Sorry, the EmDrive doesn’t work

The EmDrive turns out to be the "um..." drive after all, as a new study dubs any previous encouraging EmDrive results "false positives."

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  • The proposed EmDrive captured the public's imagination with the promise of super-fast space travel that broke the laws of physics.
  • Some researchers have detected thrusts from the EmDrive that seemed to prove its validity as a technology.
  • A new, authoritative study says, no, those results were just "false positives."
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​Why the simulation hypothesis is pseudoscience

The simulation hypothesis is fun to talk about, but believing it requires an act of faith.

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  • But we cannot accurately reproduce natural laws with computer simulations.
  • Faith is fine, but science requires evidence and logic.
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‘Smoking gun’ dark matter signature possibly identified

Researchers propose a new method that could definitively prove the existence of dark matter.

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  • The effect they found is a daily "diurnal modulation" in the scattering of particles.
  • Dark matter has not yet been detected experimentally.
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'Spacekime theory' could speed up research and heal the rift in physics

Can spacekime help us make headway on some of the most pernicious inconsistencies in physics?

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  • Our linear model of time may be holding back scientific progress.
  • Spacekime theory can help us better understand the development of diseases, financial and environmental events, and even the human brain.
  • This theory helps us better utilize big data, develop AI, and can even solve inconsistencies in physics.
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