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A brain tumor gave me a persistent sense of déjà vu—and changed the way I think about memory

One drab afternoon a few years ago, something very unusual happened to me. I was lounging under a tree in a packed east London park when I experienced a sudden feeling of vertigo, followed immediately by an overwhelming and intense sense of familiarity.<p>The people around me vanished and I found …

Neurophilosophy

An evolutionary psychologist explains why you will always be haunted by high school

For better or worse, many of us never forget high school: the unrequited romantic crushes, chronic embarrassment, desperate struggles for popularity, sexual awakening, parental pressure and, above all else, competition—social, athletic, academic.<p>There’s even an entire genre of entertainment that …

Psychology

What your brain looks like on God: spiritual experience triggers same areas as sex and gambling

Religious and spiritual experiences activate the same brain reward circuits as love, sex, gambling and drugs, a new study shows.<p>Researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine scanned the brains of 19 Mormons when they were reading religious texts and reported feeling 'close to the spirit.'<p>…

SpaceX's plan to fuel rockets with people on board has NASA advisors worried

But the company says its fueling procedures aren’t a done deal<p>A panel of expert advisors to NASA have expressed concern about SpaceX’s plans to fuel its Falcon 9 rockets with astronauts on board, <i>The</i> <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports. At a meeting on Monday, members of NASA’s Space Station Advisory …

Space Travel

Brain Scans Confirm the 'Wrong Body' Feeling Trans People Experience

Imagine coming to the realization that you are in the wrong body. Inside you feel a certain way, but your appearance reflects something different. …

A multinational group wants you to join 'Asgardia' — the first outer-space nation with a mission to defend Earth

A new country called Asgardia, named after Norse mythology's city in the skies, could be the first nation ever created in space. The hope is to embark on a mission to mine asteroids and defend Earth from dangerous meteorites, space debris, and other threats.<p>That is, if everything goes according to …

Ask Ethan: Why Don't We Shoot Earth's Garbage Into The Sun?

For tens of thousands of years, humanity barely had an impact on our planet and our environment. With only a few million of us across the world, even the largest fires, wars and waste produced in cities could do no more than poison a tiny portion of our world for a very short amount of time. But as …

America Is Not the Greatest Country on Earth. It’s No. 28

Every study ranking nations by health or living standards invariably offers Scandinavian social democracies a chance to show their quiet dominance. A …

A spacecraft is about to fly 509 million miles to an asteroid to grab 4 pounds of dirt

One of the most amazing pieces of technology to emerge from Lockheed Martin’s laboratories is a simple circular canister designed to hold nothing more that dirt, gravel and maybe some dust. It looks like a 1960s-era slide carousel on a projector, and the concept behind it was first tested in an …

Space

Juno images reveal that Jupiter’s poles are unlike anything NASA imagined

Dipping as close as 2,500 miles above Jupiter’s clouds, NASA’s Juno spacecraft snapped the first images of the gas giant’s north pole, and some of …

A private spaceflight company just got approval to land a spacecraft on the moon

For the first time, the U.S. government just gave a private spaceflight company the equivalent of a passport to the moon.<p>Moon Express, a little-known …

NASA To Launch OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft In September To Map, Sample An Asteroid

OSIRIS-Rex, NASA’s first spacecraft designed to travel to a near-Earth asteroid, will be launched in September 2016, the space agency said in a …

Is this where God lives in the brain?

Religion and science don’t often mix. But in the case of religious experiences -- bright lights, booming voices, visions of God, angels, devils or …

Brainwaves

NASA eyes first-ever carbon-nanotube mirrors for CubeSat telescope - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A lightweight telescope that a team of NASA scientists and engineers is developing specifically for CubeSat scientific investigations could become …

How the fastest spacecraft ever reached 165,000 miles per hour

It also secured a Guinness World Record . Not bad for a Monday night!<p>Reaching Jupiter and getting into the giant planet's orbit required some complicated physics. In the process of executing the necessary maneuver, the probe became the fastest spacecraft ever, toppling a record that had stood for …

Space

Scientists Just Turned Plastic Bottles And Bags Into Liquid Fuel

Yes!!<p>Scientists have come up with a new way to turn plastic waste into liquid fuel. It uses less energy than previous methods, and produces a higher …

2,300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience

In 2008, neuroscientist Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Sleep and Consciousness put forward his “integrated information theory,” which is currently accepted as one of the most compelling explanations about what consciousness is.<p>One of the central claims of the …

Consciousness

This Is What Happens to Your Brain on Nature

Photo by Peter Podpera<p>Austrians are no slouches when it comes to analyzing our thoughts and feelings. After all, Freud was Austrian, as was the …

What you read on the internet may affect the complexity of your own writing.

Drugs aren’t the only thing that can addle our brains. New research confirms what your brain may feel following a long, uncontrolled binge through …

The 10 Coolest Adventure Rigs

Photo: Jakob Schiller<p>Every May, travel enthusiasts from around the world gather near Flagstaff, Arizona, to show off old adventure rides or shop for parts to trick out new ones at Overland Expo West. From $500,000 bus-size rigs to rare foreign imports to one-off custom rides, the show has it all. …

The Cognitive Biases That Lead to Bad Money Decisions

If managing money were as easy as crunching some numbers and following a spending plan, we’d all be awesome at it. Money isn’t hard because of the …

Critical Thinking

The Limits Of How Far Humanity Can Go In The Universe

If you peer out into the depths of space — at the vast expanse of stars, galaxies, and even the leftover glow from the Big Bang itself — you might think that if humanity can understand the laws of nature and create a good enough technology, there are no limits to what we can explore. If we were to …

Does the Brain Filter out a Wider Awareness?

The human brain has amazing capacities. It contains billions of neurons, allowing it to process vast quantities of information so that we can function effectively. But can we have too much information? Yes, and, in fact, filtering information is one of the brain's most important functions. Brain …

Consciousness

Expandable habitats may take us to Mars

<b>(CNN) —</b> In sci-fi movies, space habitats are huge structures with labyrinth layouts. But Hollywood doesn't have to deal with the issues real aerospace engineers face when contemplating future space homes -- such as gravity and financial constraints.<p>"Gravity ... is a really serious problem," Bigelow …

New 'Time Slice' Theory Suggests You're Not as Conscious as You Think You Are

Our conscious perception of the world feels like a continuous and uninterrupted flow, but a new study suggests that it’s actually more like the …

12 Easy Green Changes Literally Anyone Can Make

If you've ever thought about going green only to shy away from the idea because it seems daunting, you're in good company. "It's easy to assume going …

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4 ways your diet could be harming the environment

But after an Inconvenient Truth, another documentary, Cowspiracy, has shaken common beliefs and changed the way we perceive global warming and sustainable practices.<p>Read more about the effect of Cowspiracy in a twin-article United Academics published: A Steak A Day Keeps Sustainability Away .<p>The …

Water

What Is Time, And Why Does It Move Forward?

The laws of physics don't care which way it goes.<p><i>This article was written by Thomas Kitching from UCL, and was originally published by The</i> …

Physics