Hridija Mukherjee

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The World's Loudest Sound Caused Shock Waves 10,000 Times That of a Hydrogen Bomb

It shattered eardrums more than 50 km away.<p>On 27 August 1883, Earth made the loudest noise in recorded history.<p>Emanating from the island of Krakatoa, …

Eminent Philosophers Name the 43 Most Important Philosophy Books Written Between 1950-2000: Wittgenstein, Foucault, Rawls & More

Faced with the question, “who are the most important philosophers of the 20th century?,” I might find myself compelled to ask in turn, “in respect to …

Bill Gates says it would be a 'tragedy' to pass up a controversial, revolutionary gene-editing technology

The ability to rewrite the genetic code for life is a powerful one.<p>In the past few years, scientists have revolutionized our ability to do so with the discovery and refinement of a molecular tool called CRISPR that allows us to edit sections of DNA. This tool can snip specific parts of genetic code …

Genetics

Action Philosophers by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey | Issue 57

Your complimentary articles<p>You’ve read <b>one</b> of your four complimentary articles for this month.<p>You can read four articles free per month. To have …

Alan Watts and the Eternal Present

In 1950, both the world and Alan Watts were at a pivotal point.<i></i> Russia had recently detonated its first atomic weapon, ushering in an age of global …

Alan Watts

Is the Universe a conscious mind?

Cosmopsychism might seem crazy, but it provides a robust explanatory model for how the Universe became fine-tuned for life<i>By Philip Goff</i>Read at Aeon

Physics

The Magnetohydrodynamic Drive Is Real—and You Can Build One

I know it's an old movie (and it was an even <i>older</i> book before that), but I want to look at the physics of the special submarine drive in <i>The Hunt for</i> …

Scientists Make Coldest Liquid Water Ever, And It's Weirder Than They Imagined

You’re definitely familiar with water’s freezing point: 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). But that’s not the coldest water could be. …

Particles

Aristotle's Natural Philosophy

[Revised entry by Istvan Bodnar on January 8, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Aristotle had a lifelong interest in the study …

Philosophy

The (process) metaphysics of evolution

Heraclitus, by Hendrick ter Brugghen Metaphysics isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind wh

Biology

How Did The Matter In Our Universe Arise From Nothing?

When you look out at the vastness of the Universe, at the planets, stars, galaxies, and all there is out there, one obvious question screams for an explanation: why is there something instead of nothing? The problem gets even worse when you consider the laws of physics governing our Universe, which …

Physics

A Star In The Constellation Pisces Is Destroying The Planets Around It & It’s A Reminder Of How Brutal Space Can Be

Did you think that Earth was the most interesting thing about our galaxy? You obviously don't have all the facts. In a turn of events that wouldn't …

A quiet achiever, sailing alone around the world

<b>Every now and again you meet someone who manages to alter your perceptions, re-align your values and generally give your heart a good shake-up. Back</b> …

Sailing

New superconducting magnet smashes world record

Back On Top<p>The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (National MagLab) is no stranger to breaking records. In August, the team took back the title …

If you can solve one of these 6 major math problems, you'll win a $1 million prize

In 2000, the Clay Mathematics Institute announced the Millennium Prize problems. These were a collection of seven of the most important math problems …

Best Pocket Cruiser

Winner: Bavaria Cruiser 34<p>Talk about three different vessels. The Best Pocket Cruiser class for 2018 was a study in diversity. It included the …

Classic Poems About Sailors and the Sea

The sea has beckoned and entranced for eons, and it's been a powerful, inevitable presence in poetry from its ancient beginnings, in Homer’s "Iliad" …

10 Space Operas to Read Before You See Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi<p>What better way to get in the mood for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” than reading a novel under the <i>Journey to Star</i> …

A Helium-Resistant Material Could Finally Usher in The Age of Nuclear Fusion

"We were blown away by what we saw."<p>A collaboration of engineers and researchers has found a way to prevent helium, a byproduct of the fusion …

This Star Exploded, Survived, And Then Exploded Again After 60 Years

This totally changes what we know about supernovae.<p>Usually when a star goes supernova, that's it. It's dead, kaput, RIP. But a new discovery could …

Universe

Our universe should not exist, CERN antimatter study confirms

One of the deepest and most enduring mysteries in the study of the universe is why anything exists at all.<p>It really shouldn’t, not according to the …

Physics

An Open Letter to Dan Brown

Dear Dan,<p>Before getting into the heart of this letter, as a non-fiction author myself, I am amazed at your gift for writing fiction. It’s incredible …

Laika at 60: What happens to all the dogs, monkeys and mice sent into space?

​Laika’s last moments on earth were spent strapped into a windowless Soviet rocket awaiting lift off.<p>The stray dog had enjoyed a meteoric rise to …

The case for an artificially intelligent God

A former engineer for Waymo, one of Google’s sister companies under Alphabet, recently filed paperwork to become the “CEO” of a religion based on the worship of an AI. He’s not the first person to suggest that technology can be spiritual, and it’s easy to dismiss it as silly or offensive. But his …

Artificial Intelligence

'Monster' planet discovery stuns scientists

Astronomers have discovered a planet the size of Jupiter orbiting a star that’s only half the size of the sun — a celestial phenomenon that contradicts theories of planet formation.<p>NGTS-1b, a massive, 986-degrees-hot ball of gas revolving around a red M-dwarf star 600 light years from Earth, is the …

Scientists Say Wormholes Are Real: Black Holes Connected Through Quantum Teleportation

A new theory about black holes can solve both a conundrum and a paradox — how do we find out what’s inside a black hole and what happens to these …

A timeline for humanity's colonization of space

Humans have long desired to explore the vast realms of space. Today, we are finally poised to send people out into the cosmos. Indeed, a number of …

A Protein Has Been Caught Conducting Electricity, And Scientists Are Really Excited

They have no other explanation.<p>Proteins, the building blocks in every cell, have usually been thought of as blobs of inert organic matter. Now …

Could This Young Physicist Finally Crack the Code to Nuclear Fusion?

Amid the chaos of the Iran–Iraq War and its turbulent aftermath, Fatima Ebrahimi found her refuge in physics. As a teenager in the 1980s, she could …