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Our brains use 4 steps to solve math problems — and the discovery might change education

Ever wondered how your mind deals with complex sums and multiplications?<p>A new study has imaged how the brain's activity levels change while taking on serious math problems, and reveals for the first time that there are four distinct neural stages involved in coming up with a solution.<p>Two different …

Mathematics

The Politics of Jesus (Taxes)

<b>MIRRORING</b><p>It's interesting when The Gospels mirror one another topically. It's also interesting when they don't. There are many well-known stories of Jesus that only appear in one or two Gospels.<p>To list just a few:<p>- The story of Jesus turning water in to wine during the wedding at Cana is only …

Engineers Combine Biological Energy-Harvesting with Electronic Circuits

The future promises bomb-sniffing dogs on a chip and so much more.<p>Engineers at Columbia University have, for the first time, successfully plugged an electronic circuit into a biological energy-harvesting system constructed only from raw molecular materials. The advance, described Monday in Nature …

Engineering

Why You're Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time

Your body has a lot of nifty parts, but it’s the brain that’s the <i>it</i> organ of the summer. The brain’s all-the-rage moment is mostly a result of the …

I Tried To Design The Perfect Night’s Sleep. Here’s What Happened

Sleep tracking wearables, smart alarms, and fancy light bulbs are the future of a good night’s rest. But how much can they achieve?<p>I have one goal in life: to achieve the perfect sleep. I’m neither a morning person nor a night owl. I go to bed early; I wake up late. Each morning I invariably engage …

The Most Amazing Science And Technology Images Of The Year

We've rounded up 2014's most mind-blowing images for your viewing pleasure<p>Each week at <i>Popular Science</i>, the staff scours the web for the most amazing images from the realms of science and technology. We liked this year's weekly gallery images so much that we compiled our favorite visualizations, …

Toxin-Eating Cell Structures May Lead To Antibiotics Alternative

(Antibiotic) resistance is futile.<p>Ever since the first antibiotic, penicillin, was used as a wonder drug in the 1940s, researchers have worried about antibiotic resistance. And with good reason. The CDC estimates that 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of infection by …

Drug cocktail might help diabetics make insulin - Futurity

Combining two different medications might help patients with Type 1 diabetes at least partially regain the ability to produce their own insulin.

What Happens If You Have A Heart Attack In Space?

I flew in zero-G with a team of college students testing a device that could save astronauts' lives.<p>We're weightless, about 34,000 feet above the Gulf of Mexico, trying not to vomit from motion sickness while wiggling an ultrasound probe into the esophagus of a $26,000 mannequin. In a moment, the …

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them.<p>The advance means that scientists have a new tool for exploring how life encodes information, which …

New antibiotic proven effective to treat acute bacterial skin infections

A study published in today's <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> reports that the antibiotic dalbavancin is as effective as vancomycin, the current …