Sure, we can look at a clock and see the passage of time, but what goes on in the brain itself as it notes the passing of time?
Through strange methods and concepts, one can conclude that our perception of ourselves and our reality is fundamentally not what it seems to be.
More common than once thought to be, these stars play a critical role in the life of the Universe.
Though still debated by the scientific community, it is worth looking into what is known (and unknown) about ball lightning.
With this new processing of quantum mechanics, we can possibly find the secrets of the particle as it interacts with the world.
You may have heard about the double slit experiment. Now check out the triple slit experiment, and see the surprises it has in store for us.
Arrokoth, formerly known as Ultima Thule, was the first Kuiper Belt Object visited by a probe. What did New Horizons find there?
Time travel is really weird. What if we could find ways to circumnavigate the problems it presents us with?
Volcanoes are not restricted to Earth's domain. Throughout the solar system, many other places have them, and in surprising varieties, unlike anything we have on Earth.
We see the Universe as a bunch of discrete objects interacting with each other, but maybe the relationship between us and our surroundings has even deeper levels to it. Such is the goal of the relational universe theory, conceptualizing how we see the world in an entirely new way.
No hard evidence is out there for their existence, but if gravitons are real then the ramifications for the fields of modern physics would be glorious
The smaller we go down in scale, the more surprising facts about the world are uncovered. This is no different in the field of nano-optics, where not everything is as it seems.
Continuing in a rich vein of tradition, the quantum eraser thought experiment puts causality on trial...and the verdict may surprise you!
Can effect precede cause, rewriting history in the process? Does it show causality to be a fiction? Such troubling thoughts arise when confronted with the quantum delayed choice experiment.
If found, quantum gravity would likely be the biggest finding of the century, tying together two seemingly incompatible fields of science. Here we will take a look at some promising candidates and see where they take us to...
Deciphering how the brain learns is crucial to knowing ourselves. Through neuroscience, we have found an amazing surprise: neurons which fire through mimicry! These are the mirror neurons, and their true nature is still clouded in mystery.
Imagine a material with no overarching repetitive pattern to it, yet it follows a rule for formation that seems to defy physics. Such is the mysterious nature of the quasicrystal.
The main forces of physics involve gravity, light, as well as the strong and weak nuclear forces. But is there a fifth one remaining to be seen?
Many subsets of quantum mechanics offer different interpretations of reality. One dates back from nearly the beginning of the field and is gaining steam in recent years, in the form of Bohmian Mechanics.
Karma can have many associations with it that can cause confusion. Here I will talk about a few different ones that may enlighten you as to what it could mean for you.
Galileo had many sources of inspiration, and many of them came at this critical juncture in science history.
Galileo's contributions to physics mainly arose from some surprising medieval sources...
Much is made of Galileo's work, but look at some of the surprising origins...
New Horizons shocked us when it uncovered an extensive atmosphere on Pluto. What have we learned since then?
When New Horizons flew by Pluto, it found evidence for flowing liquids on Pluto. What is going on here?
Yes, Pluto has mountains, but they are unlike their counterparts on Earth...
Surely you have heard of them all, right? Sometimes though there are new ones, hidden within old ones...
Amazing technological textiles has been a science fiction trope for years. But now, it is entering reality and in some surprising applications …
New propulsion methods are needed if we are to explore outer space in a timely - and cost-effective - manner. But does this drive violate physics?
Some mistakes carry more weight than others. But in physics, even a small level of imprecision can change the picture completely...
While a likely hypothetical star class, it does have advantages to the stellar models we predict should be true.
While a challenging field to get into, phenomenology may offer some insights into the mysterious realm of consciousness.
Short answer: maybe. Long answer: well, it's complicated. . .
Flavors imply taste and satisfaction. Well, neutrinos are hardly either of those, but the mechanisms behind the different types can yield many surprising facts.
Much like any organization, the brain itself is compartmentalized. Or is it...?
Such a common experience, and yet so many surprising facts about it may bring a ringing clarity to your knowledge of physics.
