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German patient is immune to highly poisonous ricin

Ricin is one of the strongest poisons in the world. But not for this 20-year old man in a hospital in Münster. Doctors have found out that an …

Medicine

In 6 Words, Elon Musk Explained Why So Many People Are Afraid to Take Risks and Achieve Greatness | Inc.com

<i>This series examines the stories behind some of the best inspiring quotes of all time. Check out the full list: the best inspirational quotes for 2018.</i><p>The most powerful threat to greatness isn't evil. It's mediocrity.<p>Of all the colorful ways to articulate that truth, one of the best is what Elon …

Elon Musk

Tip: Age Makes No Difference in Recovery Rates

Science shows that recovery rates stay fairly consistent in the young and old(er). Take a look.<p>The Middle-Age Stereotype?<p>A lot of unfortunate things …

Armchair science

Thought experiments played a crucial role in the history of science. But do they tell us anything about the real world?<i>By Dan Falk</i>Read at Aeon

Physics

Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

Adolescent female monkeys in Japan have repeatedly engaged in sexual behaviors with sika deer, for reasons that are not yet clear, according to researchers who study macaque behavior.<p>The study, published in the peer-reviewed <i>Archives of Sexual Behavior,</i> follows up on a single report from earlier …

Monkeys

Controversial Study Says Women Find Men Attractive Based on One Body Part

No, not that one.<p>If there’s one good thing 2017 will be remembered for, it’ll be the long-overdue upheavals in the dynamics between men and women. …

Psychology

An entire family in Italy can’t feel physical pain, and scientists finally have an answer

If you’ve ever stubbed your toe on a coffee table in the dead of night you know just how awesome it would be to switch off your sense of pain, if …

Meet the World's Oldest Vertebrate, an Elusive 512-Year-Old Greenland Shark

And it's not the only one of its kind.<p>For over 50 years, explorers of the dark waters of the North Atlantic have been aware of the existence of a …

Biology

Why This Aging Expert Thinks First 1,000-Year-Old Person is Already Alive

Aubrey de Grey wants to end aging forever.<p>Aubrey de Grey has set himself a simple task. The 54-year-old cofounder of the SENS Research Foundation …

Singularity

High levels of ‘happy hormone’ in human brains could be cause of our intelligence

Large amounts of the ‘happy hormone’ dopamine – responsible for pleasurable feelings, as well as other functions – could be responsible for our brain …

The Brain

Bonobos, Nicest Primates on the Planet, Make Humans Look Like Monsters

"You want to be nice to someone who’s going to be important for you."<p>Among the countless shitty things humans have done in the past year, we’ve …

Evolution

These $2 million floating homes are designed to withstand Category 4 hurricanes

South Florida — especially Miami and the Keys — was one of several regions that Hurricane Irma pummeled in early September. The Category 4 storm brought winds of up to 70 mph, destroyed hundreds of houses, and knocked out power for 5.8 million homes and businesses in Florida.<p>A new type of …

Fort Lauderdale

Woman Gets Pregnant While Already Pregnant: Rare 'Twin' Case Explained

A California woman became pregnant while she was already pregnant, in an extremely rare case that resulted in her carrying "twins" with two different …

Slime from this 300 million-year-old creature could create bulletproof body armor

Older than the dinosaurs, slime from a primitive creature could be used for future bulletproof body armor.<p>The hagfish is more than 300 million years …

Biology

Transparent Solar Cells Like This Could Deliver 40% of America's Power

Here's how they work.<p>Solar energy is off the charts. Not only is uptake skyrocketing, but solar is now the cheapest form of new energy in dozens of …

Can This Weird Shark Show Us How to Live for Centuries?

By unlocking the secrets of the Greenland Shark's extreme longevity, scientists hope to be able to extend human life spans.<p>For thousands of years, we’ve been searching for a way to extend our lives — without much luck. The average human lifespan in developed countries has more than doubled from 37 …

Biology

How skin cells learn to heal faster from inflammation

New research has found that stem cells residing in the skin can learn from earlier inflammatory episodes and heal faster when subsequently injured. …

Stem Cells
Space Travel

Dolphins have ‘human-like’ societies...but are held back by a lack of opposable thumbs, say scientists

Whales and dolphins live in human-like societies and share similar brain evolution to primates and man, scientist have concluded.<p>A new study which looked at 90 species found a link between brain size and social and cultural traits in marine mammals.<p>It is the first time that scientists have …

Most Autism Cases Tied to New Mutations Not Inherited from Parents

Most cases of autism are related to the presence of new mutations in the child not inherited from the parents, according to a new study at the …

Study shows North Atlantic wind farms could power the whole world

Wind is one of the cleanest energy sources available, and the US is sitting next to a gold mine. A new study has found that wind speeds over the …

Why Seaweed, Not Solar, May Be the Energy of Tomorrow

It’s all about biofuel!<p><i>In brief:</i> <i>The US Department of Energy has invested nearly $1.5 million in projects that will help establish large-scale seaweed farms for the purpose of making biofuel. The renewable energy sector is rapidly increasing in the diversity of clean energy sources.</i><p>SEAWEED ENERGY<p>The …

Renewable Energy

Memory aid

“To me it’s remarkable that something in your blood can influence the way you think,” says the study’s senior author, Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, professor …

Elon Musk And Rick And Morty Tweeting About The Singularity Is The Best Thing We've Seen All Week

Wubba lubba dub dub!<p>Elon Musk showed off his new 280-character Twitter limit in the best way possible Thursday morning: musing about the Singularity …

Tesla

Babies Born in October Live Longer and Are Better at Sports

September babies may dominate in the classroom. But on the playing field, October babies rule.<p>By<p>Sep 28 2017, 2:11 PM<p>You already know that August …

It's Official: Russia And The US Will Work Together on The First-Ever Moon Station

There are no borders in space.<p>In Spring of 2017, NASA revealed their plans for what the massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket would be used for: …

Most Autism Cases Can Be Explained by Faulty Genes, New Research Confirms

We understand it better than ever.<p>A fresh look at data from earlier research has reaffirmed what many researchers had thought – autism is primarily …

Genetics

What it's like to have the best job in America right now

Data scientists have the best job in America, according to Glassdoor.<p>The field may be relatively new and occasionally vaguely defined, but one thing's for sure — it's also growing.<p>That's because, in the digital age, the amount of data available is only going to continue to grow exponentially. And …

Employment

'All-Nighter' Jellyfish Study Reveals the Origins of Human Sleep

"The brain isn't a necessary component."<p>Tim Cook famously cuts his beauty rest short by waking up at 3:45 a.m., but even the overachieving Apple CEOs …

Sleep