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Mother's Heartwarming Photos of Sons with Farm Animals

Russian photographer and mother of two boys Elena Shumilova captures heartwarming images of her sons interacting with various animals on their farm, including dogs, rabbits, cats, and ducklings. She manages to transport the viewer into a fairy tale-like world with her photos of these little guys …

Is quantum mechanics messing with your memory?

Imagine if a cold cup of coffee spontaneously heated up as you watched. Or a cracked pane of glass suddenly un-broke. According to physicist Lorenzo Maccone at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you see things like this all the time – you just don't remember.<p>In a paper published last week …

Particle physics research sheds new light on possible 'fifth force of nature'

In a breakthrough for the field of particle physics, researchers have established new limits on what scientists call "long-range spin-spin …

According to the best estimates of astronomers, 275 million new stars are born every single day.

Quantum Teleportation Between Atomic Systems Over Long Distances Researchers have been able to teleport information from light to light at a quantum level for several years. In 2006, researchers at the Niels Bohr Institute succeeded in teleporting between light and gas atoms. Now the research group has succeeded in teleporting information between two clouds of gas atoms and to carry out the teleportation – not just one or a few times, but successfully every single time. Read more: http://bit.ly/13nr8u2

What Is the Standard Model of Particle Physics? The Standard Model of particle physics is a theory that describes the known particles that are the constituents of matter and three of the four known fundamental interactions between them. These interactions, or forces, are the electromagnetic force (which we experience every day when we turn on the light, the TV, use wireless communication etc), the strong force (which holds quarks together inside the protons and neutrons in the atomic nucleus, thereby forming the plethora of elements, from helium to iron to uranium, that make up our world) and the weak force (which is responsible for the Sun shining, without which life on Earth would be impossible, as well as for many radioactive decays). The Standard Model works extremely well, but we know that it cannot be the complete theory if for no other reason than that it is incomplete; it does not incorporate gravity. It describes beautifully the ordinary matter of which we, and the entire visible universe, are made. It does not describe the invisible 95% of the universe that we know to be there, but which has thus far evaded detection. The Standard Model has nevertheless been tested to exquisite precision over a wide range of energies. It must therefore be a good approximation to a final, unified, theory. Read more: http://bit.ly/12qR0at

Alcubierre Warp Drive Spacecraft and Time Travel: An Alcubierre Warp Drive is a mathematically valid idea, based on a solution of Einstein's field equations, by which a spacecraft could achieve faster-than-light speeds and travel in time. Rather than exceeding the speed of light within its local frame of reference, a spacecraft would traverse distances by stretching space in a wave which would cause the fabric of space ahead of a spacecraft to contract and the space behind it to expand. The spacecraft would then ride this wave inside a region known as a warp bubble of flat space. With this concept, the spacecraft would be able to achieve an effective speed of about 10 times the speed of light, all without breaking the cosmic speed limit. Although such a model would require negative mass and prohibitive amounts of energy, scientists have begun preliminary research on such technology. In 2012, a NASA laboratory announced that by changing the shape of the warp drive, much less negative mass and energy would be required. According to recent calculations by Harold White of NASA's Johnson Space Center, the warp drive could be powered by a mass about the size of a spacecraft like the Voyager 1 probe launched in 1977. Furthermore, if the intensity of the space warps can be oscillated over time, the energy required is reduced even more. White and his colleagues have begun experimenting with a mini version of the warp drive in their laboratory. They set up what they call the White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer at the Johnson Space Center, essentially creating a laser interferometer that instigates micro versions of space-time warps. Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57514360/scientists-say-warp-drive-spaceships-could-be-feasible/

'Quantum microscope' peers into the hydrogen atom

The first direct observation of the orbital structure of an excited hydrogen atom has been made by an international team of researchers. The …

Simulated reality

Not to be confused with Virtual reality.<p><b>Simulated reality</b> is the hypothesis that reality could be simulated—for example by quantum computer …

Holographic principle

For the Epica album, see The Holographic Principle.<p>The <b>holographic principle</b> is a principle of string theories and a supposed property of quantum …

“Not only is the Universe stranger than we think, it is stranger than we can think.” ― Werner Heisenberg

Our Sun's Neighborhood This image contains all known stars and brown dwarfs at a distance of up to 5 parsecs from the Solar System, ordered by increasing distance. In addition to the Solar System, there are another 55 stellar systems currently known lying within this distance. These systems contain a total of 56 hydrogen-fusing stars (of which 46 are red dwarfs), 15 brown dwarfs, and 4 white dwarfs. Read more: http://bit.ly/15JB5Qg

Atoms Hollowed by Laser Form Novel Plasma

YORK, England, April 1, 2013 — A highly unusual plasma composed of hollow atoms has been created using one of the world’s most powerful lasers. The …

The Holographic Universe: Reality Is a Mere Illusion The theory that reality, as we consciously experience it, is not real, goes back to ancient indigenous people who believed that we exist in a dream or illusion. In our current timeline, we refer to it as the matrix, virtual reality, simulation and hologram. Today, many physicists are researching the concept of the universe as a hologram or illusion created by particles in the emptiness. The holographic principle is a property of quantum gravity theories which resolves the black hole information paradox within string theory. First proposed by Gerard 't Hooft, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, it was given a precise string-theory interpretation by Leonard Susskind, a physicist at Stanford University in California. For a black hole, the principle states that the description of all the objects which will ever fall in, is entirely contained in surface fluctuations of the event horizon. In a larger and more speculative sense, the theory suggests that the entire universe can be seen as a two-dimensional information structure "painted" on the cosmological horizon, so that the three dimensions we observe are only an effective description at low energies. Cosmological holography has not yet been made mathematically precise, partly because the cosmological horizon has a finite area and grows with time. It has been claimed, on general physical principles, that the holographic principle may manifest itself in the form of background noise in gravitational wave detectors such as the GEO 600. Read more: http://bit.ly/18J6h93

What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space. Particles are just schaumkommen (appearances). The world is given to me only once, not one existing and one perceived. Subject and object are only one. The barrier between them cannot be said to have broken down as a result of recent experience in the physical sciences, for this barrier does not exist. ~ Erwin Schrödinger

Atom-Trapping Laser Gratings: A Technological Quantum Leap For Space New micro-fabricated grating chips developed through ESA-led research enable the laser-based cooling and capture of atoms on a more compact basis than ever before, potentially delivering laboratory-standard performance for precision environmental sensing and timekeeping from devices portable enough to be flown into space. Read more: http://bit.ly/10LKz04

Socrates (In The Form Of A 9-Year-Old) Shows Up In A Suburban Backyard In Washington

When he rang the doorbell, Zia hadn't planned to step inside. He was there to pick up his fiancee who was babysitting, but she couldn't leave (the parents were running late) so Zia agreed to hang out for a bit. His fiancee said, "Let me introduce you to the kids" — the 2-year-old girl, the …

Strange Biology Inspires the Best New Materials | WIRED

From the shiny, strong nacre that gives abalone shells an unbreakable, opaline sheen, to the goopy mix of proteins fired by a velvet worm that …