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Origin Story: A Big History of Everything by David Christian

<b>"I have long been a fan of David Christian. In Origin Story, he elegantly weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical</b> …

This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years — and how they have changed the way we work

LONDON — Humanity is always moving forward with innovation after innovation improving global quality of life.<p>The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history. Electric lighting, cars, plastic, the telephone, and television are all less than 150 years old, while …

A cosmic sense of scale

This animation gives a sense of the awe-inspiring scale of some of the known objects in our universe. It is difficult for human minds to comprehend …

I Am An Astrophysicist. Here's What Stephen Hawking's Final Paper Was Actually About

On March 14, 2018, the most famous and celebrated scientist known to humanity, Stephen Hawking, died at the age of 76. He left a rich legacy behind in the fields of astrophysics and cosmology, sharing the wonders of the Universe with not only his colleagues but the general public as well. Best …

Stephen Hawking Dies at 76; His Mind Roamed the Cosmos

Stephen W. Hawking, the Cambridge University physicist and best-selling author who roamed the cosmos from a wheelchair, pondering the nature of gravity and the origin of the universe and becoming an emblem of human determination and curiosity, died early Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England. …

Obituaries

8 mind-blowing facts about black holes

Black holes do not suck.<p>Illustration of a young black hole, such as the two distant dust-free quasars spotted recently by the Spitzer Space Telescope.<p>…

Can life emerge after the fires of a supernova?

If there were one place in the Universe I'd guess life wouldn't be able to develop, it’s near a neutron star.<p>But then, I'm prejudiced. For good …

Here's What Will Happen 10,000 Years From Now, According to Science

We come from the far future.<p>Imagining the future of humanity, our planet, and everything we hold dear in our corner of the cold dark Universe is …

Why Is M-Theory the Leading Candidate for Theory of Everything?

The mother of all string theories passes a litmus test that, so far, no other candidate theory of quantum gravity has been able to match.<p>It’s not …

String Theory

️ Modernist Bread by Nathan Myhrvold, Francisco Migoya

Modernist Bread: The Art and Science is a revolutionary new understanding of one of the most important staples of the human diet. Created by the team …

Scientists find 'behemoth' black hole so big it could challenge our understanding of the universe's beginning

Scientists just found a very huge, very young supermassive black hole. As far as we know, it shouldn't be able to exist, and it just might re-write …

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Welcome to Native Land. This is a resource for North Americans (and others) to find out more about local indigenous territories and languages.<p>I ran …

Indigenous Peoples

Scientists discover huge hole in fabric of universe – but what is its purpose?

The perfectly spherical hole is a mind-boggling 1.8 BILLION light years across. And it contains absolutely NOTHING.<p>The bizarre phenomenon is being …

There are 2 types of time travel and physicists agree that one of them is possible

Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University and co-founder of the World Science Festival, explains what we know about time travel so far. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Brian Greene:</b> I'm Brian Greene, professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University …

Physics

Do black holes collapse?

These cosmic sink-holes do gradually shrink, but it’s impossible to get any more compact than a black hole.<p>The Schwarzschild radius (event horizon) …

The Physics Of Star Wars

Ever wish you could have your very own lightsaber like Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi? Or that you could fly through space at the speed of light …

This Star Exploded, Survived, And Then Exploded Again After 60 Years

This totally changes what we know about supernovae.<p>Usually when a star goes supernova, that's it. It's dead, kaput, RIP. But a new discovery could …

What Would Happen If You Became Dark Matter?

The human body consists of somewhere around 1028 particles, all bound together. The typical human has a mass of somewhere between 50 and 100 kilograms, and is largely confined to the surface of the Earth. Yet dark matter behaves very differently. It doesn’t interact with the nuclear or …

Dark Matter

Scientists penetrate mystery of raging black hole beams

They are nature's very own Death Star beams - ultra-powerful jets of energy that shoot out from the vicinity of black holes like deadly rays from the …

Newfound Wormhole Allows Information to Escape Black Holes

In 1985, when Carl Sagan was writing the novel <i>Contact</i>, he needed to quickly transport his protagonist Dr. Ellie Arroway from Earth to the star Vega. …

What is the Anthropic Principle and How Do Physicists Apply It?

What’s the reception of Anthropic Principle among physicists, and does it have anything to do with artificial intelligence? <i>originally appeared on</i> Quora: <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p>Answer <b>by</b> Jay Wacker, Theoretical …

CERN Scientists Find Further Evidence That the Universe 'Should Not Exist’

They "simply do not understand where the difference is."<p>When it’s not lending its name to the worst show on cable TV, the Big Bang Theory tells the …

You Can Now Use Google Maps to Explore the Solar System

Chances are, at one time or another, we’ve all used Google Maps to find the shortest route from point A to point B. But if you are like some people, …

Cosmic alchemy: Colliding neutron stars show us how the universe creates gold

For thousands of years, humans have searched for a way to turn matter into gold. Ancient alchemists considered this precious metal to be the highest …

Neutron Stars

The universe shouldn't exist, scientists say after finding bizarre behaviour of anti-matter

Our universe shouldn't exist, scientists say.<p>The most elite scientists in the world are still struggling to find why exactly our universe didn't …

Physics

There's a Hidden Spacecraft Dump in The Middle of The Ocean - Here's What's Down There

This is crazy.<p>The most remote location on Earth has many names: It's called Point Nemo (Latin for 'no one') and the Oceanic Pole of Inaccessibility. …

Space Exploration

Ask Ethan: How Sure Are We That The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old?

You’ve no doubt heard that the Universe itself has been around for 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang, and that scientists are extremely confident of that figure. In fact, the uncertainty on that figure is under 100 million years: less than 1% of the estimated age. But science has been wrong in …

Video lectures for Algebraic Geometry

I originally made this compilation on May 31, 2016 to share with some friends and never got around to posting it. Now that I’m actually in the midst …