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A Guide to the Anatomy of the Brain

The human brain is not only one of the most important organs in the human body; it is also the most complex. In the following tour, you will learn …

Neurology

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

The Planet That Took Us Beyond the Solar System

An unusual discovery in the 1990s paved the way for space telescopes to spot thousands of exoplanets.<p><i>Updated on April 16 at 4:19 p.m. ET</i><p>For millennia, the only planets we knew of were the ones in our own solar system. That changed in October 1995, when a pair of Swiss astrophysicists discovered a …

Exoplanets

Nitschke's 'suicide machine' draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral fair

A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at the press of a button went on display at an Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.<p>The ban on assisted death ignores the reality of illnesses like dementia | Polly Toynbee<p>Read more<p>Called the “Sarco”, short for sarcophagus, the …

Hot Rods

How Syria Came to This

A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering<p>Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti.<p>In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a …

Foreign languages: How to memorise vocabulary

When trying to learn a foreign language, most of us have the same complaint: “I’m just not good at memorising.” Learning new vocabulary can be daunting, especially for busy adults whose minds are already occupied with work, family, and other responsibilities.<p>A comfort? Linguists say that to “get …

You can actually learn to be wise, and it can help you feel less lonely

Most people were either stunned or amused when British prime minister Theresa May appointed a Minister of Loneliness a few months ago, acknowledging that, “for far too many people, loneliness is the sad reality of modern life.” Yet, this should not have come as a surprise or a joke. In study after …

Study overturns age-old theory of brain learning

For decades, scientists thought that learning occurs in synapses, or the numerous junctions between brain cells. But now, a new study proposes that …

The Third Education Revolution

Schools are moving toward a model of continuous, lifelong learning in order to meet the needs of today’s economy.<p>When the giant Indian technology-services firm Infosys announced last November that it would open a design and innovation hub in Providence, the company’s president said one of the key …

Higher Education

This Is The A-Bomb Moment For Computer Science

Physics made the atomic bomb and chemistry created nerve gas. Today, computer scientists need to confront the weaponization of their work.<p>“Computer science is a field which hasn't yet encountered consequences,” ex-Googler Yonatan Zunger wrote on Sunday. Physics made the atomic bomb, chemistry …

5 foods you should never reheat in a microwave

Some 30 years ago, American kitchens received the gift of the microwave and quickly became dependent on it for lightning-fast heating. Younger generations can’t even imagine making oatmeal, hot chocolate, or popcorn without it. And yet so many of us are using the microwave incorrectly for reheated …

A startup is pitching a mind-uploading service that is “100 percent fatal” - MIT Technology Review

The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp.<p>There’s never been anything …

Singularity

This Is How Stressed Elon Musk Is About Artificial Intelligence

He's majorly concerned.<p>Elon Musk, the tech billionaire who wants to colonize Mars, is seriously worried about advances in artificial …

Artificial Intelligence

How long-term depression alters the brain

Depression has become a common mental health problem. For some, this condition lingers for many years, and scientists now strive to understand how …

The Brain

What Really Happens When Someone Stares at You

Being stared at can make many people feel highly uncomfortable and look away. This response to another person's apparent visual display of dominance …

This Is The First Detailed Footage of DNA Replication, And It Wasn't What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in June 2017, researchers recorded up-close …

Biochemistry

AI Scientists Via Their 'Aging Clock' May Have Discovered How To Rewind Our Biological Clocks

“I never went through a biological clock experience. I never even heard it ticking.”~Jane Lynch<p>Well laughing it off may have worked for Comedian Jane Lynch, but for most of us, our biological clocks are not just ticking. They’re pounding.<p>Every single one of us is on the clock. And we are comprised …

Medicine

Narcissists often recruit people called 'apaths' to help with their games — here's why they're dangerous

Defining someone's personality is complicated. There are so many nuances in the ways people behave, and why they behave the way they do, that it isn't always appropriate to give someone a specific label — even mental health professionals and psychologists can struggle.<p>In a very broad sense, empathy …

Arctic warming: scientists alarmed by 'crazy' temperature rises

An alarming heatwave in the sunless winter Arctic is causing blizzards in Europe and forcing scientists to reconsider even their most pessimistic forecasts of climate change.<p>Although it could yet prove to be a freak event, the primary concern is that global warming is eroding the polar vortex, the …

Global Warming

The No. 1 TED Talk of All Time Teaches a Critical Lesson in Intelligence (That We Often Forget)

It has close to 50 million views ... and infinite wisdom.<p>The most-viewed TED talk of all time is over a decade old. This is not just a testament to its popularity at the time, but the longevity of its relevance.<p>It's called, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" and it has been viewed over 49 million …

Anti-bacterial wipes pointless as bugs grow back in 20 minutes, scientist says

Anti-bacterial wipes only eradicate bacteria from kitchen surfaces for 20 minutes and using them to keep germs at bay is "an absolutely redundant" exercise, a scientist has said.<p>Dr Clare Lanyon, a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, said consumers may be wasting …

Immune System

A.I.'s Rapid Advance Should Be Truly Scary If You're Paying Attention

When it comes to identifying existential threats posed by technological innovations, the popular imagination summons visions of <i>Terminator</i>, <i>The Matrix</i>, …

Scientists Just Identified The Physical Source of Anxiety in The Brain

And they can control it with light.<p>We're not wired to feel safe all the time, but maybe one day we could be.<p>A new study investigating the …

Powering the Smart Factory with the Internet of Things

To secure a smart future, manufacturers are leveraging the Internet of Things to reshape product development and production. Selecting the right infrastructure is crucial for success.<p>The first half of the digital revolution was about using machines to connect people—allowing them to share ideas, …

Internet of Things

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

5 Books About the Future Elon Musk Thinks You Should Read

The Tesla boss is always thinking ahead.<p>Elon Musk has become one of the world’s most ambitious and successful leaders by building tools of the …

Time To Make Life Hard For The Rich

It is time for polite, respectable, rational people to start saying what has become painfully obvious: It is time to stop respecting the rich, and …

Scientists have beaten down the best climate denial argument

Climate deniers have come up with a lot of arguments about why we shouldn’t worry about global warming – about 200 of them – but most are quite poor, contradictory, and easily debunked by consulting the peer-reviewed scientific literature. The cleverest climate contrarians settle on the least …

Climate Change

Thousands in China watch as 10 people sentenced to death in sport stadium

A court in China has sentenced 10 people to death, mostly for drug-related crimes, in front of thousands of onlookers before taking them away for execution.<p>The 10 people were executed immediately after the sentencing in Lufeng in southern Guangdong province, just 160km (100 miles) from Hong Kong, …

Human Rights

Older Adults' Forgetfulness Tied To Faulty Brain Rhythms In Sleep

Older brains may forget more because they lose their rhythm at night.<p>During deep sleep, older people have less coordination between two brain waves that are important to saving new memories, a team reports in the journal <i>Neuron.</i><p>"It's like a drummer that's perhaps just one beat off the rhythm," says …

The Brain