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It’s often said that nothing can travel faster than light, but that’s only part of the story. The speed of light, c, is an absolute physical constant. No matter where you are in the Universe, …
It’s often said that nothing can travel faster than light, but that’s only part of the story. The speed of …
by Brian Koberlein — filed to The Lab
The extraordinary complexity of life has puzzled scientists for a long time. But underneath the apparent randomness of life lies a deeply rooted order at the quantum scale. Geneticist Johnjoe McFadden takes us to the …
The extraordinary complexity of life has puzzled scientists for a long time. But underneath the apparent randomness of life lies …
by Johnjoe McFadden — filed to The Lab
The Earth is over 4 billion years old, but land animals have only existed on our planet for the past 500 million years. Why didn’t animal life on land emerge sooner? And why did it …
The Earth is over 4 billion years old, but land animals have only existed on our planet for the past …
by Philip Pogge von Strandmann — filed to The Lab · Earth
In Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective novel A Study in Scarlet (1887) we learn that Sherlock Holmes used the most effective memory system known: a memory palace. Although imagined memory palaces are still used by memory …
In Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective novel A Study in Scarlet (1887) we learn that Sherlock Holmes used the most effective …
by Lynne Kelly — filed to The Lab · Life
A small dot on an old piece of birch bark marks one of the biggest events in the history of mathematics. The bark is actually part of an ancient Indian mathematical document known as the …
A small dot on an old piece of birch bark marks one of the biggest events in the history of …
by Ittay Weiss — filed to The Lab
The past is gone, the future not yet here, only the present is now. But why does it always flow the way it does for us? “Thus is our treaty written; thus is agreement made. …
The past is gone, the future not yet here, only the present is now. But why does it always flow …
by Ethan Siegel — filed to Zero-G · The Lab
Humans have been harnessing the power of flowing water for many years: the first water wheels had appeared in Egypt as far back as the 4th century BC, and in the modern era 16% of …
Humans have been harnessing the power of flowing water for many years: the first water wheels had appeared in Egypt …
by Thomas Hornigold — filed to The Lab
Forwards? Absolutely. Backwards? Perhaps. Becoming your own grandpa? Only if you’re Philip J. Fry…Have you ever dreamed of traveling through time? Not at the standard, “boring” rate that we normally do — at one second per second — but …
Forwards? Absolutely. Backwards? Perhaps. Becoming your own grandpa? Only if you’re Philip J. Fry…Have you ever dreamed of traveling through …
by Ethan Siegel - Starts With A Bang — filed to The Lab
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 prove it. Mathematical physicist Yang-Hui He guides us through …
Could there be a theory that describes all of the fundamental laws of nature, a Theory of Everything? Einstein thought …
by Yang-Hui He — filed to The Lab
We live with a hectic news-cycle where the threat of nuclear war seems to ratchet up all the time. Tech giants like Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking warn that soon artificial intelligence can pose an …
We live with a hectic news-cycle where the threat of nuclear war seems to ratchet up all the time. Tech …
by Thomas Hornigold — filed to The Lab
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