Category Archives: Science

Life ≠ alive – Aeon

On a sofa in the corner of the room, a cat is purring. It seems obvious that the cat is an example of life, whereas the sofa itself is not. But should we trust our intuition? Consider this: Isaac Newton … Continue reading

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Scientists Have Found Evidence a Strange Group of Quantum Particles Are Basically Immortal

This is scientific sorcery. Nothing lasts forever. Humans, planets, stars, galaxies, maybe even the Universe itself, everything has an expiration date. But things in the quantum realm don’t always follow the rules. Now, scientists have found that quasiparticles in quantum systems could be … Continue reading

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Our brains appear uniquely tuned for musical pitch – ScienceBlog.com

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, the harmonic sounds we hear when listening to music, than our evolutionary relative the macaque monkey. The study, funded in … Continue reading

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What hallucination reveals about our minds

Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks brings our attention to Charles Bonnet syndrome — when visually impaired people experience lucid hallucinations. He describes the experiences of his patients in heartwarming detail and walks us through the biology of this under-reported phenomenon.

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Origami rose inspires a new way to collect and purify water – ScienceBlog.com

The rose is one of the most iconic plants in popular culture, but now the flower could hold more than symbolic value.A new device for collecting and purifying water, developed at The University of Texas at Austin, was inspired by … Continue reading

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Evidence for the Multiverse | Full Talk | Catherine Heymans

The Institute of Art and Ideas Published on 25 May 2019 Can we ever observe universes beyond our own? Astrophysicist Catherine Heymans reveals the latest innovations that might help map out the multiverse.

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The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo

Head of a European or Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus) Vincenzo Leonardi (1589/90-1646) Rome, 1635. Watercolour and bodycolour, heightened with gum, over black chalk. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019   During the 17th century the … Continue reading

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What animals are thinking and feeling, and why it should matter | Carl Safina | TEDxMidAtlantic

TEDx Talks Published on 13 Jul 2016 Carl Safina takes us inside the lives and minds of animals around the world, witnessing their profound capacity for perception, thought and emotion, showing why the word “it” is often inappropriate as we … Continue reading

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Self Worth Theory: The Key to Understanding & Overcoming Procrastination | Nic Voge | TEDxPrincetonU

TEDx Talks Published on 20 Dec 2017 Nearly 80% of college students report that procrastination is a significant issue for them. Procrastination is not a matter of mere “laziness” and the solution is not simply “better time management”. Could it … Continue reading

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A mind-blowing explanation of the speed of light | Michelle Thaller

Light exists outside of time. – The only things that travel at the speed of light are photons. – Nothing with any mass at all can travel at the speed of light because as it gets closer and closer to … Continue reading

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