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Five Reasons Why Our Universe Might Actually be a 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 string theory and supersymmetry aren't leading anywhere. Read More >>

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10 Scientific Explanations for Famous Ghostly Phenomena

According to a 2005 poll, 37 per cent of Americans believe in haunted houses, and according to a 2013 HuffPost/YouGov poll, 45 percent believe in ghosts. These are surprising numbers, but the next time you hear a spooky sound, don't call the Ghostbusters — get a scientist instead. Behind every shadow, poltergeist, and disembodied voice, there's a perfectly rational explanation. Read More >>

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The Secrets Behind Harry Houdini’s Ten Greatest Illusions

There is an unwritten rule among magicians never to reveal how a trick is done. So when a 2004 exhibition explained Harry Houdini's illusions, magicians around the world were apoplectic. David Copperfield called it a breach of magic protocol, and performers declared that they would boycott the exhibition. Many claimed to still use Houdini's tricks themselves. Read More >>

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10 Cool Sci-Fi Technologies Invading Our Reality

Cool technologies that were once reserved for science fiction are invading our reality at an accelerating pace. In some cases, our Earth-bound scientists have proven that seemingly impossible technologies can be developed, but they still have some obstacles to overcome first. In other cases, those technologies are already here. Read More >>

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10 Strange Projects in Development at NASA

NASA is pursuing future cosmic exploration with some rather unexpected whimsy. Occasionally fantastical but always backed by concrete science, here are 10 of the most awesomely strange projects NASA's scientists are cooking up. Read More >>