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What Your Brain Looks Like When It Solves a Math Problem

Solving a hairy math problem might send a shudder of exultation along your spinal cord. But scientists have historically struggled to deconstruct the exact mental alchemy that occurs when the brain successfully leaps the gap from “Say what?” to “Aha!”<p>Now, using an innovative combination of …

Mathematics

The Complex Psychology of Why People Like Things

How do you account for taste?<p>In the time of the Facebook thumbs up, what does it mean to “like” something? What is it that makes humans decide they prefer one thing over another, so that you click replay on one song all day and cover your ears whenever you hear another in public? And how do Netflix …

If the Universe Is So Big, Why Haven’t We Found Aliens Yet? (Video)

In the 19th century, a long-standing problem in cosmology was that the sky was curiously dark at night. If the universe is infinitely large, and …

Universe

WATCH: White Holes: Even Stranger Than Black Holes

Some claim that white holes are the origin of our universe. White holes behave exactly the opposite way round to black holes. They emit space-time …

Can psychological treatments be harmful?

The mind is a delicate thing, so can therapies actually have a negative effect? The evidence points to some cause for concern<p>The side effects of antidepressants are well known – nausea, dry mouth, constipation and loss of interest in sex. But what if your depression is being treated by a …

Depression

Anxiety and Depression Are Symptoms, Not Diseases

It is very common when I first encounter a client struggling with mental health issues that they report their problem is that they feel anxious or …

Scientists Just Discovered a Black Hole That's Blasting The Fastest 'Space Wind' in The Known Universe

Wind speeds of 200 million km/h.<p>Astronomers have discovered the fastest ultraviolet winds ever recorded in the Universe, swirling around a …

This Might Be The Natural Solution To Chronic Back Pain

Generally, people associate mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with emotional pain. But a new study says that these types …

Pain

The Singularity and the Neural Code

<i>The following is an edited, updated version of an article originally written for</i> IEEE Spectrum.<p>I’m 62, with all that entails. Grey hair, trick knee, …

The arrow of time

In T.H. White’s fantasy novel <i>The Once and Future King</i>, Merlyn the magician suffers from a rare and incurable condition: He experiences time in …

Here's How Lack of Sleep Actually Affects Your Health — and How Much Sleep You Really Need

You may already know that a night without sleep makes you grumpy, or that pulling an all-nighter makes you feel totally groggy the whole next day. Or …

Ancient viruses lurking in our DNA: scientists

<b>Washington:</b> Our DNA is actually less human than previously thought, according to a new study that found 19 new pieces of non-human DNA left by …

Genetics

The black-hole collision that reshaped physics

A momentous signal from space has confirmed decades of theorizing on black holes — and launched a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy.<p>The event …

How to Plan Your First Road Trip

Road trips hold a special place in my heart. For our honeymoon, my husband and I embarked on a week long adventure traveling to different U.S. states. We figured, if we truly want to see the beauty of each state, the best way to do it is to go on a road trip. Aside from the routine trips to San …

Last Stop out of Town

The 12 Most Popular Hotels in New York City Right Now

Perpetually packed with locals and tourists, New York City has something for everyone; travelers can see a musical on Broadway, take a ferry to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, or see an up-and-coming band in Brooklyn. Sure, it's expensive and crowded, …

The mysterious boundary

A black hole’s event horizon is a one-way bridge to nowhere, a gateway to a netherworld cut off from the rest of the cosmos.<p>Understanding what …

Astronomers may have found the fastest spinning object in the universe

If you saw it, you might sniff at something so insignificant, yet it represents the final farewell of chewed up stars as their remains whirl down the throat of an 18 billion solar mass black hole, one of the most massive-known in the universe.<p>Astronomers know the object as OJ 287, a quasar that …

Light A Fire on Li River

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10 Places You Should Visit In Mexico

Mexico is incredibly rich in culture, vast landscapes, archaeological treasures, dramatic nature, food and of course that (in)famous Latino passion. There's a lot to see, however if you're traveling with a time limit you might as well see the very best Mexico has to offer.<p><b>1. Baja California Sur -</b> …

Drone Photos Show the Crazy Urban Density of Hong Kong

Photographer <b>Andy Yeung</b> drone photography series “Urban Density” is eye-opening to say the very least. It puts into visual terms something most people …

Hong Kong

The Best Beaches in Spain

There’s plenty to draw you to Spain already: World-class art and architecture, fabulous food, and an easygoing vibe that permeates sleepy rural …

Barcelona

What Are Gravitational Waves And Why Do They Matter?

If we detect them, it could mean a lot about the universe<p>Physicists have been buzzing (or rather, tweeting) about the possibility that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) experiment finally discovered gravitational waves. LIGO has been searching for these cosmic ripples …

Gravitational Waves

On the Andaman Sea in Thailand, a putt-putting boat will carry you to travel-poster fantasies

Fantastic shapes dotted the horizon — craggy limestone spikes that soared hundreds of feet into the cloudless blue sky — as our long-tail boat skimmed across the Andaman Sea off southwestern Thailand.<p>The afternoon seemed idyllic, and I congratulated myself on becoming part of a living travel poster …

Asia Travel

Ask Ethan: Is This Actually A Hole In The Universe?

There’s a lot of brilliant, scientifically accurate information out there on the internet, to be sure. But arguably, there are a lot <i>more</i> sites devoted to generating clicks and traffic irrespective of what’s scientifically true, and it’s often very hard for a non-specialist to tell them apart. For …

Astronomy

The world's most enchanting ruins

Archaeology