André Galrito

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10 Books You Pretend To Have Read (And Why You Should Really Read Them)

Science fiction and fantasy offer a rich legacy of great books - but that abundant pile of reading material can also be daunting. So sometimes, it's …

Books

What Happens After Death? New Theory Suggests Consciousness Moves To Another Universe

A book titled “<i>Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe</i>“ has stirred up the internet, because …

Consciousness

Human sperm steer with second harmonics of the flagellar beat

Altmetric: 104<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Guglielmo Saggiorato ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-9318-8345,<br>• Luis Alvarez ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-1027-2291,<br>• Jan …

Engineering
Dark Matter

Scientists Finally Answer The Important Question, Are Cats a Liquid?

The study won the 2017 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics.<p>A liquid is traditionally defined as a material that adapts its shape to fit a container. Yet under …

Huge new 'planet' discovered by NASA 'could unleash apocalypse and the end of Earth'

Researchers announced the discovery of the new planet that's so gigantic, they're not really sure if it even qualifies as a planet, this week<p>The …

13 Science-Backed Signs You're Smarter Than You Realise

Don't underestimate yourself.<p>Everyone wants to be humble. Who me, smart? Nah, I'm just a good test-taker.<p>And anyway, it's kind of crass to go around …

Relaxing video on awe-inspiring stellar nebulae

Teun van der Zalm developed an algorithm for creating nebulae in games, VR, and film. This showcase of the results, set to a lovely free track by Lee …

8 of the Best Military Movies to Watch on Remembrance Day

Photo: Amazon.ca<p><i>Saving Private Ryan</i> (1998)<p>When Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece first premiered, the veterans who actually stormed the beach on D-Day …

A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures

For the past 11 years, we've been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of <b>Free Online Courses</b>, which now …

Online Education

A Million Years From Now, Another Star Will Visit Our Solar System

This may be a problem for any humans still around.<p>Right now, our sun is fairly isolated. The closest star to our solar system is Alpha Centauri, which is four light-years away—a blink of an eye in cosmic terms, but still extremely distant to us humans.<p>In 1.3 million years, however, that will all …

Everything, even a rock, has some degree of consciousness

Philip Goff, associate professor in philosophy at Central European University in Budapest, argues that the idea of panpsychism ("mind is everywhere") …

Fun-Da-Mental

NASA is asking you to send your own message to Voyager on its 40th anniversary

Inspired by the messages of goodwill carried on Voyager’s Golden Record, the space agency wants to add one more message on Voyager 1. That’s why it’s asking social media users on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, or Tumblr to compose an uplifting #MessageToVoyager. The message can be anything …

Social Media

This Quantum Theory Says Time Can Flow Backward

Quantum physics throws all the rules of classical physics out the window. In the quantum world, particles can pass through solid walls, be in two …

Quantum Mechanics

Physics of bubbles could explain language patterns

Language patterns could be predicted by simple laws of physics, a new study has found.

Physics

Scientists Have Created a Virtual Universe to Practice Mapping the Real One

It took a computer 80 hours to generate 25 billion galaxies.<p>Today, we understand that the universe is expanding, but back in the 1920s, even Albert …

A satellite captured a video of its fellow satellites rocketing to space

Up, up, and away!<p>A shoebox-sized satellite caught a glimpse of a Soyuz rocket launch that sent 73 satellites flying into space last week. Snapping one photo every second, the tiny Dove satellite caught two and a half minutes of the Soyuz rocket’s flight — starting with liftoff.<p>The timing was …

Space Exploration

A Quantum Theory of Consciousness

Some of you may have already heard of the so-called “quantum theory of consciousness.” I’ve encountered different versions of it over the years. It presents a method of integrating traditional religious views of the “soul,” the “afterlife,” and the possibility of “other realms of existence” with …

Atlantic Ocean

How Do We Know The Universe Is Flat?

Whenever we talk about the expanding Universe, everyone wants to know how this is going to end. Sure, they say, the fact that most of the galaxies we …

29 Useless Pieces Of Trivia You'll Want To Tell Everyone Right Away

"Yoda and Miss Piggy were voiced by the same person."<p>—Sophomaniac<p>—wofflestomp<p>—CrookedKeith<p>—McSmallFries<p>—Solgrynn<p>—monkus2k<p>—Darth_Draper<p>—kborschel<p>—youryellowumbrella<p>—ac2cvn71<p>—jimmiethefish<p>—MarlaTheTumor<p>—Abysmal_Abyss<p>—fabytta5<p>—No_name_Johnson<p>—chrisPmaplebaconRD<p>Some responses have been edited for …

Watch: Here’s what it’s like to fly past Pluto in a rocket ship

Thanks, NASA.<p>It’s been two years since NASA’s research spacecraft, New Horizons, zoomed past Pluto on its never-ending voyage into space.<p>To celebrate the milestone, and to take advantage of the data and photos NASA collected along the way, the agency released a new video on Friday showing …

NASA

Astronomers have detected 'strange signals' that may come from a star 11 light-years away

Astronomers say they've detected "strange signals" coming from the direction of a small, dim star located about 11 light-years from Earth.<p>Researchers picked up the mysterious signals on May 12 using the Arecibo Observatory, a huge radio telescope built inside of a Puerto Rican sinkhole.<p>The radio …

Magnetism

Our Sun Could Have Been Born With an Evil Twin Called "Nemesis"

The dinosaurs never had a chance.<p>A new model on how stars are formed has added weight to the hypothesis that most – if not all – stars are born in a …

Proxima Centauri

The Human Brain Can Create Structures in Up to 11 Dimensions

"We found a world that we had never imagined."<p>Neuroscientists have used a classic branch of maths in a totally new way to peer into the structure of …

Autonomous Cars

The Secret History of the Cat Who Authored a Physics Paper

Regrettably, none of us will get to be cats. Most of us will never write a published physics paper either, let alone a highly respected one. But …

Pets

The largest virtual universe ever simulated

Researchers from the University of Zurich have simulated the formation of our entire universe with a large supercomputer. A gigantic catalogue of …

Dark Matter

How do we know the universe is flat? Discovering the topology of the universe

Whenever we talk about the expanding universe, everyone wants to know how this is going to end. Sure, they say, the fact that most of the galaxies we …

Topology

Jumping Spiders Can See Galaxies Far, Far Away

Telescopic eyes that can peer into alternate galaxies.<p>Spiders are already scary impressive, what with their speed, cunning hunting skills, and …

Zoology