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The plague's deadly pedigree goes back 3,000 years earlier than thought

Turns out the plague was, er, plaguing humans far earlier than once thought. A study of ancient DNA pulled from human teeth in Asia and Europe finds that the bacteria <i>Yersinia pestis</i> had infected humans as far back as 2,800 to 5,000 years ago – perhaps three millenniums earlier than expected.<p>The …

Do We Have Less Sympathy For People Facing Things We've Overcome?

Who's going to be more empathetic to a problem you're confronting — someone who has never been through it, or someone who has been through it themselves? Our intuitive answer to this question is often wrong.<p>Transcript<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:<p>When you need sympathy, it matters whose shoulder you cry on. …

Psychology

The web has deluded you, and don’t pretend it hasn’t

The internet can give us the illusion of knowledge, making us think we are smarter than we really are. Fortunately, there may be a cure for our arrogance, writes psychologist Tom Stafford.<p>The internet has a reputation for harbouring know-it-alls. Commenters on articles, bloggers, even your old …

Psychology

Who was John Titor, the 'time traveller' who came from 2036 to warn us of a nuclear war?

As the world celebrates Back to the Future Day, it has forgotten the unknown man whose 2001 internet postings might just have saved humanity<p>If time travel is possible, why haven’t we met any time travellers?<p>This was the question Stephen Hawking advanced on the topic of time warps. But it misses …

Einstein wouldn't like it: New test proves universe is "spooky"

LONDON (Reuters) - The universe really is weird, which is bad news both for Albert Einstein and for would-be hackers hoping to break into quantum encryption systems.<p>Eighty years after the physicist dismissed as "spooky" the idea that simply observing one particle could instantly change another …

Quantum Mechanics

“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

Engines

I Played The 'Star Wars Battlefront' Beta, And Died Repeatedly

TIE fighters are very hard to fly<p>Another chapter in the year of <i>Star Wars</i> begins today, with the launch of Dice's <i>Star Wars: Battlefront</i> open beta. The beta is more like a demo, with limited game modes: there's a survival mode where you play against a horde of enemies, an 8-player vs 8-player …

Darth Vader

Alzheimer’s may have been transmitted via injections, researchers say

Other scientists say more evidence is necessary<p>During the autopsies of eight people with a rare brain disease, doctors found something unexpected: evidence of Alzheimer's disease-like changes in the brains of six of those patients. That's especially odd, since the people were between ages 36 and 51 …

Dementia

Self-control saps memory resources

New research shows that exercising willpower impairs memory function by draining shared brain mechanisms and structures<p>In an infamous set of experiments performed in the 1960s, psychologist Walter Mischel sat pre-school kids at a table, one by one, and placed a sweet treat – a small marshmallow, a …

The Brain
Entrepreneurship

Staff should start work at 10am to avoid 'torture' of sleep deprivation

Forcing staff to start work before 10am is tantamount to torture and is making employees ill, exhausted and stressed, an Oxford University academic has claimed.<p>Before the age of 55, the circadian rhythms of adults are completely out of sync with normal 9-to-5 working hours, which poses a "serious …

9 Crazy Body Hacks That Give You Superhuman Powers

But don't try these at home. Seriously.<p>Gamers often perform repetitive tasks to improve their character’s skill set, gain rewards, and advance to new levels. The process is known as grinding: Now, an underground movement has taken up that expression, calling themselves grinders, and they’re trying …

This Is How Cats See the World | WIRED

The blurriness at the edge of the photos represents the area of peripheral vision in humans (20 degrees, top) and cats (30 degrees, bottom). …

See the very first images of a hydrogen bond

Chemists have long known what a hydrogen bond should look like, but until last week, most hadn't actually seen an image of one. Now, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have been able to visualize a hydrogen bond using atomic force microscopy, a technique that can deliver higher …

October 2013's Hottest Gadgets

FYI: Is It Possible To Control Our Dreams?

Yes, but only with practice. The best place to start is right before bed. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of <i>The Committee of Sleep</i>, asked 76 college students to choose a problem (where to take a vacation; how to arrange their furniture) and focus on it …

Faster-Than-Light Drive

Instead of using rockets or thrusters, a craft equipped with warp drive would move by distorting space.<p>The warp drive proposed by Miguel Alcubierre would achieve faster-than-light speeds by distorting space-time. The device would generate a field of negative energy that would squeeze or stretch …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

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