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Reality Is Not What We Can See

Some physicists, mind you, not many of them, are physicist-poets.<p>They see the world or, more adequately, physical reality, as a lyrical narrative written in some hidden code that the human mind can decipher.<p>Carlo Rovelli, the Italian physicist and author, is one of them. Following his best-seller</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

Facts are the reason science is losing during the current war on reason

You’d think scientists could answer simple questions like ‘when did the dinosaurs live?’. But the truth about science is bad news for those seeking certainty<p>With controversy about science communication, facts and alternative facts hitting the headlines recently, I’ve been having a number of …

Paleontology

Diply

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NASA ‘cuts live feed from international space station after mysterious object filmed speeding past’

<b>A British alien hunter believes he has spotted a UFO during a live feed from the International Space Station.</b><p>John Craddick, from Wolverhampton, …

Was It Wrong for Scientists to Create a Pig-Human Hybrid Embryo?

Scientists at the Salk Institute in California have created a part-human, part-pig embryo. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan told us about the ethical concerns involved in mixing human and animal DNA.<p>An experiment reported on Thursday in <i>Cell</i>, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, announced a purported …

Biotechnology

How Our Solar System Will End In The Far Future

It took 13.8 billion years of cosmic evolution to bring us here. Generations of stars had to live and die to create the heavy elements; small proto-galaxies had to merge together to create the Milky Way; interstellar gas clouds had to collapse and form new stars with rocky planets around them; …

Universe

These smart locks will let you ditch your keys

You don't need a key if you've got a connected deadbolt on your front door -- and your options are continuing to grow.<p>Keys are a time-tested means of access, but they won't do you much good if you leave them inside on your way out the door.<p>Today's crop of smart locks ($124.00 at Amazon.com) think …

Home Automation

Scientists have invented paper that can withstand water and fire

While the Chinese have been credited with the invention of paper some 2,000 years ago, this improvement takes the humble material to a whole new …

Archives

The 100 best nonfiction books: the story so far

At the halfway point in his series, our columnist reflects on what constitutes a classic, the selection process and the omissions he regrets<p>• The 100 best nonfiction books: No 51 – The Souls of Black Folk by WEB Du Bois<p>As this <i>Guardian</i>-<i>Observer</i> list reaches its halfway mark with a gay Englishman and …

Literature

Digital mortgage broker Habito raises £5.5m from Silicon Valley investor

An internet mortgage broker that aims to shake up the convoluted process of securing a home loan has raised £5.5m from a Silicon Valley investor.<p>Habito, a London start-up, allows homebuyers to find a mortgage using an artificial intelligence chatbot instead of a series of meetings or phone call …

Sorry Elon, driverless passenger drones will be the vehicular disruption of the future

Henry Ford famously said that if you asked people what they wanted, they wouldn’t have said “ a car.” They would have said – “a faster horse.”<p>I believe driverless cars are today’s equivalent of faster horses. A continuation of what exists – not a true category break. Predictable but not …

Drones

Custom High-Speed Camera Films 'Sonic Boom' of Light for the First Time

Scientists have finally filmed what’s known as a “sonic boom” being created by light. But the breakthrough with the most immediate potential may be …

Study: Facebook can actually make us more narrow-minded

<b>(CNN) —</b> On the surface, it seems like social media has the boundless potential to expand our world, connecting us to ideas and people we otherwise would never have found. However, a new study claims just the opposite: Social media actually isolates us, creating and facilitating confirmation biases …

Social Media

Can Science Prove The Existence Of God?

There’s an argument that many people make: that the natural world, and humanity’s existence in the Universe, point towards a divine creator that brought forth all of this into existence. To the best of our knowledge, Earth exists with a plethora of conditions that allowed for our existence, and …

Universe

Take nobody's word for it – evidence and authority in a world of propaganda

‘Nullius in verba’ is a fine ideal, but science is a little bit more complicated than that, as is the world in general<p>‘Nullius in verba’ – roughly, ‘Take nobody’s word for it’ – is the motto of one of the world’s oldest scientific societies, the Royal Society. It neatly expresses the ideal that the …

Physics