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What The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics Really Means

It’s been quiet here for a couple of weeks, as I was off visiting family for the holidays and then at a meeting in South Carolina. It’s a New Year though, so let’s ease back into things with a simple and non-controversial topic. Say, the Many-Worlds interpretation of quantum physics.<p>OK, maybe that …

Quantum Physics

The Closest Star System To Ours Doesn't Have Any Planets (Yet), After All

If you had looked to the skies just 25 years ago, you’d only be able to wonder about planets around other stars. “They must be there,” you’d reason, “since there’s no way our Solar System is unique in all the galaxy.” But where’s the proof? As the case always is in science, it’s in the data you …

Universe

The Largest Ape That Ever Lived Was Doomed By Its Size

The demise of Gigantopithecus some 100,000 years ago reveals why big is often not better.<p>Sometimes, in evolution, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.<p>And <i>Gigantopithecus</i> was pretty darn big. Fossils indicate it stood as high as 10 feet (3 meters) and weighed up to 1,100 pounds (500 …

How researchers are teaching computers the laws of physics

You may think computers are getting pretty smart when you interact with Siri or Google Now, but there's a lot that artificially intelligent software …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Uncover Pablo Picasso’s Chemical Fingerprint in Breakthrough Study

Art World<p>The data could help detect forgeries.<p>,<p>An extensive analysis of Pablo Picasso’s early work by a Spanish chemical engineer has provided some …

Pablo Picasso

Scientists Figured Out a Way to 'See' a Black Hole with Just a Backyard Telescope

Black holes are some of the most powerful but difficult to comprehend objects in the universe, operating mysteriously and practically invisibly out …

Should I quit?

<b>“I want to quit this…should I?” — Every human being in history.</b><p>The perceptions of quitting<p>Nearly ever person who has walked this earth has pondered …

Self-improvement

There's a Tool That Will Tell You How Beautiful You Are . . . Using Science

When considering the concept of artificial intelligence, the possibilities seem endless. Could robots someday perform surgery? Teach school classes? <i>Fall in love?</i> And with gripping films like <b>Ex Machina</b> earning critical acclaim, it seems we're not the only ones intrigued by the future of intelligent …

Scientific proof Cinderella couldn't have danced wearing glass slippers

Did you ever wonder when you were a kid (and, okay, a full grown adult) why we can’t buy Cinderella-style glass slippers at Payless? Of course you …

How to Get Your Kids Interested in STEM (Without Forcing It on Them)

Hopefully your kids are getting a great education in science, technology, engineering, and math at school, but chances are those classes aren’t …

Are Brains Bayesian?

Right now, your brain is decoding these symbols with the help of Bayes’ theorem, a formula devised by a British cleric more than 250 years ago. Or so …

Statistics

Science can help you beat writer’s block

Lots of people want to write—but many find the process of actually getting words on the page to be pure torture. As an author, journalism professor and therapist who specializes in working with writers, I can attest to the fact that it’s perfectly normal to struggle with writing. However, there’s a …

Creative Writing

How to convey sarcasm in written texts and emails, according to psychologists, whoop-de-doo.

So you’ve decided to be sarcastic in an email or text. Wow, great idea! There is exactly no chance that choice could go south on you. I mean, it’s …

Linguistics

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

New dating app uses 'science' to rate how attractive you are

Blinq guesses your age and rates you on a scale from 'Hmm...' to 'Godlike'<p>Ever wanted a robot to tell you how hot you are?<p>If that's the case, you're in luck with this new Swiss dating app Blinq.<p>The app has developed a feature with the University of Zurich which uses artificial intelligence to rank …

In the body, cells move like flocks of birds or schools of fish

<b>SAN</b> <b>DIEGO</b> — Cell biologists are taking clues from marching ants, flocking birds and other animals to learn how groups of cells move through the …

Dark matter helped destroy the dinosaurs, physicist posits

<b>Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs</b><br>Lisa Randall<i><br>ECCO, $29.99</i><p>Dark matter. Dinosaurs. Few topics are as effective at grabbing the attention of science …

Leopard sharks find their way with their noses, say scientists

New research suggests that the olfactory sense plays a key role in leopard shark navigation.<p>Forget Google Maps – these sharks get directions from …

Sharks

Pluto has a lot more going on than we thought, say scientists

As information from NASA's New Horizons probe continues to stream back to Earth, scientists are learning that Pluto is not the long-dormant body they …

Solar System

Tangosaurus Rex? Sexy dancing dinosaurs performed mating displays to attract the ladies

Theropod dinosaurs were smooth movers 100 million years ago, performing special mating dances to attract females, scientists have discovered. Huge …

Watch: 9 Science-Backed Tips to Help You Study Smarter, Not Harder

Not all cramming is created equal.<p>If you're working a job you love and can leave behind once you walk out of the office each night, then …

Study Skills

A New Pluto Wonder? Possible Ice Volcanoes Spotted (Video)

The more scientists learn about Pluto, the more interesting the dwarf planet gets.<p>Two of the towering mountains observed by NASA's New Horizons …

Visible Light Emitted From a Black Hole Has Been Detected For The First Time

Got a decent telescope at home? That's all you need to observe a nearby black hole.<p>For the first time, astronomers have observed bursts of visible …

Universe

5 of the Greatest Physics Demos From the MythBusters

Yes, this is the final season of the <i>MythBusters</i>. The greatest part of the show is the fact Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman aren't scientists but they …

The Kolibree Is A Smart Toothbrush That Turns A Mind-Numbingly Dull Task Into A Video Game

The Kolibree Connected Toothbrush might seem like an unlikely standout at the world's biggest technology conference but it was this clever little …

Gear & Gadgets

Nextbit Robin shipments will begin on February 16 for the first 1,000 backers

Nextbit has confirmed that the first 1,000 Kickstarter backers of the Robin will receive their devices in February, as the company will begin …

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Is A Beautiful Video Game

A lot of very nice words have (surprisingly, given Unity’s qualities) been written about the latest <i>Assassin’s Creed</i> game, but there’s one thing a lot …

gamehardware

Video Games Getting Tough to Crack

Apparently, increasingly tougher levels of encryption are making some games a lot trickier to crack.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may …

Dragon Age

3 New Yu-Gi-Oh! Games Coming in 2016

One for mobile, 3DS, consoles and PC.<p>To celebrate the franchise's 20th anniversary, three new Yu-Gi-Oh! games will be released before the end of …

Minecraft 2 Scam Game Emerges, Mojang Working to Remove It

Microsoft-owned Mojang is working to remove a fraudulent Minecraft game from iTunes.<p>As Eurogamer reports, a game called Minecraft Pocket Edition 2 was recently released on Apple's store--but it's not made by Mojang and isn't much of a game at all. Despite that, the $7 game (same price as the …

Mojang