Justin Sides

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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 …

Dark Matter

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 …

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 …

Astronomy

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 …

Space Exploration

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 …

Black Holes

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 …

Books

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 …

Psychology

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 …

Science Fiction

Scientists are rethinking the very nature of space and time

The Nature of Space and Time<p>A pair of researchers have uncovered a potential bridge between general relativity and quantum mechanics — the two …

Quantum Mechanics

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

Humans have made a staggering amount of scientific and technological progress over the past century. We’ve created technology that has transformed …

Universe

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 …

Scientists Reverse Arrow of Time in Quantum Experiment — NOVA Next

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 …

Quantum Mechanics

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 …

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 …

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 …

Paranormal

According To Physicists Parallel Worlds Interact With Us

<b>According to new claims made by some physicists, there are other parallel worlds that interact with us.</b><p>Quantum mechanics is a tested science, but it …

Quantum Mechanics

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 …

LIGO

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 …

Singularity

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 …

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 …

Cosmology

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 …

Insects

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

In a fitness-mad world, protein shakes are for many the must-have accessory to a workout.<p>We're promised they'll repair destroyed muscles and, crucially, prevent the dreaded two-day burn.<p>And it's not a wonder gyms are promoting their fancy new shake bars, sometimes at more than £7, or $9, a pop. …

Nutrition

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!

Morgan Freeman

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> …

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 …

Physics

Quantum Particle Discovery Destroys Previous Results

After research, scientists have found that the model used for the Efimov molecule, a certain type of quantum particle, is incorrect after being used …

What Is The Singularity And Will You Live To See It?

Ever since scientists first discovered the existence of black holes in our universe, we have all wondered: what could possibly exist beyond the veil …

Physics