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Be Awake – Quantum Physics and Consciousness, by Jeanne Mayeux

Physics and God – Quantum Coherence and the Hidden Secret Behind Our Bodies, by Joseph Selbie

Axios – Nanotechnology Allows Chemical Signals from Spinach to Send Emails, by Bryan Walsh

Nautilus – Electrons May Very Well Be Conscious, posted by Tam Hunt. Last year, the cover of New Scientist ran the headline, “Is the Universe Conscious?” Mathematician and physicist Johannes Kleiner, at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy in Germany, told author Michael Brooks that a mathematically precise definition of consciousness could mean that the cosmos is suffused with subjective experience. “This could be the beginning of a scientific revolution,” Kleiner said, referring to research he and others have been conducting.

The Conversation – Is Reality a Game of Quantum Mirrors?, by Tom Warren. A new theory suggests it might be.

Aeon – Is the Universe a Conscious Mind?, by Philip Goff. Cosmopsychism might seem crazy, but it provides a robust explanatory model for how the Universe became fine-tuned for life.

Science News – How Particle Detectors capture Matter’s Hidden, Beautiful Reality, by Emily Conover

Aeon – Is the Earth an Organism?, by W. Ford Doolittle

The Gaia hypothesis states that our biosphere is evolving. Once sceptical, some prominent biologists are beginning to agree.

YouTube - Quantum Fields: The Real Building Blocks of the Universe - with David Tong

According to our best theories of physics, the fundamental building blocks of matter are not particles, but continuous fluid-like substances known as 'quantum fields'. David Tong explains what we know about these fields, and how they fit into our understanding of the Universe.

Scientific American - Why Life Does Not Really Exist, by Ferris Jabr.
I have been fascinated with living things since childhood. Growing up in northern California, I spent a lot of time playing outdoors among plants and animals.

Quanta Magazine - What Is a Particle? by Natalie Wolchover.
Given that everything in the universe reduces to particles, a question presents itself: What are particles?

ScienceNews - Scientists Entangled Quantum Memories Linked Over Long Distances by Emile Conover
Physicists’ fantasies of a future quantum internet are a bit closer to reality.

Cosmos - In Search of That Quantum Advantage by Lauren Fuge
Studies suggest we may be getting a little closer.

YouTube - QFT: What is the universe really made of? Everything that you see is thought to be made of up of particles. This is what most people are taught in science class. The only problem is it is not true. And physicists have known this for decades. Particles are really not fundamental. The best theory in physics tells us that there really are no particles at all, only fields. Particles are merely waves in the field.

YouTube - The Woo Explained!

Arvin Ash and quantum physics simplified. Are Consciousness and Free Will linked to quantum mechanics? The double slit experiment explained. What is the difference between observation and measurement? Since Quantum Mechanics is the basis of all modern microelectronics it is extremely important for you to be able to separate quantum mechanics facts from fiction.

Cosmos - Plug It Into the Wall, by Amelia Nichele. Chemists create 'smart bricks' for energy storage.

Successful Farming - The Shark Farmer's Farm Lessons with Farm Cats, with Rob Sharkey. Every farm should have a cat, right? Rob Sharkey, the Shark Farmer, shares a life lesson from his childhood about farm cats.

Explore Psychology - Nature vs Nuture:Genes or Environment, by Kendra Cherry.

YouTube - David Sloan Wilson on Religion amd Other Meaning Systems, video by TVO Docs.

Professor David Sloan Wilson, author of Darwin's Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society, delivers the annual Wiegand Memorial Foundation lecture entitled Religion and Other Meaning Systems. He examines how the experience of the religious believer differs from the secular thinker and argues that both can be understood in terms their particular meaning systems.

YouTube - Consciousness & the Brain

John Searle one of the world's great philosophers of mind and language, has spent fifty years stimulating thinking around the world. What he says about consciousness as a biological phenomenon will challenge you! Cogitation, Consciousness & The Brain.

