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The Burning Heart of a Bodhisattva

On the 55th anniversary of Thich Quang Duc's self-immolation, Edward Tick shares what he has learned from his pilgrimages to the site of the famous …

Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything?

A new paper argues that the condition now known as “Dissociative Identity Disorder” might help us understand the fundamental nature of reality

Consciousness

Milestone claimed as experimental nuclear reactor reaches temperature of the Sun

The pursuit of nuclear fusion is inspired by the collision of atomic nuclei in stars, which fuse together to form helium atoms and release huge …

Energy

Michael Pollan: Can Psychedelics Save the World?

Most people know Michael Pollan as a food writer. His 2006 book, <i>The Omnivore’s Dilemma</i>, is widely credited with helping spark the modern food …

Psychedelia

Watch Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot go for a run like it's no big deal

Two years ago, Boston Dynamics introduced its humanoid robot, Atlas, to the world with a video showing the bipedal creation taking a slow stroll in the snow, and lifting boxes weighing roughly five kilos each. Now, it’s learned to run autonomously.<p>That’s considerably impressive, especially when you …

Newsletter

INNOVATIONS IN<p>Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?<p>George Musser is a …

Physics

This Timeline Shows The Entire History of The Universe, And Where It's Headed

This is how we'll die.<p>If you're the type of person who sometimes wakes up at 3am and lies in bed trying to wrap your tiny mind around the achingly …

Universe

A cosmic sense of scale

This animation gives a sense of the awe-inspiring scale of some of the known objects in our universe. It is difficult for human minds to comprehend …

Quantum physics takes major step forward with Einstein’s “Spooky Action” demonstrated

Scientists have managed for the very first time to show quantum entanglement between macroscopic objects. This quantum entanglement is something that …

The Biology of Telepathy

Extrasensory perception (ESP) refers to information that is perceived outside of the five senses. This includes phenomena such as telepathy, …

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

"We found a world that we had never imagined."<p>Last year, neuroscientists used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the …

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

The 50 Best Moments in Sci-Fi History

These are all the moments that made our favorite films truly memorable.<p>We've written about our favorite films of all time, but they'd be nothing without these memorable moments that make them worth watching again...and again... and again.<p><b>Warning:</b> <i>Some of the clips feature intense violence, mild</i> …

Science Fiction

The Neuroscience of Superfluidity

Consciousness means "the state of being awake and aware of one's surroundings." Since the days of René Descartes and John Locke, philosophers have …

New Mexico’s Sad Bet on Space Exploration

Spaceport America was supposed to bring a thriving space industry to the southern New Mexico desert—but for now it’s a futurist tourist attraction, not an operational harbor to the cosmos.<p>Soon after departing the small resort town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the video monitors on the bus …

Space Exploration

How Do We Find Meaning in Life?

Human beings certainly gravitate to religion and it seems we all have an tendency to believe in some sort of karma. Your mind may <i>require</i> meaning. …

Happiness

The Young Physicist Creating Matter From Light

Growing up, Jonathan Simon loved playing Dungeons & Dragons — but not because the game involved elves, orcs or other fantastical creatures. It was …

Quantum Physics

Scientists Resolve Mysterious Violation to Einstein's Relativity

Even if you don’t know much physics, you probably know one of its core tenets: an object at rest stays at rest, and an object in motion stays in …

Physics

Man Invents Real-Life Iron Man Suit So He Can Fly Like Tony Stark [Video]

Richard Browning, a British inventor and entrepreneur, claims to have built his own functional Iron Man-like flight suit that could revolutionize …

Preparing for the Biggest Change in Human History

<b>Importance Principle:</b> <i>Advanced AI could represent a profound change in the history of life on Earth, and should be planned for and managed with</i> …

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Singularity

Is spending billions on space research worth it?

Scientists have discovered nearly 3,500 planets that circle a star other than our sun. And, yet, something about the announcement of seven new exoplanets this week seemed to have struck a chord with millions of people in ways the previous thousands did not. Even my colleague’s six-year-old daughter …

Planetary Habitability

SpaceX plans to send two people around the Moon in late 2018 [Updated]

Individuals would fly a week-long mission in a “long loop” around the Moon and back.<p>SpaceX announced Monday that it plans to send two private …

This 'Cyborg Rose' Grows Functioning Electronic Circulatory Inside its Stem and Leaves

The future is going to be ridiculous.<p>Scientists have figured out how to inject a conducting solution into a rose cutting, and have it spontaneously …

National Academy of Sciences

Ripples in space and time carry the future of space science

Billions of years ago, two black holes merged in a violent explosion that rippled the fabric of our universe.<p>Those cosmic ripples — known as …

Seven Earth-sized planets orbit an alien star only 40 light-years away

A small, cool star in distant space plays host to something amazing.<p>Scientists have discovered that at least seven Earth-sized worlds circle the star …

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …

Scientists Have a Plan to Replace Fossil Fuels With Nuclear Fusion by 2030

Bring it on.<p>Nuclear fusion is premised on building technology that would replicate the reaction that naturally powers our Sun - two light atoms, in …

Hydrogen turned into metal in stunning act of alchemy that could revolutionise technology and spaceflight

For nearly 100 years, scientists have dreamed of turning the lightest of all the elements, hydrogen, into a metal.<p>Now, in a stunning act of …