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What Is a Particle?

Given that everything in the universe reduces to particles, a question presents itself: What are particles? The easy answer quickly shows itself to be unsatisfying. Namely, electrons, photons, quarks and other “fundamental” particles supposedly lack […]

Exciting Times for the Science of Brain Zapping

The ability to alter brain function with small currents of electricity has caused great excitement in recent years. Electrical stimulation is a real medical intervention and it’s far from new. Way back in 46 CE, […]

First Plasma Test on Upgraded MAST Reactor

The team at Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) in South East England has notified the press that testing of plasma has begun on a new approach to creating a working fusion reactor. Producing electricity […]

Lab-Grown Brains Could Become Sentient

A thought-provoking new article poses some hugely important scientific questions: Could brain cells initiated and grown in a lab become sentient? In Nature, reporter Sara Reardon explains a specific area where the debate over sentience […]

50–50 Chance We Live in a Simulation

Gauging whether or not we dwell inside someone else’s computer may come down to advanced AI research—or measurements at the frontiers of cosmology. Ever since Nick Bostrom of the University of Oxford wrote a seminal […]

The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy

Andrea Ghez, who won the Physics Nobel earlier this week, speaks in 2016 about the work which won her the prize. Through the capture and analysis of twenty years of high-resolution imaging, Dr. Andrea Ghez […]

The Wow! Signal: An Alien Missed Connection?

Did humanity’s first contact with aliens already happen back in 1977? Probably not, but we may never know for sure. On August 15, 1977, the Big Ear Radio Telescope in Delaware, Ohio, received the most […]

There Were Other Universes Before the Big Bang

Sir Roger Penrose, a mathematician and physicist who just won the Nobel Prize for work in the field of black holes, suggested that our universe was not the first to exist. “The Big Bang was […]

What Is the Sound of Thought?

Why do we include the sounds of words in our thoughts when we think without speaking? Are they just an illusion induced by our memory of overt speech? These questions have long pointed to a […]

A New Solar Cycle Begins

Researchers are forecasting a period of relatively placid space weather as the sun enters its 25th solar cycle. Solar cycles last roughly 11 years, and we’re about nine months into number 25, which began in […]

Venus Might Host Life

The unexpected atmospheric detection of phosphine, a smelly gas made by microbes on Earth, could spark a revolution in astrobiology. There is something funky going on in the clouds of Venus. Telescopes have detected unusually […]

The Age of Pandemics

Anthony Fauci, one of the world’s leading experts on infectious diseases, predicts that widespread outbreaks will accelerate over the coming years. Anthony Fauci, leading US immunologist and director of the National Institute of Allergy and […]

50 New Planets Confirmed in Machine Learning First

Fifty potential planets have been confirmed by a new machine learning algorithm developed by University of Warwick scientists. For the first time, astronomers have used a process based on machine learning, a form of artificial […]

The Shaky Foundations of Reality

Not just “philosophical mumbo-jumbo”: An experiment shows how facts may depend on the observer. Nearly 60 years ago, the Nobel Prize–winning physicist Eugene Wigner imagined a friend of his, sealed in a lab, measuring a […]

Bioengineers Levitate Dead Cells to Preserve the Living

Stanford scientists have figured out how to separate the dead cells from the living, using magnetic levitation, gently pulling them away from the still-useful survivors without ripping everything apart. The scientists are eager to show […]

Could We Crash the Universe?

If we’re all living in a simulation, as some have suggested, it would be a good, albeit risky, way to find out for sure. The proposition that the world is a sham is not new; […]

Lasers are Driving a Revolution in Archaeology

LiDAR technology has helped archaeologists find a lost Mayan city along with other ancient sites—transforming how researchers approach unsurveyed land. Light detection and ranging, or LiDAR, has changed the face of archaeology by making it […]

The Great Potential of Underwater Archaeology

Stone tools scattered on the seafloor mark the oldest underwater site ever found on the Australian continent. Australia has a deep human history stretching back 65,000 years, but many of its oldest archaeological sites are […]

Britain’s Newly Discovered Ancient Sites

Lidar technology has revealed a whole new timeline of human occupation across the UK, from prehistoric burial mounds to hidden Roman roads to medieval farmsteads. In the UK, the primary use of Lidar for decades […]

New Project to Search for Intelligent Life on Other Planets

The U.S. space agency has approved a financial award for researchers to look for evidence of progressive technology on other planets in the universe. Scientists call such evidence “technosignatures.” NASA describes technosignatures as “signs or […]

NASA Pushes to Commercialize Near-Earth Space

The agency’s next step in exploring and commercializing outer space is to get more civilians and companies in on the act. The next logical step in humans’ exploration of space is to start having more […]

Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public

For over a decade, the program, now tucked inside the Office of Naval Intelligence, has discussed mysterious events in classified briefings. Despite Pentagon statements that it disbanded a once-covert program to investigate unidentified flying objects, […]

A Mysterious Rhythm Is Coming From Another Galaxy

Astronomers have been tracking fast radio bursts for years, but they’ve never caught one like this before. For about four days, the radio waves would arrive at random. Then, for the next 12, nothing. Then, […]

A Cheap, Simple Way to Control the Coronavirus

Simple at-home tests for the coronavirus, some that involve spitting into a small tube of solution, could be the key to expanding testing and impeding the spread of the pandemic. One variety, paper-strip tests, are […]

Scientists “Erase” Opioid Addiction in Mice

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences say that they’ve found a way to “erase” morphine-associated memories from the brains of mice, removing the motivation to use. Research surrounding addiction often points to the reward […]