the Greediest Family in the World

Four members of the Walton family, heirs to Sam Walton's Wal-Mart fortune, are collectively worth more than $100 billion— more wealth than the entire …

The future’s at stake: the left must show it could create an iPad | Zoe Williams

Innovation is seen as a product of individuals and free markets. But in fact it takes public money, cooperation, and key socialst principles. It’s an argument we have to win<p>John McDonnell last week promised “socialism, with an iPad”. His aim – you can practically sniff the air of the meeting in …

An Essay On Life By The Man Whose Death Inspired A Movement

The following blog was shared with The Huffington Post by Frances Chen, wife of the late Shalin Shah. This personal essay was written on October 17, 2011 when Shalin was 19 years old. On May 16, 2015, Shalin died nine months after being diagnosed with cancer. His death inspired the …

Tesla's Gigafactory will produce as much renewable energy as it uses (net zero energy)

The battery 'Gigafactory' that Tesla is building in Nevada is the centerpiece of its whole mass-market electric car strategy. Without it, the company …

There's an enormous long-term cost of holding cash

As a result, a sizeable portion of U.S. households are placing a disproportionate amount of their savings in cash.<p>While this is understandable, and in the short term even prudent, it comes with an enormous cost: With cash yields likely to remain low for the foreseeable future, many families will …

Why critics are wrong about liberal arts degrees

For the last time: No, earning a degree in English, philosophy, art history, name-your-humanities-discipline <i>will not</i> condemn you to a lifetime of …

Cranston predicts Obama will be viewed 'very favorably'

Bryan Cranston says history will judge President Obama’s time in the White House “very favorably.”<p>“I think his legacy will be looked upon, maybe not …

Marco Rubio declares war on the liberal arts: Pitting vocational training against the humanities misses the point of both

<b>(AP/Mark J. Terrill)</b><p>It’s not true that welders out-earn philosophers, but that won’t stop the right from defunding university programs<p>Scott Timberg<p>November 11, 2015 10:01pm (UTC)<p>The first outrageous statement in last night’s Republican debate also ends up being the one that’s likely to stay around …

Marco Rubio

Why Feeling Pain is the Key to Happiness and Freedom

<b>“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” ~</b><b>Dalai Lama</b><p>I often ask myself what led me to that place of feeling like I didn’t …

Positive Thinking

Schrödinger’s Cat Lives On (Or Not) at the Age of 80 - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

On November 29, 2015, cat lovers and haters will have common cause to celebrate. That date marks the 80th anniversary of the publication of Austrian …

The inventor of 5-Hour Energy drinks is investing 99% of his fortune to fix the world

For legions of truck drivers, employees chasing deadlines, and students burning the midnight oil, Manoj Bhargava’s best-selling invention, 5-hour ENERGY drink, has already been a lifesaver.<p>Since launching the caffeine-based power-drink in 2004, Bhargava, 62, has quietly amassed a $4 billion …

Energy

Stephen Hawking Wonders Whether Capitalism or Artificial Intelligence Will Doom the Human Race

<i>Creative Commons image via NASA</i><p>It shouldn't be especially controversial to point out that we live in a pivotal time in human history—that the actions …

Singularity

Bill O’Reilly Goes Off on ‘Liar’ and ‘Villain’ Harry Reid, Then Issues a ‘Personal Note’ to Him

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly blasted Democratic Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid on his program Wednesday for blocking a vote on “Kate’s Law.”<p>Reid blocked a vote on the law, which would require a mandatory five-year sentence for aggravated felons who re-enter the U.S. illegally after being …

Put gay people to death? Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Mike Huckabee to speak at Iowa “religious liberty” conference led by noxious right-wing radio host

<b>(AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)</b><p>Here’s something debate moderators might want to ask three candidates courting the far edge of the religious right<p>Amanda Marcotte<p>November 2, 2015 7:29pm (UTC)<p>Republican candidates may want softball questions for the rest of the debate season, but here's something that the …

Religion

How To Accurately Judge Someone’s Intelligence

A psychologist explains why “real life is the ultimate IQ test.”<p>What is the essence of intelligence? Answers vary, but it comes down to how well you adapt to your environment—to the degree of skill and ingenuity you bring to that challenge. And in a world dominated by abstract concepts, complex …

Emotional Intelligence

The philosophical problem of killing baby Hitler, explained

On Friday, the New York Times Magazine decided to tweet this for some reason:<p>Given certain assumptions, this isn't a hard question. Assume that going back in time merely eliminates Hitler, and that the sole effect of that is that the Nazi Party lacks a charismatic leader and never takes power in …

Time Travel

People Don't Actually Want Equality

They want fairness.<p>Bernie Sanders talks about economic inequality all the time, and it’s a message that resonates. You don’t need to be a socialist to worry about the divide between rich and poor in America. Many Americans across the political spectrum claim to be deeply troubled by economic …

This Magnet Can Change Your Faith in God

When researchers used magnetic energy to shut down the brain’s threat perception, nearly a third of patients were more tolerant to immigrants. More …

Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physics genius, but the mystery he finds most intriguing is women

Hawking has been outspoken about the dangers of AI, which he has warned "could spell the end of the human race."<p>He himself uses a primitive form of AI to produce his characteristic robotic speech, since he suffers from a motor-neuron disease similar to ALS.<p>Here are a few of the best questions and …

Elon Musk explains how he would bomb Mars

<i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>To my naive mind, it's like turning on the heating with your Nest controller before you get home.<p>At heart, though, blowing up Mars is a little more complicated than that.<p>During a recent appearance on …

The Late Show

President Obama Is Right: States With Strict Gun Laws Have Fewer Gun Deaths

Last night, in response to America's latest horrific mass shooting, this time at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, President Obama pointed out that stricter gun laws save lives, a fact that is indisputable when gun death rates are compared by state. "We know that states with the most …

The impossible just happened in Texas

The honky-tonks in Austin were shuttered, the air-conditioned office towers of Houston were powered down, and the wind whistled through the dogwood trees and live oaks on the gracious lawns of Preston Hollow.<p>Out in the desolate flats of West Texas, the same wind was turning hundreds of wind …

Captive snake with no male companion gives birth _ again

ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the second time in two years, a captive snake in southeast Missouri has given birth without any interaction with a member of the opposite sex.<p>Officials at the Missouri Department of Conservation's Cape Girardeau Conservation Nature Center say a female yellow-bellied water snake …

Zoology

Joe Biden unloads on Donald Trump's 'sick message'

Biden, who is considering entering the presidential race, used striking language to describe Trump — especially the Republican front-runner's heated rhetoric against illegal immigration.<p>"There's one guy absolutely denigrating an entire group of people, appealing to the baser side of human nature, …