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Interests : 4d6andMe Stat Discovery Kit

Uncover your true stats. Get a detailed breakdown of your personal attributes (STRength, DEXterity, CONstitution, INTelligence, WISdom, and CHArisma) …

Board Games

New algorithm will allow for simulating neural connections of entire brain on future exascale supercomputers

(credit: iStock)An international team of scientists has developed an algorithm that represents a major step toward simulating neural connections in …

Neuroscience

Friday Cephalopod: Female cuttlefish are conspiring together!

Oh, sure, you all hear about the bold dominance displays of male cuttlefish, and their camouflage, and the flashing color changes, but this is a new …

Cognitive Science

Recording data from one million neurons in real time

(credit: Getty)Neuroscientists at the Neuronano Research Centre at Lund University in Sweden have developed and tested an ambitious new design for …

Neuroscience

5 Ways to Design Like a Dungeon Master

Storytelling is great for design, so long as you aren’t trying to sell a fairy tale…Do you tell your users a story about how you’ll save them from …

Web Design

Roleplaying Basics: The Importance of Session Zero

<i>Are you new to roleplaying? We’ve got all sorts of resources to help you out: from helpful advice for GMs with GM Tips to learning to play RPGs with</i> …

Board Games

How Does Ketamine Affect The Brain? New Research Is Shedding Light On Why The Drug Is Helpful For Depression

For a few years, there's been a new drug on everybody's lips when it comes to depression treatment: ketamine. Ketamine is used both as an anesthetic …

Science Behind the Fiction: How close are we to merging human and machine?

A long-favored trope of science fiction books and films is the violent machine uprising. Franchises like <i>The Terminator</i> and <i>The Matrix</i> show us a world …

What an ayahuasca retreat showed me about my life - Vox

What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life.<p>When I finally puked on the fourth night, I felt an odd sense of pride.<p>Inside the loud, stuffy ceremony room, people were laughing, crying, chanting, gyrating, and, yes, vomiting, around me. When my time finally comes, I think: Just aim …

Mind

Why even a moth’s brain is smarter than an AI

One of the curious features of the deep neural networks behind machine learning is that they are surprisingly different from the neural networks in …

Machine Learning

Hobbit hole designer flying out to Africa to create a play area for vulnerable and poor children

HE has established a national reputation for helping youngsters to create their own adventures through play.<p>And today, landscape artist and designer …

DNA secrets of how vampire bats became bloodthirsty

<b>DNA analysis is giving clues to how the vampire bat can survive on blood alone.</b><p>The bat can drink up to half its weight in blood a day unlike other relatives, which dine on fruit, nectar or insects.<p>Blood is low in nutrients and can harbour deadly viruses.<p>Vampire bats have key differences in genes …

Biology

Enriched Uranium Particle Appears Over Alaska — and No One Knows Why

There's a whiff of something radioactive in the air.<p>A research plane flying over the Aleutian Islands on Aug. 3, 2016 detected a single speck of …

No one knows why these bees build incredible spiraling hives

Caution: after what you are about to see, you may never be satisfied with run-of-the-mill beehives again. These design-savvy bees weren’t content to …

The 'Mandela Effect' and how your mind is playing tricks on you

Have you ever been convinced that something is a particular way only to discover you’ve remembered it all wrong? If so, it sounds like you’ve …

Science writing: A neglected form of literature that needs focus

By Vikas DattaAlong with philosophers, tax lawyers and computer programmers, scientists are perceived as speaking in a language which is supposedly …

The idea that everything including chairs and tables is conscious is gaining scientific credibility

In my final year at varsity I lost one of my best friends to an argument. We were standing outside the courthouse where we had both applied for jobs …

Consciousness

Masters of our DNA: designer bodies are not science fiction

Imagine a world where we can <i>design</i> the bodies we want. In this reality we can also create, and <i>recreate</i>, the plants and animals that live alongside …

'Magic' Down for the Year

As Hasbro Reports Challenging Q4

Board Games

Prehistoric spider-like arachnid found preserved in amber, and it even has a tail

If you’re one of the many people who have a fear of spiders, going back in time 100 million years apparently wouldn’t have done you any good. A new, …

In praise of video game castles

In a certain phase of my childhood I lived for castles. My sacred texts were the stories of King Arthur and Robin Hood; my toyboxes were filled with …

Castles

Dungeons Dragons Announces 'Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes'

<i>Dungeons & Dragons</i> is coming out with a new product later this year that is set to expand their popular "Fifth Edition" of games.<p>On Friday afternoon, …

Deep Brain Stimulation therapy could help treat Alzheimer's

Stimulating Response<p>Doctors at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center are experimenting with an implanted “pacemaking” device in Alzheimer’s …

Consciousness

Killer whale is taught how to speak through its blowhole and may soon chat with humans

Wikie, a female orca living in captivity, has been taught to mimic words and count to three.<p>A killer whale living in captivity has surprised …

J.K. Rowling revealed how she plans her books on Twitter. Take notes, people.

J.K. Rowling has always been very open when it comes to sharing writing advice on Twitter, and this special Tuesday is no exception.<p>Today, Rowling's …

Multiverse Thought Experiment Suggests Life Could Still Exist Under Different Laws of Physics

Perhaps we’re not alone but instead reside in a multiverse stocked with all sorts of fantastical realms. These other universes are somewhat—but not …

Our memory comes from an ancient virus, neuroscientists say

This study is radically changing how we view the process of evolution.<br>Read More

Biology

Brain chemical differences suggest possible reason for humans having social edge over other primates

<b>More information:</b> 1. Mary Ann Raghanti et al. A neurochemical hypothesis for the origin of hominids, <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> …