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The Peculiar Math That Could Underlie the Laws of Nature

In 2014, a graduate student at the University of Waterloo, Canada, named Cohl Furey rented a car and drove six hours south to Pennsylvania State …

Mathematics

The Sleep Diet Is A Miracle… Just Not Quite How You’d Expect

For the past two months — no matter how busy I get — I’ve promised to sleep eight hours a night. Extra work to do? Sorry, I need eight hours. Great TV queued up? Nope, there’s Zs to catch. A night of partying awaits? <i>Fine</i>, I’ll go out. But the next morning… I’m sleeping in.<p>I’ve been calling this …

Sorry, Bedtime Readers: iPads Keep You Awake Even With Night Shift On

New research shows that the “warm” screen color has a negligible impact on melatonin, although there could be a psychological effect.<p>There’s an expression about knowing just enough to be dangerous. In the case of sleep science, Apple may know just enough to disappoint. In 2016, it introduced an iOS …

These 12 People Are Changing Science

On Sunday, some of the smartest minds in science and math will gather at the NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley for the Breakthrough Prize, …

Intel just challenged IBM and Google in a type of supercomputing that uses temperatures 250 times colder than deep space

On Tuesday, Intel came out with its state-of-the 17-qubit superconducting test chip, matching the biggest quantum computer chip ever to be produced, by IBM.<p>Until now, quantum computing has been, in some regards, a two-horse race between IBM and Google. In April, Google showed off its research on a …

Quantum Computing

How Motherhood Affects Creativity

Cultural messages tell women that making art and having children are incompatible pursuits. But science suggests that women may become more creative after having kids.<p>Her labor begins, and she leans back on her bottom, pulling the first baby out of her body with her own hands and teeth. Within five …

8 Reasons People Hate Math (and Why You Should Love It)

It's more than just a dreaded subject in school.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A lot of people hate math. But, when you ask them why, the answers are often very different. Some people think the subject is for nerds, while other people just don't like having to think so …

Thought Leadership

Intelligence and the DNA Revolution

More than 60 years ago Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double-helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid—better known as DNA. Today, …

Dying may not be as frightening as we imagine it will be

A few years ago, psychological scientist Kurt Gray came across the final statements of 500 Texas inmates executed between 1982 and 2013. (The state's …

The one workout that can actually help with depression

As anyone with depression or anxiety will tell you, life is full of dips and valleys. And during those dark days, one of the last things you probably …

Yoga

How Ada Lovelace, Daughter of Lord Byron, Wrote the First Computer Program in 1842–a Century Before the First Computer

I’ve never quite understood why the phrase “revisionist history” became purely pejorative. Of course, it has its Orwellian dark side, but all …

Mathematics

The Moral Question That Stanford Asks Its Bioengineering Students

It’s about the capacity to print a human genome.<p>When students in Stanford University’s Introduction to Bioengineering course sit for their final exams, the first question that they have to answer is about our ability to write DNA.<p>Scientists have fully sequenced the genomes of humans, trees, …

Stanford University

Countdown to Darkness: Total Solar Eclipse Three Months Away

Three months from today (May 21), a shadow of darkness will travel across the United States in the middle of the day. The portion of the country that …

Autism May Be Linked to Cells That Prune Brain Connections

Cells that prune connections between neurons in babies’ brains as they grow are thought to have a role in autism spectrum disorder. Now, a study …

Scientists Uncover a Higher State of Consciousness

Neuroscientists from the University of Sussex made a pretty neat discovery as they claim to have just found evidence of a higher state of …

Consciousness

Stop Saying the Brain Learns By Rewiring Itself - Facts So Romantic

<i>Most neuroscientists accept that the brain computes by modifying its synapses, the links between neurons. On this view, the brain learns because</i> …

Neuroscience

You weren’t bad at math — you just weren’t looking at it the right way

What does mathematics look like to you? Do you see a wondrous landscape filled with connected ideas, or a sprawling mess of symbols? The distinction matters a great deal, because your mathematical worldview is inextricably tied to your success in the subject.<p>We are all familiar with the …

Concerns of an Artificial Intelligence Pioneer

The computer scientist Stuart Russell wants to ensure that our increasingly intelligent machines remain aligned with human values.<p>In January, the …

If You Want to Be Truly Happy, Stop Worrying About These 24 Things in Your Life

We are each responsible for our own happiness.<p>If you want to be happy you have to find the things that make you unhappy.<p>If you want to move forward, there are always things you need to let go of first. It's a process that shouldn't happen just once a year. Taking stock should be an ongoing …

Math Rules: Happy 400th to Napier’s Bones

In 1617, mathematician John Napier produced his <b>bones</b>, or <b>rods</b>, as a means of accurate multiplication and division. These were improvements on earlier …

A New Approach To The Riemann Hypothesis Could Be Worth $1,000,000

Among the most famous unsolved problems in mathematics, the Riemann Hypothesis received some new attention from physics. In a paper published March 30 in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>, a new approach to proving the conjecture is outlined with the abstract containing the tantalizing statement: “If the …

Yes, You CAN Make A Long-Distance Relationship Work. Here's How

Being in love, but being apart, sucks. My partner and I dated long distance for three years from Washington, D.C. to London, England. The time we …

Remote Working

Experiment Reaffirms Quantum Weirdness

Physicists are closing the door on an intriguing loophole around the quantum phenomenon Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.”<p>There might be …

The Greatest Science Books of 2016

From the sound of spacetime to time travel to the microbiome, by way of polar bears, dogs, and trees.<p>I have long believed that E.B. White’s abiding wisdom on children’s books — <i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”</i> — is equally true of …

Time Travel

Autism And ADHD Have More In Common Than You Might Think

The two disorders co-occur in up to 80 percent of cases.<p>We don’t tend to look at autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as having much in common, but new science offers a compelling reason to consider some of the striking similarities between the two disorders.<p>Autism Spectrum Disorder, …

Autism

The Brain Damage That Hides Half the World

A rare condition called hemispatial neglect reveals the invisible seams in human consciousness.<p>When I was a graduate student 25 years ago, I met a man I’ll call Mr. X, who had recently recovered from a stroke to the right side of his cerebral cortex. Like many people with a neurological disability, …

Magic

Twisted Light Could Dramatically Boost Data Rates

<b>It was just 24 years ago that researchers reported</b> the discovery of something remarkable about light: Certain beams, traveling through space with a …

The basics of the thorny relationship between science and philosophy

Meaning of Science offers a quick tour of big questions about why science works.<p>A lot of things that try to pass themselves off as science, like …

Philosophy

What the World's First Quantum Satellite Launch Means

China blasted the world’s first quantum communications satellite into orbit from the Gobi Desert early Tuesday.<p>The project signals the dawn of a …