Physicists Can’t Agree On Whether Or Not Time Is Real

Physicists can’t agree on whether the flow of future to past is real or a mental construct.

DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IS?

According to our best theories of physics, the universe is a fixed block where time only appears to pass. Yet a number of physicists hope to replace this “block universe” with a physical theory of time.

Einstein once described his friend Michele Besso as “the best sounding board in Europe” for scientific ideas. They attended university together in Zurich; later they were colleagues at the patent office in Bern. When Besso died in the spring of 1955, Einstein — knowing that his own time was also running out — wrote a now-famous letter to Besso’s family. “Now he has departed this strange world a little ahead of me,” Einstein wrote of his friend’s passing. “That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists, the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”  Continue reading “Physicists Can’t Agree On Whether Or Not Time Is Real”

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TED Talk: The surprising habits of original thinkers

Adam Grant: The surprising habits of original thinkers

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure.

How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.”

Progress! Do mankind’s best days lie ahead?

How are humans progressing? Be it resolved humankind’s best days lie ahead…

Progress. It is one of the animating concepts of the modern era. From the Enlightenment onwards, the West has had an enduring belief that through the evolution of institutions, innovations and ideas, the human condition is improving. This process is supposedly accelerating as new technologies, individual freedoms and the spread of global norms empowers individuals and societies around the world. But is progress inevitable? Its critics argue that human civilization has become different, not better, over the last two and a half centuries. What is seen as breakthrough or innovation in one period becomes a setback or limitation in another. In short, progress is an ideology not a fact; a way of thinking about the world as opposed to a description of reality. Continue reading “Progress! Do mankind’s best days lie ahead?”

Supersonic Nuclear Powered Airliner

A supersonic airliner that flies at three times the speed of sound – and runs on nuclear fusion.

The Flash Falcon is too ambitious a design to fly with today’s technology. But aviation history is littered with achievements once thought impossible. Nuclear fusion might, one day, join them. Continue reading “Supersonic Nuclear Powered Airliner”

The Rolls-Royce 103Ex – Stunning Futuristic Unveiling Concept Car

British heritage brand Rolls-Royce is entering the autonomous vehicle fray with a stunning futuristic unveiling – the Rolls-Royce 103EX – a concept embodiment of the luxury company’s vision of what the next 100 years of road travel will look like. Continue reading “The Rolls-Royce 103Ex – Stunning Futuristic Unveiling Concept Car”

More evidence that male and female brains are wired differently

While measuring brain activity with magnetic resonance imaging during blood pressure trials, researchers found that men and women had opposite responses in the right front of the insular cortex, a part of the brain integral to the experience of emotions, blood pressure control and self-awareness.

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While measuring brain activity with magnetic resonance imaging during blood pressure trials, UCLA researchers found that men and women had opposite responses in the right front of the insular cortex, a part of the brain integral to the experience of emotions, blood pressure control and self-awareness.

The insular cortex has five main parts called gyri serving different roles. The researchers found that the blood pressure response in the front right gyrus showed an opposite pattern in men and women, with men showing a greater right-sided activation in the area while the women showed a lower response. Continue reading “More evidence that male and female brains are wired differently”

A UFO Is Closing in on Earth and NASA Is Covering It Up, According to YouTubers

Open your eyes, sheeple.​

One of the nice things NASA does is stream live footage from the International Space Station as it orbits the Earth 16 times a day. It’s pretty calming stuff—until a UFO enters the picture. Then all bets are off.

On July 9, NASA was streaming footage from the ISS when YouTuber Streetcap1 spotted something (aliens? probably aliens) entering the Earth’s atmosphere. But as the object (again, almost 100 percent aliens) nears our planet, the NASA feed cut out. While Streetcap1 points out it could be a meteor, we’ve seen Independence Day. We know what’s up. You can see the video below:

That video was quickly picked up by dozens of other YouTube channels. Soon, extremely reputable sources of scientific journalism such as Express.co.uk were quickly on the case, with stories like SHOCK ALIEN CLAIM: ‘NASA cuts the ISS live feed moments after UFO appears.’

