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Meet Kepler-186f, the closest thing to our planet ever discovered—and maybe our best shot at locating life elsewhere in the universe.
Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there's a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright…Continue
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When we gaze up into the night sky, we look out into the past. Adam Frank makes this point eloquently in a recent post. And it is a point redolent with consequence in the field of physics. It is the starting point…Continue
Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter?
r species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe, but before it does, it might summon together sufficient computing power to emulate…Continue
Our best theory of nature has imaginary numbers at its heart. Making quantum physics more real conjures up a monstrous entity pulling the universe's strings
IF YOU'VE ever tried counting yourself to sleep, it's unlikely you did it using the square roots of sheep. The square root of a…Continue
If recent measurements of cosmic ray particles are correct, then we may have the first evidence that the universe as we know it is really a giant computer simulation.
Humans have explored the laws of our universe for many years now, and it's not uncommon to hear people talk about how…Continue
Today we live in a world where the exponential progression of technology is increasingly shrinking the lag time between what we can imagine and what we can create. We are rapidly converging to become a civilization of networked minds who will transcend all previous limits. As Erik Davis wrote in Techgnosis, "When everything becomes linked with everything else, matter becomes…Continue
FUTURESCAPE is a new, six-part series from Science Channel unveiling the latest in incredible and mind-blowing discoveries. Academy Award Nominee James Woods is your guide as each episode explores a different event Horizon that will potentially alter life as we know it. From 'techno-telepathy', to colonizing space, achieving eternal youth and the integration of robots in…Continue
In 2002 Stephen Wolfram released A New Kind of Science and immediately unleashed a firestorm of wonder, controversy, and criticism as the British-born scientist, programmer, and entrepreneur overturned conventional ideas on how to pursue knowledge. Earlier this month, he teased something…Continue
Rebecca Goldstein's first lecture in a series of four addresses Gödel's Incompleteness Theorems.
The philosophical implications of mathematics and its beautiful relationship with philosophy are discussed. Professor Goldstein examines epistemological questions, the blurred borders between maths and philosophy, the significance of the very private friendship between Gödel…Continue