The 9 Weirdest Implications Of The Many Worlds Interpretation

According to the Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics, we live in an infinite web of alternate timelines. It's a serious claim that carries some rather serious scientific, philosophical, and existential baggage. And here are the nine weirdest possible implications. » 3/23/15 1:36pm 3/23/15 1:36pm

Did We Really See Light Acting as a Particle and a Wave at Once?

Several weeks ago, the internet lit up with the colorful image shown above, accompanied by headlines claiming that physicists had accomplished the extraordinary: We'd finally managed to see light as both a particle and a wave at the same time. (Your friends at Giz reported it too.) But...it's not exactly true. » 3/15/15 2:00pm 3/15/15 2:00pm

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical realism has been struggling with the facts of physics for some time now. The paradoxes that baffled physics last century still baffle it today, and its great hopes of… » 12/02/14 9:00am 12/02/14 9:00am

Why Scientists Think Our Timeline Could Be Splitting

It's simultaneously comforting and terrifying to imagine that everything that ever could happen does happen. You didn't make that horribly tasteless joke that got you fired and somehow the new Daft Punk single sucks! This isn't just a thought experiment; it's a very real possibility teased by every quantum physics… » 4/18/13 11:14am 4/18/13 11:14am