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18 jokes that will make you seem smarter

As with inside jokes, we often appreciate intellectual jokes because we understand them in a way that others may not.<p>For the nerd in us all, INSIDER combed through Reddit to compile a list of the best jokes for smart people that we could find.<p>You don't have to be a genius to understand these, but …

This Quantum Theory Predicts That The Future Might Be Influencing The Past

No, seriously.<p>One of the weirder aspects of quantum mechanics could be explained by an equally weird idea – that causation can run backwards in time …

Kilogram to be redefined as scientists 'revolutionise' measurement of mass

If John Pratt were an international criminal mastermind, he would fly to Paris, don an all-black suit and ski mask and sneak into the elegant French …

These Ultra-Stable, Printable Solar Cells Can Last For More Than 10,000 Hours

The next big thing in solar.<p>A team of scientists has created a low cost, fully printable solar cell that has remained stable in real world conditions …

How You Can Get 18 Games For Just $18 For PlayStation 4 In Ever Hour

This is a very special deal for only PlayStation 4 guys and I don’t want to say anything more but what can I tell you is pretty mind blowing.<p>Yes, you …

There's No Science Behind Denying Climate Change

If you didn’t know anything about climate science, about the Earth’s temperature, about carbon dioxide or greenhouse gases, but you wanted to, how would you go about doing it? You’d begin by constructing a plan for how you’d accurately scientifically investigate the problem. You’d think about the …

Climate Change

Has tech lost its mind? Let's start with flying cars

LOS ANGELES — It'll be hard to top this week for wild, crazy technology unveilings. And some may even end up in your hands.<p>Where to start? How bout: the flying car that looks like a boat, or jet skies maybe, or perhaps a huge drone? The Kitty Hawk Flyer, the personal project from Google co-founder …

How Elon Musk learns faster and better than everyone else

How is it even possible that Elon Musk could build four multibillion companies by his mid-40s — in four separate fields (software, energy, transportation, and aerospace)?<p>To explain Musk’s success, others have pointed to his heroic work ethic (he regularly works 85-hour weeks), his ability to set …

Learning

We May Finally Find out If Deep Space Travel Would Melt Astronauts

Forty years ago, Canadian physicist Bill Unruh made a surprising prediction regarding quantum field theory. Known as the Unruh effect, his theory …

Physics

New apps from MIT fill your waiting moments with learning opportunities

MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has come up with a way to fill those few seconds of waiting everyone experiences while their social media apps load, or their phone connects to WiFi. It may not seem like much, but filling these gaps can can a significant …

Whatever, We're Probably Living in a Hologram Anyway, Says Neil deGrasse Tyson

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Physics

World's oldest person, Emma Morano, dies aged 117

Emma Morano, the world’s oldest person, has died at the age of 117, after a life that has spanned three centuries.<p>Mrs Morano was born in November 1899, when Britain was at war with the Boers in South Africa.<p>She was one of eight children – five sisters and three brothers – and was the world’s last …

Story about married couple discovering they were twins during IVF appears to be fake

A viral story about a married couple who struggled to conceive only to discover they were twins when they went through IVF appears to be a hoax.<p>The story, originally from a suspected fake news website called the Mississippi Herald, claims the unnamed couple underwent the treatment to help them have …

How Would The Universe Change If We Grew An Extra Dimension?

Imagine, if you can, the ability to move in an extra direction: one beyond up-and-down, north-and-south, or east-and-west. That there’s an independent direction beyond our conventional notions of x, y, and z-axes. And let’s make it more interesting for you: imagine that you’re the only one in the …

Physics

Eton Boost Turbine

Keep your electronics going through the next power outage with the Eton Boost Turbine ($60). This portable power pack features a 2000 mAH lithium-ion …

Turbines

Wealth inequality is correlated with CO2 emissions

A new paper from a trio of Boston College researchers shows that the states with the highest degree of income inequality are also the worst offenders …

Demographics

Listening to John Adams: The true conception of liberty is far larger than mean-spirited conservative ideology

<b>John Adams; Thomas Jefferson (Wikicommons)</b><p>As debated by Adams and Jefferson, true “liberty” has nothing to do with today’s right-wing talking points<p>Nancy Isenberg • Andrew Burstein<p>April 8, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>The sad conditions we face at this moment in our political life as a nation summon a …

11 times teens already tried to ruin 2017

2017: A fresh start for everyone but the teens.<p>Apparently, some teenagers didn't get the memo that this year was going to be a <i>better</i> year for us all, …

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)<p>Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the …

Quantum Physics is Bringing Our Wildest Sci-Fi Dreams to Life

Spooky Subatomic Space<p>Think of every amazing future technology you’ve seen or read about in science fiction, or imagined yourself. Big innovations …

Quantum Mechanics

5 Vital Lessons Scientists Learn That Can Better Everyone's Life

Scientific breakthroughs may be rare, but they never take place in an intellectual vacuum. Newton’s recognition that he was standing on the shoulders of giants has never been more true than it is today, where the titans of the past have laid the foundations for our vantage point today. Yet the …

Physics

Republican distrust in the press spikes during presidential election years

For the past 40-plus years, the National Science Foundation has funded something called the General Social Survey — a poll gauging the attitudes of hundreds of Americans on a consistent set of issues. Do you support gay marriage? How do you feel about women in politics? Do we spend too much …

In Twitter attack on New York Times, Trump floats changing libel laws

In another Twitter attack on The New York Times, President Donald Trump on Thursday floated whether the U.S. should change its libel laws, a threat he made as a candidate that worries First Amendment advocates and could exacerbate tensions between his administration and the press.<p>“The failing …

Donald Trump

Explaining the accelerating expansion of the universe without dark energy

Enigmatic 'dark energy', thought to make up 68% of the universe, may not exist at all, according to a Hungarian-American team. The researchers …

Marco Rubio Was Targeted by Russian Influence Operation, Ex-FBI Agent Reveals

The hawkish senator was one of those targeted by operations during the campaign to hurt anti-Kremlin candidates, a witness tells the panel Rubio sits …

PSA: Using a VPN can protect your browsing history as Congress allows ISPs to sell it

Well, it’s official. Both the Senate and the House voted to overturn privacy rules created by the FCC, and your ISP will now be free to sell your Internet browsing history and location data to advertisers.<p>Internet service providers will have a few expenses to set off against this revenue stream – …

More Than Stars: The Milky Way's Dust Mapped In 3D For The First Time Ever

It’s easy to look at the night sky and find that it’s full of stars.<p>Moreover, the stars cluster together in a great plane spanning the sky, making up our galaxy: the Milky Way.<p>But the Milky Way is more than just stars, it’s also full of gas, plasma, and — most importantly — light-blocking dust.<p>This …

Universe

Eric Trump says he will keep father updated on business despite 'pact'

Eric Trump has said he will give his father “quarterly” updates on the family’s businesses – which the president has refused to divest from – in spite of the sons’ promises to separate the private companies from their father’s public office.<p>In an interview with Forbes magazine, Donald Trump’s …

Donald Trump

It's Official: Time Crystals Are a New State of Matter, And Now We Can Create Them

Peer-review has spoken.<p>Earlier this year, physicists had put together a blueprint for how to make and measure time crystals - a bizarre state of …

Quantum Physics