The 'show why science is awesome' thread:


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There’s a followup article on this subject up today:

Plenty of good in there, recommend reading the whole thing. But this is the bit that stood out to me, answering “what are the leading arguments against this”:


#1225

Fascinating read.


#1226

Look, sometimes your side hustle has to become your full time thing.


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Article is from 2015 … so if he’s right, we get dinosaurs on Times Square at New Years!


#1230

Arrow of Time and its Reversal on IBM Quantum Computer

Uncovering the origin of the arrow of time remains a fundamental scientific challenge. Within the framework of statistical physics, this problem was inextricably associated with the Second Law of Thermodynamics, which declares that entropy growth proceeds from the system’s entanglement with the environment … Our findings break ground for investigations of the time reversal and the backward time flow in real quantum systems.


#1231

Quantum mechanics is just mind bending. Here’s a related piece on that experiment.

The team set out to calculate the probability to observe an electron “smeared out” over a fraction of a second spontaneously localizing into its recent past. It turned out that even if one spent the entire lifetime of the universe – 13.7 billion years – observing 10 billion freshly localized electrons every second, the reverse evolution of the particle’s state would only happen once. And even then, the electron would travel no more than a mere one ten-billionth of a second into the past.

Unrelated but freaky:

Scientists have grown a miniature brain in a dish with a spinal cord and muscles attached. The lentil-sized grey blob of human brain cells were seen to spontaneously send out tendril-like connections to link up with the spinal cord and muscle tissue. The muscles were then seen to visibly contract.


#1232

My favorite one recently is this:

Inject some nano-gubbins into your eyes, see in near-infrared.


#1233

Holy cow, that looks awesome. I want to see heat! But I can’t also help thinking what could possibly go wrong…


#1234

It’s right up on that real science-mad science border.

That said, if I were working in that lab, after it worked for the mice and didn’t blind them, I probably would have snuck an injection for myself. Maybe only one eye, just in case.


#1235

Gee, I wonder if the military is paying any attention?

Join the Army - see the world in near-infrared!


#1236

Your wish is my command.


#1237

You can see infrared light by looking directly at the sun, right? Or is that just my retina burning?