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Physicists may finally understand the spatial dimensions in our universe

Back to the Beginning<p>An international team of scientists has come up with a new explanation for why space occupies three dimensions. The theory …

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

Sign of a Mysterious Human Ancestor Has Been Found in Our Spit

"We call it a 'ghost' species".<p>It's not enough for some people on this planet to say they have their mother's eyes – they can now claim to have their …

'A reckoning for our species': the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene

Timothy Morton wants humanity to give up some of its core beliefs, from the fantasy that we can control the planet to the notion that we are ‘above’ other beings. His ideas might sound weird, but they’re catching on. By Alex Blasdel<p>A few years ago, Björk began corresponding with a philosopher whose …

The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women

For women in business and beyond, it was an I-told-you-so day.<p>The twin spectacles Tuesday — an Uber board member’s wisecrack about women talking too much, and Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat of California, being interrupted for the second time in a week by her male colleagues — triggered an …

Women's News

Evidence that we are in the Age of Man: Scientists catalog more human-made minerals

Scientists have discovered about 200 new mineral compounds, created accidentally as a result of human activity.<p>The new minerals were identified by research scientist Robert Hazen and a team from the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. Their study is published in the journal American …

4 basic problems cause all the cognitive biases that screw up our judgment

<i>Four months ago I attempted to synthesize Wikipedia's crazy list of cognitive biases, and after banging my head against the wall for weeks, came up with this</i> <i>Cognitive Bias Cheat Sheet</i> <i>which</i> <i>John Manoogian III,</i><i>beautifully organized into the above poster. Since then, I've started working on a book</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

Quantum Physics News: 'Causal Witness' Provides First Experimental Evidence Of Indefinite Causal Order

These words you are reading right now had to be written before you could read them. This might seem like a fairly straightforward and safe assumption …

Trump’s ruined credibility: What happens when the White House just can’t be trusted?

<b>Sean Spicer (AP/Salon)</b><p>President Trump and his aides tell lies and then lie about the lies, which is politically corrosive and dangerous<p>Simon Maloy<p>March 19, 2017 12:00pm (UTC)<p>White House press secretary Sean Spicer was in a difficult spot on Thursday afternoon. Just prior to Spicer’s daily press …

Democracy is dying around the world—and the West has only itself to blame

Unless we act fast, the world may have already reached “peak democracy.”<p>After World War II, there were only a few lonely democracies scattered across the West. This began to change dramatically in the 1980s, when most of Latin America joined that exclusive club. But most crucially, in the 1990s, …

Political Science

You’re Fired! The Unemployable Trump Administration

UPDATE: <i>There are firings, and then there are</i> firings<i>, and former FBI Director James Comey was informed of his by Donald Trump’s favorite messenger:</i> …

Kellyanne Conway says she made mistake in citing nonexistent terror attack to defend Trump's immigration ban

The adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said a "Bowling Green Massacre" in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was one of the catalysts for Trump's executive order temporarily barring entry to the US by nationals from seven majority-Muslim countries.<p>There was no such attack in the US.<p>During her interview with MSNBC's …

Kellyanne Conway

The French are hosting “intellectual rave parties” in 30 cities around the world

Could it be more French?<p>Between Jan. 26 and Jan. 29, French consulates in 30 cities around the world will be hosting free, all-night “intellectual rave parties” to wrestle with today’s most pressing matters. The Night of Philosophy and Ideas (<i>La Nuit des idées)</i> is a festival of philosophical …

New York City

Women Turn Out in Force Around the World: Pictures

Donald Trump

Our Favorite Words Of 2016

<i>Black Cardigan is a great newsletter by writer-editor Carrie Frye, who shares dispatches from her reading life. We’re thrilled to share some of them</i> …

Lost in Space

A writer reflects on his decade-long search for sex and love in the tumultuous world of gay online hookups.<p>Story by Mike Albo · Illustrations by …

Great Depression

How America fails to learn from its racist history, in 2 paragraphs

Germans are taught that their historical horrors were collective failures. Americans, on the other hand…<p>Both the US and Germany have committed horrific racist atrocities in the past. But Americans learn about their own cruelties differently than Germans do, writes Megan Carpentier for the …

Genetic Editing Could Cause the Next Cold War

If China pursues human genetic enhancement and the US retreats under a conservative government, it could create a divide between the modified and the not, sewing the seeds of global conflict.<p>While <i>Time</i> magazine recently chose President-Elect Donald Trump as its Person of the Year, CRISPR gene …

Echoes in gravitational waves hint at a breakdown of Einstein's theory of relativity

In February, astronomers made a monumental discovery. Almost 100 years after Albert Einstein first predicted them, researchers detected gravitational waves— ripples in space time that had radiated out from the merging of two black holes.<p>It was a striking confirmation of Einstein's general theory of …

Physics

Marriage Green Cards Made Easy

What we do for you 01<p>We deal with the forms<p>We take all the required government forms for your situation and turn them into simple questions you can …

Green Cards

Google, democracy and the truth about internet search

Tech-savvy rightwingers have been able to ‘game’ the algorithms of internet giants and create a new reality where Hitler is a good guy, Jews are evil and… Donald Trump becomes president<p>Here’s what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That’s …

Darwin vs God: did the ‘Origin of Species’ cause a clash between church and science?

John van Wyhe considers how much truth there is in the belief that the naturalist caused an almighty clash between church and science<p><i>This article</i> …

A Fine Argument for Why Sex Is So Good

One of the main questions in life is: <i>Why is sex so good?</i> According to a new review paper, it’s because sex — like dance, yoga, and other body-based …

Pourquoi la France est-elle le pays qui a le plus fusillé « pour l’exemple » pendant la Grande guerre ?

Quelques 918 militaires français ont été fusillés pour l’exemple pendant la « Grande guerre ». La grande majorité n’a pas été exécutée pendant les …

Histoire

‘I am of both countries, and I feel sanctuary in neither’

<b>Manila (CNN Philippines Life) —</b> When I entered the United States in April at Los Angeles, my home airport, the Customs and Border Patrol officer …

French women urged to walk out of work over pay disparity

Institutions including Paris City Hall stop work amid spontaneous demonstations to highlight wage disparity between men and women<p>Staff at some of Paris’s most high-profile political and cultural offices stopped work at 4.34pm on Monday in solidarity with a protest against women being paid less than …

The Website Providing Abortion Without Borders

When RA1 found out she was pregnant, she had two options: Have a baby she did not want or risk her life and face prison.<p>RA, who was born and raised …

World Health Organization

Trump has convinced Republican men they're playing a ‘zero-sum’ game

Trump himself has talked about how he has mixed feelings about women who work. He has also said that pregnancy is an "inconvenience" for employers.<p>A belief in traditional norms is not a new phenomenon for the Republican Party, which draws much of its support from religious and social conservatives, …

Gender Discrimination

WEF: Gender wage gap will not close for 170 years

Efforts to close gender gaps in pay and workforce participation slowed so dramatically in the past year that men and women may not reach economic equality for another 170 years, according to the World Economic Forum.<p>Statistics just a year ago predicted the economic gap between genders could close …