Jose Alvarado

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5 Sneaky Ways The NSA Spies On Americans

The U.S. government needs only three degrees of separation to look at Kevin Bacon's phone records.<p>The U.S. National Security Agency remains at the center of controversy this summer, nine weeks after <i>The Guardian</i> and the <i>Washington Post</i> broke the news about its PRISM online data-mining program. While …

Matter over mind: scientists begin to observe and manipulate memories

New techniques could help with neurological disease, but how far should they go?<p>If we had the technology to rewire our brains to help remember certain things and forget others, it could help millions of people struggling with neurological conditions, from Alzheimer’s to post-traumatic stress …

A new way of thinking about how the brain works

My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a concise, solid grounding in neuroscience… remarkably lucid… balanced and entertaining".) When I …

NASA Ponders Life-Seeking Mission to Europa Moon

<b>With tantalizing hints of a global salty ocean lying beneath a layer of fractured ice, Jupiter‘s moon Europa has been catapulted to the top of the list of suitable homes for ETs in the solar system.</b><p>Now NASA has begun mapping out what a future mission to this intriguing worldlet may look like.<p>A new …

First hundred thousand years of our universe

The farthest look back through time yet, thanks to a new analysis of the cosmic microwave background.<p>Mystery fans know that the best way to solve a …