The blind spot

Photo by Andia/UIG via Getty Images It’s tempting to think science gives a God’s-eye view of reality. But we forget the place of human experience at our peril Adam Frank is professor of astrophysics at the University of Rochester in New York. He is the author of several books, the latest being Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the Earth(2018). Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he is the Appleton professor of natural philosophy and professor of physics and astronomy, and the director of the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Engagement (ICE). He is … Continue reading The blind spot

Rules in space

Artist’s impression of a cylinder colony, endcap view with suspension bridge. Art by Don Davis, 1970s. Image courtesy NASA Ames Research Center If we don’t invent a legal framework for space colonisation the consequences could be catastrophic: the time to act is now by Marko Kovic is the co-founder and CEO of the consulting firm Ars Cognitionis, the president of the nonprofit think tank ZIPAR, and the former president of the Swiss Skeptics association for critical thinking. Originally from Croatia, he lives in Zurich, Switzerland. Edited by Sam Dresser The year is 2087. Thanks to a series of serendipitous technological breakthroughs a few … Continue reading Rules in space

Why Black Hole Interiors Grow (Almost) Forever

wavegrower The renowned physicist Leonard Susskind has identified a possible quantum origin for the ever-growing volume of black holes. by Natalie Wolchover  Senior Writer/Editor Leonard Susskind, a pioneer of string theory, the holographic principle and other big physics ideas spanning the past half-century, has proposed a solution to an important puzzle about black holes. The problem is that even though these mysterious, invisible spheres appear to stay a constant size as viewed from the outside, their interiors keep growing in volume essentially forever. How is this possible? In a series of recent papers and talks, the 78-year-old Stanford University professor and his collaborators conjecture that … Continue reading Why Black Hole Interiors Grow (Almost) Forever

Bill Nye says Mars colonies won’t happen: ‘Are you guys high?’

image edited by Fernando Kaskais By Christopher Carbone A new study has revealed a plan for humans to colonize Mars or any other planet in our solar system, but Bill Nye does not think it will happen.  Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk can forget about their dreams of colonizing and transforming Mars for human settlement, at least according to Bill Nye. The popular science commentator told USA Today that the entire idea of making the Red Planet more Earth-like is purely the stuff of “science fiction.” “This whole idea of terraforming Mars, as respectful as I can be, are you guys high?” Nye said. “We can’t … Continue reading Bill Nye says Mars colonies won’t happen: ‘Are you guys high?’

WHAT THE FUCK ?

New Mexico Solar Observatory Shut Down And Evacuated By Armed FBI For ‘National Security’ Reasons Six MORE Solar Observatories Worldwide Were Also SHUT DOWN And Evacuated At Same Time! The Elite Know Something Is Happening And They Are Hiding Whatever It Is From The World Now Look At These Stunning Video And Photo Stories About The Sudden FBI Military Grade Shutdown And Evacuation Of At Least Seven Solar Observatories Worldwide FBI Says The NM Observatory Was Shut Down And EVACUATED For ‘National Security’ What Could That Mean? What Is Being HIDDEN From The World? Indiana Woman’s Photos Show Enormous Disc … Continue reading WHAT THE FUCK ?

The End of Time

Couleur / Pixabay In the fundamental physics of the world, there is neither space nor time. BY CARLO ROVELLI ILLUSTRATION BY IGNACIO SERRANO Perhaps God has many more seasons in store for us— or perhaps the last is to be this winter that guides back the waves of the Tyrrhenian Sea to break against the rough pumice cliffs. You must be wise. Pour the wine and enclose in this brief circle your long-cherished hope. —Horace, Odes I, 11 This is the image of time that is familiar to us: something that flows uniformly and equally throughout the universe, in the … Continue reading The End of Time

The Universe as We Understand It May Be Impossible

MACIEJ REBISZ / QUANTA MAGAZINE A new conjecture in physics challenges the leading “theory of everything.” by NATALIE WOLCHOVERQUANTA On June 25, Timm Wrase awoke in Vienna and groggily scrolled through an online repository of newly posted physics papers. One title startled him into full consciousness. The paper, by the prominent string theorist Cumrun Vafa of Harvard and his collaborators, conjectured a simple formula dictating which kinds of universes are allowed to exist and which are forbidden, according to string theory. The leading candidate for a “theory of everything” weaving the force of gravity together with quantum physics, string theory defines all matter and forces … Continue reading The Universe as We Understand It May Be Impossible