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The universe may be a giant broken hologram

For decades, scientists have been toying with the idea that our Universe is — or once was — a giant hologram, where the laws of physics require just two dimensions, but everything appears three-dimensional to us.<p>As you can imagine, it's not an easy hypothesis to prove, but physicists say they now …

Holograms

Hubble Has Photographed a Disturbingly Beautiful Galaxy That Acts as a Huge Laser

Ending the year with a pew pew.<p>To send 2016 off properly, Hubble has captured the most detailed image to date of the mysterious galaxy IRAS …

Secrets of killer whale evolution revealed by genetic study

Orcas exist in every ocean, adapting to different conditions and diets. Genome sequencing has allowed insights into their evolution - and similarity to humans<p>Geneticists have deciphered the brief history of the killer whale: the predator that exists in every ocean but has evolved over the …

The Case For Black Holes Being Nothing But Holograms Just Got Even Stronger

Holy crap!<p>If anything can sum up just how little we truly know about the Universe, it’s black holes. We can’t see them because not even light can …

Want to Raise Your IQ? Neuroscience Says to Take Up This Easy Habit

It's probably not what you think, but it's scientifically demonstrated to improve how you think.<p>Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that's that.<p>Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning …

The Coming Genetic Editing Age of Humans Won’t Be Easy to Stomach

In the transhumanist age, the human being should be looked at more like a machine—something that comes out a particular way, but then can be heavily modified.<p>Some futurists believe humans will eventually become all ones and zeroes, a result of a total merger with machines and the microprocessor, …

Ancient DNA and the rewriting of human history: be sparing with Occam’s razor

1. Thorne AG, Wolpoff MH. The multiregional evolution of humans. Sci Am. 1992;266:76–9. doi: 10.1038/scientificamerican0492-76. [PubMed] [Cross …

Earth Could Be Unique Among 700 Quintillion Planets in The Universe, Study Finds

One of these things is not like the others.<p>So much of humanity’s astronomical research is based around the notion of finding something like us out …

Antimatter Space Propulsion Possible Within A Decade, Say Physicists

Dreams of antimatter space propulsion are closer to reality than most rocket scientists could ever imagine, says former Fermilab physicist Gerald Jackson. In fact, if money were no object, he says an antimatter-driven spacecraft prototype could be tested within a decade. To that end, next month, …

Physics

Astronomers finally have a way to track objects that don't emit light

Astronomy as we know it will never be same.<p>Today, February 11, scientists announced that we finally detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime known …

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates Darwin Day, much of humanity refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with science. Their posts are littered with gems of motivated reasoning such as this: "If natural selection were true, Eskimos would have fur to keep warm, but they …

Was Einstein right? Ripples in space-time may have been found

Are the rumors true? Whispers about a possible detection of actual ripples in space-time have been swirling for weeks, and on Thursday, the world may …

4 ways the atheist movement is failing (and how it can improve)

<b>Richard Dawkins (AP/Fiona Hanson)</b><p>Too often, we’ve failed to acknowledge our own glaring blind spots. Here are a few suggestions as we move forward<p>Adam Lee<p>February 9, 2016 8:00am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Born in the shadow of September 11, the New Atheist movement took up …

Your Ability to Read This Message Reveals Something Fascinating About The Mind

Not just a viral FB post.<p>The above passage, written in a combination of letters and numbers, has been circulating social media for years and purports …

Online Life

Could mini black holes power Earth? Stephen Hawking thinks so

Quick, what's the best way to provide an alternative source of energy for the Earth?<p>If you answered, "Get a mini black hole to orbit Earth," then you …

Black Holes

99 Amazing Facts for People Who Like Amazing Facts

<b>1.</b> In 1939, Hitler's nephew wrote an article called "Why I Hate My Uncle." He came to the U.S., served in the Navy, and settled on Long Island.<p><b>2.</b> …

'Welcome back, baby': Elon Musk celebrates SpaceX rocket launch – and landing

Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, delivered communications satellites to orbit before its main-stage booster returned to a landing pad<p>The high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has hailed a “revolutionary moment” for reusable space hardware after his SpaceX programme successively launched …

Everything Tesla promises to accomplish by 2020

Among other things, Musk has promised to dramatically increase car production, launch one (or possibly two) completely new cars, and conquer self-driving vehicles.<p>Here's a closer look at what exactly Musk has promised Tesla will accomplish by 2020.

7 Mind-Blowing Facts About The Universe To Put Your Ego In Check

It's time for a little perspective.<p>We are, as the saying goes, but a tiny speck.<p>And from time to time, it's important to put things into perspective. Or, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson would tell you, have your mind blown.<p>Just consider for a moment that while Earth has an equatorial diameter …

The Beauty of Eintein's General Theory of Relativity

Physics is so beautiful.<p><i>This article was written by Margaret</i> <i>Wertheim from the University of Melbourne. It was originally published by The</i> …

Social robots: The solution to our screen addictions, or just more digital weirdness?

By Joel Achenbach<p>Joel Achenbach<p>Reporter covering science and politics<p>Email Bio<p>Jibo is a social robot. He has two high-resolution cameras, and should be able to recognize you amid a gaggle of people. Jibo is smarter than a smartphone, and crammed with artificial intelligence algorithms. He can learn …

What's So Special About the Human Brain?

Why do we study other animals and they don't study us?<p>What is it about the human brain that allows the cognitive ability for abstract reasoning and creativeness?<p>What is it that makes the human brain so special?<p>It comes down to one thing humans do that no other living creature does.<p>I just watched a …

An Impossible Experiment Shows How Black Holes Might Burp Back Information

A way around the black hole information paradox?<p>Physicists at Caltech have devised a way to coax information back from the so-far unknowable depths of a black hole. While it's an impossible scheme to implement experimentally and involves the recapture of information from just a single particle, …

This trick from a famous physicist can help you learn anything faster

Feynman was not yet the famous physicist he would soon become (as his biographer James Gleick put it, "His Feynman aura...was still strictly local"), so he took his preparation seriously.<p>Feynman drove up to MIT, a campus familiar from his undergraduate years, and a place "where he could be alone." …

The Creationist Freak Out Over The Pope's Evolution Speech Has Begun

In a speech earlier this week, Pope Francis declared evolution and the Big Bang theory to be real. His comments, while not completely unprecedented …

Amazing new images from Mars rover

Awesome views, including some selfies, from the Mars Curiosity rover. The rover is looking across Gale Crater, approaching a large dune with …