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'Low-Yield' Nukes Are a Very High Threat

Forces from a century ago are back in play. But the stakes are much higher.<p>In his brilliant book tracing the origins of the First World War, “The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914,” Christopher Clark says, “The protagonists were sleepwalkers, watchful but unseeing, haunted by dreams, yet …

Geopolitics

Are Space, Time, And Gravity All Just Illusions?

The Universe, as we know it, has a fundamental flaw staring us right in our faces, letting us know that our knowledge is incomplete. The four fundamental forces are described by two different and mutually incompatible frameworks: General Relativity for gravitation, and Quantum Field Theory for the …

Dark Matter

How Dangerous Is The World's Debt Problem?

High debt can lead to financial crisis. Since debt levels have risen in many countries, there is considerable reason for concern.<p>However, big …

Economics

Is Another Universe Sitting Too Close To Us On The Multiverse Bus?

Since the 1960s, astronomers have been aware of the electromagnetic background radiation that pervades the Universe. Known as the Cosmic Microwave …

Dark Matter

Scientists Have Observed Epigenetic Memories Being Passed Down For 14 Generations

The past lives on.<p>The most important set of genetic instructions we all get comes from our DNA, passed down through generations. But the environment …

Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined

They edit their own genes!<p>Just when we thought octopuses couldn't be any weirder, it turns out that they and their cephalopod brethren evolve …

Evidence Suggests Early Exposure to Antibiotics Might Lead to Long-Term Behavioural Changes

The mice showed increased anxiety and aggression.<p>Researchers have found that giving low doses of a common antibiotic to pregnant mice and their …

On Venezuela's Death Spiral

With the arrival of President Hugo Chávez in 1999, Venezuela embraced Chavismo, a form of Andean socialism. In 2013, Chávez met the Grim Reaper, and Nicolás Maduro assumed Chávez’ mantle.<p>The Grim Reaper has also taken scythe to the Venezuelan bolivar. The death of the bolivar is depicted in the …

Venezuela

Mind-Blowing New Theory Connects Black Holes, Dark Matter, and Gravitational Waves

The past few years have been incredible for physics discoveries. Scientists spotted the Higgs boson, a particle they’d been hunting for almost 50 …

What Do Lungs Do? Help Us Breathe And Maybe Even Produce Blood

Our lungs may be doing much more than just helping us breathe. A series of experiments on mice, carried out by researchers at the University of …

The 3 Ways That Parallel Universes Could Be Real

The idea that things exist in a particular, well-defined state at all times where their properties can be determined so long as you can measure them well enough was fundamental to how we conceived of the Universe. When quantum physics came along, that idea went right out the window, never to …

Dark Matter

Scientist finds entanglement instantly gives rise to a wormhole

Quantum entanglement is one of the more bizarre theories to come out of the study of quantum mechanics — so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein …

Quantum Physics

Globalization Is Just a Contemporary Word for Financial Colonialism

We who live in imperialist countries owe an enormous debt of solidarity to people in countries like Bangladesh, which are being ransacked by our …

Economics

'Impossible' state of matter made of 'time crystals' has been created in a lab

A bizarre new state of matter, known as a time crystal, has been created in the lab for the first time. While some may associate the word ‘crystal’ …

Quest for clean energy just took a big step forward with solar fuel breakthrough

Scientists just doubled the number of materials that could be used in solar fuels.<p>Research into solar fuels has taken a major step forward, with …

We might be able to make Mars habitable

A group of scientists have devised a plan to make Mars a little more hospitable to human life.<p>A computer modeling experiment suggests that we can use …

New path suggested for nuclear fusion

Controlled nuclear fusion has been a holy grail for physicists who seek an endless supply of clean energy. Scientists at Rice University, the …

Physics

Cosmic uncertainty: Are there antimatter worlds out there?

Antimatter has always been full of surprises. The first was that it existed. The second was that it didn’t.<p>First things first. In the 1920s, British …

Turns Out Black Holes Devour Stars All the Freaking Time

Supermassive black holes practice a particularly savage form of carnage that rips apart unlucky stellar passersby. Scientists used to think that …

Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’

A decades-old method called the “bootstrap” is enabling new discoveries about the geometry underlying all quantum theories.<p>In the 1960s, the …

Quantum Mechanics

Is there something wrong with us economists?

We economists did not see the 2008 global financial crisis coming.<p>Nor did we anticipate, predict or, at least, warn people about the current wave of …

Economics

Our Universe is too vast for even the most imaginative sci-fi

As an astrophysicist, I am always struck by the fact that even the wildest science-fiction stories tend to be distinctly human in character. No …

Science Fiction

Is The World Preparing For War? NATO General Says Alliance Is 'Increasing The Readiness' Of Troops

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was expected to face increased challenges across the globe, prompting officials to take measures in …

New Evidence for the Strange Idea that the Universe Is a Hologram - Facts So Romantic

One of the great mysteries of modern cosmology is how our universe can be so thermally uniform—the vast cosmos is filled with the lingering heat of …

Universe

The mainstream media hates deplorables -- and they aren't fond of Trump either

President Trump is getting quite a bit of blowback for saying the fake news media is the enemy of the American people. And most of the blowback is coming from the fake news media.<p>"The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American …

Donald Trump

Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don't

Many of President Donald Trump's most dedicated supporters — the sort who waited for hours in the Florida sun this weekend for his first post-inauguration campaign rally — say their lives changed on election night. Suddenly they felt like their views were actually respected and in the majority.<p>But …

Scientists Just Found Evidence That Neurons Can Communicate in a Way We Never Anticipated

A new brain mechanism hiding in plain sight.<p>Researchers have discovered a brand new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in our brain …

Is Le Pen mightier than the sword?

France will choose a new president this spring, in a two-stage election process that for decades has come down to a choice between left-leaning Socialists and a right-of-center party that recently changed its name to <i>Les Républicains</i>.<p>This year, however, a third candidate has put the direction of the …

Atlanta Falcons

Media Whine after Trump Calls Them 'The Enemy,' But They're Not Innocent

The seemingly never-ending saga of Trump vs the Media got ramped up a bit last week when the president tweeted that the media wasn't just his enemy, …

Donald Trump

Andrew Breitbart on Battling the 'Democrat-Media Complex'

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Friday, Andrew Breitbart, founder of such center-right online powerhouses as Big Government and Big …