Stochasticity is everywhere – and finding the order in disorder can unlock new ways to understand biology.
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An epigenetic model of cancer that incorporates the concept of stochasticity could also explain why cancer risk increases with age and how biological development can be reversible.
Our curiosity about time travel is thousands of years old.
Theories exploring the possibility of time travel rely on the existence of types of matter and energy that we do not understand yet.
Entropy is the process of losing energy and this can apply to physics and social systems alike.
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In physics, entropy is the process of a system losing energy and dissolving into chaos. This applies to social systems in everyday life, too. Limiting energy loss can make social systems run better.
Leaving predictability and entering into uncertainty is a threshold to transformation.
Psychedelics can help reset the brain, shaking it out of old patterns. The current state of uncertainty could have similar impacts - a metaphorical psychedelic dose - for new insights.
M81 spiral galaxy.
New research does away with dark matter by putting ‘entropy’, a measure of disorder, at the heart of the universe.
Why the night sky can tell us a fair bit about time.
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It’s all relative – why scientists understand time in a completely different way.
Humanity’s control of fire has led to a vastly changed atmosphere.
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The evidence for a rapid shift in state of the terrestrial atmosphere-ocean system over the last two centuries (see figure 1) requires a deep time perspective, beyond events of the day. Tracing the original…