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In honor of his centennial, the Top 10 Feynman quotations

As Richard Feynman once said, “a man cannot live beyond the grave,” and so surely Feynman could not speak from the grave, either. Except that …

The Case for Putting Aside Dark Energy to Reevaluate General Relativity

A renewed suggestion that dark energy may not be real – dispensing with 70% of the stuff in the universe – has reignited a longstanding debate.<p>Dark …

Newsletter

NEWS FEATURE<p>Correction 13 June 2018<p>With the first detections behind them, researchers have set their sights on ambitious scientific quarry.<p>Search for …

Physics

Prospect Delivers a Space Western That Should Satisfy All Your Dirty Scifi Cravings

Once upon a time, the western parts of the United States seemed as foreboding as other planets do now. <i>Prospect</i> is the latest in a long line of scifi …

Codes of Conduct

Scientists have discovered the origins of the most mysterious particles in the universe

These so-called "cosmic messenger particles" are some of the highest energy particles known to science.<p>In the field of particle physics, one of the …

Negative mass particles forged in new laser device

In our everyday experience, if you push something, it moves away from you. But objects with negative mass would turn that basic principle on its head …

Physics

National MagLab's latest magnet snags world record, marks new era of scientific discovery

Superconductors are materials that conduct electricity with perfect efficiency (unlike copper, in which electrons encounter a lot of friction). …

Five Impossible Facts That Would Have To Be True If The Earth Were Flat

From any one location on the surface of the Earth, it’s impossible to tell what our planet’s shape is. Having a single vantage point, even with a clear horizon, allows you to see a handful of miles (or kilometers) in any direction, but that can only allow you to place constraints. The Earth could …

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Simple Formulas for the Telescope Owner

<i>How to calculate what you need to know about your telescopes, oculars, and binoculars.</i>I am about as far from being a mathematician as it is possible …

The Physics of When, Exactly, Star Wars Takes Place

WHEN<p>Episode IV, opening scene<p>WHERE<p>The galaxy<p>CHARACTERS<p>Before their time<p>PHYSICS CONCEPTS<p>Gravity, big bang theory<p>When watching a Star Wars film, you …

Fast Radio Bursts: Mysterious Signals Flash Every Second

Every single second there is a fast radio burst happening somewhere in our observable universe, even if we do not detect it here on Earth. That’s …

These 4 Simple Steps Are the Key to Better, Happier Relationships

Fact: we're always communicating (but not effectively).<p>People are always communicating, but typically not well. Most people aren't aware their body language, tone, and even their silence sends loud messages to others. And when you don't realize that not doing the dishes may be interpreted as "you …

Communication Skills

Sun Unleashes Monster Solar Flare, Strongest in a Decade

<i>This article was updated at 5:44 p.m. EDT to indicate that a coronal mass ejection was observed coming from the site of the solar flare.</i><p>Early this …

Astronomy

4 Ways to Learn Anything in 20 Hours

<i>“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”</i> — Mahatma Gandhi<p>What if you could learn anything in 20 hours, what would …

How to Reshape Your Brain and Learn Anything, Based on the Most Popular Coursera Class Ever

No matter what you want to know and remember, the same basic methods and principles apply.<p>You know that old saying that if you give a person a fish, they'll eat for a day, and if you teach them to fish, they'll eat for a lifetime? It's the perfect summary of just how important learning can be. But …

University of California

The whole universe fits in one image with a special trick of math

The universe is enormous — so vast that it's almost impossible to picture what it might look like in one image.<p>But musician Pablo Carlos Budassi managed to do it by combining logarithmic maps of the universe from Princeton and images from NASA.<p>He created the image below that shows the observable …

How scientists managed to store information in a single atom

In the quest to shrink data storage down into tinier and tinier forms, scientists have scored a very, very small triumph.<p>They did it by creating what’s essentially an incredibly diminutive magnet: It’s just one atom in size, and while it’s not going to be holding birthday cards up on your …

Free stuff from NASA! Robots, drones, satellites!

Just because you don't work for NASA doesn't mean you can't use its code.<p>On Wednesday, the space agency released its latest online software catalog of over 1,000 code descriptions related to topics such as guidance systems, robotics, aeronautics, climate simulators, biological sensors and design …

Freebies

The benefits and harms of marijuana, explained by the most thorough research review yet

A new report looks at more than 10,000 studies on marijuana. It has good and bad news for pot users.<p>Marijuana has been with humans in some way or another for thousands of years. But after all this time, there is still a lot of public debate about what, exactly, pot’s risks and benefits are.<p>A recent …

Cannabis

Astronomers capture spectacular image of a ‘tsunami’ in the night sky

From the remote Atacama desert, an array of telescopes has captured a spectacular image of a celestial wave crashing in the night sky. The spiraling …

40 Minutes of Lucid Dreaming

<i>Jordan Shakeshaft, Life by Daily Burn</i><p>There was a time a few years back when I couldn’t sleep more than four hours a night. I would stay up thinking …

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New theory of gravity might explain dark matter

According to Erik Verlinde, there is no need to add a mysterious dark matter particle to the theory. In a new paper, which appeared today on the …

The Happiest People Don't Let Their Minds Wander, According to a Harvard Study

There is an old saying: “Happiness is a state of mind.” As it turns out, it's true.<p><i>How does one overcome depression and anxiety? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Mellissa O'Brien, mindfulness</b> …

Happiness

Start Rolling Your Blunts: New Study Says Weed Can Enhance Cognitive Function

Jokes about the stupid stoner are becoming passé.<p>We've already heard how medical marijuana can help people with everything from PTSD to creativity. Now there's even more evidence from Harvard-Tuft researchers in study indicating that cannabis helps our cognitive performance, i.e. the way we acquire …

Impossible Spaceship Engine Called "EmDrive" Actually Works, Leaked NASA Report Reveals

Though scientists are still trying to figure out how it doesn’t violate the laws of physics.<p>YouTube / Kaleb Austin Hopper<p>Will Sabel CourtneyView Will …

The Cognitive Benefits of Being a Man-Child

For men and women, extending adolescence has the potential to make the brain more capable in adulthood.<p>In a time when college graduates return to live under their parents’ roofs and top careers require years of internships and graduate degrees, the age of adulthood is receding, practically into the …