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What Is Spacetime Really Made Of?

What Is Spacetime Really Made Of? Adam Becker Natalie Paquette spends her time thinking about how to grow an extra dimension. Start with little circles, scattered across every point in space and time—a curlicue dimension, looped back onto itself. Then shrink those circles down, smaller and smaller, tightening the loop, until a curious transformation occurs:…

What Causes Alcohol-Induced Blackouts?

What Causes Alcohol-Induced Blackouts?

What Causes Alcohol-Induced Blackouts? Charles F. Zorumski One minute you’re enjoying a nice buzz, the next your brain stops recording events that are taking place. The result can mean having vague or no memory of a time period ranging anywhere from a few minutes up to several hours. Scary—isn’t it? Unfortunately, alcohol-induced blackouts…

What a Warming World Means for Deadly Tornadoes

What a Warming World Means for Deadly Tornadoes John Allen, The Conversation US The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research. The deadly tornado outbreak that tore through communities from Arkansas to Illinois on the night of Dec. 10-11, 2021, was so unusual in…