Get your head around the 13 boldest ideas in science

Science is full of mind-blowing and counterintuitive concepts. To make any progress at all, scientists must get their heads around infinity, space, deep time, relativity and more.

In the articles below the people who perform these conceptual feats on a daily basis describe how they do it and provide some tips on how you too can think like a pro.

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HIGHER DIMENSIONS

SPACE-TIME

QUANTUM REALITY

COMPUTING

INFINITY

DEEP TIME

BIG BANG

PROBABILITY

MATHEMATICS

FIELDS

RELATIVITY

EVOLUTION

ALIEN CONTACT

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LAWS OF PHYSICS

Us vs the universe

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No one said understanding the cosmos was easy. Using our smarts, we can bend some laws or even use one law to sneak around another. Take that, universe!

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BRAIN & MIND

7 ways to fine-tune your brain

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The brain is the most complex information processing system we know. The problem is, there's no user's manual. So we asked some of the best neuroscientists to explain how to use it to the max

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