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We Still Don't Understand Why Time Only Flows Forward

Every moment that passes finds us traveling from the past to the present and into the future, with time always flowing in the same direction. At no point does it ever appear to either stand still or reverse; the “arrow of time” always points forwards for us. But if we look at the laws of physics — …

Physics

The Four Scientific Meanings Of 'Nothing'

When we look around at our world and Universe today, we talk and think about all the things that are in it. These range from particles, atoms, and human beings to planets, stars, galaxies, and the largest structures of all. Depending on what we’re interested in, we might discuss gas, dust, …

Physics

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

This Laser Could Rip Apart Empty Space

Physicists from Shanghai, China, are breaking records as they make the most powerful pulses of light in the world in a cramped laboratory. Ruxin Li and his colleagues hope that they can make laser pulses that could rip apart empty space.<p>The Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility is home to …

Angular releases Component Development Kit

The Angular team has announced the first stable release of its Component Development Kit (CDK). The CDK was built for developers to add high quality …

JavaScript

The Three Meanings Of E=mc^2, Einstein's Most Famous Equation

For hundreds of years, there was an immutable law of physics that was never challenged: that in any reaction occurring in the Universe, mass was conserved. That no matter what you put in, what reacted, and what came out, the sum of what you began with and the sum of what you ended with would be …

Physics

Tractor beam breakthrough could lead to levitating humans

Tractor beams have made the jump from science fiction to reality in recent years, but only for levitating very small objects. A new breakthrough could lead to futuristic, far out new uses for the technology and open the door to levitating much larger objects, including humans.<p>Engineers from the …

A new information engine is pushing the boundaries of thermodynamics

by Chelsea Gohd January 21, 2018 Hard Science 17572<p>Conventional Thermodynamics<p>Physicists have created a device that has experimentally exceeded the …

Quantum Physics

After 40 years of studying the strong nuclear force, a revelation

In the mid 1970s, four Soviet physicists, Batlisky, Fadin, Kuraev and Lipatov, made some predictions involving the strong nuclear force which would lead to their initials entering the lore. “BFKL” became a shorthand for a difficult-to-understand but important physical effect which could have big …

Nuclear Sphere: Weird Globe Could Revolutionize Fusion Energy

A team of researchers has a plan to achieve nuclear fusion that actually produces energy, and their proposal looks very different from the fusion …

Scientific Proof Is A Myth

You’ve heard of our greatest scientific theories: the theory of evolution, the Big Bang theory, the theory of gravity. You’ve also heard of the concept of a proof, and the claims that certain pieces of evidence prove the validities of these theories. Fossils, genetic inheritance, and DNA prove the …

Physics

Slaying a UI Antipattern in React

Solving a well known a UI problem with React<p>The following write-up is based on Stefan Oestreichers blog post <i>Slaying a UI Antipattern in …

The new thermodynamics: how quantum physics is bending the rules

It would take a foolhardy physicist to dare attempt to break the laws of thermodynamics. But it turns out that there may be ways to bend them. At a …

Exploring Composition in Javascript

<i>Insert another intro about functional programming...</i><p>Composition is about creating small functions and creating bigger and more complete functions …

After governance breakdown, Node.js leaders fight for its survival

The tumultuous events this week in the Node.js community were a long time coming. Insiders tell ZDNet how the community is trying to repair — and …

Scientists Found An Exoplanet With Clouds Of Rubies And Sapphires [Infographic]

Out of thousands of known exoplanets, it’s not every day that we find one with an atmosphere. When they do find one, scientists get excited because that atmosphere can be key to understanding the planet. By analyzing the atmosphere they can determine the temperature, pressure structure, as well as …

Exploring the relationship between JavaScript and the modern HTML DOM

The <i>innerHTML</i> property will convert html elements found in the string to actual DOM nodes while the <i>textContent</i> can only be used to construct text …

There's a dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence: no one really understands how it works

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey. The experimental vehicle, developed by researchers at the chip maker Nvidia, didn't look different from other autonomous cars, but it was unlike anything demonstrated by Google, Tesla, or General …

Machine Learning

How Would The Universe Change If We Grew An Extra Dimension?

Imagine, if you can, the ability to move in an extra direction: one beyond up-and-down, north-and-south, or east-and-west. That there’s an independent direction beyond our conventional notions of x, y, and z-axes. And let’s make it more interesting for you: imagine that you’re the only one in the …

Physics

Useful JS functions you aren't using

Suppose you had a list of students in a classroom, and you want to know how many are girls. You might write something like this:<p>That's a fine, …

10 Best CSS Tools & Web-Based Apps For Developers

Modern CSS development has come a long way with best practices made easier through tools.Dozens of free CSS libraries, tools, webapps, and automated …

Web Design

How to master the art of Git

<i>This article was first published on Medium. You can take a look at it here.</i><p>Have you ever wondered how one learns to use Git well? You use Git very …

Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started 'Fire Emblem Heroes'

It’s been a while since I cared enough about a mobile game to really dive into it, not since <i>Pokémon GO</i>, in fact, and once again it’s Nintendo that has caught my eye with <i>Fire Emblem Heroes</i>.<p>Despite not being a fan of either <i>Fire Emblem</i> or gacha games, I’ve found myself playing <i>Heroes</i> quite a bit, and …

Hack This: Where To Write Code

From bare-bones text editors to IDE monsters, the tools for building new tools.<p>The code itself, the symbols and strings that eventually dictate the behavior of a machine, is one thing, but properly preparing it and executing it requires a dedicated venue. Your operating system's standard text …

Ask Ethan: What's The Deal With The Speed Of Light?

Nothing in the Universe can move faster than the speed of light in vacuum. 299,792,458 meters per second. If you’re a massive particle, you can only approach — but never reach — that speed; if you’re a massless particle, you are compelled to always travel at exactly that speed so long as you’re …

War Algorithms Will Save Lives Unless They Kill Us All

When is a weapon "fully autonomous?"<p>Imagine, if you can, you’re a navy sailor out at sea. Your country’s at war, and suddenly, an enemy missile is …

Upstate New York Elvis impersonator uses original blueprints to build stunning, 13,000 sqft Star Trek Enterprise replica

James Cawley is a 50 year old Elvis impersonator from Ticonderoga, NY; his friend William Ware Theiss was costume-designer for the original Star Trek …

7 skills you should have on your résumé if you want to land a work-from-home job

Remote jobs require a particular set of skills, though, regardless of what kind of job it is. One thing to keep in mind is that the tech industry tends to have the best remote job openings and the most variety.<p>Learning tech skills makes you more qualified for more of those job openings, though …

Employment