Justin Sides

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The 42 Biggest Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

In a homage to 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,' two physicists explain the biggest unknowns in science. I’ve summed them up as a tweetstorm.<p>In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams’ classic irreverent tour through the universe, a supercomputer named Deep Thought discovers the answer to …

Scientists Say Our Sun's Death Will Be Even Creepier Than We Thought

Our sun is still in its glory years at the ripe age of 4.5 billion years. In about 10 billion years, the sun’s core will lose massive amounts of …

Universe

Ask Ethan: Why Haven't We Bumped Into Another Universe Yet?

The Universe we inhabit is vast, full of matter and energy, and expanding at a tremendous clip. Looking billions of light years away, we can see billions of years into our ancient past, finding evidence of newly-forming planets, stars, and galaxies. We’ve seen so far back that we’ve identified …

The 35 All-Time Creepiest Things Kids Have Ever Said

I asked my 3 kids what they wanted to do when they grew up. 10-year-old Jason said, "I want to be a teacher." 8-year-old Mitzi said, "I want to be a …

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever

Noooooo.<p>Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental …

Physics

Saturn's Biggest Moon is Surprisingly Earth-Like — And Scary As Hell

Though NASA’s Cassini spacecraft was vaporized in Saturn’s atmosphere back in September (RIP), it’s still revealing fascinating insights about the …

NASA Has Invented an Incredible New Space Navigation Technique

Oh, the places we'll go!<p>NASA has invented a new type of autonomous space navigation that could see human-made spacecraft heading into the far reaches …

Black hole breakthrough reveals wobbling jets spotted by supercomputers

Researchers used supercomputers to chart the spin around supermassive black holes<p>With the help of pioneering supercomputer simulations, scientists …

These Post-Apocalyptic Books Will Freak You Out

Armageddon. The apocalypse. Judgement Day. For every word there is to describe the end of days, there are five different ways authors have envisioned …

Your Brain Might Be Distorting Reality

Some researchers are finding that the things you do could change what your brain sees–but not everyone is convinced.<p>We usually believe that what we see is a true representation of what’s there. The basic model of vision is that the eyes receive sensory information, the brain processes it, and then …

10 Australian Scifi Movies You Need to Watch

When someone says “Australian science fiction movie,” thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to <i>Mad Max</i>—if not George Miller’s insanely influential …

Scientists are rethinking the very nature of space and time

by Kristin Houser January 6, 2018 Hard Science 41547<p>The Nature of Space and Time<p>A pair of researchers have uncovered a potential bridge between …

Quantum Mechanics

It's 2018. Here are six scientific mysteries we still haven't solved.

by Victor Tangermann January 2, 2018 Hard Science 54753<p>Humans have made a staggering amount of scientific and technological progress over the past …

Living Bacteria "From Outer Space" Have Been Found on The Outside of The ISS

But don't get too excited about aliens.<p>Scientists on board the International Space Station (ISS) have discovered living bacteria clinging to the …

Space Exploration

Scientists Reverse Arrow of Time in Quantum Experiment — NOVA Next | PBS

Time only moves forward—or does it?<p>Physicists refer to this idea as the “arrow of time,” and the idea of unidirectional time seems to hold true for …

Everything we knew about the Big Bang could be wrong

The Big Bang theory has been the most widely accepted explanation about how our universe all began — but now experts are challenging the …

Black Holes

Neuroscientist Christof Koch on Free Will

“Freedom is always a question of degree rather than an absolute good that we do or do not possess.”<p><i>“I want to be free,”</i> seventeen-year-old Sylvia Plath declared in a letter to her mother — a yearning that hurled her in the inevitable logical direction of the larger question of what freedom really …

Neurophilosophy

Watch This Doc on Alien Gangsters and the 'Biggest Story Never Told'

"Patient Seventeen" chronicles the final surgery of Dr. Roger Leir, who claimed to remove extraterrestrial implants from the bodies of abductees.<p><i>This article is part of the</i> <i>Motherboard Guide to Cinema</i> <i>, a semi-regular column exploring foreign and obscure speculative films.</i><p>In 1992, a now infamous …

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Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?

Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single …

Stephen Hawking thinks AI will cure disease if it doesn't kill us all

When a panel of renowned AI experts was asked whether it would be possible for machines to develop superintelligence the answer was unanimous: yes. It seems like there’s no longer a debate on <i>whether</i> computers will become more intelligent than humans, only <i>when</i>.<p>The panel, held earlier this year in …

Psychologists find the key to a thriving life

Recent research published in the journal <i>European Psychologist</i> reviews the literature available on the concept of human thriving and outlines key …

Psychology

Parallel galaxies

I want to show you a galaxy picture.<p>Why? Well, one reason in particular, but, to be honest, there’s a lot of really cool stuff about this particular …

This Newly Discovered Ant Has a Metal Spike on Its Head And Was Probably a Vampire

We're glad that thing is trapped in amber.<p>Scientists have discovered a new type of 'hell ant' - a species with terrifying spiky mouthparts reinforced …

A personal trainer who eats only 2 meals a day reveals why he won't touch a protein shake

As summer kicks off, many people will be well into a healthy regime, whether that's following a new diet or a fitness plan.<p>With the rise in popularity of gruelling, high-intensity workouts, protein shakes have become a post-workout go-to for many. We're constantly promised they'll repair destroyed …

Mind-Bogglingly Detailed Image of a Nearby Star Introduces an Unexpected Mystery

There are few downsides to new observations, but confusion might be one of them. New stellar images bring mysteries that will take more time and …

Universe

17 Facts That'll Make You Say, "I Know Nothing"

Dogs do NOT see in black and white, people!

Menstruation

The 20 best sci-fi and fantasy films on Netflix

<b>From epic space adventures and wisecracking superhero capers to post-apocalyptic thrillers and existential mindbenders, there should be something for</b> …

Star Trek

You'll Want To Lock The Doors After Reading These 11 Wikipedia Pages

It's not real...totally...not...real.

Newly discovered particles, and what's in them

Quarks, basically. But more charming than usual<p>Last month the LHCb experiment, at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC), reported the discovery of a new particle. While this received a reasonable amount of attention, it didn’t really cause as much excitement as, say, last year’s unconfirmed hints of a …