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Being Wrong About Fundamental Physics Is Pretty Exciting Too

New antineutrino results from China don't yet have an explanation, which is maybe a good thing.<p><i>Correction: An earlier version of this article identified the Daya Bay research as originating in Japan, while the researchers and institutions involved are from China. The post has since been updated.</i> …

The Ultimate Collection of Free Physics Videos

You don’t need to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars or sit through hours of classes in order to understand the fundamental nature of the universe. …

This 1953 Film Perfectly Explains How Mechanical Computers Worked Before We Had Microchips

How can gears do wildly complex math? Wonder no more.<p>The very first computers existed long, long before the microchip-powered devices we use every day here in the future. And over the centuries, there have been various different kinds of mechanical calculators and other computing devices that use …

What Made Einstein's Brain Different From Everyone Else's?

<i>In what ways might Einstein’s brain biology have been different from average? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Joyce Schenkein, Ph.D in neuropsychology, on Quora:</b><p>Before looking at differences</i> …

5. Concrete - The Romans Got There First

Although most of us associate concrete with ugly '70s tower blocks, it's actually a technology that was used throughout history, most famously by the …

20 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Scientists

The great science minds of history have provided inspirational quotes on their findings, philosophy, and understanding of the world around us. These quotes have inspired generations of young explorers, eager to learn more about the world and motivated toward betterment.<p>When you need a bit more …

Albert Einstein

Gravitational waves will show the quantum nature of reality (Synopsis)

“If you are not completely confused by quantum mechanics, you do not understand it.” -John WheelerNow that LIGO has detected gravitational waves …

Gravitational Waves

Gravitational Waves Will Show The Quantum Nature Of Reality

One of the oldest predictions of Einstein’s general theory of relativity — the gravitational theory that spacetime is a fabric that gets bent and curved by the presence of matter and energy — is that masses that accelerate in the Universe produce ripples in the fabric of space itself: gravitational …

Physics

Mathematicians Discovered Something Super Freaky About Prime Numbers

Mathematicians have discovered a surprising pattern in the expression of prime numbers, revealing a previously unknown “bias” to researchers.<p>Primes, …

It's Pi Day! Here are 3.14 facts about pi

You know the old saying: it's Pi Day, Pi Day, gotta get down on Pi Day. And what better way to celebrate the date that embodies everyone's favorite mathematical constant than with precisely 3.14 facts about pi.<p>1 — A Japanese memory master Claims he can recite pi to 111,700 digits<p>Memorizing pi is an …

Mathematics

Celebrate Albert Einstein's birthday and Pi day with these 10 quotes

Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921 for his "services to theoretical physics".<p>14 March marks the birthday of the father of modern …

Mathematicians Have Discovered a Strange Pattern Hiding in Prime Numbers

They're not as random as we thought.<p>Mathematicians are pretty obsessed with prime numbers - those elusive integers that can only be divided by one …

A pair of mathematicians have discovered a prime number conspiracy

A prime is a number only divisible by 1 and itself, like 2, 3, 5, 7, and 11. A number like 6 is not prime, since 6 is divisible by 2 and 3.<p>Prime numbers are one of the major objects of interest of the mathematical subfield of number theory. One favourite obsession of number theorists is the …

Mathematics

The 'Dark' Universe May Be Full of Strange Interactions — NOVA Next | PBS

Most of the universe may not be as constant as physicists think it is.<p>Dark energy and dark matter—the two main ingredients of the universe, and two …

Why Isn't Edward P. Tryon A World-famous Physicist?

<i>Creative</i> <i>Commons via Wikimedia Commons, The History of the Universe</i><p>Why is there a Universe? Scientists simply don't know how to address why questions. They are out of the present formulation of modern science....Nor do we know, or have any prospect of ever knowing, why there is a Universe.<p>Eric …

Physics

Gravitational waves explained

A century after Albert Einstein rewrote our understanding of space and time, physicists have confirmed one of the most elusive predictions of his …

LIGO

How the No-Cloning Theorem Proves That Human Teleportation Is Not Possible

Minute Physics has joined the ongoing conversation about transporters and logical paradoxes with a really quick and concise explanation of the …

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Solar Panels Grown On The Moon Could Power The Earth

A far-out plan to create swarms of self-replicating solar panel satellites<p>"Global warming is the greatest challenge our species will face in the next 100 years," says Justin Lewis-Weber.<p>Currently a high school senior in California, Lewis-Weber has just published a paper in the journal <i>New Space</i> with …

Solar Panels

Einstein: 'The genius among geniuses'

Albert Einstein, one of the 20th century's most influential thinkers, would have been 139 this week.

How many digits of pi does NASA use?

Mathematicians have calculated pi out to more than 13 trillion decimal places, a calculation that took 208 days. NASA’s Marc Rayman explains that in …

Ask Ethan: Could Dark Energy Recycle The Universe?

There’s something eerily similar about the start of our Universe, a period of cosmic inflation, and the driver of the ultimate fate, the accelerated expansion of dark energy, that leads one to speculate if they might be related. In fact, this week’s chosen question comes from Andrew Gillett, who …

6 Things You Might Not Know About Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity

<b>1. Einstein relied on friends and colleagues to help him develop his theory.</b> <br>Though the theory of general relativity is often presented as a work of …

Physics

Physics Will Never Be Over

Whenever I meet someone new and tell them I’m a physicist, there’s a decent chance that they’ll ask me to explain string theory. I can’t manage much more than “It’s one possible way to combine General Relativity with the Standard Model” (which we know must be wrong). Those two theories are both …

This is how the world's first Hyperloop might actually look

A team of students from MIT have won a competition to design pods for the still-unbuilt Hyperloop transportation system.<p>More than 100 university …

Was Einstein right? Ripples in space-time may have been found

Are the rumors true? Whispers about a possible detection of actual ripples in space-time have been swirling for weeks, and on Thursday, the world may …

How Feng Shui Could Help Build Better Products

Feng shui is all about creating a harmonious household. Here’s how to make your app feel every bit as homey.<p>“Oh jeez” is what I typically hear from coworkers any time I suggest feng shui for the humble office of our startup Zugata in Palo Alto. They all think it’s silly, superstitious nonsense. …

26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation.<p>In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and …

Developing Countries

How did it take McDonald’s so long to see that all it really needed was all-day breakfast?

Go figure. In October, McDonald’s debuted all-day breakfast across the US—and just like that, that the long-ailing company produced its best quarter in four years. The rebound makes all-day breakfast, which McDonald’s itself identified as “the primary driver” of its results, a rare silver bullet …

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