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A Cognitive Trick for Solving Problems Creatively

Many experts argue that creative thinking requires people to challenge their preconceptions and assumptions about the way the world works. One common claim, for example, is that the mental shortcuts we all rely on to solve problems get in the way of creative thinking. How can you innovate if your …

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

Gene-trification? Inside the Brooklyn lab where you can splice your own DNA

The biohacking movement has created a wealth of options for hobbyist scientists. In Brooklyn, a DIY lab offers a place for the curious to dabble<p>On a crowded stretch of Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn, on the seventh floor of a building gentrification forgot, is a place where you can dabble in genetic …

New research suggest that free will might be nothing more than a trick the brain plays on itself

In each case, we conceive of ourselves as free agents, consciously guiding our bodies in purposeful ways.<p>But what does science have to say about the true source of this experience?<p>In a classic paper published almost 20 years ago, the psychologists Dan Wegner and Thalia Wheatley made a revolutionary …

Consciousness

FACT CHECK: Robbers Using Rubber Bands to Break Into Houses

CLAIM<p>A photograph shows a new home invasion technique featuring rubber bands and door handles.<p>RATING<p>ORIGIN<p>On 21 April 2016, Facebook user Kim Fleming …

The 13 Most Interesting Time Travel Stories in Comics

In comics, time travel is as commonplace as the superhero team-up, but often just involves inconsequential time-hopping to have adventures with King …

Meet the Time Traveler Running for U.S. President

Adding to the madness of the 2016 US presidential election is American lawyer Andrew Basiago. He claims to have traveled through time nearly all his …

Can A Neural Network Paint “Perfect” Works Of Art?

Jonas Lund trained a neural network to spit out paintings in his style. It can even generate paintings that are more commercial than others.<p>Neural networks are already good at simulating the styles of famous artists like Picasso and Van Gogh. Swedish artist Jonas Lund, who previously designed a …

Job Simulator review

need to know<p>The truth is you haven’t known true job satisfaction until you’ve thrown a mug of steaming coffee at your boss’s head. A flash of …

Virtual Reality

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Here Are 10 Amazing Psychology Tricks That You Must Try

Advertisement<p>Ever wondered what is it that psychologists know about us that we don’t? Or maybe wondered what tricks could you be able to pull off if …

Heatmaps of the human body in varying emotional states

Disappointingly, these heatmaps of human bodies whose owners are experiencing various emotional states were <i>not</i> produced with infrared cameras, but …

Microbes can play games with the mind

The 22 men took the same pill for four weeks. When interviewed, they said they felt less daily stress and their memories were sharper. The brain …

When This Boy With A Colostomy Bag Said He Was Sad There Were No Superheroes Like Him, Marvel Told Him It’s Absolutely Crucial For Superheroes To Have A Functioning Anus

Eight-year-old Malcolm Bauer is so enthusiastic about his love of superheroes, you may not even notice that he has to wear a colostomy bag due to a …

Immy grabs patent on how to do AR/VR glasses in a natural way

Immy, a tech startup based in Michigan, said it has been granted a patent on a way to design a new generation of augmented reality and virtual reality products.<p>The Troy, Michigan-based company said it has been awarded a patent for “natural eye optics” technology, which the company says replicates …

Augmented Reality

New Mathematical Model Maps The Expansion of The Early Universe Better Than Ever Before

This is where we came from.<p>Physicists in Switzerland are using new code called 'gevolution' together with Einstein's theory of general relativity to …

Gene drives spread their wings

Genies are said to have the power to grant three wishes. But genies recently released from laboratory flasks promise to fulfill nearly any wish a …

The Safe Gas That Helps Stop Distressing Memories From Getting Stuck In The Mind - PsyBlog

The experience of distressing, intrusive memories was reduced by over a half.<p>Inhaling laughing gas after a traumatic event reduces the later …

The Brain

5 Things That Could Tell Others A Lot About Your Personality Secrets

Sometimes we tend to judge people by their attitude rather than getting to know the person. Each of us also has our own unique threshold for …

Psychology

One of the most iconic medical tools associated with being a doctor might actually be an outdated relic

Lore has it that 35-year-old Paris physician Rene Laennec was caring for a young woman who was apparently plump, with a bad heart and large breasts.<p>Dr. George Davis, an obstetrician at East Tennessee State University who collects vintage stethoscopes, said the young Dr. Laennec didn't feel …

Medical Technology

I Drilled a Hole in My Own Skull to Stay High Forever

John Doran speaks to Joe Mellen about the importance of expanding your consciousness.<p>"This is the story of how I came to drill a hole in my head to get permanently high."<p>As far as opening lines to memoirs go, they don't come much more compelling than the first sentence in Joe Mellen's 1970 book,</i> …

How to Tell If Someone Is Lying, According to Science

Wouldn’t it be nice to know how to tell if someone is lying?<p>We’re going to see what the research has to say on detecting lies, avoiding deception and …

DARPA Unveils 'Neural Interface' That Could Allow Humans To 'Talk' To Computers

The US Military's scientific research and development organisation DARPA have unveiled a potential 'neural interface' which, if inserted into the …

This Little-Known Firm Is Getting Rich Off Your Medical Data

You may never have heard of it, but IMS Health knows an awful lot about your medical history.<p>A global company based in Danbury, Connecticut, IMS …

Digital Health

DARPA looks to revolutionize neural interface implants

DARPA has announced a program aimed at developing a cutting edge neural implant capable of forming a communication bridge between a human brain and …

7-Year-Old ‘Bionic’ Girl Is Immune to Pain, Hunger and Fatigue

Meet Olivia Farnsworth, a British girl who doesn’t feel any pain and never feels the need to eat or sleep. At age seven, she’s able to go for days …

The tragic fate of the people who stop sleeping

A handful of families are cursed with “fatal insomnia”, a cruel disease that leads to months of sleepless nights and terrible exhaustion. Will a controversial cure save their lives?<p>Silvano was on a cruise ship when the family curse struck. An elegant 53-year-old with striking red hair who enjoyed …

The Brain

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Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …