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What Is (And Isn't) Scientific About The Multiverse

The Universe is all there ever was, all there is, and all there will ever be. At least, that’s what we’re told, and that’s what’s implied by the word “Universe” itself. But whatever the true nature of the Universe actually is, our ability to gather information about it is fundamentally limited.<p>It’s …

Dark Matter

Which Political Party Is the Most Adulterous? New Study Points to Patterns

Actions speak louder than voting records.<p>Are Republicans more likely to cheat than Democrats? It’s difficult to say for sure when most polls that …

Ashley Madison

The right mix of gut microbes relieves autism symptoms in the long run

Replacing missing gut microbes improves autism symptoms in children even two years later.

Autism

Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns

The brains of children with autism fold differently than those of their typical peers. Whether they are unusually smooth or convoluted depends on …

Autism

Illinois governor profits off ICE detention center contracts

CHICAGO — Gov. Bruce Rauner this year reported a profit from a private equity fund that owns a health care group servicing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention centers, including facilities that hold immigrant families with children.<p>In his most recent statement of economic interests, …

Bruce Rauner

The lazy ape

Rather than language, tool use, or culture, is it our gift for laziness that makes us human?<p>Are we humans the laziest animals on Earth? It can be …

Chimpanzees

NASA’s latest photo of Jupiter is pretty enough to be your desktop wallpaper

Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System by a pretty wide margin, and while it’s not exactly the most welcoming to human visitors, it’s …

Astronomy

Huge meta-study confirms link between autoimmune disorders and psychosis

One of the most compelling hypotheses in scientific research today is the growing belief that psychiatric disorders are potentially related to immune …

Neuroscience

Get your head around the most mind-bending concepts in science

The idea of an infinite multitude of universes is forced on us by physics. But the multiverse takes many forms – and we’re still finding our place …

Physics

Please Wait

Paul Ryan’s legacy: Gallons of red ink

The Congressional Budget Office is out with its 2018 long-term budget outlook, and the bottom line is not pretty. CBO finds:<p>At 78 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), federal debt held by the public is now at its highest level since shortly after World War II. If current laws generally remained …

Health Care

Tick Off All The Songs You've Heard And We'll Tell You If You're In Your 20s Or 30s

Yes, this is a list of the most streamed songs. No, I didn't make it.

Spotify

BCG vaccine can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, eight-year study shows

The BCG vaccine against tuberculosis can reverse Type 1 diabetes to almost undetectable levels, an eight-year study has shown.<p>US researchers found that just one jab, followed by a booster four weeks later, brought down average blood sugar levels to near normal within three years, and the effect …

Diabetes

George Lucas wanted to introduce the beings behind the Force in unused ideas for Star Wars sequels, admits fans would have hated it

There are many things that rile up <i>Star Wars</i> fans about George Lucas' prequels, but perhaps the intense criticism can be summed up in five syllables: …

'Fallout 76' Endgame Revealed: Get Ready For Eternal Nuclear War

A newly released documentary on the making of Bethesda’s <i>Fallout 76</i> has revealed a wealth of detail about the multiplayer survival prequel that takes place 80 years after humanity dropped atomic bombs all over each other and devastated the earth. Which leads us to the endgame activities <i>Fallout 76</i> …

Fallout 76

3 ways The Book of M reads like a fantastical take on a zombie apocalypse

Peng Shepherd’s debut novel, The Book of M might not be about a plague of zombies roaming the earth but parts of it certainly read like it is.<p>When …

3,000-year-old sculpture leaves researchers scratching their heads

In the iron age, if there’s any figurative art ... it’s of very low quality. And this is of exquisite quality. Israel Museum’s Eran Arie<p>An enigmatic sculpture of a king’s head dating back nearly 3,000 years has left researchers guessing at whose face it depicts.<p>The 5cm (two-inch) sculpture is an …

Archaeology

Welcome To The 'Hotel Influenza': You Can Get $3500 With One Catch

The “Hotel Influenza” probably won’t appear in any of your Priceline searches for St. Louis, Missouri. If it does, then it better not charge you any money.<p>No, instead the Extended Stay Research Unit at St. Louis University’s (SLU) Center for Vaccine Development (dubbed the “Hotel Influenza” in …

Public Health

Trump's hurricane briefing strayed far from storms

President Trump went to FEMA on Wednesday for an annual hurricane forecast briefing, but this one was anything but normal, a transcript reveals and …

The space between Earth and the moon is mind-boggling. This graphic reveals just how big it is — and what's out there.

NASA<p><b>The moon is far away from Earth —</b><b>very, very far away.</b>• <b><br>But don't take our word for it: Scroll from the moon to the Earth yourself in a new</b> …

The quick hack guide to watching only the best of Babylon 5

On Friday, the greatest adventure to take place in the 23rd century finds a whole new audience. Since the height of its popularity in the '90s, the …

This Is Why Physicists Think String Theory Might Be Our 'Theory Of Everything'

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Quantum Mechanics

Memories of Murder Is the Best Murder Mystery You’ve Never Seen

The engrossing, based-on-a-true-story drama has been hiding on Amazon Prime.<p><i>Memories of Murder</i> is one of the best crime dramas released in the past 20 years—but for ages, Americans could only see it by tracking down a hard-to-find DVD or going to a repertory screening. Even when Netflix celebrated …

Quantum physics can help explain much of the world’s suffering

Quantum physics is the science that describes nature at its smallest atomic levels. But tiny subatomic happenings can have huge effects: Quantum theory describes the universe as one giant entangled system, where what happens in one corner of the world can simultaneously effect something else across …

Quantum Physics

Microsoft's new free racing game only requires a mouse to play

Microsoft just launched <i>Miami Street</i>, a free-to-play racing game for Windows 10 that’s designed to get you tearing up the track without any prior experience. Heck, you don’t even need a keyboard to play.<p>If you’ve played drag racing mobile titles like NaturalMotion’s <i>CSR Racing</i> series, <i>Miami Street’s</i> …

Holograms, campfire horror stories, and OK Go: the best VR and AR from the Tribeca Film Festival

Virtual reality hasn’t changed the world the way its creators hoped — at least, not yet. But it’s gotten a lot of traction in a slightly unexpected place: film festivals. At last month’s Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, curators featured nearly three dozen virtual and augmented reality …

How to prevent diabetes

It's a nasty disease, and it can lead to many others. But type 2 diabetes is totally preventable. Just follow a few simple tips and avoid it entirely …

Diabetes

‘Busted!’: This Korean Detective Show Is the Most Fun You’ll Have Watching Something on Netflix

Put "Amazing Race," "Clue," a soap opera, and an escape room in a blender and this delightful slice of TV is the glorious result.<p>If you combined the …

What Is Spacetime?

Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?

Quantum Mechanics

Allergies Out Of Control? Here's What's Causing All That Inflammation

Itchy eyes, scratchy throat, and sneezes that nearly knock you off your feet over and over (and over!) again: Most of us have experienced the …