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The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics

There is probably no area of science more bizarre and confusing than trying to understand the behavior of matter and energy at the smallest scales. …

Quantum Mechanics

Redefining the kilogram in terms of Planck’s constant

The kilogram has the dubious distinction of being the only SI unit still based on a physical object; specifically, a metal cylinder kept in a vault …

Physics

The Psychological Benefits And Drawbacks Of Perfectionism

Is being a perfectionist a good thing or a bad thing? Psychologically speaking, it depends.<p>What did Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, and Leonardo Da Vinci have in common? Talent aside, they were perfectionists. The same can probably be said about Madonna, Serena Williams, and Gordon Ramsay. Whether …

Psychology

Science Uncovers The Origin Of The First Light In The Universe

When we look out at the Universe today, highlighted against the vast, empty blackness of the sky are points of light: stars, galaxies, nebulae and more. Yet there was a time in the distant past before any of those things had formed, just after the Big Bang, where the Universe was still filled with …

Dark Matter

Magnetars Are the Strongest Known Magnets in the Universe

Magnetars are one of the most extreme and mysterious objects in space. They're surprisingly small, they're incredibly dense, and, like their name …

Universe
Dark Matter

In 1928, One Physicist Accidentally Predicted Antimatter

Paul Dirac was trying to reconcile relativity with quantum mechanics and ended up predicting the existence of antimatter.<p>In the first quarter of the 20th century, it was an intense time to be a physicist. It seemed like every day someone was coming out with a new theory that completely …

Uranus Is Even Freakier Than We Thought

If David Lynch designed a planet, it would be Uranus. Much like every episode of <i>Twin Peaks: The Return</i>, Uranus is fiercely unique and weirdly …

Astronomy

5 chatbots that will help you find a job

Have you ever wished you had a personal assistant to help you find a new job or move up in your career? Well, now you can have one, thanks to the chatbot.<p>Chatbots know how to interact with people, because they either follow a human-composed set of rules or learn how to communicate via artificial …

Delete yourself from the internet by pressing this button

The internet can be a beautiful and horrible place at the same time. It’s weird, and sometimes you feel like you want to leave. Sadly, there’s no easy way out — or there wasn’t, until now.<p>Swedish developers Wille Dahlbo and Linus Unnebäck created Deseat.me, a web app that offers a way to wipe your …

Hubble Hits Jackpot: Images Capture Ultrabright Galaxies via Cosmic Magnification

A glittering jackpot of ultrabright galaxies bursting with star formation has been revealed in a series of stunning images taken by the Hubble Space …

Universe

The first quantum-secured blockchain technology has been tested in Moscow

As a result, the cryptocurrency market has begun to rise exponentially, and last month reached an astonishing $90 billion in market capitalization. Whatever happens next, cryptocurrencies look certain to play an increasingly influential role in the global financial system.<p>But there is a problem on …

Blockchain

First beam for an important new physics experiment

An anomaly in the tiny magnetic field of a fundamental particle could be the loose thread that lets us unravel a new layer of physics. A new experiment has started to take a closer look<p>A new experiment at the Fermi National Laboratory near Chicago, USA, has just taken an important step. The first …

Physics

IBM Shows The World How To Build A Super Dense 5-Nanometer Chip

Two years after IBM created the world’s first 7 nanometer chip, the company said it has now developed a breakthrough process to build an even more densely-packed chip at 5nm.<p>The chip will pack 30 billion 5nm switches onto a chip the size of a fingernail. For context, IBM’s 7nm test chip packed 20 …

Artificial Intelligence

The Mind-Matter Duality: Is The Human Mind Capable Of Manipulating Our Physical World

Lucien Hardy is a theoretical physicist from the Perimeter Institute in Canada. Hardy was always asking questions, gathering information, looking for …

Scientists Find That Rock Climbing Can Treat Depression

Bouldering has incredible results.<p>There are more American rock climbing gyms now than there’s ever been, and the popularity of indoor climbing …

Climbing

Dutch households will use servers to heat their showers for free

A small trial for a clever idea<p>You know just from using a laptop that computers give off a lot of excess heat. For data centers containing tens of thousands of servers, this is a big problem, wasting energy and money. To try and mitigate this, companies have experimented with moving facilities to …

Selling
Huawei Watch

The cofounder of the company that helped put Uproxx on the map wants to help millennials get rich

Scott Grimes cofounded the entertainment-focused digital media company Woven (now Uproxx), which brought the world the edgy young male-aimed site BroBible. Now he wants to help young people better manage their wallets with a new web video venture.<p>Stackin aspires to become a go-to outlet for …

Digital Marketing

Microsoft, Google Will Shape The AI World

In the last fortnight, two tech giants Microsoft and Google have laid down their strategies for an intelligent cloud led Artificial intelligence …

Body's Opioid System Implicated in Trauma Sensivitity

What happens in the brain when we see other people experiencing a trauma or being subjected to pain?<p>According to a new study, the same regions that …

Which iOS Assistant Is Best: Siri, Google Assistant or Cortana?

My iPhone is now packed with helpers. It started with Siri, the digital assistant baked into iOS, that was waiting for me the moment I fired up my …

Google Assistant
Artificial Intelligence

New Zealand: The next major space hub?

Is New Zealand poised to become the world's next center for space commerce? If events of the next week or so pan out, the answer is yes. Between now …

Space Travel

The science of inequality: why people prefer unequal societies

In a thought-provoking new paper, three Yale scientists argue it’s not inequality in life that really bothers us, but unfairness<p>Anyone looking for evidence that people have a natural aversion to inequality will find numerous laboratory studies that seemingly confirm their view. Studies have found …

Income Inequality

World's first quantum computer by China can shame international counterparts with 24,000 times faster speed

The quantum computer can perform calculations 10 to 100 times faster than what the first electronic digital computer, ENIAC, would have been capable …

In Science, Probability Is More Certain Than You Think

The outrage of the moment in my social media circles is over the <i>New York Times</i> hiring Bret Stephens as an opinion columnist, who promptly devoted his first regular column to sowing doubt about climate change. The argument is, basically, that the science behind climate change deals in probabilities, …

Physics

This is what fraud looks like in the age of Artificial Intelligence

TNW recently ran a report about Lyrebird, an AI company that synthesizes speech in anyone’s voice with a one-minute recording. The samples published on the company’s website are rather rudimentary.<p>Google’s Wavenet provides a similar functionality. It requires a much bigger data set, but it sounds …

7 Natural Wonders You Need to Explore in Italy

We all know Italy to be a haven for hardcore foodies and history buffs, home to amazing man-made wonders such as the marinara pizza and the Leaning …

Scientists: "We Have Detected the Existence of a Fundamentally New State of Matter"

3D Quantum Liquid Crystals<p>Caltech physicists at the Institute for Quantum Information and Matter have discovered the first 3D quantum liquid crystal. …