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How to understand one of Stephen Hawking's final papers – according to an expert

The late physicist Stephen Hawking made a huge contribution to cosmology during his lifetime, but he didn’t quite manage to resolve all the mysteries …

This bold experiment aims to solve one of the biggest mysteries in science

Why is the universe full of matter?<p>More than 1,000 scientists from 30 countries are gearing up for an ambitious multi-year experiment to see if a close look at the smallest subatomic particle known to exist — the neutrino — can help answer some of science’s biggest unresolved questions.<p>The Deep …

Physics

Interview: 'Everyone, Whether a Historian or a Geologist, Should Learn Mathematics'

<b>Bengaluru</b>: <i>Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay is the director of the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI). She won the Infosys Prize in 2017 in the ‘Engineering</i> …

In Search of God’s Perfect Proofs

The mathematicians Günter Ziegler and Martin Aigner have spent the past 20 years collecting some of the most beautiful proofs in mathematics.

Mathematics

Half the universe’s missing matter has just been finally found

The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe – …

This Overlooked Theory Could Be The Missing Piece That Explains How The EM Drive Works

What if it doesn't break the laws of physics?<p>Ever since the EM drive first made headlines, science lovers have puzzled over how the propulsion system …

To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

Abolishing debt-based currency isn’t a new idea, but it could hold the secret to ending our economies’ environmentally damaging addiction to growth<p>When it comes to global warming, we know that the real problem is not just fossil fuels – it is the logic of endless growth that is built into our …

financialsystem

Fundamental physics comes in various flavours

The 2016 Nobel Prize made me think about what really lies at the heart of physics<p>I didn’t write about the Nobel Prize in physics on the day it was awarded, because it was awarded in an area of physics I’m not very familiar with, and I needed to educate myself.<p>The area concerned is ‘topological …

Ten Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online For FREE

Science and the Internet are two individual entities that, when combined, become the 21st century’s most powerful educational tool. If you suddenly …

High-speed 'electron camera' films atomic nuclei in vibrating molecules

An ultrafast "electron camera" at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory has made the first direct snapshots of atomic …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

This physicist changed the face of science before he was killed by a sniper during World War I

Great thinkers through history have written for centuries that there is nothing more wasteful of potential talent than war. Young men and women who might have gone on to do great things are mowed down senselessly in wartime, and what we may have gained is forever lost to speculation. Few embody …

The 1950s jet launching tiny satellites

The first fighter to fly twice the speed of sound, the Lockheed F-104 was a controversial design. Now, decades after retirement, the Starfighter is taking on a new role.<p>If you asked an eight-year-old to design a jet fighter, the end result might resemble the Lockheed F-104.<p>The F-104 looks less like …

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Neoliberalism has had its day. So what happens next? | Martin Jacques

In the early 1980s the author was one of the first to herald the emerging dominance of neoliberalism in the west. Here he argues that this doctrine is now faltering. But what happens next?<p>The western financial crisis of 2007-8 was the worst since 1931, yet its immediate repercussions were …

Economics

Climate scientists make a bold prediction about sea level rise | John Abraham

John Fasullo and colleagues predict that satellites will detect accelerating sea level rise within the next decade<p>One of the great things about science is that it allows you to make predictions. Three top climate scientists just made a very bold prediction regarding sea level rise; we should know …

Sea Level

The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business

It was 1955 and Disneyland had just opened in Anaheim, California when a ten-year-old boy walked in and asked for a job. Labor laws were loose back then and the boy managed to land a position selling guidebooks to visitors for $0.50 a piece.<p>Within a year, he had transitioned to Disney's magic shop …

Cosmology, God And Why 'The Big Picture' Needs To Be Bigger

I’ll apologize in advance for a long review. And it’s a long review because Sean Carroll’s <i>The Big Picture</i> is an important book that needs to be read by a much wider audience than popular science aficionados. But let me start with a short historical prologue:<p>Back in the 12th century, a trickle of …

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Energy-efficient battery maker from Portland wins $135K at Seattle Angel Conference

A Portland-based company building efficient battery technology took home a $135,000 first place prize at the Seattle Angel Conference on …

Newfound Mega-Storms on Uranus Pose Planetary Puzzle

Known for calm weather, the seventh planet from the sun is suddenly sporting a series of storms.<p>A distant, icy, green giant—the planet Uranus—appears to have unexpectedly awakened from a long slumber. Astronomers have discovered a yet unexplained rash of extreme storms on the normally placid planet.<p>…

How a Simple Hack Let This Man Hear Wi-Fi

As Frank Swain wanders the streets of London, his hearing aid picks up something the rest of us cannot hear.<p><i>(Photo Credit: John Lund/Getty Images)</i><p>Frank Swain, who has been going deaf since his 20s, hacked his hearing aid to detect something (probably) no other human can hear: Wi-Fi. As Swain writes …

Wi-Fi

Audi's latest hybrid concept car takes the TT family offroad, with 408HP under the hood

Audi's latest prototype packing an E-Tron hybrid drivetrain is this TT Offroad Concept that takes the TT family beyond the coupes and convertibles we're familiar with. Going on display at the Beijing Motor Show, it combines two electric motors (one on each axle) with a 292HP turbocharged combustion …