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An Experiment Seeks to Make Quantum Physics Visible to the Naked Eye

Predictions from quantum physics have been confirmed by countless experiments, but no one has yet detected the quantum physical effect of …

Why Does Gravity Move At The Speed Of Light?

If you looked out at the Sun across the 93 million miles of space that separate our world from our nearest star, the light you’re seeing isn’t from the Sun as it is right now, but rather as it was some 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago. This is because as fast as light is — moving at the speed of light …

Physics

What Is The Strongest Force In The Universe?

When it comes to the fundamental laws of nature, we can break everything down into four forces that are at the core of everything in the Universe:<p>The <b>strong nuclear force</b>: the force responsible for holding atomic nuclei and individual protons and neutrons together.<br>• The <b>electromagnetic force</b>: the force …

Physics

A science preview of the year 2016

<b>After a year that saw the first close-up investigation of Pluto and the unveiling of a new human species, what scientific discoveries are likely to make headlines in 2016?</b><p>Particle fever<p>Will the Large Hadron Collider discover a new particle in 2016? Well, the world of particle physics is currently …

Very recent scientific findings have added yet another dimension to the question of our place in the cosmos. For the first time in the history of science, we are able to make plausible estimates of the rate of occurrence of life in the universe. In March 2009, NASA launched a spacecraft called Kepler whose mission was to search for planets orbiting in the “habitable zone” of other stars. The habitable zone is the region in which a planet’s surface temperature is not so cold as to freeze water and not so hot as to boil it. For many reasons, biologists …

Essay — From the December 2012 issue<p>Our Place in the Universe<p>Download Pdf<p>Read Online<p>( 6 <i>of</i> 6 )<p>Very recent scientific findings have added yet another …

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Nature

Physicists explain how to solve difficult mathematical problems with time travel computing

Sending a locked message back in time of which no one will ever read the contents can help solve difficult problems, according to an international …

Meet the Necrobiome: The Waves of Microbes That Will Eat Your Corpse

By studying the bacteria around a decaying body, forensic investigators can estimate time of death.<p>A body falls in the woods and although no one is around to hear it, a clock starts ticking. It’s not made of gears or springs, but of bacteria, fungi, and other microbes.<p>The corpse dumps a huge flood …

Biology

Dark Matter Mystery May Soon Be Solved

The hiding spots for the particles making up dark matter are narrowing, and the answer to this cosmic mystery could come within the next three or …

Why Creative Geniuses Are Often Neurotic

Sir Isaac Newton formulated the laws of gravity, built telescopes and delved into mathematical theories. He was also prone to bouts of depression and …

Shape personality test: Do you think this is a circle?

A circle, a square perhaps? There’s no right or wrong answer, but what you see says more about you than you may think.<p>Scientists believe that if you …

Pictures taken during historic flyby of dwarf planet show details of mountains, craters and ice fields on its surface<p>Nasa’s New Horizons spacecraft has returned the sharpest pictures of Pluto to date, taken during the probe’s historic flyby of the dwarf planet in July.<p>The images released by the US …

Solar System

Ask Ethan: How Do Black Holes Really Evaporate?

Perhaps the greatest thing Stephen Hawking ever discovered — and the reason he’s so renowned among physicists — is that black holes don’t live forever.<p>Rather, they radiate their energy away over extraordinarily long timescales through a process discovered in 1974 that’s now known as Hawking …

Physics

A New Way of Thinking About Spacetime That Turns Everything Inside Out

<i>One of the weirdest aspects of quantum mechanics is entanglement, because two entangled particles affecting each other across vast distances seems to</i> …

What makes one person more generous than another? It could be in the genes

Kalina Dunne Farrell wrote a note to the tooth fairy last month, asking for extra cash in exchange for a lost tooth so that she could help Syrian refugees.<p>Kalina, 10, had already amassed her savings from her weekly allowance, and offered to do extra chores, such as scrubbing floors and picking up …

Surprise: The Third Most Common Element In The Universe Isn't What You Think

One of the most remarkable facts of existence is that every material we’ve ever touched, seen, or interacted with is made up of the same two things: atomic nuclei, which are positively charged, and electrons, which are negatively charged. The way these atoms interact with each other — the ways they …

Universe
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Is Our Universe a Fake?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "Closer to Truth," a public television and multimedia program that features the world's</i> …

NASA: Earth’s magnetic poles are ‘switching’ with catastrophic consequences for humanity

NASA•GETTYThe Earth's magnetic field (left) would be gone, leaving us at the mercy of solar flares<p>The US space agency confirmed fears that we may be …