Nick Rapuano

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Why You Need To Feed Your Brain Different Experiences

You wouldn’t eat one food all the time, so why do you spend all of your workday in front of a screen?<p>When Ernest Hemingway would stand at his desk, he had a funny habit as he wrote: when he was working on the tough bits he’d write in his boyish, punctuation-disregarding longhand. Once the juice …

Curries

Michio Kaku: The Art & Mysteries of the Conscious Mind

Theoretical physicists are not known for their rock star appeal. Scientists are not inherently cool by our modern standards because so often the average person does not understand what it is they do. Michio Kaku is working to change that and in the process, he has become a bit of a superstar in his …

Consciousness

15 Cognitive Biases That Mess With Your Money

But in fact, money is complicated. Nothing makes this clearer than looking at the ways in which we're subject to cognitive biases — the way our brains sneakily convince us to make decisions that often work against our best interests.<p>Cognitive biases may convince us to spend more, save less, and …

Personal Finance

The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

It sounds like something out of Dr. Seuss, but artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that blooms in pink, fuchsia, purple and red in the spring — and that is capable of bearing 40 different kinds of fruit.<p>No, it's not genetic engineering. Van Aken, an associate professor in Syracuse University's …

Why is the speed of darkness faster than the speed of light?

Michael Stevens explains why darkness moves faster than light in this new episode of Vsauce. I usually find these explainers interesting because they …

Dolphin-Squeak-To-English Translator Works In Real Time

You had me at "seaweed."<p>For the first time ever, a device has enabled people to translate a dolphin whistle in real time. The dolphin's first word was "sargassum," a type of seaweed.<p>"I was like whoa! We have a match. I was stunned," researcher Denise Herzing told New Scientist. At the time, in …

How To Use Trees To Prospect For Gold

There's gold in them leaves!<p>They say money doesn't grow on trees, but gold and other precious metals can accumulate in plants. Researchers recently discovered relatively high levels of gold in the leaves of a eucalyptus tree in Western Australia, before uncovering a deposit of the metal more than …

Brain cells can suppress appetite, study in mice shows

<b>Scientists have discovered a central hub of brain cells that may put the brakes on a desire to eat, a study in mice shows.</b><p>And switching on these neurons can stop feeding immediately, according to the Nature Neurosciences report.<p>Researchers say the findings may one day contribute to therapies for …

Neuroscience