The 'show why science is awesome' thread:


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”:


Fascinating read.


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


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


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.


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.


My favorite one recently is this:

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


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


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.


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

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


Your wish is my command.


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


This article is simply amazing:

First hours of the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event captured in the fossil record.


If the teaser is somehow not enough to get you to click, here’s part of the caption of the title photograph:

Of his discovery, DePalma said, “It’s like finding the Holy Grail clutched in the bony fingers of Jimmy Hoffa, sitting on top of the Lost Ark.”


Holy crap that was an awesome read. Thanks for posting it!


I’m always a bit leery of pre-publication reports, but hoo boy do I want this to stand up.


A reasonable position.

That said, even if the conclusions are wrong, that’s still a fantastic discovery. His discovery would still be one of the most important of the last 50 years, rather than ‘his name will be in textbooks for the next century’