Chris Shantz

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This Is What Believing In God Does To Your Brain

Humans suppress areas of the brain used for analytical thinking and engage the parts responsible for empathy in order to believe in god, a new …

Psychology

How To Visualize A Story That’s 500 Million Miles Away

A team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory makes real-time data visualizations that mix hard science with creative animation.<p>This week, a little three-pronged spacecraft named Juno arrived at Jupiter.<p>No one was around to see it. Yet thousands of people watched it through an app that uses Juno’s …

5 Thought Experiments That Will Melt Your Brain

<i>Some science is too big, dangerous, or weird to happen in a lab.</i><p>By Evan Dashevsky<p>Albert Einstein famously made use of “thought experiments” (i.e. …

Charles Darwin had a fascinating outlook on daily exercise

<i>This excerpt made the following observation about why the famous scientist Charles Darwin got so much satisfaction from exercise:</i><p><i>"Darwin's walks were also an exercise in reflection — a kind of moving meditation. This enriched his scientific work, and gratified his constant curiosity."</i><p>Charles …

Charles Darwin

Mars Curiosity put itself in safe mode over the weekend and NASA doesn’t know why

NASA's Curiosity rover unexpectedly put itself into a precautionary safe mode over the weekend, and is currently at a stand-still on the surface of …

Exoplanets

In time warping study, people unconsciously controlled blood sugar levels

Researchers suggest well-timed placebos may be useful in managing type 2 diabetes.<p>Ideas can be powerful drugs. If a person is simply convinced that a …

Diabetes

How to become an expert in reading other people

We'd all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …

Physics Reveals What’s In Herculaneum’s Incinerated Ancient Scrolls

If you’re studying a <b>long-lost</b> culture, there’s hardly anything more <b>tantalizing</b> than having in-hand <b>papyrus scrolls</b> written by its citizens. What</b> …

The First Water-Vapor Clouds Have Been Discovered Outside the Solar System

It rains all over the galaxy.<p>A team of astronomers led by the University of California Santa Cruz has found strong evidence of water clouds on a brown dwarf called WISE 0855—the first time that clouds of water have been detected outside the solar system. WISE 0855 is only 7.2 light years from …

Why the Sun keeps going 'blank' and what this means for Earth

For the second time this month, the sun has appeared completely blank.<p>Paul Dorian, a meteorologist at Vencore Weather posted an image from Nasa, …

When We Don't Agree on Who God Is

I grew up in a church that had a clear and precise definition of who God is. We gathered together every week to worship God and celebrate Him. We sang songs with words like, "let me tell you who Jesus is". The very fabric of our lives were woven together by our definition of him. We had a long list …

Love Stories

What an Anti-Memory Is and How It Frees Your Mind

Neuroscientists at Oxford just discovered how your brain moves memories into long-term storage. It’s called an anti-memory, and it’s more helpful …

The Brain

We might be totally wrong about the universe’s expansion

The universe is expanding about 8% faster than predicted, according to a new study published on the preprint server arXiv.<p>If the results are confirmed, it could transform our understanding of dark matter and dark energy, and completely change our understanding of cosmology itself.<p>"I think that …

Dark Matter

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NASA's Kepler Spacecraft In Emergency Mode, 75 Million Miles From Earth

The space agency hasn't yet explained why this would happen.<p>NASA has declared an emergency after discovering that its planet-hunting Kepler Spacecraft, now millions of miles away, is not operating properly.<p>NASA mission operations engineers learned that the spacecraft had switched into emergency …

Planets

If 8-year-olds understand the morality of murder, should they be held accountable for killing?

It’s rare for young children to kill. But there are exceptions. Last October, an 8-year-old boy in Alabama strangled a toddler to death. That same month, an 11-year-old in Tennessee shot and killed another child after an argument over puppies.<p>Between 1980 and 2008, children under age 14 made just …

U.S. Department of Justice

Last flight-qualified space shuttle fuel tank in existence begins its journey to L.A.

The journey began early Sunday when crews delicately pushed the 15-story space shuttle fuel tank from its outdoor perch outside<p>NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility onto an ocean barge bound for Los Angeles.<p>These were the first tiny steps in what will ultimately be a giant leap for the rust-colored …

Space Exploration

Understanding why some people take their lives – and some don’t | The Star

Arthur Sommer Rotenberg was a doctor in Toronto with a promising career. He had a large, loving family and was both studious and athletic, once …

A 'Great Wall' of galaxies 1 billion light-years wide may be the largest object ever found

As if staring up at the night sky didn't make us feel small already, astronomers have recently announced the discovery of the BOSS Great Wall, a group of superclusters that span roughly 1 billion light-years across and represents the largest structure ever found in space.<p>The BOSS Great Wall, which …

Nano-sized particles cure final-stage breast cancer in mice – breakthrough study

Nanotechnology has helped scientists cure mice which have breast cancer in its terminal stage. The study could be a turning point in treating the …

10 Quantum Truths About Our Universe

From the moment that it was discovered that the macroscopic, classical rules that governed electricity, magnetism and light didn’t necessarily apply to the smallest, subatomic scales, a whole new view of the Universe became accessible to humanity. This quantum picture is much larger and …

Quantum Physics

87 Motivational Eminem Quotes

Marshall Bruce Mathers III, known professionally as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, and actor.<p>Eminem is considered one of …

4 Things You Shouldn’t Be Apologizing For

Have you ever found yourself minimizing your success? Not sharing all your wins? Or being mindful of who you share your goals with because most …

6 Habits of Happy Creatives

<b>1. They leave the drama to HBO.</b><br>You will get sucked down faster than a cold beer on a hot day when you engage in the dramatic dealings of certain …

Gravitational Waves: Spying the Universe's 'Dark Side'

The Feb. 11 announcement that scientists had, for the first time, proof that space itself vibrates is expected to unleash a bevy of discoveries about …

Conditions for life may hinge on how fast the universe is expanding

Scientists have known for several years now that stars, galaxies, and almost everything in the universe is moving away from us (and from everything …

Three 'twisted' photons in 3 dimensions

Researchers at the Institute of Quantum Optics and Quantum Information, the University of Vienna, and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona have …

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 …

Dementia