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Do We Live in the Matrix? | DiscoverMagazine.com

Do We Live in the Matrix? | DiscoverMagazine.com | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Tests could reveal whether we are part of a giant computer simulation — but the real question is if we want to know...
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Min avatar heter Apmel

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Ten ways 3D printing could change space | KurzweilAI

Ten ways 3D printing could change space | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The European Space Agency (ESA) is investigating the potential of additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing, to transform how space missions are put together,
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Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future (April Fools!) - CNET

Man arrested at Large Hadron Collider claims he's from the future (April Fools!) - CNET | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Eloi Cole, a strangely dressed young man, said that he had travelled back in time to prevent the LHC from destroying the world.
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Yes, Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has an Ocean

Yes, Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has an Ocean | The virtual life | Scoop.it
New data confirms that Saturn's moon has a vast subsurface ocean where conditions might be right for life.
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Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons from a New Science | KurzweilAI

Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons from a New Science | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
From one of the world’s leading data scientists, a landmark tour ofthe new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of
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How memory and thought alter the meaning of odors | KurzweilAI

Granule cells at work (credit: iStock) Odors have a way of connecting us with moments buried deep in our past. But researchers have long wondered how the
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Terence Tao Proposes Fluid New Path in Navier-Stokes Problem | Simons Foundation

Terence Tao Proposes Fluid New Path in Navier-Stokes Problem | Simons Foundation | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A daring speculation offers a potential way forward in one of the great unsolved problems of mathematics: the behavior of the Navier-Stokes equations for fluid flow.
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Massimo Pigliucci – On consilience

Massimo Pigliucci – On consilience | The virtual life | Scoop.it
For decades the sciences and the humanities have fought for knowledge supremacy. Both sides are wrong-headed
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Galileo Matters More Than Ever on His 450th Birthday

Galileo Matters More Than Ever on His 450th Birthday | The virtual life | Scoop.it
On the 450th anniversary of his birth, the modern world and science still owes a debt to Renaissance genius Galileo.
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Are Parallel Universes Unscientific Nonsense? Insider Tips for Criticizing the Multiverse | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Are Parallel Universes Unscientific Nonsense? Insider Tips for Criticizing the Multiverse | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Although we don’t know whether parallel universes exist, we know something else about them with certainty: many people instinctively dislike them, and whenever a physicist writes ...
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Searching for Life on Earth-Like Planets May Be a Mistake, Need to Consider Superhabitable Planets

Searching for Life on Earth-Like Planets May Be a Mistake, Need to Consider Superhabitable Planets | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A newly published study states that searching for life on Earth-like planets may be a mistake and details why scientists need to consider non-Earth-like “superhabitable” planets.

Scientists have long focused their search for extraterrestrial life on Earth-like planets – but that may be
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A New Thermodynamics Theory of the Origin of Life | Simons Foundation

A New Thermodynamics Theory of the Origin of Life | Simons Foundation | The virtual life | Scoop.it
An MIT physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire lifelike physical properties.
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The sum of 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... until infinity is somehow -1/12

The sum of 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + ... until infinity is somehow -1/12 | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Here's a fun little brain wrinkle pinch for all you non-math people out there (that should be everyone in the world*): the sum of all natural numbers, from one to infinity, is not a ridiculously big number like you would expect but actually just...
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Dr. Stefan Gruenwald's comment, January 18, 7:37 PM
The series can be 'summed' by the Riemann zeta function regularization and when you set s to -1 the analytic continuation of ζ(s) gives ζ(−1) as −1/12. For more info on this, see wikipedia: http://tinyurl.com/offobv8
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Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say | Simons Foundation

Quantum Entanglement Drives the Arrow of Time, Scientists Say | Simons Foundation | The virtual life | Scoop.it
A new theory explains the seemingly irreversible arrow of time while yielding insights into entropy, quantum computers, black holes, and the past-future divide.
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New Study Outlines 'Water World' Theory of Life's Origins - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Did life first arise on Earth in warm, gentle springs on the sea floor? Researchers are putting together the chemical pieces of how this process might have occurred.
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LHCb confirms existence of exotic hadrons | CERN

LHCb confirms existence of exotic hadrons | CERN | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) collaboration today announced results that confirm the existence of exotic hadrons – a type of matter that cannot be classified within the traditional quark model.
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Unifying the Inflationary & Quantum Multiverses (Max Tegmark) - YouTube

The Cosmological Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics: Unifying the Inflationary & Quantum Multiverses Lecture from the mini-series "Cosmology & Quantum Found...
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NASA’s Kepler mission discovers 715 new planets | KurzweilAI

NASA’s Kepler mission discovers 715 new planets | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The artist concept depicts multiple-transiting planet systems, which are stars with more than one planet. The planets eclipse or transit their host star from
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How evolution shapes the geometries of life

How evolution shapes the geometries of life | The virtual life | Scoop.it
An interdisciplinary team re-examined Kleiber's Law, a famous 80-year-old equation that accurately describes many biological phenomena, although scientists don't agree on why it works. The team shows that Kleiber's Law captures the physics and mathematics underlying the evolution of plants' and animals' different, but equally efficient forms.
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Bold Prediction: Intelligent Alien Life Could Be Found by 2040

Bold Prediction: Intelligent Alien Life Could Be Found by 2040 | The virtual life | Scoop.it
By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute.
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Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete? - Technology - The Atlantic

Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete? - Technology - The Atlantic | The virtual life | Scoop.it
The Atlantic covers breaking news, analysis, opinion around politics, business, culture, international, science, technology, national profiles on the official site of the Atlantic Magazine.
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"I think at some point you need to provoke people. Science is meant to make people uncomfortable."

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Evolution, You’re Drunk - Issue 9: Time - Nautilus

Evolution, You’re Drunk - Issue 9: Time - Nautilus | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Amoebas are puny, stupid blobs, so scientists were surprised to learn that they contain 200 times more DNA than Einstein did. Because…
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Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium

Why Physicists Are Saying  Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas — The Physics arXiv Blog — Medium | The virtual life | Scoop.it
There’s a quiet revolution underway in theoretical physics.
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A Wikipedia for robots | KurzweilAI

A Wikipedia for robots | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
(Credit: TU/e) European scientists from six institutes and two universities have developed an online platform where robots can learn new skills from each
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Evidence that photosynthesis efficiency is based on quantum mechanics | KurzweilAI

Evidence that photosynthesis efficiency is based on quantum mechanics | KurzweilAI | The virtual life | Scoop.it
Clover leaf (credit: Scott Robinson/Flickr) Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose
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