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Physicists Test Classic Paradox 'Maxwell's Demon' with Beams of Light

New experiments revisit a classic paradox of thermodynamics.<p>In 1867, renowned physicist James Clerk Maxwell wrote a letter to fellow physicist and middle-name enthusiast Peter Guthrie Tait in which he outlined a thought experiment that seemed to allow for the violation of the second law of …

Today's Hero Made an AI That Annoys Telemarketers For As Long As Possible

Hanging up on annoying telemarketers is the easiest way to deal with them, but that just sends their autodialers onto the next unfortunate victim. …

Telecoms

Subtle Brain Differences in Men With Autism

<b>Research at King’s College London has revealed subtle brain differences in adult males with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which may go some way</b> …

Albert Einstein on the Secret to Learning

In 1915 Einstein, who was then 36, was living in wartime Berlin with his cousin Elsa, who would eventually become his second wife. His two sons, Hans …

This physicist tried to shoot himself underwater but then this happened

When it comes to things you definitely shouldn't do at home, this science experiment is high on the list. Norwegian physicist Andrew Wahl enjoys …

Physicists Cut Through the Randomest Randomness of Large Quantum Systems

Even quantum dice are loaded.<p>As much as we say that things are "random," seldom do phenomena actually live up to that descriptor. In the classical mechanics of our world—composed of macroscale entities built up from large numbers of particles—everything is determined. Everything has a defined …

Children With Sensory Processing Disorder Have Altered Pathways for Brain Connectivity

<b>UCSF study shows measurable neurological differences in affected children.</b><p>Researchers at UC San Francisco have found that boys and girls with sensory …

Scientists Propose a 'Mirror Universe' Where Time Moves Backwards

Mind = blown.<p>Two separate teams of physicists have been examining the flow of time in the Universe, and they’ve proposed that some 14 billion years …

We're on a collision course with the Andromeda Galaxy — here's what will happen to Earth

1/<p>Far from city lights, on a clear night, this is what the sky on Earth looks like today. During certain times of the year, you can see the Andromeda …

Universe

New Development Could Help Solve Fusion Reactors' Most Mysterious Problem

This tidy little video from MIT explains the tech's biggest challenge, and the latest step toward solving it.<p>The reason we don't have more nuclear fission power may be in large part thanks to politics and economics, but the reason we don't have fusion yet is that it's hard. Very hard. But …

Testosterone Influences Emotional Regulation in Psychopathic Brain

<b>Brain research has demonstrated that psychopaths exhibit reduced control over their emotional actions. Researchers from the Donders Institute at</b> …

Physicists Successfully Tie the Very First Quantum Knots

Theoretical physicists have been predicting that it should be possible for knots to form in quantum fields for decades, but nobody could figure out …

Lab Grown Neural Networks Could Repair Axonal Damage With Minimal Brain Tissue Disruption

<b>Lab-grown neural networks have the ability to replace lost axonal tracks in the brains of patients with severe head injuries, strokes or</b> …

Capacity For Memory is Ten Times Greater Than Previously Thought

<b>Salk researchers and collaborators have achieved critical insight into the size of neural connections, putting the memory capacity of the brain far</b> …

Why Your Brain Makes You Slip Up When Anxious

<b>Neuroscientists at the University of Sussex’s Sackler Centre and Brighton and Sussex Medical School have identified the brain network system that</b> …

Intracellular Mechanisms Behind ALS Uncovered

<b>A new study uncovering the mechanism behind amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or also Lou Gehrig’s disease) has brought doctors a step closer to</b> …

New Light-Activated Nanoparticles Kill Over 90% of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

A new solution in the fight against superbugs.<p>Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a growing problem around the world, responsible for some 2 …

Busting the Hype Behind Deep Neural Networks

An MIT cognitive science researcher questions the 'unreasonable reputation' of neural networks.<p>Many technologists who are not also neuroscientists would like us to believe that human-like artificial intelligence—or something close to it—is right around the corner. Just a discovery or two away. Less …

4 cosmic phenomena that travel faster than the speed of light

But that's not the entire story. In fact, it's just the beginning.<p>Before Einstein, mass — the atoms that make up you, me, and everything we see — and energy were treated as separate entities. But in 1905, Einstein forever changed the way physicists view the universe.<p>Einstein's Special Theory of …

Physics

A huge black hole is literally tearing the most luminous galaxy apart

The brightest galaxy in the known universe is literally tearing itself apart.<p>The galaxy named W2246-0526 is located about 12.4 billion light-years …

Physicists Must Accept That Some Things Are Unknowable

One of the ultimate questions about our Universe is the question of where all of this came from. When we discovered that the grand spirals in the sky were actually galaxies not so different from our Milky Way all unto themselves, it paved the way for us to truly — for the first time — understand …

Lapses in Self-Control Can Establish a Perception of Power

<b>Media gaffes, inappropriate comments and the short fuses of Tony Abbott, Shane Warne and Donald Trump may be criticised, but do they serve another</b> …

Physicists posit quantum gravity's rainbow

When white light is passed through a prism, the rainbow on the other side reveals a rich palette of colors. Theorists from the faculty of physics, …

Queen of Moms makes Periodic Table of the Elements Battleship for her kids

The Periodic Table of the Elements isn't exactly light beach reading.<p>Karyn Tripp, a homeschooling mom of four, recently decided that she wanted to …

Prominent Bitcoin Developer Declares the Digital Currency a Failure

One of digital currency Bitcoin’s long-time supporters and developers has decided to walk away from it. His reason: Bitcoin has failed.<p>Mike Hearn, …

Terrifying footage of what really goes on when a plane lands

With so much modern technology installed in the modern cockpit, it's easy to believe that planes more or less fly themselves these days - surely the …

Brightest ever supernova defies established theory

ASASSN-15lh, the brightest supernova ever seen, is now one of astronomy's most intriguing mysteries.<p>First discovered in June 2015 by the All Sky …

Universe

Thinking on Your Feet: Cognitive Function Improves When Using Standing Up to Learn

<b>Do students think best when on their feet? A new study by the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health indicates they do.</b><p>Findings …

Neuroscience

Meet The Woman Who Discovered 3 Of The 4 New Elements

The team she leads, the Heavy Element Group, was part of the discovery of three out of the four new elements announced last week in collaboration …

Chemistry

How Our Memories Guide Attention

<b>A team of researchers has discovered that differences in the types of memories we have influence the nature of our future encounters. Their findings</b> …