What is the Universe Expanding Into?

Come on, admit it, you’ve had this question. “Since astronomers know that the Universe is expanding, what’s it expanding into? What’s outside of the Universe?” Ask any astronomer and you’ll get an unsatisfying answer. We give you the same unsatisfying answer, but really explain it, so your unsatisfaction doesn’t haunt you any more. The short answer is that this is a nonsense question, the Universe isn’t expanding into anything, it’s just expanding. The definition of the Universe is that it contains everything. If something was outside the Universe, it would also be part of the Universe too. Outside of that? … Continue reading What is the Universe Expanding Into?

The Largest Discovered Structure in the Universe Contradicts Big-Bang Theory Cosmology (Weekend Feature)

“While it is difficult to fathom the scale of this “large quasar group” (LQG), we can say quite definitely it is the largest structure ever seen in the entire universe,” said Dr Clowes of University of Central Lancashire‘sJeremiah Horrocks Institute. “This is hugely exciting – not least because it runs counter to our current understanding of the scale of the universe. Even traveling at the speed of light, it would take 4 billion years to cross. This is significant not just because of its size but also because it challenges the Cosmological Principle, which has been widely accepted since Einstein. … Continue reading The Largest Discovered Structure in the Universe Contradicts Big-Bang Theory Cosmology (Weekend Feature)

Why the stupid say they’re smart

The more inept you are the smarter you think you are Psychologists have shown humans are poor judges of their own abilities, from sense of humour to grammar. Those worst at it are the worst judges of all. You’re pretty smart right? Clever, and funny too. Of course you are, just like me. But wouldn’t it be terrible if we were mistaken? Psychologists have shown that we are more likely to be blind to our own failings than perhaps we realise. This could explain why some incompetent people are so annoying, and also inject a healthy dose of humility into … Continue reading Why the stupid say they’re smart

Would you take smart drugs to perform better at work?

Drugs that boost brainpower are increasingly being taken by healthy people to study or work harder. Could this become the norm, or a condition of employment? Would you let your child get on a bus driven by someone on mind-altering drugs? What about having an operation conducted by a surgeon taking stimulant pills? Unappealing at first glance; however would your opinion change if you knew those drugs made the driver less likely to crash, and the surgeon better able to keep a steady hand? Drugs that help people with brain and neuropsychiatric conditions improve concentration, planning and memory, or reduce … Continue reading Would you take smart drugs to perform better at work?

How effective are movement and fitness trackers?

Health and fitness data-tracking devices are everywhere. You can spot Jawbone’s UP bracelets on everyone from Tribeca moms frequenting Bari Studio to Tasting Table employees, and Nike FuelBands and FitBit Flexes now look at home between bangles on CEOs’ wrists. Nike is releasing a new-and-improved version, the FuelBand SE, on November 6. And these are not just running watches. They quantify your workout-to-work behavior in an all-encompassing way, tracking calories burned, how many steps you take, how many minutes you sit without getting up, and how many times a day you daydream about pizza. (Okay, I made that last one … Continue reading How effective are movement and fitness trackers?

Big Idea 2014: You Will Transform Your Own Biology

This post was co-authored by Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. To date, one of biology’s greatest achievements, mapping the human genome, is only just beginning to translate into medical advances. But in 2014 there will likely be more headlines about another type of study in genetics that is already impacting everyone. We are referring to a different aspect of our genome which radically revises a model that is decades old, dating back as far as the original discovery of DNA. In the original model, the effects of our genes were considered to be fixed and unchanging, controlling every aspect of our … Continue reading Big Idea 2014: You Will Transform Your Own Biology

This Photo of Morgan Freeman Will Blow Your Mind, Because It’s not a Photo at All

One of the most recent videos to go extremely viral over the past several days involves a behind the scenes look at how a portrait of Morgan Freeman came together… and when we say came together, we mean created from scratch on an iPad by finger-painting! That’s right: the portrait you see above is actually an iPad finger-painting by artist Kyle Lambert based on this photograph taken by photographer Scott Gries, and we’ll be darned if we can tell which one was done on a freaking $6 tablet app and which one was captured on an actual camera. Lambert specializes … Continue reading This Photo of Morgan Freeman Will Blow Your Mind, Because It’s not a Photo at All

Selco On Collapse Survival: “Nature is Brutal… Everyone’s Life is In Danger”

Editor’s Note: The idea of surviving in a post-collapse world has often been romanticized in novels and ‘reality’ television shows. The systems goes down, chaos ensues, those who prepare survive and end up at the top of a fallen society. It’s a story we all want to believe and idealize, but the reality is starkly different. When it hits the fan it will be nothing like we have ever imagined. Save for those who have spent time in a war zone, most of us cannot fathom the destruction, death and destitution that will come with a destabilization of our economic … Continue reading Selco On Collapse Survival: “Nature is Brutal… Everyone’s Life is In Danger”

UN Claims Uruguay Not Allowed to End Marijuana Prohibition

As the United Nations, which is widely ridiculed as the “dictators club,” becomes increasingly bold in purporting to dictate policy to nations and governments, the controversial global body is now under fire from many of its traditional allies after claiming that Uruguay’s recent decision to end marijuana prohibition violates “international law.” The United Nation‘s claim about Uruguayan drug laws follows recent demands by it that Obama defy state voters and the U.S. Constitution to smash cannabis legalization in American states. With the recent decision to end decades of pot prohibition in Uruguay making it the first entire nation to take … Continue reading UN Claims Uruguay Not Allowed to End Marijuana Prohibition

The Horror Every Day: Why Police Brutality Goes Unpunished

An investigation into the Houston police department reveals why officers rarely face the consequences of beatings or shootings. Sebastian Prevot watched helplessly as three police officers advanced on his wife. Prevot was handcuffed and bleeding in the back of a cop car. Half of his left ear dangled where it had been torn from his head. The Houston Police Department doesn’t deny that its officers gave Prevot these injuries during a late-night arrest in January 2012. The only dispute is whether he earned them. Prevot had been returning home from a night out with a friend. He was two miles … Continue reading The Horror Every Day: Why Police Brutality Goes Unpunished