science

Topics and developments in science and medicine, presented by Futurism.

Dave Smith13 days ago
Your DNA Data Can Be Used to Make a Scarf
You may have heard the often-quoted fact that humans and chimpanzees share 96% of their DNA in common. You also share 90% of your DNA with your cat, and a surprising 60% with a banana! But did you als...
Dave Smith13 days ago
Who’s Your Daddy?
The DNA test as we know it today is a very recent development. It only became available around three decades ago, giving families & lawmakers at last, a solid, accurate, and scientific way to prove wh...
Dave Smith20 days ago
You Can Now Do a DNA Test Before a Baby Has Even Been Born
DNA testing as we know it has been around since the 1980s, when the development of PCR finally gave scientists an accurate, reliable way to test if two individuals were related. But it probably wasn't...
The Most Advanced Civilization in the Universe
"The Kardashev scale is a method of measuring a civilization's level of technological advancement based on the amount of energy a civilization is able to use." This may sound a bit confusing to some, ...
Nick Shibanov2 months ago
You Are a God That Believes It Is an Ant
As you read this, I ask you to suspend your disbelief, for it will keep you exactly where you are. If you choose to open your mind to what I am about to say, your life may never be the same. Everythin...
New Frontiers in Bio-Inspired Design
Nature has provided opportunities for scientists to observe patterns in biomaterials which can be imitated when designing construction materials. Materials designed with natural elements can be robust...
Matt Swayne2 months ago
Who Wants to Win a Nobel Prize
If we auctioned off all of the elements in your body —the carbon, oxygen, iron, sodium, etc. —you would be worth a grand total of about one U.S. dollar. Five bucks, if you had the right bidders, appar...
Robert Lea2 months ago
Dark Matter: How We Know It's There
Despite all of our advancements in science, physics, and astronomy, we still don’t know what approximately 80%-90% of the matter in the Universe is. But this isn’t a completely hopeless situation; the...
Robert Lea2 months ago
A Certain Uncertainty: The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle Explained
'Uncertainty'—it's not a word that we generally associate with science. Science conjures images of certainty, solid results, and constant improvement by increment. There's a certain irony then, that w...
Robert Lea2 months ago
The Physics of Solar Sails. How Photons Have Momentum Without Mass.
The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 project launches from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, as part of the US Air Force’s STP-2 mission. It will be carried by a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket, enclosed wit...
Aaron Dennis2 months ago
Life on Other Planets is Virtually Impossible
We’ve all read the books, seen the movies, and heard the stories. Scientists discuss it. NASA releases documentaries. Third parties create documentaries about life on Mars or Io. We’ve heard about Cyd...
Robert Lea2 months ago
Zipping Through Special Relativity: Reference Frames and Transformations
Even from a modern perspective, it isn't difficult to understand why Einstein's theory of Special Relativity caused such a paradigm shift in physics and science in general. Until its introduction in t...
Why Science Communication?
Science communication contains three types of knowledge transmission: communication between scientists of the same field, communication between scientists of different fields and communication to non-...
Jazlyn W.2 months ago
Pulse Waves of the Universe
Bioenergy has been something of a mystery ever since people took the first steps towards spirituality. Parapsychologists, researchers of the phenomenon of the brain, when it comes to gifts such as tel...
Marshall Barnes3 months ago
Tackling 'See You Yesterday' at the Goal Line
Well, Spike Lee's production of Stefon Bristol's first film feature, See You Yesterday was released the 17th of May and I still haven't seen it, which is fine. I've seen enough to be hacked off that I...
Jacob Marshall3 months ago
Anti-Matter Interference Patterns
For years the idea of Young's famed double slit experiment has been researched and tested by many physicists, from school students to acclaimed researchers, and it proves light exhibits wave-like beha...
User 13 months ago
Why Do We Dream?
I’m often left baffled, confused, and awestruck by the things that I dream about. Like you, I wondered exactly why we dream. There’s no doubt that dreams have a solid connection with our memory. The s...
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Flora Mayer5 months ago
Will Humans Ever Be Able to Outrun a Car?
Will humans ever be able to outrun a car? Answering this question will definitely require more physics than logic. One needs to understand how velocity changes with time (acceleration), as well as how...