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Benjamin Libet and The Denial of Free Will

You might feel that you have the ability to make choices, decisions and plans - and the freedom to change your mind at any point if you so desire - …

Consciousness

Will Science Ever Solve the Mysteries of Consciousness, Free Will and God?

In 1967 British biologist and Nobel laureate Sir Peter Medawar famously characterized science as, in book title form, <i>The Art of the Soluble</i>. “Good …

Consciousness

Scientists just discovered something very special about Jupiter’s lightning

Jupiter is a massive, swirling mass of towering storm clouds, and anyone who lives on Earth knows that storms are fantastic at producing lightning. …

Astronomy

Consciousness: How we’re solving a mystery bigger than our minds

TWENTY years ago this week, two young men sat in a smoky bar in Bremen, northern Germany. Neuroscientist Christof Koch and philosopher David Chalmers …

Consciousness

The Higgs Boson Has a New Friend

The Higgs boson appeared again at the world's largest atom smasher — this time, alongside a top quark and an antitop quark, the heaviest known …

Physics

A debate over plant consciousness is forcing us to confront the limitations of the human mind

The inner life of plants arouses the passions of even the mildest-mannered naturalists. A debate over plant consciousness and intelligence has raged in scientific circles for well over a century—at least since Charles Darwin observed in 1880 that stressed-out flora can’t rest.<p>There’s no doubt that …

Consciousness

A Major Physics Experiment Just Detected A Particle That Shouldn't Exist

Scientists have produced the firmest evidence yet of so-called sterile neutrinos, mysterious particles that pass through matter without interacting …

Physics

Are algorithms hacking our thoughts?

As Facebook shapes our access to information, Twitter dictates public opinion and Tinder influences our dating decisions, the algorithms we’ve developed to help us navigate choice are now actively driving every aspect of our lives.<p>But as we increasingly rely on them for everything from how we seek …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Have an Experiment to See If the Human Mind Is Bound to the Physical World – Page 3

If the correlation between the measurements don’t match previous Bell tests, then there could be a violation of quantum theory that suggests A and B …

Exploring the Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds

Twenty-seven years ago, a group of physicists made an accidental discovery that flipped mathematics on its head. The physicists were trying to work …

Five Years After The Higgs, What Else Has The LHC Found?

It’s now just over five years since the two major collaborations at the Large Hadron Collider — CMS and ATLAS — jointly announced the discovery of a new particle with never-before-seen properties: the Higgs boson. It was the first fundamental scalar particle ever discovered, the first particle with …

Physics

If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Wait Till You Hear About Entangled Time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …

'The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind' Returns From Madness

One spring morning in 2015, Barbara Lipska got up as usual, dyed her hair and went for a jog in her suburban Virginia neighborhood.<p>But when she returned from a much longer than expected run, her husband Mirek was completely taken aback.<p>"I was lost in my own neighborhood," Lipska says. "The hair dye …

Mental Health

What Stephen Hawking Taught Me

How could someone write a history of time? And how could that person possibly make it brief? Time is a dimension; it is the fabric of reality. …

Physics

11 of the best Google Chrome extensions to make your life easier

Chrome's web store is full of little digital gadgets to help make your web browsing simpler, more productive, and more enjoyable. Here are our top …

The 10 Most Popular Courses on Coursera in 2017 (and 2,000 Courses You Can Take for Free in January, 2018)

Back in 2012, Coursera started offering MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses) to the world at large. And they've since amassed some 28 million …

Hard Science Fiction: A Beginner’s Guide to the Genre

There exists a common misconception that all science fiction is fantastical. That all sci-fi takes place in a universe where ships can travel faster …

How to quit bad habits without willpower: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Got any serious bad habits? The extra-strength ones with the FDA warning. The kind you really beat yourself up about — but still engage in all the …

Self-help

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

Physicists theorize that a new “traversable” kind of wormhole could resolve a baffling paradox and rescue information that falls into black holes.<p>In …

Ask Ethan: Could The Fabric Of Spacetime Be Defective?

The biggest lesson from Einstein’s general theory of relativity is that space itself isn’t a flat, unchanging, absolute entity. Rather it’s woven together, along with time, into a single fabric: spacetime. This fabric is continuous, smooth, and gets curved and deformed by the presence of matter and …

Physics

The Missing Link: Where Are Medium-Size Black Holes?

For decades, while astronomers have detected black holes equal in mass either to a few suns or millions of suns, the missing-link black holes in …

How emotions are 'made': why your definition of sadness is unlike anyone else's

Lisa Feldman Barrett says we need to revamp our thinking on emotions. She’s a professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, where she …

Meet the Physicist Searching for Dark Matter’s Hidden Light

Make it. Shake it. Break it. That’s the three-part refrain of dark-matter detectives, including Tracy Slatyer, a theoretical physicist at the …

Dark Matter

The mystery of why you can't remember being a baby

Babies are sponges for new information – so why does it take so long for us to form your first memory? BBC Future investigates.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>You’re out to lunch with someone you’ve known for a few years. Together you’ve …

Leonardo da Vinci's lessons in design genius

Driverless cars, humanoid robots and a primitive computer: are these the most surprising things Leonardo da Vinci ever invented? An exhibition at London’s Science Museum explores his genius.<p>Famed as a conspirator in The da Vinci Code and as the master painter behind the “Mona Lisa Smile”, Leonardo …

What we learnt from reading people’s dreams

Humans have been collecting records of dreams for years. But what do these archives of our nightly visions tell us about the human mind? And can modern technology help to unravel them?<p>Another day at the height of World War Two had come to a close. Lars (not his real name), a 36-year-old man from …

The Peruvian temple that hints at the origin of religion

A lost temple could teach us about how modern society is structured.<p>Chavin de Huantar lies in a narrow valley in the high Andes, 3,200m (10,500ft) above sea level. You can’t see the temple until you’re in it. The dramatic, vertical landscape was the carefully chosen location for this exquisite …

New Neutri­no Anomaly Hints at a Matter-Antimat­ter Rift

Author: Natalie Wolchover. Natalie Wolchover Science<p>Date of Publication: 07.31.16.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>In the same underground …

What is deja vu?

Is it all just an illusion? In the video below, Greg Foot of Britlab explains the fascinating history and perplexing science of this strange feeling.

The top 12 skills tech employers want today

So Bentley University and a startup called Burning Glass, which uses big data to examine workforce trends, set about answering what skills are most in demand. They examined nearly 25 million US job postings to find out.<p>From that, they came up with this list of top 12 skills that thousand of …