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Quantum Mechanics

Toward a Quantum Theory of Gravity? (Part 1)

Mario Livio | Posted 04.16.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

If confirmed, the recently detected potential ripples from the Big Bang represent an imprint on the cosmic microwave background by gravitational waves. Those gravitational waves are produced through a quantum process, providing, for the first time (again, if confirmed), evidence that gravity is governed by quantum mechanics. This point cannot be overemphasized.

Here's A Way To Appreciate Quantum Mechanics Even If You Know Nothing About Science

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 04.03.2014 | Arts

For three years photographer Alejandro Guijarro traveled from one quantum mechanics institute to another, exploring the scientific havens that serve a...

Has Black Hole Paradox Finally Been Resolved?

Space.com | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science

Every black hole conceals a secret — the quantum remains of the star from which it formed, say a group of scientists, who also predict that these ...

Microscope Uses Spooky 'Entangled' Light For Sharper Images

LiveScience | Katia Moskvitch | Posted 03.05.2014 | Science

The first microscope that uses the eerie trick of quantum entanglement to increase its sensitivity has been developed by Japanese researchers. The ne...

Time Travel Not Ruled Out by the Laws of Physics

Mark M. Wilde | Posted 02.10.2014 | Science
Mark M. Wilde

At certain "locations" in spacetime, there is a wormhole such that, if you jump in, you'll emerge at some point in the past. To the best of our knowledge, these time loops are not ruled out by the laws of physics.

Could THIS Give Super Computers Big Boost?

LiveScience | Jesse Emspak | Posted 11.14.2013 | Science

Quantum computers could crack codes and run more complex simulations than current machines, but actually building one is hard to do. The bits that s...

'Spooky' Achievement Brings Advanced Computers Step Closer To Reality

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 10.07.2013 | Science

Imagine that two people could get linked in such a way that they could influence each other no matter where in the universe they existed. Now scient...

What Quantum Computers Will Mean For Artificial Intelligence

natureheader | Devin Powell | Posted 07.29.2013 | Science

Quantum computers of the future will have the potential to give artificial intelligence a major boost, a series of studies suggests. These computers,...

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.