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How to Solve the Biggest Mystery in Physics

Suppose aliens land on our planet and want to learn our current scientific knowledge. I would start with the 40-year-old documentary <i>Powers of Ten</i>. …

Physics

Five fascinating questions physicists are seeking to answer

From Copernicus to Einstein, the field of Physics has changed drastically over time. With each new theory, further hypotheses appear that challenge …

Physics

How Many Dimensions Are There?

Ask someone to name every dimension they know of and they'll likely list the following: length, width, and depth. They might also add time if they’re …

Physics

What Games Can Teach Us About Design This Thursday at String Theory Schools

Ever wondered what makes video games so appealing? Can games be designed to teach players to develop...

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Ultra-Cold Gases Offer Window Into Extra Dimensions, According to New Theory

A nice but fatally flawed idea.<p>A lot of the problems with string theory reduce to the fact that we don't really have a way to verify or falsify its predictions. Key to string theory is the existence of, well, strings, which amount to tiny coiled-up bonus dimensions extending beyond the four that we …

Physics

How to travel faster than light

In this week's long read, T3's science expert Laura Mears explores the physics of faster than light travel, quantum mechanics and string theory, as …

Physics

Mac DeMarco: Five Things We Learned from His New Ernie Ball 'String Theory' Episode

Today we bring you the premiere of the latest episode of <i>String Theory</i>, starring guitarist-songwriter Mac DeMarco.<i>String Theory</i>—brought to you by the …

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New paper claims string theory can be tested with Bose-Einstein-Condensates

Fluorescence image of Bose-Einstein-Condensate. Image Credits: Stefan Kuhr and Immanuel Bloch, MPQ String theory is infamously detached from …

Physics

Wrong turns, basins, GUT critics, and creationists

A notorious holy warrior against physics recently summarized a talk by Nima Arkani-Hamed as follows:<br>I think Arkani-Hamed is right to identify the …

Physics

Could there be a theory of everything?

<i>Could there be a theory that describes all of the fundamental laws of nature, a Theory of Everything? Einstein thought so but he never managed to</i> …

Physics

Post-Modern Physics: String Theory Gets Over the Need for Evidence

String theory, which took root in the 1970s, proposes that “all objects in our universe are composed of vibrating filaments (strings) and membranes …

Physics

An Experiment in Zurich Brings Us Nearer to a Black Hole’s Mysteries

The equations that describe the universe at the smallest and largest scales — how the tiniest elementary particles dance, how the space-time of the cosmos bends — predicted a slight incongruity, a tiny unbalancing in the numbers of certain particles under certain circumstances.<p>But physicists have …

Physics

Lab notes: Toxic Mars, mission to Mercury and string theory

Remember Matt Damon growing potatoes from his own waste in Ridley Scott’s spectacular man-on-Mars space epic The Martian? Of course you do. Damon’s botanist astronaut Mark Watney devises an ingenious way of surviving four years till his only chance of being rescued when another mission flies by …

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Last Week’s Hype | Not Even Wrong

Now back from vacation, more regular blogging should resume imminently. While away, lots of press stories about claims that LIGO could be used to get …

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Tying loose ends? Gravitational waves could solve string theory, study claims

New paper suggests that the hotly contested physics thesis, which involves the existence of six ‘extra dimensions’, may be settled by cutting-edge laser detectors<p>String theory makes the grand promise of weaving together all of physics into a single sublime framework. The only downside is that …

Physics

Theories On Pulsar Phenomena Aren't Theories

A theory is a very precise thing in science - yet some scientists can't resist using the term to lend intellectual weight to what may be a hypothesis …

Physics

What are the chances of finding love? 'Constellations' explores the infinite possibilities

<i>Ginnifer Goodwin and Allen Leech star in "Constellations."; Credit: Geffen Playhouse</i>Darby Maloney and Monica Bushman | The FrameThe play, …

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Gravitational Waves Can Unveil Hidden Dimensions, Say Scientists

In 2015, scientists first detected gravitational waves. Now they're figuring out how to use them.<p>It’s been two years since scientists discovered …

Physics

From Trump to string theory and supernovas: five science lectures to expand your mind

These lecturers from some of the world's foremost experts are the ideal antidote to an era of alternative facts<p>Jeffrey Sachs<p><b>Surviving Trump and</b> …

Physics

This Week’s Hype

I’m on vacation in Europe, not in any mood to spend more time on this than just to point out that it’s the same usual tedious string theory …

Physics

Nominate the finest geeks for the 2017 Philly Geek Awards

For the seventh (!) year in a row, top-flight geekery will get its special night in Philadelphia.We now have all of the details for the <b>2017 Philly</b> …

Geek

The Dangerous Irrelevance of String Theory

Eva Silverstein has a new preprint out, entitled The Dangerous Irrelevance of String Theory. The title is I guess intended to be playful, not …

Physics

Will Quantum Mechanics Swallow Relativity? - Issue 49: The Absurd

It is the biggest of problems, it is the smallest of problems.At present physicists have two separate rulebooks explaining how nature works. There is …

Physics

The Crisis of the Multiverse - Issue 49: The Absurd

Physicists have always hoped that once we understood the fundamental laws of physics, they would make unambiguous predictions for physical …

Dark Matter

String Theory's Weirdest Ideas Finally Make Sense—Thanks to VR

The robot is building a tesseract. He motions at a glowing cube floating before him, and an identical cube emerges. He drags it to the left, but the …

Physics

Multiverse Politics

The political campaign for the multiverse continues today with a piece by Amanda Gefter at Nautilus. It’s a full-throated salvo from the Linde-Guth …

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Getting to Grips With Parallel Universes

It’s a bit of a controversy this one. The thought that there are parallel universes may seem a little far fetched and something that belongs in a …

Multiverse

Lissie: Five Things We Learned from Her New Ernie Ball 'String Theory' Episode

Singer-songwriter Lissie is the subject of Ernie Ball’s latest episode of <i>String Theory</i>, a web series exploring the sonic origins of some of music’s …

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Next week: Meet 15 nonprofits and mission-oriented orgs that are hiring right now

If you’re after a job that makes a difference, here’s a career fair for you.Next Tuesday, May 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in Old City, our sister site</b> …

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Physicists Outline 10 Different Dimensions and How You’d Experience Them

Where gravity comes from has been an utter mystery. String theory offers an explanation. <br>Read More

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