Theoretical physicist Roger Penrose argues against the widespread attention given to some prominent theories about the universe, including string theory. Other options to the solution of the problem to the workings of nature, the solution to the theory of everything, like one highlighted by the new scientist known as the ‘loop quantum gravity’ (whatever that is) fair no better, as the New scientist

Eldest children have IQs 2 to 3 points greater than younger siblings’, and the reason is not genetics, but the way their parents treat them, according to the study published in the latest issue of the journal Science researchers at the University of Oslo collected data from 2,40, 000 Norwegian men and found that firstborns had an average IQ of 103.2, about 2 points higher than second-born males and about 3 points higher than men born

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