Arti Sunder (artinet)

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The smaller the chameleon, the quicker the tongue, study finds

If you're an unwary fly, here's a tongue-lashing you won't see coming. A study of chameleons' stretchy tongues has found that smaller species, some the size of your thumb, can hurl their sticky lickers with blazing-fast accelerations – up to 264 times the force of gravity.<p>That, for the record, is …

Zoology

A family lost their home after kid's hoverboard causes house fire

Have we reached the point yet where hoverboards are just not worth the risk?<p>On Monday night local time, a Melbourne family lost their home after a …

I was terrified when my mind detached from my body – this is depersonalisation

On holiday with my family, I looked in the mirror and saw a stranger. Somehow, my brain can pull me apart and put me back together again<p>You’re staring straight ahead. Somehow your awareness peels away from you, in slow motion. It’s like you’ve cracked in two, and one half is facing the wrong way. …

Mind

How to Save American Healthcare

The future of U.S. healthcare is cheap, small, and at home.<p>The American healthcare system is the most expensive in the world, with some $2.8 …

Medicine

Why Sweden Is Going Cash-Free

Sweden could very well be the first country to one day go totally cash-free.<p>In fact, the Scandanavian country is well on its way, according to a new …

Biggest health, biotech developments of 2015

RevMedX<p>It was a busy — and often awe-inspiring — year for biomedical science.<p>From face transplants to a method to rewrite our DNA, 2015 has seen some major breakthroughs.<p>Without further ado, here are the major breakthroughs that have helped advance the field this year:<p>View As: Slides<p>A controversial …

Medicine

'Shatter,' super-high potency pot, now appearing on East Coast

As marijuana expands its presence on the East Coast, a highly concentrated form is now appearing on law enforcement radar: "shatter," a cannabis extract with about 80 percent THC content which is legal in states such as Colorado and Washington, sold in medical marijuana dispensaries in other …

Smart Bandage Has Embedded Electronics To Track And Treat Your Wound

A hydrogel bandage with bonded electronics can automatically deliver medicine to a wound when necessary.<p>Researchers from MIT have developed a new type of bandage that incorporates electronics and drug reservoirs to monitor and care for a wound. The durable hydrogel bandage is supple and flexible, …

18 acquisitions in 2015 that prove E.U. and Israel are hotbeds of innovation

2015 may be remembered for its stalled tech IPO market or its soaring VC investments. Or, it may be remembered for the biggest tech acquisition ever.<p>Some major deals went down in tech M&A this year for sure, but here we take a retrospective look at one specific niche — where big U.S. firms head to …

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Major neurological breakthrough in autism could change treatment

Scientists at Harvard and MIT have discovered a link between autism symptoms and neurotransmitters. The connection between the GABA neurotransmitter …

Google To Launch An Artificial Intelligence Messenger Service To Rival Facebook M: Reports

According to sources close to the Wall Street Journal, Google is looking into launching a new mobile based messenger service underpinned by artificial intelligence. “For its new service, Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc., plans to integrate chatbots, software programs that answer questions inside a …

Artificial Intelligence

A New Circadian Clock Takes Over When We Get Older, Study Finds

Everything changes with age, including our circadian rhythms.<p>A first-of-its-kind study has found that the circadian rhythm of gene activity in the …

7 Ways Productive People Stay Focused

A few simple changes can help you get more work done in less time.<p>Technology offers constant distractions. Text messages, emails, and advertisements constantly bid for your attention. And if you're like most people, you fall prey to these distractions.<p>A recent report by Microsoft claims the average …

The Top 10 Marijuana Policy Victories of 2015

In 2015, state legislators considered bills to legalize marijuana in 21 states, decriminalize marijuana possession in 17 states, and legalize medical marijuana in 19 states.<p>Most of the action in 2015 was aimed at achieving substantial victories in 2016, which is slated to be the most successful …

Hilarious 1-star Amazon reviews by people who hated 2015’s most successful movies

Even the most well-respected movies, books, and albums get ripped to shreds by semi-anonymous commenters. It can be truly wonderful to behold.<p>Earlier this week, my colleague Alex Morrell put together a comprehensive list of the most successful movies of 2015. He ranked them based on global …

5 Fears You'll Need to Overcome to Be an Effective Leader

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship demands effective leadership. You need to be able to make solid decisions, organize plans, hire teammates and provide direction -- all under the steady pressure of being accountable for all those decisions and actions. To …

What Does It Mean to Be a Christian Atheist?

Since I came into my spiritual identity, I have identified as a progressive Christian. I have always been fascinated by Jesus, by his message, by his mission, and I have dedicated my life to it, whatever form that may take.<p>But I have never been completely comfortable as a progressive Christian. …

UCLA chemistry professor loses fellowship over fatal lab fire

The American Assn. for the Advancement of Science has dropped<p>UCLAchemistry professor Patrick Harran as one of its 2015 fellows, saying that members who initially approved his nomination were unaware of a fatal fire in a laboratory he supervised.<p>The decision by the world's largest general scientific …

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RANKED: Every Quentin Tarantino movie from best to worst

From "Pulp Fiction" to "Django Unchained," his style is defined by a mix of shocking violence and humor.<p>His latest film, "The Hateful Eight," comes out on Christmas Day. At long last, Tarantino decided to do a full-blown, traditional (or traditional-ish) western.<p>But where does "The Hateful Eight" …

Iran Sanctions Could Be Lifted As Soon As January

Iran has been dismantling parts of its nuclear program faster than many anticipated and could meet its obligations for the lifting of some sanctions as soon as January, according to some officials monitoring the agreement.<p>Iran's nuclear deal with world powers includes a key target known as …

South Asia

This Popular Supplement May Spur Weight Loss: Study

Many people take fish oil with the hopes of boosting their brain function, or alleviating depression, or reducing inflammation in the body. Some …

Just One Penguin Could Break Up A Huddle

Huddles are more complex than you might think<p>It's a known (and adorable) fact that penguins huddle together when temperatures plummet. It seems simple: they stick together to keep warm. But after monitoring Antarctica’s Pointe Géologie Archipelago colony of more than 3,000 emperor penguins for …

This Machine Could Mean Never Running Out of Printer Paper Again

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10 Things You Need to Know About Encryption

1. Encryption is easy to use. See below to download applications and view tutorials and links.<p>2. Encryption, a process that scrambles communications, allows only those with the decryption key to read one's messages. An encrypted message looks like random alphanumeric gibberish to the human eye.<p>The …

This Physicist Says Dark Matter May Have Killed Off The Dinosaurs

We can't see it or feel it. But as Lisa Randall says, dark matter may explain a lot about our universe--including the dinos' demise.<p>As every astronomy buff knows, dark matter is pretty elusive stuff.<p>We can't see it. We can't hear it or feel it, and we certainly can't smell or taste it. Even with …

The 12 most innovative countries in the world

But for that to happen, a country must create an environment conducive to creative activity that is supported by both the public and private sectors.<p>More concretely, we're talking about having high-quality scientific research institutions, sufficient investment in research and development, and …

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