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Quantum Physics May Be Even Spookier Than You Think

A new experiment hints at surprising hidden mechanics of quantum superpositions

Quantum Physics

Ghostly 'Lightning' Waves Discovered Inside a Nuclear Reactor

<i>Editor's Note: This story was updated at 1:35 p.m. E.T.</i><p>Mysterious, ghostlike "whistler waves" that are normally created by lightning could protect …

Nuclear Energy

This physicist’s ideas of time will blow your mind – Quartz

Time feels real to people. But it doesn’t even exist, according to quantum physics. “There is no time variable in the fundamental equations that describe the world,” theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli tells Quartz.<p>If you met him socially, Rovelli wouldn’t assault you with abstractions and math to …

Equations

Scientists discover entirely new material that cannot be explained by classical physics

An international team of physicists has “stumbled upon” an entirely new material, which they have called "Weyl-Kondo semimetal”.<p>The “semimetal” …

Bitcoin Storms Wall Street

Bitcoin traders have no time to pop the champagne anymore.<p>The crypto-rocket shot past $11,000 last week just hours after eclipsing $10,000, which …

'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own

Google’s artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing program, AlphaGo – an AI so powerful that it derived thousands of years of human knowledge of the game before inventing better moves of its own, all in the space of three days.<p>Named AlphaGo Zero, …

Artificial Intelligence

Your Neanderthal DNA Could Be Causing a Beer Gut

Credit: Pixabay<p>By now it’s common knowledge that the human genome contains quite a bit of Neanderthal DNA. And yes, that does mean that some of our …

Humanity

This Overlooked Theory Could Be The Missing Piece That Explains How The EM Drive Works

What if it doesn't break the laws of physics?<p>Ever since the EM drive first made headlines, science lovers have puzzled over how the propulsion system …

You May Be More 'Neanderthal' Than You Thought

A female Neanderthal who lived in what is now Croatia 52,000 years ago is revealing that our "caveman" relatives may have passed on genes that play …

Humanity

How dinosaurs swapped terrifying teeth for bird beaks

The world once trembled before the theropods.<p>This dinosaur group, which included bloodthirsty killing-machines like the Tyrannosaurus rex and …

Paleontology

Can you tell whether these animals are upset by listening to their calls?

Charles Darwin, when musing about the evolution of emotion, pointed out the similarities in how animals mouth off. “With many kinds of animals, man included,” he wrote in 1872, “the vocal organs are efficient in the highest degree as a means of expression.” Pigs grunt while eating, he noted. They …

Animals

New DNA From a Neanderthal Bone Holds Evidence of a Lost Tribe of Humans

We've been swapping DNA for a long time.<p>A femur discovered in a cave in southwestern Germany has provided researchers with firm evidence that a small …

Anthropology

Researchers Break a 100-Year-Old Fundamental Limitation of Physics

Breaking Limits<p>Researchers working at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have successfully challenged a fundamental law that’s …

The Thoughts of a Spiderweb

Spiders appear to offload cognitive tasks to their webs, making them one of a number of species with a mind that isn’t fully confined within the head.

Complex Brain Evolution In Vertebrates Likely Began With Two Simple Parts, Not Three

The current conventional understanding of brain evolution among vertebrates proposes that current complex brains evolved from simple three-part …

Besieged at home, Trump sets off for 'do-or-die' foreign trip

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Given his current political fortunes, if President Donald Trump's crucial first foreign trip passes off without a disaster, it will be considered a success.<p>The President embarked on a journey Friday to Saudi Arabia, Israel and global summits in Italy and Belgium, after one of the …

Donald Trump

Learn To Make Dev’s Carbonara From ‘Master Of None’ For Your Next Date

When Aziz Ansari’s character Dev on <i>Master of None</i> mastered a perfect Spaghetti Carbonara, our collective mouths watered for just one bite. A good plate of pasta is a something most of us are familiar with. A great plate of pasta is life-changing. The difference between a hand-kneaded pasta dough …

A forgotten Darwinian theory upends everything biologists thought about the female orgasm

Richard Prum spends most of his time studying birds. But this year, the award-winning evolutionary ornithologist has also produced an unexpected feminist manifesto.<p>In his new book, <i>The Evolution of Beauty: How Darwin’s Forgotten Theory of Mate Choice Shapes the Animal World—And Us,</i> Prum, an …

Evolution

This $100 Gadget Is Taking Over Kitchens Everywhere

<i>This content originally appeared on Money.</i><p>Kitchen appliances don’t normally stir up super strong emotions. The Instant Pot, a multitasking pressure …

Mindfulness Workouts Are The New Way To Work Your Body And Brain

<i>This article originally appeared in the December 2016 issue of SELF.</i><p>Here are some of the things to love about sweat-drenched, heart-pumping fitness …

The Science Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Break Negative Thought Patterns

Remember that time you really embarrassed yourself, and you play it over and over in your head, cringing a little each time? Or how about your inability to ask for a raise or promotion you deserve because you have told yourself so many times you are not worth it? You let it stew, creating …

Mindfulness

Holden Caulfield’s Christmas Prequel to ‘Catcher in the Rye’

Before J.D. Salinger’s iconic teenaged character ever appeared in the author’s most famous novel, he was the protagonist of a Christmas short story …

Literature

Experimental implant shows promise for restoring voluntary movement after spinal cord injury

A spinal stimulator being tested by doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is showing promise in restoring hand strength and movement to a …

How Two Trailblazing Psychologists Turned the World of Decision Science Upside Down

After his book Moneyball became a best-seller, Michael Lewis learned that many of the ideas it presented to the general public had actually been introduced decades earlier by a pair of Israeli psychologists: Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky. In an adaptation from his new book, Lewis investigates …

Behavioral Sciences

'Westworld': Meaning Behind Finale Title 'The Bicameral Mind'

The “Westworld” finale was named after a psychology concept for a very good reason<p><i>Spoiler alert: Do not read unless you have seen the season finale</i> …

21 technology tipping points we will reach by 2030

Many emerging technologies you hear about today will reach a tipping point by 2025, according to a report from The World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the Future of Software & Society.<p>The council surveyed more than 800 executives and experts from the technology sector to share their …

Wild wild Westworld: why fan theories are the future of TV

Diving into Westworld’s booming subreddit, with its complex tangle of analysis and predictions, led me to a startling realisation: soon, all shows could be written by fans themselves<p>There’s a case to be made that the theories about Westworld are more interesting than the actual show. As you will …

TV

The Outsiders may be 50, but it's still a teenager at heart

<i>The Outsiders</i> turns 50 today, but don’t let its age fool you: This book is a teenager, has always been a teenager, and always will be a teenager. It is adolescent in every way, from its creation story to its legacy to — most especially — its contents.<p>S.E. Hinton started writing the book at age 14, …