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Can We Apocalypse-Proof the World’s Knowledge with DNA? This piece was originally published at BBC Future. Neither Ewan Birney nor Nick Goldman can remember exactly how they came up with the idea of storing all the world’s knowledge in DNA. They know it happened in the bar of the Gastwerk Hotel in Hamburg, and that many beers were involved. They may or may not have scrawled their ideas on a napkin.
Editors' Note: It has been one year since scientists announced the discovery of a particle believed to be Higgs. Read this essay by a Nobel prize winner in physics and share your comments on our Facebook page. Imagine a planet encrusted with ice, beneath which a vast ocean lies. (Imagine Europa.) Within that ocean a species of brilliant fish evolved. Those fish were so intelligent that they took up physics, and formulated the laws that govern motion. Why Does the Higgs Particle Matter?
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Origins — The Idea of Progressive Change To consider the origins of the idea of accelerating change, we should briefly go back to a much earlier one, that of progress itself. As Historian J.D. A Brief History of Intellectual Discussion of Accelerating Change
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What it feels like to be an Atheist I've always been an atheist, I know nothing else. From my earliest memory of considering the question, I'm talking maybe age three or four, I was skeptical as hell. The God stories just didn't add up. I'm amazed everyday of my life that everyone isn't an atheist like me. What it's Like to be an Atheist
Introduction to the Spacetime Continuum, Einstein's Relativity, and Quantum Theories for beginning and advanced visitors, with Links to the Best Websites on Space, Time, Relativity, Quantum Theory, Quantum Gravity, Higg's Boson, Dark Matter and Energy, plus a discussion of the possibility that we live in an essentially atemporal universe. We present the general concept of Space and Time, usually called Spacetime or the Spacetime Continuum, and provide links to the main internet sources for exploring Space-Time, Relativity, and Quantum Physics. The Links are the most valuable feature of this website, including a link to the NOVA series Fabric of the Cosmos. Most of the linked sites are maintained by physics departments and professors at major universities, and will help you understand popular current theories. We then discuss some of the problems with these theories, which will eventually lead us to alternate interpretations. Spacetime - Einstein's Relativity, Space, Time, Quantum Gravity, Quantum Physics, and the Existence of Time