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The Physical Limits to Genius

The laws of physics may well prevent the human brain from evolving into an ever more powerful thinking machine

December 1, 2015 — Douglas Fox

Gravitational Waves Found: Kip Thorne Explains

Scientific American's Josh Fischman talks with renowned astrophysicist and general relativity expert Kip Thorne about the discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO Project, co-founded by Thorne

February 11, 2016 — Josh Fischman and Steve Mirsky

GPS and the World's First "Space War"

Satellite-based navigation proved its mettle during the 1991 Persian Gulf War, leading to what some say is an overdependence on “jammable” GPS technology

February 8, 2016 — Larry Greenemeier

Living in a Quantum World

Quantum mechanics is not just about teeny particles. It applies to things of all sizes: birds, plants, maybe even people

December 1, 2015 — Vlatko Vedral

Quantum Weirdness Is All in Your Mind

A new version of quantum theory sweeps away the bizarre paradoxes of the microscopic world. The cost? Quantum information exists only in your imagination

December 1, 2015 — Hans Christian von Baeyer

New Physics Questions the Very Nature of Reality

Physicists speak of the world as being made of particles and force fields, but it is not at all clear what particles and force fields actually are in the quantum realm. The world may instead consist of bundles of properties, such as color and shape

December 1, 2015 — Meinard Kuhlmann

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