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Why Cocaine Turns People into Jerks, a Simple Explanation

We asked a scientist about the physical process that turns nice, normal people into assholes after they've done a couple lines.<p>Cocaine's a funny drug, isn't it? I can't think of any other substance—bar maybe alcohol—with the power to turn a relatively nice, normal human being into an absolute …

Wall Street

Scientists Find Evidence of 'Anti-Memories', And It Could Change Our Understanding of Neuroscience

Unmasking the process that silences dormant memories.<p>At one point or another, we've all experienced something that we'd rather forget, so it's a good …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

8 Awesome Science Resources That You Can Access For Free Online

Including ALL of Feynman’s lectures.<p>There's nothing worse than wanting to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, or just confirm some weird …

Princeton University

Scientists have made a ridiculously lifelike robot hand that acts a lot like our own

Robots that look and act like us are still probably quite far away from reality. When faced with adversity, today’s most advanced robots tend to fall over. When trying to complete tasks that are pretty simple for humans, today’s robots tend to stab us in the face. But new research out of the …

Robotics

Fusion Reactor 'Breakthrough' Could Finally Hold The Key To Giving Us Clean, Abundant Power

Researchers may finally have overcome one of the biggest obstacles to making nuclear fusion live up to its dream of giving us clean, virtually …

Energy

Indian Point plant leak sparks concern over ‘Chernobyl on the Hudson’

News of the tritium water leak at the Indian Point nuclear power plant has rekindled concerns about the 40-year-old plant among the local residents, …

Deadpool 2: Cable intro explains Deadpool post-credits scene

Chances are you’ve heard the name Cable a few times this past week. In <i>Deadpool</i>, the titular merc with the mouth pays tribute to <i>Ferris Bueller’s Day</i> …

Mattel's ThingMaker brings 3D printing to iconic '60s toy

NEW YORK — Mattel's ThingMaker was the original at-home maker device of the 1960s, but now the company is giving it a modern reboot, allowing kids to …

Deadpool Is Straight! So Why the Misdirection?

From the moment it was announced, <i>Deadpool</i> has been causing waves of intrigue all over the world. As the months moved closer to its release date, the hype began to spiral out of control with multitudes of TV spots, trailer spots and sexual innuendo out the wazoo.<p>I've always enjoyed Ryan Reynolds -- …

Film Industry

Indian Point Contaminates the Hudson River With Uncontrollable Radioactive Flow

For more than a decade, it has been impossible for operators of the Indian Point nuclear power plant to stop highly radioactive reactor and spent fuel pool coolant from leaking into the groundwater and migrating to the Hudson River.<p>And despite assurances from Entergy that this time will be …

Environment

Exploding nanobubbles can kill cancer cells

Clusters of gold atoms can detect and kill cancer cells commonly left behind after tumor-removal surgery, according to a study of a new …

Cancer

How White Hat Hackers Stole Crypto Keys from an Offline Laptop in Another Room

"The attacks are completely non-intrusive: we did not modify the targets or open their chassis."<p>In recent years, air-gapped computers, which are disconnected from the internet so hackers can not remotely access their contents, have become a regular target for security researchers. Now, researchers …

Information Security

The superhero of artificial intelligence: can this genius keep it in check?

With his company DeepMind, Londoner Demis Hassabis is leading Google’s project to build software more powerful than the human brain. But what will this mean for the future of humankind?<p>Demis Hassabis has a modest demeanour and an unassuming countenance, but he is deadly serious when he tells me he …

Artificial Intelligence

Deadpool reviews: What did critics say?

Ryan Reynolds and director Tim Miller have been teasing the possibility of a <i>Deadpool</i> movie for years. Then a piece of test footage leaked out and …

Is Target Selling Star Wars Themed Adult Toys?

I know there's some Star Wars fans that were pretty orgasmic about the newest installation of the science fiction series. Thanks to Target, you can …

Indian man could be first recorded human fatality due to a meteorite | Ars Technica

Indian officials say bus driver was killed by a meteorite, pending confirmation.<p>Indian officials say a meteorite struck the campus of a private …

Tamil Nadu

The Obamas confirm: White House Wi-Fi is crappy

Even the first family has Wi-Fi problems.<p>In an interview with CBS' Gayle King on Super Bowl Sunday, President Obama and the first lady, Michelle …

'Deadpool' is the most unique superhero movie in years — here's why you need to see it

Led by Ryan Reynolds as the character, the new movie adaptation of the comic book, in theaters February 12, is the first look at a Marvel character from an R-rated perspective. Filled with graphic violence and a lot of bad language, 20th Century Fox's effort brings a harder-edged feel to the …

Comics

Your ability to read this message reveals something incredible about the mind

Can you read the message below?<p>That's not exactly true — just about everybody can read the message with ease. But according to one scientist, our ability to read such messages reveals something pretty incredible about the brain.<p>Interpreting passages like this hardly activates the section of the …

Engines

How an Apple employee once stood up to Steve Jobs — and got promoted for it

Dubinsky fought back against the plan - giving an ultimatum that she would quit - and instead of getting fired, she got promoted.<p>That's according to an anecdote about former Apple employee and Palm CEO Dubinsky in the new book Originals: How Non-Conformists Move The World, published this …

Harvard Business School
Track Down

This Is What Those Semicolon Tattoos Mean

On social media sites, you may have spotted people with drawings or tattoos of semicolons somewhere on their bodies—usually their wrists or …

Mental Health

Drake Calls Out Obama, Meek Mill, and Kanye West’s Smaller Pool on ‘Summer Sixteen’

The Toronto MC debuted his first single, “Summer Sixteen,” off his upcoming album ‘Views From the 6,’ which he says will be out in April.<p>What a time …

Muonium - the most exotic atom?

I’d never heard of it before this week, but it’s real. And there are plans to use it to look for antigravity<p>As I scrolled through the physics papers posted on the arXiv this week, one in particular caught my eye – “Measuring Antimatter Gravity with Muonium”. Possibly, this was because I wrote a bit …

Physics

This person's bot tweets complaints about internet speed

A Reddit user became so frustrated with paying Comcast for 150 mbps internet but not receiving the prescribed speed, so set up a bot using a Raspberry Pi to tweets complaints at the ISP.<p>The bot constantly performs speed tests to check if the internet is up to scratch, and if it drops below 50mbps …