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Our Place in the Cosmos

Mario Livio | Posted 10.19.2015 | Science
Mario Livio

If our Galaxy truly contains many intelligent civilizations, some of which may be ahead of us by a billion years, how is it possible that we have not seen any sign of them yet? Nobody knows the answer to this so-called "Fermi Paradox," but one of the speculations is that there exists some bottleneck to the emergence of intelligent civilizations, and that this bottleneck could have either been in our past, or we will hit upon it in the future.

A Space Accordian Makes Infinity

Frank A. Weil | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Beware what follows! I have no more right to be thinking, much less writing, these words than the last drunk picked up in Times Square last night. But, I am, possibly, different from that guy because I read the Science Times in the New York Times on June 9th. I doubt they supply the TIMES daily in jail?

Physics' Split Personality: Is the Dark Side Winning?

Deepak Chopra | Posted 07.27.2015 | Education
Deepak Chopra

But in the last half century or so, a great many theories either cannot be proven through gathering evidence or barely can be.

David Freeman

Radical New Theory Says Other Universes Affect Our Own | David Freeman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Science

Parallel universes have long been a staple of science fiction. But according to a radical new theory of quantum mechanics published Oct. 23 in the jou...

You Know How The Universe Got Here. Here's Where It's Headed

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 10.20.2014 | Science

Where did the universe come from, and how is it evolving? Those questions made little sense a century or so ago, before the existence of the Big Bang ...

I'm With Stupid: Undead Cats and Other Stuff I Don't Get

Todd Hartley | Posted 11.26.2014 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I'm not saying it's OK to poison cats -- it's not; it's animal cruelty -- and I'm not saying I want to poison my cat. I'm just saying I would find it very selfless of him if he were to volunteer for the experiment.

Naïve Realism, or the Strange Case of Physics and Fake Philosophers (Part 2)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 10.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Scientists have assigned the role of Mister Answer to science, the source of knowledge on every subject. This is peculiar because science does not accept a complete body of knowledge at any one time as final, therefore no answer can be final. This is how science progresses. Scientists, though, often forget that.

Sherlock Holmes Versus God Almighty: Who Is More Real? The Multiverse Says Go With the Gumshoe

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Greater comfort, I think, is to be found in the realization that infinity is as problematic for science as it is for religion. Much as an infinitely perfect God leads to logical clashes with reality, an infinite multiverse bedevils attempts to apply tools such as probabilities to our understanding of the world.

Richard Dawkins and the Mating Dance of Planets

Amir Aczel | Posted 08.24.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

At an international conference in Mexico a few years ago, Richard Dawkins, having expounded at length on how sexual natural selection explains life on Earth without any need for a "creator," went on to say, "And I am sure that something like the principle of natural selection operates in the physical universe as well." Sounds totally silly? Well, there's more to it: a huge irony.

The Reconciliation of Science and Religion: We Can Do Better

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

I picked up Amir Aczel's book, "Why Science Does Not Disprove God," with eager anticipation, hoping that he might make peace between contending factions. Alas, I sighed, upon finishing the book, the chasm remains unbridged.

Pseudophysics: The New High Priesthood

Amir Aczel | Posted 08.03.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

Let's look at the very vocal minority of theoreticians who, without a shred of experimental evidence to support their claims, are now telling us what, in their view, nature is truly made of. They do it mostly through recent books aimed at the average reader. I will survey the most widely read of these books.

The Multiverse Explained... Or Not!

Dr. Sten Odenwald | Posted 06.24.2014 | Science
Dr. Sten Odenwald

Although we may not be able to directly observe any other universes, their existence seems to be logically required if our model building is on the right track.

Multiverse Concept May Be MUCH Older Than You Think | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 04.02.2014 | Science

The idea that our universe may be just one among many out there has intrigued modern cosmologists for some time. But it looks like this "multiverse" ...

Does New Cosmic Discovery Prove We Live In A Multiverse? | Miriam Kramer` | Posted 03.19.2014 | Science

The first direct evidence of cosmic inflation — a period of rapid expansion that occurred a fraction of a second after the Big Bang — also suppor...

Good Morning, Inflation! Hello, Multiverse!

Max Tegmark | Posted 05.17.2014 | Science
Max Tegmark

It's a sensational breakthrough involving not only our cosmic origins, but also the nature of space: by producing the first-ever detection of Hawking radiation (the process by which inflation's rapid doubling generates these gravitational waves), the BICEP2 team has found the first experimental evidence for quantum gravity.

Eternal Inflation?

Mario Livio | Posted 04.13.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

The picture of "eternal inflation," if true, provides a new perspective on our place within the cosmic landscape.

What Is Cosmic Consciousness? The Quest for Hidden Reality (Part 3)

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Reality is waiting for us to creep closer to understanding its mysteries. In the meantime, it won't falter or come to an end. Reality will remain our home, our source, and the ground state of our being far beyond the lifetime of the foreseeable universe.

The Universe: A Partial Inventory

Mario Livio | Posted 10.20.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

What did we know about the size and contents of our universe a hundred years ago? Very little. Even the proton, the nucleus of the simplest atom (hydrogen), was only discovered by Rutherford in 1917-1919.

Do We Live In One Universe -- Or Many? | Marshall Honorof | Posted 06.05.2013 | Science

NEW YORK — Whether you believe our universe is unique or one of many coexisting realities, there's a scientific model that backs up your views. Cosm...

Leo Villareal's Buckyball Is Coming to Crystal Bridges!

Don Bacigalupi | Posted 06.16.2013 | Arts
Don Bacigalupi

Buckyball, which will be Crystal Bridges' first foray into a temporary outdoor presentation, consists of two enormous Fuller-inspired spheres, one inside the other. Each is made of LED-infused sections, which can glow with more than 16 million distinct colors.

How Can We Tell If a Multiverse Exists?

Mario Livio | Posted 02.12.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Given that the different members of the multiverse are not causally connected, the question that emerges is whether there is a way to verify whether such a multiverse truly exists. As it turns out, there are at least two possible paths that could (at least in principle) test the multiverse scenario.

The Anthropic Principle

Amir Aczel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Amir Aczel

For lack of a better explanation for the values of certain constants we end up conceding that something has to be a certain way, because it can't be otherwise if we are here to observe it.

Cara Santa Maria

Black Holes And Beyond With Brian Greene | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 06.26.2012 | Science

Have you ever wondered what happens at the center of a black hole? Is it simply a dense, hot core filled with crushed matter? Is there such a place as...

Pixel Logic: How the Next 10 Years Will Reinvent Your Life

Russell C. Smith | Posted 06.17.2012 | Technology
Russell C. Smith

Current technology can already process our experiences faster than we can think about them. Whether we welcome it or not, it's unavoidable, and greater digital acceleration will happen.

Resolution For 2012: Enjoy Yourself

Michael Sigman | Posted 02.28.2012 | Fifty
Michael Sigman

New Year's resolutions tend to focus on denying ourselves stuff we love, on the assumption that if it feels good it must be bad. But why not just pick out something you love and resolve to enjoy yourself?