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What Is Spacetime?

Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?

Quantum Mechanics

The woman who can’t forget

Some people can remember every single event in their life – what’s it like?<p>“When I was about a week old I remember being in this pink cotton blanket,” Rebecca Sharrock recalls. “I’d always know when it was Mum holding me, for some reason. I just instinctively always knew and she was my favourite …

U of A research shows faster, more accurate schizophrenia diagnosis possible with artificial intelligence

A partnership between University of Alberta researchers at the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) and IBM scientists has broken new ground …

Scientists are now using Wi-Fi to read human emotions

Scientists at MIT are using Wi-Fi and AI to determine your emotional state. They’ve created an algorithm that can detect and measure individual heartbeats by bouncing RF signals off of people.<p>An RF emitter coupled with the algorithm works in the same way as an electrocardiogram (EKG/ECG), without …

Machine Learning

Scientists have developed a way to predict whether you'll die in the next 5 years with surprising accuracy

There's an elusive innovation that would revolutionize medicine: a way to detect disease before it becomes obvious.<p>A study recently published in the journal Scientific Reports could bring us a step closer to that capability. The paper reveals how artificial intelligence analyses of routine medical …

50 grand challenges for the 21st Century

We asked experts from the world of science and technology to describe the societal challenges that they think matter in 2017 and beyond. Read the full list of responses below.<p>Over the past month, Future Now has been covering the “grand challenges” we face as a society in a series of articles, …

University of Chicago

Watch an Artist's Sublime Visualization of Quantum Collisions

Quantum Fluctuations (short version) from Markos Kay on Vimeo.<p>The quantum world is hard enough to comprehend on a basic level, much less visualize. …

Sigmund Freud

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The hidden body signals that could change your behaviour

Apps based on “biofeedback” techniques promise to help reduce stress and more by reporting on what’s going on in our bodies. How do they work?<p>“Gently close your eyes. Listen to the soundscape you’re now in. As you focus your awareness on different parts of your body, the soundscape will, like your …

How to spot misleading health news

Follow this 10-step guide to navigating medical headlines, says Claudia Hammond, and you’ll soon weed out the flaky science and dangerous claims.<p>When the UK newspaper, the Independent, analysed the 20 most shared stories in the past year with cancer in the headline, more than half included claims …

Google's AI Has Reinvented the Master Language | Gil Fewster

In the closing weeks of 2016, Google published an article that quietly sailed under most people’s radars. Which is a shame, because it may just be …

Machine Learning

The astrophysicist searching for the Universe’s ‘dark stars’

Much of the Universe is made up of a strange substance that bears no resemblance to the atoms that make up life, the planets and our stars. What is this dark matter – and how do we find it? Astrophysicist Katherine Freese explains in the cinematic, mind-expanding video above.<p>It is the ultimate …

Dark Matter

The Greatest Science Books of 2016

From the sound of spacetime to time travel to the microbiome, by way of polar bears, dogs, and trees.<p>I have long believed that E.B. White’s abiding wisdom on children’s books — <i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”</i> — is equally true of …

The codeless computers of the future and the fall of the programming elite

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF<p>Programming is one of todays most in demand skills but as we continue to train, not code our latest computer systems, the …

Machine Learning

This Is the World's Most Perfect Face, According to Science

She's a combination of features from nine celebrities.<p>It has been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but not according to Dr Julian De Silva, a facial cosmetic surgeon from the Centre for Advanced Facial Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery.<p>De Silva has compiled what he calls "the perfect …

The Mind-Blowing Link Between Happiness and Creativity

Nurturing your child’s creativity will likely help her live a more fulfilling, happier life. More and more research is emerging on the link between …

Morgan trailer: IBM used artificial intelligence to craft new clip

The act of artificially intelligent beings taking over complex tasks typically reserved for human hands is no longer a fantasy of Hollywood …

Artificial Intelligence

How to Make a Relationship Last: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

Love is wonderful, love is joy, love is the greatest thing in the world… Love is also an enormous pain in the ass. Marriage is hard work.<p>(Older …

Study Finds A Surprisingly Accurate Predictor Of Happiness

Is Particle Physics About to Crack Wide Open?

It’s December 15, 2015, and an auditorium in Geneva is packed with physicists. The air is filled with tension and excitement because everybody knows …

Brain-Building Hobbies to Improve Cognitive Function - Health and Wellness

Most of us lead busy lives—between work, housekeeping, making meals, gardening, family activities and volunteering, our schedules get pretty packed. …

It’s curious that we cry – here’s what we know about why

When you think about it, shedding tears from your eyes is rather strange. Why do we do it? And why might there be differences between men and women?<p>I’m a crier. I’m not ashamed. I’m a man who cries. Not in real life of course, but when watching movies. I’ve not quite worked out what the triggers …

Two Kinds of Enlightenment Affect the Brain, Says Dr. Andrew Newberg, And Anyone Can Experience Them

When we start to think about enlightenment we try to divide it into two basic ideas about enlightenment. And one is what I usually refer to as the …

All of the problems Universal Basic Income can solve that have nothing to do with unemployment

Universal Basic Income isn’t just mankind’s answer to the threat of robots in the workplace. Those who support the transformative economic policy offer widely varying versions of exactly how it would operate, but all involve distributing a standard sum of money to citizens regardless of need. Many …

How the mind changes, time expands when there’s no one else around

Imagine a life where you never hear another person’s voice. There’s no phone service or internet to interrupt the day with rings, buzzes, and notifications, and no one to talk through difficult problems. To most people, such solitude sounds like misery and loneliness. But for others, living …

‘I see colours you cannot perceive or imagine’

Some women are born with hyper-sensitive eyes that can see the world in ways most of us cannot even imagine. What’s it like to live with this gift?<p>A few years ago, the artist Concetta Antico discovered that she was carrying a genetic mutation that gave her astonishingly sensitive perception of …

Mutations