How can little beads of liquids lead to so many fascinating routes?
Some practitioners of yoga mental habits claim to perform some amazing physical feats. What does science have to say about that?
Chirality is a fundamental property of particle physics, and yet a common enough concept. It's all about the symmetry, people.
Science versus philosophy, and at stake is our fundamental understanding of time!
Who wouldn't want more tools to help us handle the stress of our lives? Well, science has an answer that relies only on you...
They seem to form no pattern except frustration on our part as we undo them. But as it turns out, there is more here than you may realize. Follow the string, if you will...
Getting something from nothing is the dream of perpetual machine enthusiasts. Have we finally cracked the code?
Finding any alternate approaches to dealing with depression can lead to an endless search. So why not start, but from within?
Metal, metal, metal...It surrounds you everyday in some form or another. What could possibly be exciting research at the frontiers of the field?
Energy from matter isn't a 100% efficient process, but scientists are working hard on getting as close as possible, with new and novel methods.
The future is quantum. So how will our ability to message and transmit data be impacted by it?
In studying transforming surfaces, we find some surprising applications.
Membranes are versatile and yet rarely appreciated materials. How are we improving them?
How have recent developments in material sciences led to stronger stuff?
Quantum computers are the future, but they are incredibly challenging right now. What are we doing to resolve the quantum memory component?
Quantum entanglement is a tricky topic. Experimentation can help clarify a few things, so check out some examples.
You may be very surprised to learn how physics affects things we experience every day. I know I was.
Technology is getting smaller and smaller. So how are changes with nanowires making macroscopic impacts?
Besides a catchy song, it's a deep and exciting topic of astrophysical phenomena. It could also be the key to resolving several mysteries of science. Let's dive in!
Ice is a magical material. Seriously, it is the underpinning of many basic functions on Earth. But where are the extremes that defy our conventional thoughts?
Quasiparticles? Spin Waves? What is going on here?
It is a tough topic with no real consensus. What hope is there to resolve this?
As we gain deeper understanding of quantum systems, technology will also improve because of it. SQUIDs are but one example of this fascinating field.
Dark energy is stumping astronomers and attempts to rectify it are numerous. What does this idea bring to the table?
Planets have the capacity to capture space objects using gravity. Here is a unique population of such objects around Jupiter, and their secrets may help reveal our origins.
We may be on the threshold of some serious answers to how physics is all connected. But first, we need to do some testing and find out our viable options.
What does machine learning and evolution have in common? More than you may realize...
Solid, liguid, gas, and plasma, right? Well...
Besides their aesthetic beauty, crystals offer much to the world and in surprising ways.
Man has taken many inspirations for soaring the skies, but nature has held some secrets that we are only now uncovering...
The most common element in the Universe has more forms than you may realize...
Paper cranes and little boats are the easy parts of origami. Wait until you see the surprising connections it and kirigami have to physics!
Is our reality so beautiful as to be made of math?
Carbon is a pretty amazing material that as you will see is offering some amazing changes to technology.
Another day, another quantum phenomena to explore.
Taking complicated topics like quantum mechanics and molecular biology sounds daunting at best. What headway can we make on this?
Dark energy is by no means an accepted hypothesis. Lots of evidence is present but so are some conflicts. Here we take a look and see what the trouble is with dark energy.
Humans love patterns, but what if there is a sneaky one across the whole Universe?
We trust in science to be true everywhere, but what if it isn't?
Another day, another celestial X-ray mystery . . .
In another attempt at understanding black holes, we have to travel down an unlikely path...
Another day, another particle physics mystery to unwrap. Let's see what beauty hadrons reveal about the Universe!
Here we look at some hidden forces and their consequences in astronomy.
The key to the sub-atomic world, yet so misunderstood. Let's rectify that!
That beautiful moon has more going on than meets the eye...Explore some hidden mysteries that you may be privy to - but don't realize!
Making enough electricity for our needs is getting tricky. What alternative methods are there?
