Month: December 2017

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It’s been an excellent year for science – we had an absolutely stellar neutron star merger announcement, found the elusive time crystals, finally achieved counterfactual quantum communication, and much, much more.   But even the keenest science fans wouldn’t be able to catch every single bit of the amazing science news (in fact, given that
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On Saturday, The New York Times and Politico independently published stories confirming that the US government had quietly funded a program to study UFOs for years. The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, as it’s called, “collected video and audio recordings of reported U.F.O. incidents”.   That footage includes one of an undated encounter with “an
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In February of 2016, scientists from the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first-ever detection of gravitational waves. A little over a century after they were first predicted by Einstein’s theory of general relativity, we finally had proof that this phenomenon existed. In August of 2017, another major breakthrough occurred when LIGO detected waves that
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His name is Shinichi Mochizuki, and depending on how fluent you are in the fringes of number theory, he’s either a peerless mathematical visionary or a reclusive, inscrutable cryptologist. Maybe both.   A little over five years back, the celebrated Japanese mathematician unveiled a 500-page proof spread over four papers, which together purported to offer
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Outrage erupted on December 15 after The Washington Post reported that the White House sent the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a list of seven words it was forbidden from including in official documents for next year’s budget.   The seven words in question are “evidence-based”, “science-based”, “vulnerable”, “entitlement”, “diversity”, “transgender”, and
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Scientists have identified a mysterious genetic mutation that effectively negates the sensation of pain, enabling people with the rare anomaly to persevere effortlessly through extreme physical discomfort.   The gene variant – identified in an Italian family who feels almost no pain even when seriously injured – could help scientists find new treatments for chronic
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This month, bitcoin, the digital currency launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, hit a record price of US$17,428.42 per coin. It got its own futures market at a traditional brokerage firm, and it even earned a joke in a recent “Saturday Night Live” sketch.   Perhaps because of its complicated technical design, zealous community of