NASA has been accused of a ccover-up of the existence of aliens after its video live feed of the International Space Station (ISS) apparently went off just as a UFO appeared to be entering Earth’s atmosphere.

Curious as to why NASA would cover up such obvious evidence of an impending alien attack, the answers was:

“We have never seen UFOs in the popular sense,” said a NASA spokesperson, after a long, deep sigh. “The feed in question is the High Definition Earth Viewing experiment. Anytime the ISS has a signal, that feed is sending down video.”

But when the High Definition Earth Viewing system loses signal, the video stream goes dark. “The feed is not switched manually,” said the spokesperson. “It’s all done automatically. There’s nobody at a control board.

Source: Popular Mechanics

Live Blog: War in Juba, South Sudan

South Sudan was plagued with a civil war in 2013 which killed tens of thousands and displaced two million people. Hope recent clashes in Juba won’t open doors for a new civil war.

Juba – South Sudan clashes follow days of fighting between supporters of President Salva Kiir and Vice-President Riek Machar.

Both men have said they did not know what had triggered the latest violence between their factions.

Live blog and news from Juba: Continue reading “Live Blog: War in Juba, South Sudan”

What Happened Before History? Human Origins

Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history.

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WATCH: A Pianist Play A Heartbreaking Funeral Song For The Arctic

PERFORMED IN FRONT OF A MELTING GLACIER

Through his music, acclaimed Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic. Einaudi performed one of his own compositions on a floating platform in the middle of the Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway).

Einaudi performed a heartbreaking “Elegy For The Arctic”, an original composition designed to raise awareness about climate change in the fragile, frigid region as a way of supporting Greenpeace’s Save the Arctic campaign.

The campaign is currently encouraging government representatives at this week’s meeting of the OSPAR Commission to set up a protected area in international Arctic waters about the size of the UK. The OSPAR commission is a group of 15 European governments that is set up to protect the environment in the waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic.

THE ARCTIC NEEDS YOUR VOICE

Source: Popular Science

Microsoft To Shut Down Sunrise; The Best Calendar App

It’s not every day when your calendar app breaks up with you. And it doesn’t get any easier even if you’ve gone through this before… 😔

The popular calendar app, which Microsoft bought in 2015 for a reported $100 million, is shutting down and will be removed from the app stores in the next few days. On August 31st, they’ll officially shut down the app and it will stop working all together; the company announced on its blog Wednesday. Microsoft revealed last year that it was planning to merge its Outlook and Sunrise apps into a single app. (Outlook is not that bad!)

Don’t PANIC! Let’s explore some excellent alternatives:

  • Google Calendar (my fav.) is pretty fantastic these days (see Goals update)
  • Fantastical won Apple’s Design Award in 2015 (paid app)
  • Plan is sort of a list + calendar hybrid (that looks pretty tempting to try)
  • Rolo Calendar is a calendar for people who don’t use calendars 🙃

So, there you have it!

How Far Can We Go? Limits of Humanity

Is there a border we will never cross? Are there places we will never be able to reach, no matter what? It turns out there are. Far, far more than you might have thought…

Here Comes Hyperloop One: The $80 Million Startup

Hyperloop Tech prepares for historic public test

The concept of the Hyperloop belongs, of course, to Elon Musk. As if being the CEO of both Tesla and SpaceX, as well as the chairman of Solar City and a cofounder of PayPal, wasn’t enough, Musk in 2013 sent shockwaves through the tech world by introducing his idea for the Hyperloop, “a fifth mode after planes, trains, cars, and boats” based on a “low pressure tube with capsules that are transported at both low and high speeds throughout the length of the tube [and which are] supported on a cushion of air, featuring pressurized air and aerodynamic lift.”

Continue reading “Here Comes Hyperloop One: The $80 Million Startup”

Visualizing Music

If You Could See It, This Is What Music Would Look Like

What happens when an oscilloscope measures a funky techno beat?

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