Space is a mysterious place. What hidden facets are there that remain unsolved yet rarely talked about?
Savior of dark matter or a conceptual dead end?
Ever evolving and ever fascinating, here are some new pieces of solar tech and how they work.
In the vein of other X Prizes, the goal was to push the known boundaries. Who was the winner?
In the search for dark matter, many different possibilities exist. One of these is axions, and their potential is real.
Understanding the structure of the Universe seems impossible. But through clever science and surprising math, a pattern emerges: The Cosmic Web.
At the heart of cosmology is how the Universe started and where is it going, but problems resolving this exist. Those can be answered by the Grand Unified Theory and Inflation.
Thought you understood black holes? Well, think again!
How does the brain store and transfer memories? Science may have an answer finally via the CREB protein.
Superconductor research is always pushing the boundaries. Let's see where it takes us...
What is the latest advancements in light physics?
Chaos is a natural phenomena and it makes its presense known in the solar system but perhaps in the most unusual ways....
What are the latest advancements in fluid physics?
Without this tool, understanding our cosmos wouldn't be possible. How did the discipline get its start?
What are these mysterious fractals?
Many have heard of the amino acid experiment done to show how the building blocks of life began, but let us go even deeper and see if we can uncover the physics which cause life to arise in the first place.
What started out as a challenge to quantum mechanics ended up forging an even more powerful result.
Could two of the biggest mysteries in Physics be one and the same?
Sure, we've seen them in sci-fi movies but what is the real physics behind wormholes?
There are neutron stars which excite us. Then there are pulsars, which take neutron stars to the next level. What comes after that? Magnetars. This and more extreme neutron star questions are tackled here.
Everyone should be constantly concerned with battery life. What advancements are being made to improve this field?
Particle physics is full of surprises, but to discover a location of tranquility in a storm of instability is amazing. Yet that is exactly what the island of stability is.
In every theory, certain tools are indispensable. Chaos theory is no different, and without phase portraits or phase space we would be dead in the water.
Every scientific road needs applications. Chaos is no different, and some led to further insights into the discipline. Here are a few of them...
Complicated? Yes. Possible to understand? For sure. Surprising results? Of course! The road to chaos is mapped here.
Calculus! We all love it, but who were the early pioneers that led the fight over indivisibles, a cornerstone for this topic?
We all love a good stellar mystery, and Tabby's Star is proving to be a great one. What possibilities exist for its strange behavior?
Like all important fields of study, Calculus had its growing pains. Here is the journey to the foundations of that amazing field.
None of us will make it to another star system. But that doesn't mean we can't see what one looks like. Starshot is that chance.
So many different versions to consider. Will you be the one to come up with a new solution?
Sounds made up, doesn't it? But in reality, it could be a missing key to physics.
Seeing other stars up close? Is it possible? Indeed! Come and see what was once science fiction!
New celestial objects in the solar system are always intriguing. What are these new classifications and their implications for us?
Black holes are engines of destruction unlike anything we are familiar with. One of their specialties is a tidal disruption event, and here we will delve into the mechanics of it.
Another one? Yes, a brand new field of study into how certain stars end their life.
While we don't know if they exist, the physics of tachyons would bring much excitement to science. But what are they?
Black holes are eternal, right? Nope, and the reason why is shocking: quantum mechanics!
Much happens here, and at a fast pace. Take a look at what you are missing!
Can such a thing happen? Many people in the past think so...
What started as a simple thought experiment grew to be so much more...
Why is the sky at night dark if stars are everywhere? Read on to find out the surprising answer!
Cosmological mysteries are numerous, incredible in size, and the possible explanations for them are just as bountiful. Let's explore the supervoid, one of those mysteries, and see what it could be...
Scientists have their own way to talk about black holes. Want to expand your ability to do just that? Read on to find out how...
Galileo, the great prototype for all scientists, made many discoveries in physics and astronomy. But whose work did he directly build off of?
