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Six Things Everyone Should Know About Quantum Physics

Quantum physics is usually just intimidating from the get-go. It’s kind of weird and can seem counter-intuitive, even for the physicists who deal with it every day. But it’s not incomprehensible. If you’re reading something about quantum physics, there are really six key concepts about it that you …

Quantum Mechanics

The science of sexiness: why some people are just more attractive

A new study suggests that long-distance runners are more attractive because they have greater levels of testosterone which makes them more manly and fertile.<p>But there are other biological and evolutionary triggers which are constantly drawing us to certain individuals, even if we don’t realise it …

Research

Why racism is not backed by science

As we harvest ever more human genomes one fact remains unshakeable: race does not exist<p>Barely a week goes by without some dispiriting tale of racism seeping into the public consciousness: the endless stream of Ukip supporters expressing some ill-conceived and unimaginative hate; football hooligans …

Genetics

A Simple Proof of Conservation of Energy

11 Tricks Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, And Other Famous Execs Use To Run Meetings

We've already learned that meetings fall apart thanks to sloppy agendas, un-articulated ground rules, and other structural mistakes.<p>So we decided to look at how some of the most effective executives in history — from GM czar Alfred Sloan to Apple prince Steve Jobs to Facebook queen Sheryl Sandberg …

Opioids prescribed by doctors led to 92,000 overdoses in ERs in one year

Prescription drug overdoses, a dangerous side effect of the nation's embrace of narcotic painkillers, are a "substantial" burden on hospitals and the economy, according to a new study of emergency room visits.<p>Overdoses involving prescription painkillers have become a leading cause of injury deaths …

Pharma

What is the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle? - Chad Orzel

Antimatter Explained

Trauma & Addiction: Crash Course Psychology #31

New View Suggests Big Bang Inflation Claims Are Just Dust

Astrophysics

Brainstorm in a teacup: can epilepsy fuel creativity?

Epilepsy can be very disruptive and debilitating, but can it also spur creativity? If treatments suppress comedic inspiration and this directly affects your job, is it worth it?<p>I’m an epileptic.<p>It’s not how I define myself, but I am writing about epilepsy, so I think pointing out the fact that I am …

Fake sweeteners may mess with the way our bodies metabolize sugar

Diet sodas and those packets of artificial sweetener you put in your coffee may not be as benign as we thought, a new study suggests.<p>High doses of artificial sweeteners like saccharin, sucralose and aspartame can change the population of healthy gut bacteria in mice and in some humans. And those …

Diabetes