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14 min read
Science

The Crisis of the Multiverse: In an infinite multiverse, physics loses its ability to make predictions.

Physicists have always hoped that once we understood the fundamental laws of physics, they would make unambiguous predictions for physical quantities. We imagined that the underlying physical laws would explain why the mass of the Higgs particle must be 125 gigaelectron-volts, as was recently discovered, and not any other value, and also make predictions for new particles that are yet to be discovered. For example, we would like to predict what kind of particles make up the dark matter. These hopes now appear to have been hopelessly naïve. Our most promising fundamental theory, string theory,
Nautilus
9 min read
Society

Why Men Don’t Live as Long as Women: It’s the testosterone, don’t you know.

Years ago when I was conducting my doctoral research on the evolutionary history of men among a remote indigenous community of hunter-gatherers living in the forests of South America, I came across a man donning a well-worn baseball cap likely donated by missionaries. The cap read, “There are three stages to a man’s life: Stud, Dud, Thud.” Indeed. It is somewhat sobering to see one’s life’s research summarized on a piece of headwear that can probably be found for a few dollars at a roadside truck stop. But such is the elegance of interesting science. It’s no secret that mortality due to accide
Nautilus
18 min read
Science

Will Quantum Mechanics Swallow Relativity?: The contest between gravity and quantum physics takes a new turn.

It is the biggest of problems, it is the smallest of problems. At present physicists have two separate rulebooks explaining how nature works. There is general relativity, which beautifully accounts for gravity and all of the things it dominates: orbiting planets, colliding galaxies, the dynamics of the expanding universe as a whole. That’s big. Then there is quantum mechanics, which handles the other three forces—electromagnetism and the two nuclear forces. Quantum theory is extremely adept at describing what happens when a uranium atom decays, or when individual particles of light hit a solar
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From the Editors

Rocked the scientific community…

“The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” is the powerful true story of the woman who spawned a medical revolution. Skloot seamlessly weaves the stories of Henrietta’s life, her cells which rocked the scientific community, and a family struggling to cope with her mother’s immortality.

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Scribd Editors, Scribd Editor
From the Editors

Fascinating treatise…

You probably pass by dozens of trees every day, but do you ever think about how trees are social entities? Your next walk through the woods will be even more magical after reading Wohlleben’s heartfelt and fascinating treatise to trees.