Where's the proof in Science? There is none

By Geraint Lewis, University of Sydney

UNDERSTANDING RESEARCH: What do we actually mean by research and how does it help inform our understanding of things? Those people looking for proof to come from any research in science will be sadly disappointed.


As an astrophysicist, I live and breathe science. Much of what I read and hear is couched in the language of science which to outsiders can seem little more than jargon and gibberish. But one word is rarely spoken or printed in science and that word is “proof”. In fact, science has little to do with “proving” anything.

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Virtual Distance: Technology is rewriting the rulebook for human interaction

By Karen Sobel Lojeski, Stony Brook University and Martin Westwell, Flinders University

Consider the following two situations.

In the first scenario, a man and a woman sit across from each other at a romantically lit table in a fancy restaurant texting – looking down and talking to others, maybe each other – but rarely glancing up except to place drink and food orders.

In the second, a mother walks into a diner joining friends for lunch, carrying her 2-year-old. She sets him down at the table, hands him a tablet device, takes out her smartphone, searches messages, and half listens for only occasional moments of adult conversation squeezed in between swooshes across their collective screens.

What ties them together? The distance between them. Both scenarios reflect a new phenomenon of the digital age growing ever more rapidly. It’s called “virtual distance.”

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3D-Printed "Ironman" Hand Changes the Life of a Boy in Hawaii

We've heard of 3D printing being used to manufacture weapons, but in this wonderful clip, the technology is being used to create hope instead. Ever since he saw the hands of his sister, a 3-year-old boy in Maui always felt he was different from others. Born with abnormal defects on one of his hands, he often struggled with the dream of what it would be like to have two instead. A 3D printing company heard of the story recently and decided to provide a custom-built hand completely free. What used to cost thousands in the world of prosthetics now costs pennies on the dollar when it comes to this amazing printing technology.

Superfluids Demonstrate Quantum Wave like Light

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Anyone who's researched the infamous double-slit experiment knows exactly how strange light can behave when it "chooses" which property to display.  Following this weird characteristic, a team of researchers have basically duplicated the effects with flowing liquid instead of light, which also demonstrated an interference pattern when split.

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Sensation of Touch coming to Movies & Games

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Imagine walking into your local movie theater for the latest 3D flick, you go through the usual previews before the movie starts when suddenly, strange creatures start slithering across your back.  That concept could be coming soon with inventors over at Disney working on a system referred to as Tactile Brush, which creates an illusion of being touched using various mechanics merged-together.  One method currently used to create illusions is called tactile motion and uses two vibrating objects placed on the skin in quick succession, which creates the illusion of a single vibration at contact.  

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