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Clean Energy

South Africa may be the epicenter of a geomagnetic pole reversal in progress - ExtremeTech

By on February 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Don’t start running around like …

How Circadian Clocks Differ From Sleep

The circadian clock is in nearly every cell, and researchers have untangled many of its secrets. But sleep has been harder to pin down.<p>The daily …

Richard Feynman Explains The Scientific Method

This is an enjoyable vintage video of famed physicist Richard Feynman explaining the scientific method in a simple, easy-to-understand way that, if I …

Richard Feynman

Scientists may have discovered a lost continent

As much as we humans think we know about Earth's ancient composition, it's clear we have a lot to learn. Researchers now say they have evidence of a lost continent, Mauritia. The team found rocks on Mauritius with embedded zircon crystals that were almost 2 billion years old, or far older than the …

Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.<p>We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists …

Neuroscience

How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds

Before the United States permitted a terrifying way of interrogating prisoners, government lawyers and intelligence officials assured themselves of one crucial outcome. They knew that the methods inflicted on terrorism suspects would be painful, shocking and far beyond what the country had ever …

Al-Qaeda

How German physicists reacted to the Hiroshima bomb

During World War II, a group of scientists led by Werner Heisenberg worked on designing a nuclear weapon for Nazi Germany. They were, thankfully, …

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

Note-Taking

Here’s what science says you should put in your Tinder profile to get the most right swipes

Different people have different thoughts on what should go into an online dating profile — or an app. Add a tiger pic? Or no? Or maybe the skydiving …

Meet your “Doom”: Carnegie Mellon researchers deliberately violate Asimov’s First Law of robotics, teach robots to kill

The scientists used “Doom” deathmatch to create A.I. with the potential to become Terminators<p>Guillaume Lample and Devendra Singh Chaplot, two researchers at Carnegie Mellon, recently announced that they had created an artificial intelligence in "Doom" deathmatch capable of killing human players in …

Artificial Intelligence

Studies on the perils of polyester underwear and the personality of rocks win Ig Nobel Prizes

Not every scientific study can be about weighty topics, like gravity waves or gene editing. Sometimes you can gain a true scientific insight by discovering that mammals of vastly different sizes require roughly the same amount of time to empty their bladders, or by noticing that people who speak 10 …