Friday Futures: did the Big Bang happen, odd things at the Earth’s core

Big Bang
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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: scientists question the Big Bang; best toys at CES; foam airplanes; living on the ISS; anomalies at the Earth’s core and the oceans are warming up as if 5 A bombs a second are blowing up.

The Big Bang didn’t happen – probably

The idea that the Big Bang didn’t happen — at least not the way most scientists assume — is gaining traction in academic circles. Eric Lerner, founder of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, has been arguing against the notion of the Big Bang for decades, having written a book on the subject in 1992. Read more…

Here are the best toys at CES 2020

We’re living in the golden age of STEM toys. This year’s CES floor is host to dozens of companies all hoping their edu-taining STEM-related toys will make it to your kids’ playroom later this year. Read more…

Here’s what it is like to live on the ISS

There are massive anomalies at the edge of the Earth’s core

At the edge of the Earth’s core lie two gigantic blobs of ultrahot rock — and that’s about the extent to which geologists agree about them. The mysterious blobs sit on opposite ends of the planet, one is hiding beneath Africa, the other in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Read more…

The sea is warming as if 5 Atomic bombs a second blow up

After analyzing data from the 1950s through 2019, an international team of scientists determined that the average temperature of the world’s oceans in 2019 was 0.075 degrees Celsius (.135 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the 1981–2010 average. Read more…

Now you can see how a catalytic converter works

Do quarks and electrons have consciousness?

The only reason humans know about the existence of consciousness — the phenomenon of having subjective feelings and experiences — is because we have feelings and experiences. Read more…

Throw a huge foam airplane off a mountain, because why not?

(Compiled by Alex Leslie and edited by Tony Poulos) 

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