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33 Angry Physicists Came Together to Shut Down One Theory About the Universe

Scientists are no strangers to healthy debate. You need criticism to strengthen your ideas, and when debate is done right, both parties leave knowing …

Photographer Maisie Cousins brings irreverence and wit to the polite world of floral photography

Photography

What Things Should Every Physics Major Know?

Over the weekend, cosmologist and author Sean Carroll tweeted about what physics majors should know, namely that “the Standard Model is an SU(3)xSU(2)xU(1) gauge theory, and know informally what that means.” My immediate reaction to this was pretty much in line with Brian Skinner’s, namely that …

Physics

Protests after Officer Betty Shelby was found not guilty of manslaughter

Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma; people are outraged she has been exonerated.

From Aleppo to Paris: Syrian Photographer Captures Fiery Clash

Syrian photographer Zakaria Abdelkafi took a photograph in Paris as harrowing as many of the images from his war-torn native land: a French riot policeman engulfed in flames. Taken on the sidelines of a May Day rally in the midst of a tense presidential election that has divided France, the …

Ellen says Trump is not welcome on her talk show

Traditionally, talk show hosts salivate at the mere thought of the president of the United States visiting their chatfests.<p>Ellen DeGeneres? Not so …

Donald Trump

Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us About Evolution

2017.03.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews<b></b>Michael Ruse, <i>Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us About Evolution</i>, Oxford …

Stop what you're doing and put this timelapse of the Milky Way on fullscreen

Just turn your video to full HD, go fullscreen, and set the gearshift of your soul to high for the best experience possible.<p>Airline pilot Sales Wick …

The Next Step in Human Evolution Won’t Be Confined to Our Bodies

Flash of Brilliance<p><i>“Intelligence is the passenger, Biology is the driver.” – Karl Schroeder</i><p>Remarkably soon after the Earth formed 4.5 billion years …

Ask Ethan: What Was The Entropy Of The Universe At The Big Bang?

The second law of thermodynamics is one of those puzzling laws of nature that simply emerges from the fundamental rules. It says that entropy, a measure of disorder in the Universe, must always increase in any closed system. But how is it possible that our Universe today, which looks to be …

The End of the Universe as We Know It

What if the world around us is just a shadow of reality? Imagine, for example, that you wake up one cold winter morning and look out your window to find that the view is completely obscured by beautiful ice crystals, forming strange patterns on the glass. You might see something like the image …

Cosmic superclusters, the Universe’s largest structures, don’t actually exist

You may have heard of Laniakea, but don’t count on it being real.<p><i>“It’s the gravity that shapes the large scale structure of the universe, even though</i> …

Dark Matter

The Science Of Cats

<i>Would you rather hear these stories in a 10-minute clip? Listen to our brand new audio digest here.</i><p>The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty …

New Study: Life On Earth May Not Have Started Here

How did life on Earth begin? Scientists have been arguing over this exact question for years. But a new experiment has, among other things, lent some serious credence to a theory that life on Earth didn’t start on Earth at all.<p>More than a year ago, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute and the …

Research

Heisenberg's Astrophysics Prediction Finally Confirmed After 80 Years

Discovering that our Universe was quantum in nature brought with it a lot of unintuitive consequences. The better you measured a particle’s position, the more fundamentally indeterminate its momentum was. The shorter an unstable particle lived, the less well-known its mass fundamentally was. Solid, …

Physics

Richard Dawkins and Other Prominent Scientists React to Trump's Win

This week the U.S. elected businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump as its 45th president. As <i>Scientific American</i> has reported in the run-up to …

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