Archive | September 20, 2013

New “Jewel” of Quantum Field Theory Suggests Space-Time Might Be Totally Illusory

A new geometric understanding of elementary particle interactions that might undo the preeminence of space-time.

Generally speaking, elegance and simplicity are markers of finding the theoretical path to a grander truth, while messiness or complication is the signifier of having an incomplete or flawed understanding of the issues at hand.  Though there are many who would argue against applying this idealization of “beauty” in the sciences, it should be remembered that our perception of beauty was classically quantified and rationalized (think phi and golden ratios) well before anything as arcane as particle physics could exist.

With this in mind, observe the practical, beautiful simplicity of the “amlituhedron” quantum jewel.  A theoretical breakthrough coming out of Princeton, this geometrical understanding of particle interactions has made previously uncomputable equations solvable with good old pencil and paper.  And if that isn’t tantalizing enough, the math suggests that locality, unitary, dimension, and even space-time itself could be flawed as basic assumptions for the interactions of elementary particles.… Read the rest

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How To Survive The Apocalypse: Use Artificial Organs (With This Handy Kit)

Photo: Takram

Photo: Takram

Just when you thought that you’d stuffed your go bag with all the essentials, along comes Wired with news of the ne plus ultra of apocalypse survival kits, this one containing five artificial organs to insert into your body…

Wouldn’t it be nice if the end of the world came and we were all just gone? Maybe it sounds defeatist, but just think how easy things would be if our impending apocalyptic event happened and we simply disappeared. There’d be no need to rebuild, no need to struggle, no need to adapt our bodies to a forever-altered environment. Of course, no one really knows what kind of world-ending event will occur or how we humans will react, but there’s been plenty of speculation on the subject anyway. One of the more elaborate scenarios dreamt up is from Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, who in their recent project News From Nowhere envision a world on the brink of annihilation thanks to a cataclysmic series of events, both man-made and natural.

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