Posts tagged with ‘science

MIT physicist says consciousness may be a state of matter

Even as much as we know in the 21st century about the universe, the human body and the world around us, consciousness remains a tricky, tricky thing to pin down. Things that have consciousness can store information, retrieve it effectively and use that information on the fly as the situation demands it, but computers can do that, but computers are a long, long way from having any kind of consciousness. So what is consciousness? MIT’s Max Tegmark believes that consciousness may be a “state of matter” of sorts, one that fluctuates rapidly between all kinds of phase states based on certain mathematical criteria.

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What’s the purpose of the universe? Possibly to create black holes to create more universes

For a little over 150 years, people have been coming to terms with Darwin’s Origin of the Species, with the fact that the the amazing and beautiful diversity on our planet is due to a constant, millions year long struggle for life to conquer other life, to evolve as conditions demand and that genetic makeup of every type of life form changes over time due to mixing and matching and environmental pressures. But what about the universe? Is there any “purpose” to our universe?  Lee Smolin, a researcher at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and an adjunct professor of physics at the University of Waterloo has proposed an idea called the Theory of Cosmological Natural Selection in which he postulates that the universe’s ultimate goal is to make stars, which then become black holes, which then makes more singularities that can potentially turn into other universes. 

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Morning music: The oldest known melody, the Hurrian Hymn, from around 1600 BC

The Oldest known musical melody performed by the very talented Michael Levy on the Lyre. This ancient musical fragment dates back to 1400 B.C.E. and was discovered in the 1950’s in Ugarit, Syria. It was interpreted by Dr. Richard Dumbrill.

Science does it again… powdered alcohol

If you’ve been annoyed that your alcohol isn’t nearly portable and powdered enough, science has finally delivered to the world the miracle of alcohol in powder form. I can see no way whatsoever that this can go horribly wrong.

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Kepler telescope spots the most Earth-like exoplanet ever discovered

While the number of exoplanets discovered by scientists via the Kepler telescope numbers in the thousands, most of the planets found have been gas giants, because gas giants are much easier to spot. But if you’re looking for an Earth 2, the closest thing so far is Kepler 186f, a small rocky planet only slightly larger than Earth that orbits in the comfortable “Goldilocks zone” around its star where it’s not too hot, not too cold. We may never know if there’s life on Kepler 186f, but its discovery is certainly a damn good start in the search for other Earth-like planets out there.

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Mars Diffracts! X-ray Crystallography and Space Exploration…

Astrobiologist and intrepid science communicator Lewis Dartnell reveals the crucial role that x-ray crystallography is playing in understanding the formation and history of our planetary neighbour, Mars.

Scientists can now grow real vaginas in the lab. Vaginas. Sex toys will never be the same.

For women and girls born without vaginas or ones that are partial or deformed, the good news is that scientists can now grow you a brand new real live vagina from your own cells. For everyone else, the good news is that scientists can now grow perfect vaginal replicas of other people’s vaginas, for… reasons. Where do I pre-order?

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"Creationist Cosmos" tells you all the truths science wants to hide from you

Because that’s how science works. It’s a big conspiracy of lies.

The shitty, shitty winter North America got this year? One reason might be Chinese smog. Thanks, China.

The Great Lakes are still over half frozen, much of the northeast got snow today, in the middle of April, and the last few months of winter were particularly bad this year, especially through the upper midwest and northeast US. All this in the middle of being told that the planet is getting warmer and warmer. Apparently, a good deal of our awful winter can be blamed on the insane amounts of pollution in east and south Asia. Thanks, guys.

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Scientists invent an injectable oxygen particle to let you breathe without breathing

Just trying to inject raw oxygen or atmospheric air into your bloodstream would be really bad— I wouldn’t recommend it. But when airways are obstructed, every second counts as the oxygen level in your body drops. Now, science has created the perfectly sized injectable oxygen particle by gently wrapping a handful of oxygen molecules in lipids, creating microscopic gel-caps of oxygen that are the bite size for your red blood cells, providing emergency oxygen for when breathing normally isn’t an option.

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Oklahoma protesters threaten to “secdee” if Cosmos isn’t cancelled

Furious with Neil DeGrasse Tyson o their Fox channels and his anti-Creationist “knowledge” and his truthy “facts” have gotten a group of people in Oklahoma so hopping mad, they’ve threatened to secede from the Union if Cosmos isn’t pulled off the air. You know, to form a freer union with one god, one religion, where science is outlawed and the truth about what we know about the world squashed. Good times those will be.

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