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Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in the New Physics of the Universe by Roger Penrose – review

From string theory to the Big Bang – an explosive study from an eminent refusenik<p>Something is rotten in the state of physics. In spite of all the smug talk about the amazingly accurate predictions made by modern models of the most fundamental forces, things go terribly awry if these theories are …

Astronomers have found 'intriguing' shadows in new photos of alien solar systems

The scientists were even able to see "intriguing" shadows cast by clouds of gas and dust in two of the images.<p>The photos could help pop more pieces into the longstanding puzzle of how Earth came to exist.<p>Ask an astronomer how planets form, and she'll say parts of a giant wheel of gas and dust …

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A Harvard scientist who's studied coffee for 20 years explains why the drink is amazing

Dr. Frank Hu just finished a 20-year study on the effects of coffee on the human body. People who drink more coffee it turns out, live longer.<p>Specifically, Hu's study found that coffee-drinkers have lower risks of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as suicide.<p>The research began …

The Distinct Personality of Entrepreneurial Cities

Great universities, venture capital, and talented people are necessary, but insufficient.<p>Mayors, economic developers, and business leaders alike all say they want one thing: more entrepreneurship. Across the country and the world, there’s been no shortage of efforts to clone the “next Silicon …

We finally know why Virgin Galactic's spacecraft disintegrated in mid-air

Pilot error.<p>Investigators blamed the crash on a premature deployment of the craft's "feather" air brakes by the co-pilot, Michael Alsbury, who tragically died in the crash.<p>Pilot Peter Siebold was seriously injured, but survived.<p>Scaled Composites — the company that built SpaceShipTwo— was also …

Unreal Engine 4 Is Showing Gamers What High-Powered Nostalgia Looks Like

Mario, Link, Sonic and the old Pokémon gang in 4K<p>The eternal fires of nostalgia have been burning a little brighter these past few weeks, fueled by videos from modders rebooting the classics on video game development suite Unreal Engine 4. Pokémon, Mario, Link and Sonic all received demo videos, …