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    No One Knows The Identity Of Bitcoin’s Creator

    Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created in 2008 by “Satoshi Nakamoto.” It’s exchanged electronically, it’s tied to no banks, and no central authority controls it. That’s strange enough. But one of the strangest things about the currency is that Satoshi Nakamoto’s true identity has never been confirmed. And “Nakamoto” — whether that’s an […]

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    Want to Time Travel? You’ll Probably Need a Wormhole.

    Some of the greatest sci-fi shows and movies center on the concept of time travel. It’s no wonder — who wouldn’t want to pop over to the distant future to see how their life turned out or shuffle back to the past to kill Hitler? The possibility of time travel, especially to the past, is […]

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    What Would Aliens Look Like? We Have Some Ideas…

    What do you think aliens look like? A lot like humans, but with pointy ears and bowl cuts? Maybe a bit like giant blue cat-people? Maybe a carnivorous blob, or a chest-bursting xenomorph? Here’s the surprising thing: we actually have a better idea of how our extraterrestrial neighbors look than you might assume. What We […]

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    The Physics of Christmas: Santa and His Reindeer

    The Physics of Santa and His ReindeerNo known species of reindeer can fly. BUT there are 300,000 species of living organisms yet to be classified, and while most of these are insects and germs, this does not COMPLETELY rule out flying reindeer which only Santa has ever seen. There are two billion children (persons under […]

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    New Type Of Bizarre Quantum Material Discovered

    Reports are flying around the Web that speak of the creation of a fabled quantum material that may have some relatively magical properties. Whenever anyone suggests that a new quantum material has been discovered, skepticism should be front and center. Indeed, in this case, the material hasn’t actually been manufactured, despite the fact that a new […]

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    Meet the college dropout who invented the gravitational wave detector

    Nearly 50 years ago, Rainer Weiss dreamed up a way to detect gravitational waves—infinitesimal ripples in spacetime predicted by Einstein’s theory of gravity, general relativity. Last September, that dream came true as 1000 physicists working with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO), two huge detectors in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington, sensed a pulse of waves […]

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