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Saudi Arabia ‘doesn’t care’ about the Palestinians as long as it can make a deal with Israel against Iran, says former Netanyahu advisor

Saudi Arabia is so eager to establish diplomatic relations with Israel that it is prepared to sign off on almost any type of Israeli-Palestinian peace deal no matter how unfavourable to the Palestinians, according to Benjamin Netanyahu’s former security advisor.<p>Yaacov Nagel, who stepped down as the …

LHC Measurements Hint at Entirely New Physics Just Outside Our Reach

More tests are needed, though.<p>During the mid- to late-twentieth century, quantum physicists picked apart the unified theory of physics that …

Physics

What is sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder?

Popular books, such as <i>The Sociopath Next Door,</i> have popularized the idea of a sociopath as a person who lacks a conscience or empathy.<p>However, the</i> …

How Self-Expression Replaced Love As the Most Important Part of a Marriage

In 2004, HBO aired the final episode of <i>Sex and the City</i>. Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), the self-centered but appealing journalist, has …

Penguin Random House

Love, quantum physics and 'entanglement'

Love. Quantum physics. Completely unrelated, and yet strangely parallel.<p>For one thing, they're both mysterious — we don’t really understand how either one of them works. But they share something else — what scientists call "entanglement."<p>People get entangled with each other when they fall in love, …

Quantum Mechanics

Quantized Inertia, Dark Matter, The EMDrive And How To Do Science Wrong

Science isn’t easy. It isn’t supposed to be. The process of open publication, peer review and clear data are a part of science because they help us understand how the Universe works. It can be inconvenient and contentious, but it works. Through this process, new ideas are faced with an uphill …

Physics

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

Quantum Mechanics

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Scientists Think the Speed of Light Has Slowed, and They're Trying to Prove It

A controversial theory that would overturn Einstein’s theory of general relativity could soon be tested.<p>In 1905, a 26-year-old Albert Einstein changed physics forever when he outlined his theory of special relativity. This theory outlined the relationship between space and time and is founded on …

Physics

Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

Physics

This Simple Philosophical Puzzle Shows How Difficult It Is to Know Something - Facts So Romantic

In the 1960s, the American philosopher Edmund Gettier devised a thought experiment that has become known as a “Gettier case.” It shows that …

University of Toronto

The Universe Could Be One Giant Alien Claims Scientist

Are we living inside an alien?<p>A scientist has put forward the extraordinary idea that one of the reasons we haven’t found alien life yet is because …

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Molecular Biology

Evolutionary Theory Predicts the Rise of Religion in 'Westworld'

<i>Mild</i> Westworld <i>episode seven spoilers ahead.</i><p>Host development in <i>Westworld</i> has followed a trajectory that is curiously similar to the arc of human …

Anthropology

DNA-editing breakthrough could fix 'broken genes' in the brain, heart and liver

Gene-editing technology has been used to restore partial vision to blind rats, paving the way for revolutionary new treatments that alter DNA in damaged parts of the body.<p>It is the first time scientists have precisely modified DNA in non-dividing cells of the sort that make up most adult organs and …

New Theory of Gravity Does Away With Need for Dark Matter

<i>Erik Verlinde explains his new view of gravity</i><p>Let’s be honest. Dark matter’s a pain in the butt. Astronomers have gone to great lengths to explain …

Harvard scientists think they've pinpointed the physical source of consciousness

Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness — the awareness of one's existence. Despite advances in neuroscience, we still don't really know where it comes from, and how it arises.<p>But researchers think they might have finally figured out its physical origins, after …

Consciousness

Column: What Westworld gets wrong (and right) about human nature

A central theme of HBO’s new sci-fi series “Westworld” is the question of what it means to be human.<p>The setting is an immersive adult theme park …

Psychology

Scientists develop a laser version of 'Maxwell's demon,' get closer to quantum computing - ExtremeTech

Scientists develop a laser version of ‘Maxwell’s demon,’ get closer to quantum computing<p>By on November 8, 2016 at 11:00 am<p>This site may earn …

Quantum Computing

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10 Mysterious Ancient Maps

Maps reflect our worldview—literally. Far from purely scientific instruments, they are almost always bound with history, mythology, and religion. A …

A conspiracy theory about sex and gender is being peddled around the world by the far right

A new term has been creeping into the speech of conservatives around the world.<p>In Mexico, thousands of protesters denounced the spread (link in Spanish) of “gender ideology” in marches against same-sex marriage this September. Weeks earlier, religious groups in Colombia accused the government of …

Same-sex Marriage

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Did Martin Luther actually believe in ‘sola Scriptura’? The Pope’s planned Reformation celebration?

<i>Martin Luther</i><p>October 31st marks the day that Martin Luther hammered his now famous 95 theses back in 1517.<p>While the Church of Rome now agrees with …

A history of why you shouldn’t be worried about the Illuminati

More like New World <i>Dis-</i>order, amirite?<p>You know the Illuminati as the clandestine group of satanic crooks corrupting Beyoncé.<p>The idea invokes …

Paranormal

‘The woman is a disaster!’: Camille Paglia on Hillary Clinton

A wide-ranging interview with the iconoclastic professor<p>Talking to Camille Paglia is like approaching a machine gun: madness to stick your head up and ask a question, unless you want your brain blown apart by the answer, but a visceral delight to watch as she obliterates every subject in sight. …

Feminism

Germany Warns of the Danger of War

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Oct. 8 that the situation between the U.S. and Russia today is more dangerous than it was during the Cold War. As he put it, "It's a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous." Since …

Geopolitics

The Internet's Best Conspiracy Theories About Julian Assange’s Meltdown [Update]

Suppression by “powerful states and organizations” is, according to Julian Assange in his 2012 book <i>Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the</i> …

Julian Assange

Don't Count on the Russians Backing Down this Time

Happily, Russia and the U.S. seem to have pulled back from some of the bitterness, outrage and disappointment that set the tone between them 10 days ago.<p>But the stakes in Syria remain incredibly high. There's a real danger that both sides, which had appeared to be on the verge of pragmatically …

Geopolitics