Science Daily - Water Splitting Advance Holds Promise for Afforable Renewable Energy, by Washington State University.
A team has developed a less expensive water electrolysis system that works under alkaline conditions but still produces hydrogen at comparable rates to the currently used system that works under acidic conditions and requires precious metals. This advance brings down the cost of water splitting technology, offering a more viable way to store energy from solar and wind power in the form of hydrogen fuel.

Rice University - Rice Engineers Find a Way to Turn Water Pollution into Valuable Chemicals, by Kendall Schoemann.

Get Pocket (Naulitus) - What This Drawing Taught Me About Four-Dimensional Spacetime, by Stephon Alexander. My aim as a theoretical physicist is to unite quantum theory with Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. While there are a few proposals for this unification, such as string theory and loop quantum gravity, many roadblocks to a complete unification remain.

Uplift - Science Validates Collective Intention, by Jacob Devaney. Can thought, intention, and emotion influence the physical world? Many people believe that they can, but scientific models for testing and quantifying this idea often fall short.

Awaken - Does Consciousness Prevade the Universe?by Gareth Cook with Philosopher Philip Goff.

Science and Nondaulity - A Great Leap in Being, with Brian Swimme. In order to understand the nature of our universe as well as the role SAND is performing with respect to the evolution of the universe, it is helpful to remember that seven million years ago we were identical to chimpanzees. Think of building San Francisco with the consciousness of a chimp. Take it further. Four billion years ago our planet was molten rock. That molten rock became chimpanzees.

Closer to Truth - Does Consciousness Cause the Cosmos? - Some claim consciousness, our inner awareness, is part of a 'cosmic consciousness'. Not only is consciousness the deepest reality, but also it brought into existence the totality of reality. This would mean that mind, the mental, is fundamental and primary, while the entire physical universe is derivative and secondary. Even some scientists take it seriously. A conversation with Lothar Schafer.

NBC News - How to Spot Quantum Quackery, by Alan Boyle.

TED - Do We See Reality As It Is? With Donald Hoffman.

Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is ... or as we need it to be? In this ever so slightly mind-blowing talk, he ponders how our minds construct reality for us.

About the Speaker: Donald Hoffman studies how our visual perception, guided by millions of years of natural selection, authors every aspect of our everyday reality.

Nautilus - Why the Laws of Physics Are Inevitable, by Natalie Wolchover. Reprint from Quanta Magazine.

MIT Tech Review - A Quantum Experiment Suggests There's No Such Thing as Objective Reality. - Physicists have long suspected that quantum mechanics allows two observers to experience different, conflicting realities. Now they’ve performed the first experiment that proves it.

Live Science - What is Space Time? By Adam Mann. The fabric of space-time is a conceptual model combining the three dimensions of space with the fourth dimension of time.

Nautilus - Ants Swarm Like Brains Think, by Carrie Arnold, Illustration by Jonathan ROsen.

Quanta Magazine - Quantum Supremacy Is Coming: Here’s What You Should Know - Quantum computers will never fully replace “classical” ones like the device you’re reading this article on. They won’t run web browsers, help with your taxes, or stream the latest video from Netflix. What they will do — what’s long been hoped for, at least — will be to offer a fundamentally different way of performing certain calculations. They’ll be able to solve problems that would take a fast classical computer billions of years to perform.

YouTube - No GMO? What About CRISPR? - CRISPR is changing everything we thought we knew about Genetic Engineering, because according to the USDA, they won't be regulating CRISPR in the same way they regulate "GMO" crops. CRISPR is different. Watch this video to find out how it works!

TED Talks - How Quantum Biology Might Explain Life's Biggest Questions.

How does a robin know to fly south? The answer might be weirder than you think: Quantum physics may be involved. Jim Al-Khalili rounds up the extremely new, extremely strange world of quantum biology, where something Einstein once called "spooky action at a distance" helps birds navigate, and quantum effects might explain the origin of life itself.

Yale Environment 360 - Can We Turn Down the Temperature on Urban Heat Islands? By Jim Morrison.

