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Nautilus
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
NPR
3 min read
Science

The Future Of Prostheses

Ask yourself: Where's your left hand? I bet you don't need to look around to answer this. Or try this: Shut your eyes and reach down and touch your right heal. Not that hard for most of us. Proprioception is the name of this ability we have that lets us keep track of, locate, and make use of our own bodies. Proprioception works thanks to sensors in our muscles (muscle spindles), but it also depends on our sensitivity to stretching and pressure on the skin. What happens if you lose proprioception? Obvious, you won't be able to perceive or intuit the position of your limbs and your own posture.
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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.