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Dimensional Reduction: The Key To Physics' Greatest Mystery?

What if the Universe – and fundamentally, space itself – were like a pile of laundry?<p><i>Have one.</i> <i><br>See this laundry pile? Looks just like our universe.</i> <i><br>No?</i> <i><br>Here, have another.</i> <i><br>See it now? It’s got three dimensions and all.</i> <i><br>But look again.</i> <i><br>The shirts and towels? They’re not truly three-dimensional. They’re</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

'Monkey Malaria' Is Poised To Become More Deadly—and More Transmissible

Development and deforestation are helping push a once-mellow form of malaria into virulence.<p>A species of malaria-causing parasite that is increasingly being transmitted from macaques to humans in South Asia has the potential to evolve into a more virulent form that is also capable of being …

Microbiology

Evolution makes scientific sense. So why do many people reject it?

Child psychology studies have identified a natural human bias toward the theory of intelligent design, and pose a solution: teach evolution earlier<p>Evolution is poorly understood by students and, disturbingly, by many of their science teachers. Although it is part of the compulsory science …

Tricking The Brain: How Magic Works

The magician snaps his fingers and a ball disappears right in front of your eyes. How is this possible, you ask yourself? You have a pretty good …

Cognition

There's Only One Type of Brain That Isn't Duped by This Optical Illusion

Optical illusions can fool a lot of people.<p>But research indicates this one particular illusion doesn’t fool those who suffer from schizophrenia.<p>The …

Neurology

The Sea As You've Never Seen It Before Through A Photographer's Lens

Australian photographer Lisa Michele Burns' aerial shots of the sea are stunning.<p>If you thought that photos of sea landscapes are predictable or trivial, Lisa Michele Burns’ psychedelic and dreamy images will undoubtedly change your mind.<p>The photos are part of a new project by the Australian …

100-year-old panorama photos of a very different NYC

New York panoramas<p>The city in widescreen, more than 100 years ago<p>1900<p>These 12 widescreen images of New York City date back to the end of the 19th …

Austin Lightning and the Water Tower

What the Modern Presence of Water on Mars Means

Mars may be the solar system’s most tragic planet. It once had a dense atmosphere; it once fairly sloshed with water; just one of its oceans may have …

The Ralph Steadman Breaking Bad Blu-ray Covers Are Amazing

Perfection, of course<p><b>Ralph Steadman,</b> the gonzo illustrator who so perfectly brought Hunter S. Thompson's wild exploits to life all while etching in our brains his expansive, chaotic ink-blot splatter style, has teamed up with <i>Breaking Bad</i>'s Vince Gilligan to create the covers for forthcoming …

TV

1950s and 1960s Egypt: When Arab Modernity Allowed Bikinis

1 of 24<p>Women and men embrace the summer heat at a beach in 1964. Source: Egyptian Streets<p>2 of 24<p>Sunbathers near the Port of Alexandria, 1955. Source: …

Architecture

The myth of religious violence

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple<p>As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (Isis) rampaging …

Religion does not poison everything - everything poisons religion

A review of ‘Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence’, by Karen Armstrong. The former nun makes a convincing case that religions are corrupted by success<p>It slips so easily off the tongue. In fact, it’s a modern mantra. ‘Religion causes all the wars.’ Karen Armstrong claims to have …

These Are The Best Parts Of 'Jimi: All Is By My Side'

Jimi Hendrix gets the big-screen biopic treatment in "Jimi: All is By My Side," written and directed by John Ridley, who won an Oscar earlier this year for his "12 Years a Slave" script. Outkast's André Benjamin -- you know him better as André 3000 -- takes on the starring role, but without any of …

Digital Telepathy Is The Future Of The Human Species

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Dan Kaplan helps startups tell their stories. He’s done marketing for Twilio, Asana, and Salesforce and blogs about marketing, growth, and storytelling at Threadling.</i><p>The story of life on Earth thus far has had an unmistakable direction, and it has moved toward greater complexity. <b></b>Sure, …

Watch 'Game of Thrones' mysteries explained (or disproved) with science

Sure, works of fiction are hardly subject to the rules of science, but the folks behind <i>It's OK To Be Smart</i> set out to explain many of the enigmas surrounding <i>Game of Thrones.</i> In the PBS digital short that awaits after the break, topics like the plausibility of Daenerys' dragons, winters that last a …