Often a headache, time paradoxes are hard to fully delve into. Lets try and take a look at a few of them and see what we can learn from them.
How do we measure the distance to far away objects? A tough talk for sure, and the history behind the theories involved are just as interesting.
Sounds crazy, I know. Read on, for you may be surprised by what you find.
Ready for some ancient thought experiments? The solutions are not always as easy as they seem!
Another astronomical mystery without an easy solution. Did astronomers find an unknown planet in the 1830s?
Already a complicated subject, black holes get even weirder when viewed through the lens of string theory. Read on for some odd possibilities for what black holes really are.
The Inquisition was a dark time in human history. One of its victims was Galileo, the famous astronomer. What led to his trial and conviction?
Galileo was an accomplished man and the prototype scientist. But along the way, he got into a lot of verbal jousts and here we will dig deeper into the best ones he partook.
Astronomy is full of historical examples of mysterious objects seen but weren't really there. Did Lassell actually spot the rings of Neptune?
Galileo not only spotted new objects in the sky but also laid the groundwork for advancements in physics. What were they?
Galileo's findings in astronomy shook the world. What did he see?
Many objects have been seen in the sky that were found to be nonexistent. Here is one that was well-documented but alas, was something else...
The methods implemented by the ancient Greek people to find the circumference of the Earth were simply amazing, especially when you see how accurate they were.
Like many aspects of particle physics, electrons offer their own unique problems. Here is a sampling of some of the most interesting ones.
Captain Kirk had one last adventure after the Nexus. What happened that changes our view of his final mission? Read on to find out how he accomplished this feat.
Captain Kirk goes through an amazing journey in The Star To Every Wandering, not just physically but emotionally as well. Let us take a look at what new revelations we find out about Kirk.
Such a small difference can make a huge impact on physics. The neutron has done that, and a resolution to this problem isn't going to be easy to find.
Through this trilogy that celebrated the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, we looked at the inner psyche of Spock in a brand new light. Here we will examine him and how he was after the loss of Kirk.
In the first review of this novel, we saw Spock lose his control and reject his humanity. Here we will explore how he regained it with a little bit of help from an old friend and the impact it had.
A time of turmoil in the solar system, much evidence is found for its lasting impact. Here we examine that and see what conclusions we can reach.
Well before the rigors of science took hold in the world, people have come up with some creative ideas for our solar system. Let us explore a few of those now.
With an amazing trilogy to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Trek, breaking it up to examine its revelations is difficult. Let us take a look at what happened to McCoy in our timeline...
The start of the 40th anniversary of Star Trek provided us with an inside look at McCoy, a man who we find led two extraordinary lives. Here are some inside moments into the alternate life of McCoy.
Astrophysics has provided us with countless wonders in the Universe. Here is the next one though, and detecting one will prove to be more than a challenge.
Like the chicken or the egg debate, this has two sides that are determined they are right. Here is the evidence we have, and no easy answers are to be found.
Before New Horizons, little was known about Pluto's moons. Now, we are witnessing a complex picture forming around them that will intrigue for years to come.
The matter around you is composed of atoms but if we delve deeper we can find subatomic parts made of quarks and gluons. But they don't work according to our current understanding of physics.
Talking about the early Universe is a difficult proposition, with so many competing factors we have to take into account. Then throw in inflation, black holes, and holograms and we got complexity.
X-rays are a great tool for science, and so are lasers. So combine them and what do you got? Some awesome physics.
Finding the age of the Universe is like completing a puzzle without knowing the big picture. We have many clues, but sometimes pieces can be misleading...
Known for centuries, these mysterious particles are just now beginning to shed their secrets.
This little moon of Saturn is proving to be a fascinating place...for life?
Einstein has been verified time and time again. Want another test or two? Then let us push it to the extreme just like Gravity Probe A and B did.
Mercury is not only the first planet in the solar system but the least understood terrestrial planet. That all changed with the arrival of MESSENGER, and the secrets it uncovered are mysterious.
