Derek Irving

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IBM has just achieved an 'impossible' step in quantum computing

The company has simulated a quantum computer with 56 qubits on a classical computer<p>In the race to build a working quantum computer, IBM has just …

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 …

Quantum Mechanics

New Supernova Analysis Questions Dark Energy, Cosmic Acceleration

Timescape cosmology offers a way around one of the universe's best mysteries.<p>One of my personal favorite features of the universe is that it is at this moment being ripped to shreds. Granted, it's so far a very slow ripping, but, thanks to a peculiar property often referred to as dark energy, the …

Dark Matter

Making sense of string theory

Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and …

Physics

Scientists Are at a Loss to Explain This Mysterious Cosmic Radio Signal

"It's so brand new and so unknown."<p>There are now 22 of them, and we still have no idea what they are, what they mean, or where in the Universe they …

Microwaves

5 Reasons Why The 21st Century Will Be The Best One Ever For Astrophysics

It’s been a staple of science throughout the centuries: the arrogant thinking that we’ve almost arrived at the ultimate answers to our deepest questions. Scientists thought that Newton’s mechanics described everything, until they discovered the wave nature of light. Physicists thought we were …

Physics

Architects Design the World’s Longest Skyscraper in New York

Skyscrapers have long defined the Manhattan skyline, but an increased obsession with height is creating an unprecedented strain on the urban environment. What if instead of fighting for the prize of tallest building, architects created the longest? This is exactly what architectural firm Oiio …

Skyscrapers

Scientists Discover Fast-Moving Galaxies That May Contradict Einstein's Theory of Gravity

A discovery of fast-moving galaxies, <b>10 million light years wide,</b> may cause physicists to re-examine Einstein’s theory of relativity. A team from …

How Did Supermassive Black Holes Form In Early Universe? Computer Simulation Provides Answers

Black holes — regions of space-time that are so dense that not even light can escape their gravitational pull — are formed when massive stars (those …

A Bizarre Physics Law Is Making Superfluid Helium Behave Like an Actual Black Hole

"It points to a deeper understanding of reality."<p>Of all the laws of physics, this is arguably one of the strangest - scientists have discovered that …

Physics

Gabriel García Márquez’s Life in 100 Pictures

A picture of the author taken by his son Rodrigo García Barcha; date unknown<br>Harry Ransom Center<p>1 of 18<p><i>This post is in partnership with the Harry</i> …

Literature

Physicists extend quantum machine learning to infinite dimensions

Physicists have developed a quantum machine learning algorithm that can handle infinite dimensions—that is, it works with continuous variables (which …

Machine Learning

Physicists Have Detected a Friction-Like Force in a Perfect Vacuum

Without breaking the fundamental laws of physics.<p>One of the most fundamental tenets of modern physics is that in a perfect vacuum - a place entirely …

Physics

'The UK is deluded': readers on the Brexit negotiations

Readers respond as European politicians warn of the consequences of British attempts to “blackmail and divide” EU countries<p>Is Britain headed for a disastrous “crash landing” out of the European Union? This is the view of some European politicians concerned at the UK’s “divide and rule” tactics …

United Kingdom

You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters

Read an Excerpt<p>chapter 1<p>What Came Before the Big Bang?<p>Though time and space had started to curve like a sagging clothesline, there wasn’t wholesale …

How to find your novel’s structure

As a novelist, you must handle elemental fictional elements – character, plot and setting – with artistry and polish. Your prose style must be …

Creative Writing

The Bachelor Watch: Nick Viall Finds Four Women Willing to Take Him Home

On <i>The Bachelor,</i> Nick Viall is still looking for love. Turns out it is not in Bimini. Nick has realized that he has so much love and respect for …

Celebrity News

When the Lights Went Out in the Universe

<i>Paul Sutter</i> <i>is an astrophysicist at</i> <i>The Ohio State University</i><i>and the chief scientist at</i> <i>COSI Science Center</i><i>. Sutter is also host of</i> <i>Ask a</i> …

Terry Pratchett docudrama reveals moment author realised he was 'dead'

BBC2’s Back in Black draws on author’s notes from incomplete biography to chart his descent into ‘haze of Alzheimer’s’<p>Sir Terry Pratchett’s unfinished autobiography reveals his descent into the “haze of Alzheimer’s” and the moment the esteemed novelist realised he was “dead”, according to a new …

Books

The British Library

It's #NationalBirdDay in the US. Considered the largest and most beautiful illustrated bird book ever, The Birds of America by ornithologist John …

5 Scientific Myths You Probably Believe About The Universe

The Universe is a vast, mysterious place, encompassing everything we’ve ever known, observed or could ever hope to come into contact with. For millennia, a look up at the sky — our window into the cosmos beyond our world — was met with wonder, awe, and a fascination with the unknown. Thanks to all …

Physics

Scientists have discovered a new state of matter for water

One of the most basic things we are taught in school science classes is that water can exist in three different states, either as solid ice, liquid …

The 12 key science moments of 2016

Our panel of leading scientists pick the most significant discoveries and developments of the year – from the Zika virus to the planet Proxima B – and a surprising secret of marriage<p>1 World Health Organisation declares a public emergency of international concern over Zika<p>1 February<p>In global health, …

Peter Piot

Top 10 Gifts For Lovers Of Outer Space

The past year has been filled with victories, defeats, and all the other ups and downs that life holds for all of us. But while all of that has occurred down here on Earth’s surface, the Universe has been continuing on just as it always has. From our tiny blue dot in the vast cosmic ocean, we look …

Universe

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