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Quantum Mechanics

Physicist's 'Cat' Comes Alive In Strange New Studies

LiveScience | Jesse Emspak | Posted 07.23.2013 | Science

The strangeness of the world of the very small that allows a particle to be in two states at once may extend to larger scales, two new studies reveal....

Speed Of Light May Not Be Constant After All, Physicists Say

Posted 04.29.2013 | Science

By: Jesse Emspak, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/28/2013 09:35 AM EDT on LiveScience The speed of light is constant, or so textbooks say....

Key Einstein Theory Faces Toughest Test Yet

Posted 04.26.2013 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz Published: 04/25/2013 02:02 PM EDT on SPACE.com An extreme pair of superdense stars orbiting each other has put Einstein's gen...

New 'Entanglement' Study Confirms Phenomenon Einstein Called 'Spooky'

Posted 04.22.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 04/22/2013 07:49 AM EDT on LiveScience The weird way entangled particles stay connected even wh...

Famous Thought Experiment Finally Becomes Reality

Posted 03.17.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/15/2013 09:06 AM EDT on LiveScience Scientists have finally performed a famous experiment de...

Happy Birthday, Einstein!

The Huffington Post | Posted 03.14.2013 | Science

Happy birthday, Albert Einstein! One of history's most celebrated thinkers would have turned 134 today. His numerous contributions to physics in...

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 6): Realism

Dave Pruett | Posted 05.12.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Realism is the philosophical stance of most sane human beings, scientists included. An independent reality, it now appears, has become the latest casualty of quantum mechanics. The universe is nonlocal, nondeterministic, and apparently "unreal" as well.

On Relativity, Relativism, Uncertainty, and Progress

Mario Livio | Posted 05.06.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

The concepts introduced by both theories are disturbing to our classically trained minds and to our everyday experiences, but if anything, they hint that the universe remains comprehensible.

Science in the 21st Century: A Few Random Thoughts

Mario Livio | Posted 04.30.2013 | Science
Mario Livio

Predictions about the future of science and technology are notorious for turning out to be wrong. Nevertheless, we know of at least a few topics that will undoubtedly be active areas of research for the next half-century.

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 5): Locality

Dave Pruett | Posted 04.24.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Einstein, who deposed Newton, grew intellectually stodgy in old age. With respect to quantum mechanics (QM), he was positively reactionary.

WATCH: Prof Strips, Plays 9/11 Footage To Introduce Quantum Mechanics

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 02.19.2013 | College

On Monday morning, Columbia University professor Emlyn Hughes was filmed by students in his "Frontiers of Science" class stripping to his briefs in fr...

Science's Sacred Cows (Part 4): Dualism

Dave Pruett | Posted 04.08.2013 | Science
Dave Pruett

Cartesian dualism presupposed an independent reality "out there" that remains undisturbed during scientific observation. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle removes the partition separating mind from matter, rendering a fatal blow to Cartesian dualism.

'Audacious' Study Shows Light's Mysterious Split Personality

Posted 11.05.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 11/05/2012 08:21 AM EST on LiveScience Is light made of waves, or particles? This fun...

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.

Universal Law #4: 'Intend'

Peter Baksa | Posted 01.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

At the quantum level of our existence, there is nothing but energy and information. We refer to this as pure consciousness or potential.

Cara Santa Maria

What Existed Before The Big Bang?

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 07.18.2012 | Science

Why is there something rather than nothing? What existed before the Big Bang? How can everything we know to exist in the entire observable universe ha...

Who Needs a Theory of Everything?

Mario Livio | Posted 08.28.2012 | Science
Mario Livio

There are at least two crucial circumstances in which we absolutely need a theory in which general relativity and quantum mechanics are compatible. One is the case of the objects we call black holes, and the second is the Big Bang.

Chicago Helps Crack Code to the Matter of Life, Doesn't Get Invited to God Particle Party

Roxane Assaf Lynn | Posted 08.27.2012 | Chicago
Roxane Assaf Lynn

Imagine being part of the discovery of something that potentially cracks the code to the origins of the universe by understanding the structure of matter.

The Large, the Small, and How to Connect Them

Mario Livio | Posted 08.26.2012 | Science
Mario Livio

In order to unify the theory of the large -- general relativity -- with the theory of the small -- quantum mechanics -- physicists had to examine the properties of spacetime on the tiniest scales. And here is where the problem arose.

Quantum Mechanics and the American Experience

Drew Sandler | Posted 08.19.2012 | Teen
Drew Sandler

This necessity to improve, and the competitive nature instilled in traditional American values, promote American progressivism.

Will 'Teleporters' Ever Beam Us Up? What Physicists Say

Posted 06.19.2012 | Science

By: Adam Hadhazy, Life's Little Mysteries Contributor Published: 06/18/2012 04:58 PM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries In this weekly series, Life'...

Answer to Any Problem In 48 Hours or Less?

Peter Baksa | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Peter Baksa

Knowing when to exert effort and when to pause can help us become more effective humans, bringing greater joy to our lives.

Tiny 'Quantum' Device May Bring Computers Of Unfathomable Power

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 04.30.2012 | Science

Talk about a quantum leap. Scientists say they've developed a tiny device that may hold the key to the development of quantum computers vastly more po...

Many Still Uncertain About Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

Posted 02.23.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 02/21/2012 02:59 PM EST on LiveScience One of the most often quoted, yet least understoo...

Romney: The Quantum Candidate

Spencer Critchley | Posted 04.20.2012 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

From physicists at the University of New South Wales and Purdue University, via the New York Times, comes news of dramatic progress: The group of phy...