How Stuff Works - The Secrets and Science Behind Starling Murmurations, by John Donovan.

Individually, a European starling is little more than a common blackbird. That's it. Starlings are short and thick, with dark feathers and long, pointy bills. You've seen them. They're practically everywhere, more than 200 million are in North America alone, singing their chirpy little songs and becoming, to many backyard growers and full-time farmers, a bit on the pesty side.

Collectively, though, starlings transform into something else entirely. Together, in flight, in mesmerizing flocks that sometimes number in the hundreds of thousands, they are a breath-stealing wonder, a pulsating, swooping, living, harmonized whole, seemingly defying the laws of nature while defining nature itself.

UC Santa Barbara-The Current -Betting on Waste, by Sonia Fernandez. Engineering professor Michelle O'Malley receives DOE award to image microbial processes that could lead to advanced biofuels

The Nature of Things - What’s CRISPR is it a GMO? Genetic modification is easy. Perhaps you’ve done it yourself. Are you a gardener? Do you save seeds? If you chose seeds only from the best plants you are modifying the genetics of succeeding generations. This sort of selective breeding has been going on for centuries. It takes generations, but over time plants and animals can be radically changed. Those changes, if they are hereditary, occur in the genes.

Nautilus - The Big Bang Is Hard Science. It Is Also a Creation Story, by Barry B. Powell.

In some ways, the history of science is the history of a philosophical resistance to mythical explanations of reality. In the ancient world, when we asked “Where did the world come from?”

Global Sisters Report - Evolution is a Fundamental Reality, by Ilia Delio.

ThoughtCo. - Can Quantum Physics Be Used to Explain the Existence of Consciousness? By Andrew Zimmerman Jones.

The answer involves determinism: the theory that humans have free will.

Wikipedia - The Neuroscience of Free Will

Crisis Magazine - Can Morality Be Grounded in Science? by Regis Nicoll.

Each of us knows that certain things are wrong—not because we believe they are wrong, but because they really are wrong. And that applies to the moral relativist as well. If you want to see a relativist sink into a sophistic seizure, ask him about the “virtues” of cruelty, rape, bigotry, exploitation, or the Holocaust.

Science Daily - Einstein's general relativity theory is questioned but still stands for now. Detailed analysis of the star's orbit near supermassive black hole gives a look into how gravity behaves. by UC-Los Angeles.

Brain Pickings - Relativity, the Absolute, the Human Search for Truth: Nobel Laureate and Quantum Theory Originator Max Planck on Science and Mystery, by Maria Popova.

Forbes - This Is How Mastering Dark Matter Could Take Us To The Stars, by Ethan Siegel & Contributing Group. Dark matter is one of the biggest mysteries in all of modern science. Everywhere we look on large cosmic scales — from low-mass galaxies to the largest galaxy clusters, from the cosmic microwave background to the cosmic web that traces the Universe's structure — we can see the imprints and effects of its presence.

BBC - The strange link between the human mind and quantum physics, by Philip Ball.

"I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there's no real problem, but I'm not sure there's no real problem." The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the Universe. But he might as well have been talking about the equally knotty problem of consciousness. Some scientists think we already understand what consciousness is, or that it is a mere illusion. But many others feel we have not grasped where consciousness comes from at all.

YouTube - A Deeper Look, with Marty Wasserman.

A James Hillman interview on the 1993 release of Hillman's book 'We've Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy — And the World's Getting Worse'

Cosmos Magazine - Causality disappears at the flick of a switch, by Andrew Masterson. Scientists have succeeded in observing one of the strangest predictions of quantum theory – the breakdown of causality.

National Review - Can Science Explain Morality?, by Charles Glenn. A book review of:

Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest for the Foundations of Morality', by James Davison Hunter and Paul Nedelisky.

Plough Magazine - Begotten Not Made - A molecular biologist and priest on CRISPR and designer babies, by Nicanor Austriaco. What are we to think about the possibility of genetically engineering future generations?