Benyamin Noufel

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Patterns In Writing I: Introduction

So much of our writing time is spent correcting details of grammar that we neglect the larger picture in writing. This article introduces a writing …

How Meditation, Placebos And Virtual Reality Help Power 'Mind Over Body'

While researching the book <i>Cure,</i> science writer Jo Marchant wanted to understand how distraction could be used to nullify pain, so she participated in a virtual reality experiment.<p>During the first part of the experiment, Marchant sat, without distraction, with her foot in a box of unbearably hot …

U.S. Approval of GMO Salmon May Set Precedent

There’s a new fish in town—but not everyone’s ready to make room on their plates for it.<p>Thursday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued its first approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for human consumption. The animal is the AquAdvantage salmon, an Atlantic salmon modified to …

Here's what it would take to colonize the largest planet in the solar system

Just a few videos ago, I blew minds with a "How to" on terraforming the Moon. Once we've developed a Solar System spanning civilization and have claimed mastery over the laws of physics, and have common-place technology which staggers and dwarf our current comprehension of what's possible it should …

Astronomy

The Secret History of Astrology

Richard Smoley, <i>New Dawn</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>The history of astrology is in many ways the history of a polemic. The question of whether astrology works, as …

New Atheism’s fatal arrogance: The glaring intellectual laziness of Bill Maher & Richard Dawkins

<b>(HBO/Janet Van Ham/Reuters/Chris Keane/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>For all their eloquence, New Atheists show little interest in understanding how believers really think or feel<p>Sean Illing<p>May 9, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Atheism has a storied history in the West. From the irreverent Voltaire to the iconoclastic …

Religion

Fear of spiders in our DNA, according to new study

Researchers claim our ancestors developed an ability to spot and identify spiders quickly as part of a necessary survival instinct<p>A fear of spiders could be something we are born with rather than something we learn, according to a new scientific study.<p>Research suggests that arachnophobia could be …

LHC reboot: the world's largest particle accelerator is now active

'What we’ve put together is almost a new machine.'<p>The Large Hadron Collider is reborn — on Easter weekend, of course. After shutting it down for two years in February 2013, the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator is up and running again. That doesn't mean that it's going at full …

A new study says only a few parts of the brain control rats' dreams

Many scientists have speculated that dreams help us process memory or learn new things. But there’s a lot of work between that and figuring out what our bodies are actually doing when we dream. Now, a group of researchers at UCBL in Lyon, France say they’ve found a link between REM sleep and a few …

Snowden leaks reveal encryption programs that NSA couldn't break

A new report on documents leaked to the press by whistleblower Edward Snowden highlights some security tools the National Security Agency has cracked …