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The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

As we go about our daily lives, we tend to assume that our perceptions — sights, sounds, textures, tastes — are an accurate portrayal of the real world. Sure, when we stop and think about it — or when we find ourselves fooled by a perceptual illusion — we realize with a jolt that what we perceive …

Consciousness

8 Great Philosophical Questions That We'll Never Solve

Philosophy goes where hard science can't, or won't. Philosophers have a license to speculate about everything from metaphysics to morality, and this …

Consciousness

What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came?

<b>What Could Possibly Go Wrong (October 2015 Edition)</b><p><i>Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com</i><p>What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Was Iraq, in the words of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, the "worst foreign policy blunder" in American …

Middle East

4 Daily Habits That Lead To Success

Yes, making your bed every morning can help you live a more successful and productive life.<p>Can making your bed in the morning and keeping a to-do list get you closer to the life you want to lead? Sociologist Dr. Randall Bell, author of the upcoming book <i>Rich Habits Rich Life: The Four Cornerstones</i> …

Time Management

Scientists at Large Hadron Collider hope to make contact with PARALLEL UNIVERSE in days

GettyCollision course: Large Hadron Collider could discover parallel universe<p>The staggeringly complex LHC ‘atom smasher’ at the CERN centre in …

Physics

Quantum Experiment Shows How “Time” Doesn’t Exist As We Think It Does (Mind-Altering)

“We choose to examine a phenomenon which is impossible, absolutely impossible, to explain in any classical way, and which has in it the heart of …

Earth 2.0: Nasa says scientists have found 'closest twin' outside solar system

Using four years’ worth of data from the Kepler space telescope, researchers announce the new exoplanet along with 12 possible ‘habitable’ others<p>Scientists on the hunt for extraterrestrial life have discovered “the closest twin to Earth” outside the solar system, Nasa announced on Thursday.<p>Working …

Astronomy

Black Holes Get Even Weirder with New Stephen Hawking Theory

Black holes may be even weirder than scientists had thought, according to a new paper by famed astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.<p>The paper, which …

Physics

To Mars and boldly beyond: space missions to look out for

<b>ExoMars</b><p>If there was ever life on Mars, it probably existed during the first billion years following the planet’s formation, when the Martian surface was far warmer and wetter than today. The central aim of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission, is to seek out any remaining bio-signatures left …

Astronomy

Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider have discovered an exotic new state of matter

The world’s largest science experiment has achieved another milestone, finding a new state of matter called a “pentaquark.”<p>The existence of pentaquarks has been predicted for more than 50 years, but they have never before been observed experimentally. The person who made the prediction, Murray …

Physics

The big reason why robots are starting to act more like humans

As robotic systems evolve they are beginning to be built modeled after human biology. Specifically, bots will be built to imitate how humans use force. And that means they will become much safer for people to be around.<p>Traditionally, most robots are programmed to use a position control system, …

Robotics

Nature's hadron collider produces Higgs bosons all the time

Cosmic rays provide a free source of high-energy collisions, which have been used in the past to discover new particles. A recent study calculates how often they produce Higgs bosons<p>On Wednesday the whole of year six from my daughter’s primary school came to visit UCL. They saw the Slade School of …

Physics

Paradoxical Crystal Baffles Physicists

In a deceptively drab black crystal, physicists have stumbled upon a baffling behavior, one that appears to blur the line between the properties of …

Can neuroscience solve the mystery of how students learn?

Educational neuroscience burst onto the scene with the hope of explaining how we learn. But the jury is still out on whether it’s useful for classroom practice<p>No one knows how much knowledge students take home with them after a day at school. Tests, homework and inspections give a snapshot of …

Neuroscience

Quantum Physics Explains Coincidences?

When surprising coincidences occur, it seems we are connected to the world around us in a mysterious way. For example, you are thinking about a song …

Quantum Mechanics

Why can't we see the center of the Milky Way?

Over a century later, William Herschel created the first theoretical diagram of what the Milky Way (1785) looked like. In it, he described the shape …

Quantum Camera Sheds Light on 'Spooky' Physics

In late August, scientists at the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna, Austria, used a device called a “Quantum …

“The Confederate flag still flies overseas”: Endless war, domestic racism and the forgotten history of the stars and bars

Before it became a pennant for right-wing backlash, the Confederate flag was a symbol of American imperialism<p>The Pentagon just can’t let go. In the wake of the Charleston Massacre, Amazon and Walmart have announced that they will no longer sell Confederate flag merchandise. Ebay says it will stop …

Native Americans

Why doesn’t everyone believe in God?: The skeptical brain may hold the answer

Most Americans who grew up in religious households are still religious. But what about the ones who aren’t?<p>Christopher Obal used to be a Christian. He grew up in Queens, New York, and when he was 5 years old, his parents left Catholicism for a very different form of Christianity. While they didn’t …

Religion

Great Scott! Reverse-Causality Research Ends in a Quantum Muddle

One of the longest-running and weirdest examples of a crowdfunded scientific experiment is finally reaching the end of the road, and the results will come as a disappointment to anyone who wishes the "Back to the Future" movies could really happen: Quantum interference foils what once looked like a …

Quantum Mechanics

Near-Death Experiences: What Happens in the Brain Before Dying

In the moments before death, the heart plays a central role, conventional wisdom says. That is, as the heart stops beating and blood stops flowing, …

How Far Away Is Driverless Technology Really?

<i>This article forms part one of a two-part look at the future of driverless cars. This part considers the current advantages driverless technology offers and the reasons currently holding it back. Part two looks at the longer-term future opportunities driverless technology offers.</i><p>Entrepreneurs and …

Autonomous Cars

Chinese Physicists Show Quantum Computers' Machine Learning Potential to Handle Big Data

Lu Chaoyang, one of the Chinese physicists studying the potential of quantum computers in machine learning (Photo : www.quantum.ustc.edu.cn)<p>A team of …

Monster Black Holes --"Did They Pull the 1st Galaxies Together or Born Inside?" (Weekend Feature)

Astronomers at Cardiff University have been trying to look for gravitational waves. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time, which were …

Memories likely can’t be erased: Research offers new clues to how we remember

A new study challenges more than a century of neuroscience and could radically change the way we treat PTSD<p>As intangible as they may seem, memories have a firm biological basis. According to textbook neuroscience, they form when neighboring brain cells send chemical communications across the …

The Brain

Here's how proving supersymmetry could completely change how we understand the universe

The $10 billion, 17-mile-long Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has lain dormant for two years while engineers revamped it to hurl particles at even greater speeds. Physicists think the near-light-speed collisions could reveal a whole suite of new particles that would backup one of the most elusive …

Physics

Your questions about history answered by historians and experts - History Extra

Your questions about history answered by historians and experts.

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning

If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.<p>In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or …

Physics