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107 free online courses from the best colleges in the US — including Princeton, Harvard, and Yale

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Coursera was founded by two professors at Stanford University. Shutterstock/MintImages<p>Every year, US News & Reports releases its ranking …

Online Education

The Milky Way Galaxy

Our Little Corner of the Cosmos<p>When we stare up into the heavens on a clear night, away from light pollution and other distractions, we can see a …

What Causes Gambling Addiction? The Role of Dopamine Agonists & the Psychology of Gaming Addiction

What are Dopamine Agonists?<p>Dopamine agonists are drugs designed to raise the levels of dopamine, a chemical in the brain. When dopamine ceases to be …

The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot

Over the course of thousands of years, dogs have evolved alongside humans to be awesome. Unlike their wild ancestors, they don't gnaw on us …

Ask Ethan: If Matter Is Made Of Point Particles, Why Does Everything Have A Size?

The big idea of atomic theory is that, at some smallest, fundamental level, the matter that makes up everything can be divided no further. Those ultimate building blocks would be literally ἄ-τομος, or un-cuttable. As we’ve gone down to progressively smaller scales, we’ve found that molecules are …

Physics

Scientists Finally Prove Strange Quantum Physics Idea Einstein Hated

The equations of physics are things that we humans created to understand the Universe, and it can be hard to disentangle them from the Universe’s …

Quantum Mechanics

Donald Trump won the election, and we don’t know whether he colluded — but he’s not a legitimate president

We know for sure Trump wants to shut down the Russia investigation, and that’s more than enough to disgrace him<p>Here's the biggest problem in discussing President Donald Trump's ongoing Russia scandal: Everyone has a bias, and there's no such thing as a neutral party.<p>For many Democrats, there is the …

Donald Trump

The brain may learn by building 11-dimensional "sandcastles"

We're all familiar with four dimensions – height, width, depth and time – but according to theoretical physics, the universe could be composed of as …

The Brain

Study shows protein in human umbilical cord blood rejuvenates old mice’s impaired learning, memory

Umbilical cord blood from human newborns, and in particular a single protein contained in it, boosted old mice’s brain function and cognitive …

Neuroscience

Why Your Brain Hates Other People - Issue 49: The Absurd

As a kid, I saw the 1968 version of <i>Planet of the Apes</i>. As a future primatologist, I was mesmerized. Years later I discovered an anecdote about its …

Gorillas

Chaos Makes the Multiverse Unnecessary - Issue 49: The Absurd

Scientists look around the universe and see amazing structure. There are objects and processes of fantastic complexity. Every action in our universe …

Universe

Our gut talks and sometimes argues with our brain. Now we know how.

Scientists finally have a better idea why certain meals send you running for the bathroom. The discovery provides insight into the connection between your gut and brain and may point toward new therapies for intestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.<p>The team behind this is led by Holly …

Medical Research

This math question meant for 7-year-olds has everyone stumped

<b>UPDATE: May 18, 2017, 5:06 p.m. SGT</b> Updated with the Ministry of Education's new statement. <b></b><p>A math question apparently meant for 7-year-olds has left …

Why Does The Proton Spin? Physics Holds A Surprising Answer

You can take any particle in the Universe and isolate it from everything else, yet there are some properties that can never be taken away. These are intrinsic, physical properties of the particle itself — properties like mass, charge, or angular momentum — and will always be the same for any single …

Physics

The Double-Slit Experiment Cracked Reality Wide Open

The double-slit experiment seems simple enough: cut two slits in a sheet of metal and send light through them, first as a constant wave, then in …

Quantum Mechanics

The Number One Cause of Suffering According to Buddhism (and What You Can Do About it)

Ever heard of the four noble truths of Buddhism? If you haven’t, it’s basically the four principles of life that govern Buddhism philosophy. They are:<p>…

The US and China are racing to develop the next game-changing offensive weapon

"Air speed makes them much more survivable and hard to shoot down. If you can put enough fuel in them that gets them a good long range. You are going roughly a mile a second so if you put in 1,000 seconds of fuel you can go 1,000 miles - so that gives you lots of standoff capability," Air Force …

Aviation

The 16 Most Awkward Pokemon Go Moments Possible

<i>Pokemon Go</i> has done more for attempting to decrease this country's obesity epidemic than any government initiative or fitness fad to date. But, for …