Unlike everyday objects, quantum particles can be linked over long distances, behaving as one integrated whole, even though they are so widely separated they can’t communicate, even at the speed of light. Einstein hated the idea, which he called “spooky action at a distance.” Physicist Mark Alford explains the logic behind a famous experiment designed to tell whether quantum mechanics is spooky or nonspooky.

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By Ultra-Condensed Science on January 10, 2017 / 1 Comment

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Mystery in Louisiana

By Ultra-Condensed Science on November 4, 2016 / 7 Comments

Lately its been fashionable to say that hunter/gatherers lived better than we do. They had more free time, they followed more natural sleep cycles, and so on. But is our picture of hunter/gatherer society right? A giant earth mound in Louisiana suggests we know less than we think. Anthropologist Tristram R. Kidder explains.

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