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A different approach to a good November: How science can help get out the vote

Research offers several proved strategies for boosting turnout on Election Day<p><i>This article was originally published by Scientific American.</i><p>Only about half of the people who could vote in the 2012 U.S. presidential election actually did so (53.6 percent of the voting-age population). This puts …

Government

People in Secure Relationships Sleep More Soundly

Feeling valued by your partner lowers anxiety levels and improves shut-eye, finds a new study.<p>Being secure in your relationship doesn’t just improve …

Research

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We’re Only Just Beginning To Understand How Color Impacts Users

Do you use Inkwell or Valencia on Instagram? The choice, it turns out, may say a lot about your well-being.<p>Color and our emotions have an incredibly complex relationship. Recent research, for example, shows that our emotional state affects what colors we see: sad feelings actually hamper our …

Psychology

Science Can Predict When You're Most Likely to Get Divorced

While we're still waiting for science to tell us how to find the love of our life—and whether or not to wait until those shoes you've been coveting all season long go on sale—we now know when we'd divorce them. Turns out, like any good sale, divorce usually peaks twice a year.<p>A new study from the …

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A tale of more cities: Are we reducing our impact on the Earth by sharing it?

Human activity is putting pressure on three-quarters of the planet, according to new research. But we may be becoming more efficient with our use of …

Ecology

These Are The Best Houseplants to Improve Indoor Air Quality, Study Finds

And... breathe.<p>If you're looking to improve the quality of air in your home, potted plants are a good place to start. But not all indoor plants are …

Plants

Most Scientific Findings Are Wrong or Useless

"Science, the pride of modernity, our one source of objective knowledge, is in deep trouble." So begins "Saving Science," an incisive and deeply …

Breast Cancer

The Truth About The Massive New Study That Has Captivated Anti-LGBT Groups

A new report that seems to contradict the basics of LGBT identity falls totally flat.<p>Anti-LGBT conservative outlets have been abuzz this week about a …

Divorce rates double when people start watching porn

There’s an oft-quoted rule on the internet: “If it exists, there is porn of it.” Even if that’s an exaggeration, there’s no question that men and …

Research

A New Solar Cell Creates Electricity From Water as Well as Light

Rain means clouds and clouds mean less sunlight. That’s bad news for most solar cells, but a new design can actually make use of rain drops that fall …

The Sober Psychedelic World of Archan Nair | High Art

He uses meditation and yoga instead of LSD or shrooms, but the effect is the same.<p>Archan Nair gets about ten messages a day from fans asking him what kinds of drugs he takes. Sometimes people even ask if they can buy acid or shrooms off him. He usually replies, “Sorry dude, I’m not into …

Psychedelia

Researchers store, search, retrieve images in DNA

DNA is the future of data storage, and it just got more viable as a team of researchers find a way to encode direct access.<p>A team at the University of Washington has moved DNA data storage forward a significant step by making the information both searchable and directly accessible.<p>They encoded four …

Genetics

Male mice bred without Y chromosomes

This little white mouse may look ordinary, but he's actually the first male mouse bred with no trace of a Y chromosome. And, despite this lack of Y …

Biology

DNA, Genealogy And The Search For Who We Are

Consider these facts, culled from writings here:<p>You share no DNA with the vast majority of your ancestors.<br>• You have more ancestors — hundreds a few generations back, thousands in just a millennium — than you have sections of DNA.<br>• You have 64 great-great-great-great-grandparents — but if you are a …

Genealogy

Revolutionizing Medical Tech With Dollar-Store Devices

On a summer afternoon, Jose Gomez-Marquez stands in the middle of a Family Dollar store, loading up his basket with colorful plastic toys. Down the …

Neuroprosthetics for paralysis: Biocompatible, flexible implant slips into the spinal cord

Some memories containing inaccurate information can be beneficial to dementia sufferers because it enables them to retain key information researchers …

Simple but ingenious invention takes the ouch out of injections

Using 3D printing and a bit of ingenuity, the "Comfortably Numb" team out of Rice University may have just made going to the doctor's office a little less painful.<p>For little kids, the elderly and anyone who'd rather eat cardboard than have an arm poked with a needle, getting an injection can be a …

Numb

TED 2015: Terminator-inspired 3D printer 'grows' objects

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/technology/1153000/1153105_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522200696_2b640fbdd0a9126b3e1c68349f44bae1<p><b>A 3D printing process that harnesses light and oxygen has been demonstrated at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in</b> …

3D Printing

Surgical robot inspired by octopus arm

A robotic arm that can bend, stretch and squeeze through the body to perform delicate surgical operations has been developed in Italy.<p>The device, …

Robotics

Injured sea turtle gets 3D printed jaw

<b>A 3D-printed beak has been fitted to a sea turtle injured by a collision with a boat's propeller.</b><p>The beak, made of medical-grade titanium, replaces the loggerhead turtle's jaws, half of which were sheared off in the accident.<p>Detailed scans of the injured creature's head were used to generate the …

3D Printing

Scientists May Have Just Discovered The Key To Halting Alzheimer's

Curbing brain inflammation may help people treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a landmark new study.<p>Researchers at the University of Southampton in England conducted a series of experiments showing a chemical that reduces neuroinflammation may have the potential to protect against …

Dementia

Six Million Dollar Plant: Scientists grow cyborg roses

A team of researchers has created living rose plants with electronic circuits threaded through their veins.<p>When you think of cyborgs, plants probably don't pop into your head. But it's time for that to change.<p>A team of researchers at the Laboratory for Organic Electronics at Linköping University in …

Science

Are viruses alive? New evidence says yes

Evolutionary history suggests they evolved from ancient cells<p>Influenza, SARS, Ebola, HIV, the common cold. All of us are quite familiar with these names. They are viruses—a little bit of genetic material (DNA or RNA) encapsulated in a protein coat. But what we don’t really understand, and what …

Inkjet Printed Silk Makes Hospital Gloves that Detect Bacteria

Fibroin, the silk protein, has a lot of amazing properties that can make it into a common material used in advanced new medical applications. It’s …

Nanotech

Human lungs successfully grown in a lab for the first time

<b>Scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston have succeeded in growing human lungs in the laboratory, using components from the</b> …

Boy Given A 3-D Printed Spine Implant

A titanium vertebra now stiffens this 12-year-old's spine<p>Rather than having a “spine of steel,” a 12-year-old boy in China can now boast something even cooler – a spine of titanium.<p>Doctors at Peking University Third Hospital have successfully implanted the first ever 3-D-printed section of vertebra …

Researchers isolate the ‘human smell of death’

In the aftermath of California’s recent forest fires, cadaver dogs sniffed beyond burning homes, charred forest, and even other dead animals to pick …