Many probes have visited our closest neighbor so many times. But so rarely has a duo been utilized for such precise measurements. Read on to see what Ebb and Flow uncovered underneath the moon.
An awfully subjective topic, but take a look and see if you find something you never knew existed. Our solar system has plenty to look at.
Another recent development in astronomy, though this one is full of mystery. What are these bursts and what implications do they raise?
Despite what you may have been told, we can see around a black hole if the conditions are right. Based on what we find there, we may have to rewrite the books on relativity.
Often in science, background workers put in the true efforts that other take credit for. Here is an axample of such an individual.
Some require little science while others are pushing boundaries. Here is a sampling of all the different methods we know.
While many points have to be considered, one swiftly finds themselves lost in the nuances of Chiron's properties and characteristics.
Not a frequently talked about subject in popular science, these objects may offer more to our knowledge of the universe than initially thought.
Figuring out how the moon was created is one of the deepest mysteries of archeological astronomy. We do have ideas though...
Though still mysterious, this hot field of science may be the keystone to physics or send it spiraling into chaos.
Everyone has heard of the Big Bang Theory, but what about possible alternatives? Read on to learn more.
What started as a simple verification of a long standing value in particle physics may hint at new possibilities unknown to scientists at this time.
The first landing on a comet proved to be more of a challenge than anyone thought it would be, but the science uncovered has been monumental and justifies the struggle.
Not something we think about often, but these waves would solve many problems in physics. Now, how to find them...
We all thought we knew what glass was. But recent developments have changed their purpose and now have placed them at the forefront of innovation.
Oftentimes in science, we encounter boundary objects that push the theories we have to the brink. Take brown dwarfs for example. Planet or star? You be the judge.
The return of Comet Halley in the 1980s sparked a huge spike in comet science. None was as successful as Giotto, the ESA's mission to explore multiple comets.
This is becoming more and more of a problem as urbanization rises, but we can learn from past efforts to influence our future actions.
Though not as popular as SpaceX or Virgin Galactic, this space company hope to use established technology to drive the private space industry.
Gravitational lensing is a bizarre consequence of relativity. This natural occurrence can reveal the beauty and science of some rare objects.
Easily a favorite topic amongst many of us. Now, here are some more reasons why we love lasers. As if you needed any more!
Though a fast-paced mission, this was a big step for later missions like LCROSS and LRO, and the science achieved here had implications we see to this day.
Though largely abandoned, the idea of a missing planet or asteroid field between Mercury and the Sun continues to intrigue us.
Not necessarily the first place to go looking for one of these features, to be fair. But that is okay, for the mechanics of this one are truly noteworthy.
So many space missions are never realized because of finances, politics, or technical limitations. Galileo somehow faced all of these and came through with some amazing science on Jupiter.
While there were many misses in this field, they deserve recognition as steps towards a sound method for exoplanet hunting.
With such extreme physics already at play, can we hope to understand the process behind black hole mergers?
While they are powerful engines of destruction, the beams they shoot into space are a separate breed of chaos which deserves a closer look.
After nearly a decade New Horizons has accomplished its primary mission of examining Pluto. What secrets did it uncover?
The mysterious dwarf planet Ceres captivates us as it presents new findings which challenge our theories thanks to data from Dawn.
All great space missions have a target. But Dawn is unique in that it is the first craft to enter orbit of one then leave it for another. Here is the story of its visit to Vesta.
Though a thorough list of movies would go on forever, it is possible to look at the Hollywood approach to black holes and learn what they got right—and absolutely wrong.
Science is all about remaining as objective as possible while developing new theories to explain other ones. So when science moves away from being empirical, problems arise.
While the current IAU definition is a good start, it needs revision and this system I propose may be a good place to start.
Thought by many to be engines of destruction, the act of consuming matter may in fact bring about creation.
Often considered a different state of matter, the BEC reveals many interesting physics of the bizarre.
All boundaries reveal new phenomenon and these are no exception. Learn more about the odd physics of pulsars.
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