Matthew Ortiz

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This "Dark Knight" Fan Theory Makes The Joker The Hero

"I'm gonna tell you where they are... and that's the point... you'll have to choooose."

How Quantum Symmetry Makes Solid Matter Possible

Physicists are forever dividing the universe into two classes of things– ordinary matter and dark matter, quarks and leptons, conductors and insulators. Some of these definitions are just matters of convenience, but others are fundamental to the structure of the universe. One of the most …

25 Free Things to do in Washington, D.C.

With an entire collection of free museums, Washington, D.C., might be the best city in America to visit if you’re looking to stick to a budget. …

Should Mars Be Independent, Or Just A Colony Of Earth?

Astrobiologist wants to make sure the red planet is independent from the start<p>It’s a popular sci-fi plot: Earth sets up colonies on Mars; Mars colonies grow, developing their own technologies and culture; Mars colonies rebel against overbearing Earth government, demanding independence. It happens …

Space Science

No Man’s Sky: the game where you can explore 18 quintillion planets

It’s a game where you’re unlikely to meet other players, no one will win and it will take over four billion years to explore it all. And that’s why it’s the most anticipated title for decades.<p>Sean Murray is sweating in an Uber cab as it lurches to the staccato rhythm of Los Angeles traffic. The …

Los Angeles

Yeah...this.

Should we build a village on the Moon?

The new head of the European Space Agency has a plan – for humanity to build a ‘village on the Moon’. Richard Hollingham asks him why.<p>Professor Johann-Dietrich Woerner has been in his new job as Director General of the European Space Agency (Esa) for a week. In charge of a €4.4 billion annual …

Why Are Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg Reading Utopian Sci-Fi?

Iain M Banks's novels feature superintelligent AI: Are Musk and Zuckerberg worried about getting replaced?<p>Two of tech's biggest names, SpaceX's Elon Musk and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, are reading speculative fiction by the late Scottish author Iain M Banks. What's with the sudden interest in …

The One Thing Everybody Should Know About Relativity

Yesterday, I wrote about the core concepts needed to understand quantum physics, which is one of the two pillars of modern physics. The other, of course, is the theory of relativity, the full and complete version of which celebrates its 100th birthday this November (we usually talk about relativity …

How to Start Influencing

Whether you are aware of it or not, you are influencing people, events, and circumstances in the world.<p>I don't take my ability to influence others and outcomes to my actions for granted and I don't think you should either. We are influencing each other and have an impact on everything around us …

Happiness

How do you produce a single photon?

A source of photons is a very convenient tool for physicists

Physics

Will We Really Be Able To Model The Entire Human Brain Within 10 Years?

Does the claim made by the leader of the €1 Billion Human Brain Project stand a chance of coming to fruition?<br>Read More

The Brain

Why I Can't Say 'Love the Sinner/Hate the Sin' Anymore

I'm done.<p>I can't look my gay brother in the eye anymore and say "I love the sinner but hate the sin." I can't keep drawing circles in the sand.<p>I thought I just needed to try harder. Maybe I needed to focus more on loving the sinner, and less on protesting the sin. But even if I was able to fully …

The Sinner

How to Make Yourself Smarter in One-Hour-A-Day

Smart people do better in life. Recently, there’s been a slew of books arguing that success in life isn’t really about how smart you are and how much …

Internal Documents Show Fossil Fuel Industry Has Been Aware of Climate Change for Decades

<i>ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson supports a carbon tax, but insists climate models "simply are not that good" and don't justify a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels.</i><p>Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse created a stir recently when he speculated that fossil fuel companies may be violating federal …

Climate

A quantum of carbon: scientists devise new way to observe greenhouse effect

Technique to unravel how each molecule of CO2 absorbs light allows more accurate predictions about how much the Earth is likely to warm, reports Climate News Network<p>British scientists have devised a new way to observe the greenhouse world, enabling researchers to measure with exquisite accuracy how …

How can we fix unconscious racism?

Racist stereotypes, at their root, come from quite a fundamental learning mechanism. Humans are able to learn and adapt so quickly because they are excellent at making generalisations about the world based on very limited experience. Take dogs, for example - a toddler might reasonably conclude …

The Brain's Remarkable Sculpting Of Memories

It is a remarkable fact that the brain, made of neurons and their connections to one another named synapses, is able to remember.<p>After all, if there is one thing we can say about our bodies and about nature, it's that change is everywhere. To remember is to go the other way, as we somehow try to …

Jill Scott admits she was wrong to lend support to Bill Cosby

Soul singer tweets that newly emerged court documents offer the proof she needed and that she is ‘completely disgusted’<p>The soul singer Jill Scott has said she was wrong to lend her support to Bill Cosby last year, after he was accused of multiple sexual assaults against women.<p>Related: Bill Cosby's …

Lawmakers Ready Bill To Make Obama's Free Community College Plan A Reality

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.) will introduce legislation Wednesday to make community college free for low-income students, fulfilling a promise made by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address this year.<p>In his February speech, Obama touted …

The Confederate Flag at War (But Not the Civil War)

<i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>The Pentagon just can’t let go. In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, Amazon and Walmart have announced that they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise. Ebay says it will stop offering Confederate items for electronic auction. The Republican governor of …

'No One Should Have The Right To Prolong My Death'

When Jennifer Glass goes to Sacramento on Tuesday to deliver testimony in favor of the California End-of-Life-Options Act, the trip will require some complex logistics.<p>Her 17-year-old stepson, Tristan, will bundle her into her car and get behind the wheel to drive the two hours from her home in San …

Why Millennials Can’t Afford to Be Colorblind

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23 cents an hour: The perfectly legal slavery happening in modern-day America

<b>(MoreISO via iStock)</b><p>In skyrocketing prison populations, corporations and the government have a pool of powerless, exploitable workers<p>Terrell Jermaine Starr<p>July 7, 2015 9:45am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>If you thought slavery was outlawed in America, you would be wrong. The …

Colony, state or independence: Puerto Rico's status anxiety adds to debt crisis

The island’s classification as a US territory complicates something as simple as bankruptcy filings, prompting many to wonder if statehood is the best option<p>The word “colony” conjures images of conquistadors and pilgrims, slavery and imperialism. But in Puerto Rico the supposed anachronism slips …

Like a Good Referee, the Next U.S. President Should Be Measured, Courageous, and Decidedly Not the Story

I love basketball. Most Americans love basketball. President Obama loves basketball. So, let's use a basketball metaphor to define the best kind of U.S. President.<p>In the NBA (National Basketball Association), you have at least two referees, often three. For this discussion, think of them like the …

This Is Apple and Google's Next Big Battleground

For most of my 35-year technology career, fights over operating systems have dominated the landscape. First, it was MS-DOS againt the original Apple …

Ben Carson comes unhinged: Says Obama fosters “race wars” in effort to “destroy society”

<b>(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)</b><p>Latest comments are par for the course from the ultraconservative 2016 candidate<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>July 6, 2015 8:32pm (UTC)<p>President Obama just uses the presidential bully pulpit to "create wars" like "class warfare," the "war on women," "race wars" and even "religious wars" and …

Ben Carson