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Physicists Have Created a Set of Conditions in Which Time Seems to Run in Reverse

Nobody panic.<p>While we all take for granted the fact that time's arrow forever points towards the future, physicists have always had trouble showing …

Jupiter is the gigantic, stormy hellscape we always feared

Jupiter looks like hell.<p>The huge planet in the middle of our solar system has giant Earth-sized storms, a powerful magnetic field, and extreme …

F. Duncan Haldane on quantum computers, entanglement and proving Einstein wrong

The British professor of physics at Princeton University won the Nobel Prize in Physics last year. But as he tells DW, he's far more interested in …

Quantum Mechanics

Physicists Say They've Manipulated 'Pure Nothingness' And Observed The Fallout

In the quantum vacuum, no one can hear you scream.<p>According to quantum mechanics, a vacuum isn't empty at all. It's actually filled with quantum …

A practical guide for learning meditation through the art of gaming

Gaming and meditation have more in common than you think. These seemingly unrelated pursuits both offer important self-development lessons that use similar parts of our brains to mold us into better humans.<p>Both also suffer from public perception problems: Gaming is often seen as a potentially …

Meditation

The One Theory of Quantum Mechanics That Actually Kind of Makes Sense

But most physicists don't buy it.<p>Quantum mechanics is baffling. On the atomic and subatomic scale, matter seems to behave in ways that we, in the macro world, would generally think of as impossible. Particles can exist in two different places at once, and particle-like interferences in space are …

Nas Talks Writing Raps for Netflix Hip-Hop Drama 'The Get Down'

"I was just wiping sweat off my forehead every time I would see the rehearsal"<p>Nas has been one of rap music's pre-eminent old-school diplomats and …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A Historic Week in Hip-Hop: Kendrick’s New Album Is What Kanye Thinks He’s Doing

The minutes following a surprise album release add up to a truly sacred time that no one talks about. It’s a communal vacuum of pure appreciation, …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Bret Easton Ellis: today's American Psycho would be an online troll

A quarter century after the events of American Psycho, what would murderous Patrick Bateman be doing in 2016? The answer, according to the controversial novel’s author Bret Easton Ellis, seems to involve flashing his bling on Instagram and trolling people on Twitter.<p>The original Wolf of Wall …

Horror

8 otherworldly landscapes on planet Earth

You don’t have to hop a flight to Mars to see out-of-this-world landscapes. From Krypton-style crystal caves to strange rock formations, Earth gives the seven other planets in our solar system a run for their money. Here are eight of the most jaw-dropping, alien-like places on Mother Earth.<p>1. Salar …

First genetically modified humans could exist within two years

Humans who have had their DNA genetically modified could exist within two years after a private biotech company announced plans to start the first trials into a ground-breaking new technique.<p>Editas Medicine, which is based in the US, said it plans to become the first lab in the world to …

Genetics

Stephen Curry has replaced LeBron James as the best basketball player in the world

Move over, LeBron James: You are no longer the best basketball player on the planet.<p>LeBron has passed the torch, and what is amazing is whom the torch was passed to and how convincing the move has been.<p>The new best player in the world is not Kevin Durant, who has long been second-best. It is not …

Basketball

Hackers claim $1 million bounty after remotely jailbreaking iPhones

Apple devices are generally considered by security experts to be safe, and rather difficult to hack. But difficult doesn’t mean impossible.<p>Over the weekend someone proved just how possible it is to hack at least one of these devices, the iPhone.<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the …

Selling

English FA launches major survey into grassroots game

LONDON (Reuters) - The FA’s long-awaited survey into grassroots football, backed by England striker Harry Kane among others, was launched on Tuesday, seeking views from the estimated 400,000 who are involved at that level of football.<p>Football - Tottenham Hotspur Training - Tottenham Hotspur …

Soccer

The 15 best movies on Netflix you've probably never heard of

There are so many movies on Netflix, however, that it can be hard to sort through them all.<p>The streaming site does a great job picking up films beyond mainstream hits. A diverse number of overlooked films are available to just about anybody. Now is a better time than ever to catch films that may …

Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail …

16 of the most jaw-dropping space photos of the year

A comet's green tail, the moon above an Italian mountain and dancing green auroras shine brightly in a set of photos shortlisted for an …

Study: Rap is more important than The Beatles

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the most important development in pop music in the past half century is hip-hop.<p>That's not an opinion, it's fact -- backed up by hard data, says a team of researchers from two London universities.<p>In a study published Wednesday in the journal Royal …

Rap & Hip-Hop

New Scientific Study Shows That Playing Action Video Games Is Good For You

In a recent scientific study it was shown that expert action video game players had a marked improvement in their cognitive functions, motor control and overall perception.<p>The study involved 27 expert and 30 amateur gamers who had their insular cortex scanned by MRI. They found that the experts had …

Fun-Da-Mental

The best science books of 2014: chemistry, physics, maths

Today, I share a list of what I consider to be the best popular physical sciences books of the year, hoping that you’ll find lots of interesting and unusual ideas for all the maths-astro-physics-chemistry buffs on your holiday gift-giving list!<p>Today, I continue my series of “best of 2014” books …

Life on the Edge review – the weird world of quantum biology explained

The scent of an orange, a robin on the wing – nothing could be more festive. But if you think such simple delights are born of simple processes, think again. For as Jim Al-Khalili and Johnjoe McFadden reveal in <i>Life on the Edge</i>, they are rooted in mind-bending physics that made even Einstein think …

New Spectacular Moleskine Doodles That Explode with Energy

A lot has changed in a year and a half, or when we last featured the work of Philippines-based illustrator Kerby Rosanes. Take a look at his website, called Sketchy Stories, and you'll see a chart filled with logos of the companies he's worked with which include Nike, Ford and Mazda. On Facebook …

Social Media

Hip Tanaka Interview Sheds Light On The Golden Age Of Nintendo

A few weeks back, the Red Bull Music Academy held a lecture in Tokyo with the legendary Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka (shown above). If you don’t know who this is, well he was one of the formative figures in the early days of Nintendo’s venture into videogames. Acting as both a sound designer and composer …

Walter Isaacson on What it Really Takes to Innovate | Inc.com

Management gurus who have long touted the value of teamwork and productive--now have new evidence from journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson.<p>In his new book <i>The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution</i>, Isaacson makes the case that the …

Innovation

Leave Stephen King alone: “Misery,” income inequality and the connection between jealousy and creativity

Jealousy and creativity are closely intertwined — and horror master Stephen King is one great example<p>Jealousy, common at work, has an unexpectedly close relationship to creation. Like family jealousy, this is not much admitted to, even by the sufferers themselves, but it appears and reappears in …

The Truth About Video Game Journalism

It’s been a strange week in video game land, particularly on the front of the unfortunate war between gaming fans and the gaming press, which is reaching new levels of insanity. All this week, every forum thread I read is decrying the state of the gaming press. My Twitter feed, conversely, full of …

Physics envy: Do ‘hard’ sciences hold the solution to the replication crisis in psychology?

The physical sciences are decades – maybe centuries – ahead of psychology, but by listening and learning we have the chance to catch up<p>Psychology is evolving faster than ever. For decades now, many areas in psychology have relied on what academics call “questionable research practices” – a …

NASA cameras capture huge solar flares

The sun is putting on a fireworks show again.<p>NASA cameras captured images of what the agency is calling at least two "significant" solar flares. The first one peaked at 7:42 a.m. ET Tuesday, followed by a second, lesser blast at 8:52 a.m. ET.<p>The short-lived explosions were expected to disrupt …

To Chill For Infinity