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A Theory of Consciousness Can Help Build a Theory of Everything: Neuroscience is weighing in on physics’ biggest questions.

For an empirical science, physics can be remarkably dismissive of some of our most basic observations. We see objects existing in definite locations, but the wave nature of matter washes that away. We perceive time to flow, but how could it, really? We feel ourselves to be free agents, and that’s just quaint. Physicists like nothing better than to expose our view of the universe as parochial. Which is great. But when asked why our impressions are so off, they mumble some excuse and slip out the side door of the party. Physicists, in other words, face the same hard problem of consciousness as n
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This Nanodots Gyro Desk Toy Entertains Via Magnetic Forces

As one of the key forces that make life possible on Earth, magnetism is really quite interesting. The Nanodots Gyro Duo Desk Toy mimics atomic-level magnetism in your coffee break. Stack Commerce As one of the key forces that make life possible on Earth, magnetism is truly fascinating. The Nanodots Gyro Duo Desk Toy lets you mimic atomic-level magnetism during your coffee break, and you can pick up a pack now for $39.95 via the Popular Science Shop. Anyone who has played with magnets already knows that opposites attract. But when you add multiple magnets and other forces, things can get truly
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Microscopic Cars Square Off In Big Race

This car race involved years of training, feats of engineering, high-profile sponsorships, competitors from around the world and a racetrack made of gold. But the high-octane competition, described as a cross between physics and motor-sports, is invisible to the naked eye. In fact, the track itself is only a fraction of the width of a human hair, and the cars themselves are each comprised of a single molecule. The Nanocar Race, which happened over the weekend at Le centre national de la recherché scientific in Toulouse, France, was billed as the "first-ever race of molecule-cars." It's meant t