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13 cognitive biases that really screw things up for you

The human brain is a natural wonder. It produces more than 50,000 thoughts each day and 100,000 chemical reactions each second. With this amount of …

Critical Thinking

The answer to life, the universe and everything might be 73. Or 67

A crisis of cosmic proportions is brewing: the universe is expanding 9% faster than it ought to be and scientists are not sure why.<p>The latest, most precise, estimate of the universe’s current rate of expansion - a value known as the Hubble constant - comes from observations by the European Space …

Universe

5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods You Should Be Eating For A Faster Metabolism

We love pizza. We love fries. We want to lose weight. But giving up all the foods that make us happy is really hard to do. Yet replacing any high fat …

Nutrition

Jupiter And Venus Are Warping Earth's Orbit, And It's Linked to Major Climate Events

We are caught in a loop.<p>If you ever get the feeling that we're going around in circles, you're right, but the cosmic holding pattern we're stuck in …

Earth Science

What Is the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique?

The 4-7-8 breathing technique is a breathing pattern developed by Dr. Andrew Weil. It’s based on an ancient yogic technique called pranayama, which …

Meditation

We could move to another planet with a spaceship like this

Sinelab<p>Space<p>Our best guess for what it would take to get to planets that are really, really far away.<p>Proxima b, our nearest neighboring exoplanet, is almost 25 trillion miles away. Even one of our fastest spaceships—the 31,600-​mile-​per-​hour New Horizons—would take hundreds of thousands of years …

Habitats

Want to Work from Home and Save Money? Amazon, Apple, IBM, and Dell Are Hiring for These Remote Jobs

Technical or non-technical positions, there's something here for just about everyone.<p>FlexJobs, a leader in the flexible job movement that's currently disrupting the traditional workforce, has released data about how working remotely will save you money.<p>The average person can save between $4,668 to …

Employment

Professor Stephen Hawking's final theory: The universe is a hologram

Stephen Hawking has revealed from beyond the grave his final scientific theory - that the universe is a hologram.<p>The cosmologist, who died on March 14, has challenged previous theories of cosmic "inflation" and the "multiverse" in a new paper published in the Journal Of High Energy …

Physics

The illusion of time

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>Andrew Jaffe probes Carlo Rovelli’s study arguing that physics deconstructs our sense of time.<p>Andrew Jaffe<p>Andrew Jaffe is a cosmologist …

Quantum Mechanics

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

July 1953: late one evening in the woods outside Middle Grove, New York state, three men are having a furious argument. One of them, drunk, draws back his fist, ready to smash it into his opponent’s face. Seeing what is about to happen, the third grabs a block of wood from a nearby pile. “Dr …

Psychology

The 10 Weirdest Stars in the Milky Way

Our galaxy has more than a few tricks up its sleeves.<p>Carl Sagan once called the Sun an "ordinary, even a mediocre star." Most of the hundred billion or more stars in the Milky Way are humdrum and plain, but over the years astronomers have found plenty of peculiarities. In a universe bound only by …

Stephen Hawking submitted a final scientific paper 2 weeks before he died — and it could lead to the discovery of a parallel universe

Stephen Hawking submitted his final scientific paper just a week and a half before he died, and it lays the theoretical groundwork for discovering a parallel universe.<p>Hawking, who died Wednesday at 76, was coauthor to a mathematical paper that seeks proof of the "multiverse" theory, which posits …

Physics

13 strange body facts you always wondered about but were too afraid to ask

Why Do All The Planets Orbit In The Same Plane?

Our Solar System is an orderly place, with the four inner planets, the asteroid belt, and the gas giant worlds all orbiting in the same plane around the Sun. Even as you go farther out, the Kuiper belt objects appear to line up with that same exact plane. Given that the Sun is spherical and that …

Universe

Psychedelic healing: could magic mushrooms help reboot the brain?

At any given moment, more than 3 per cent of the UK population are thought to be suffering from depression. For some people, like Kirk Rutter, …

The "father of artificial intelligence" says singularity is 30 years away

You’ve probably been told that the singularity is coming. It is that long-awaited point in time — likely, a point in our very near future — when …

Self-healing electronic skin will help robots have a sense of touch like humans

In the future, your robot babysitter will be able to tell if your child has a fever.<p>Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder say they’ve developed the first fully rehealable and recyclable electronic skin, or <i>e-skin</i>. The technology mimics the functions and mechanical properties of human …

Poison pass: the man who became immune to snake venom

Sometime in 2006, when my ex-boyfriend failed to show up for dinner, I assumed something was wrong or perhaps he’d forgotten. About a week later, calling to apologise, he told me he’d had an overdose, accidentally injecting a lethal cocktail of venom from three snakes. A lot has been written about …

Zoology

Scientists identify new kind of ice that requires extremely hot temperatures to form

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in California have discovered a new form of ice that is thought to exist within the core of gas giant …

Are We Closer to Finding a Fifth Dimension?

The discovery of gravitational waves toppled what we thought we knew about dimensions.<p>In Madeleine L’Engle’s classic novel <i>A Wrinkle in Time</i>, the …

Could Dark Matter Spawn 'Shadow Life'?

The vast majority of mass in our universe is invisible, and for a while, physicists have been trying really hard to understand what this elusive …

Elon Musk has launched Falcon Heavy, but how long does it take to get to Mars?

Ever wondered how long it would take to get to Mars?<p>With Elon Musk's successful launch of the world's most powerful rocket – SpaceX's Falcon Heavy – on February 6, humans journeying to Mars looks increasingly likely.<p>The problem is that there's an immense distance between Earth and Mars, which means …

Space Travel

China's working on the next generation of military exoskeleton. Here's what it can do.

Getting ever closer to Iron Man-like capabilities.<p>Norinco, China's state-owned manufacturer of armored vehicles and heavy ground munitions, has debuted its second-generation military exoskeleton, a body brace designed to help infantry members carry some 100 pounds of weapons, supplies, and …

Military

We Can Now Harvest Electricity From Earth's Heat Using Quantum Tunnelling

Wow.<p>Researchers have come up with a way we could harvest energy from Earth by turning excess infrared radiation and waste heat into electricity we …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists Have Figured Out How to Make Wounds Heal Without Scars

Like it never happened.<p>Whether it's from a surgical procedure, clumsy shaving, or that traumatic biking incident that happened when you were five, …

Cell Biology

Negative mass particles forged in new laser device

In our everyday experience, if you push something, it moves away from you. But objects with negative mass would turn that basic principle on its head …

Six precious substances worth more than their weight in gold

And how their value changed over time.<p>The saffron war of 1374 lasted 14 weeks driven by a notion that the spice could cure plague. It can’t. But people lost their heads over it. It’s not just gold, diamonds, and oil we cherish and plunder. Seemingly benign commodities—whether it’s medicinal tea or …

Extinction

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, because its implications were too inconvenient, and too explosive. American psychiatrists had produced a book that would lay out, in detail, all the symptoms of different mental illnesses, so they …

Public Policy

These 100 Companies Are Leading the Way in A.I.

Whether you fear it or embrace it, the A.I. revolution is coming—and it promises to have an enormous impact on the world economy. PwC estimates that …

Artificial Intelligence

27 underrated US destinations everyone should visit in their lifetime