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Has Europe Been Right All Along to Renounce GE Crops?

By Reynard Loki<p><i>Editor's note: The terms GE (genetic engineering) and GMO (genetically modified organism) are often used interchangeably, but their</i> …

TIME #24: HAS PHYSICS FINALLY CAUGHT UP WITH NATURE?

<b>THE BLOG TAKE AWAY: IS LIFE MADE FROM EXOTIC FORMS OF MATTER?</b>A scanning tunneling micro image of <i>helical Dirac fermions</i> on the surface of a …

Magnetism

The Secret Space Program built with Reverse-Engineered Alien Technology

In 1993, during a lecture at the UCLA Alumini Center, Ben Rich, former CEO of Lockheed Martin held a very interesting speech about technological …

Stealth Aircraft

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. …

Why Digital Computers Can't Have Consciousness

Some of today's top techies and scientists are very publicly expressing their concerns over apocalyptic scenarios that are likely to arise as a result of machines with motives. Among the fearful are intellectual heavyweights like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates, who all believe that …

Is this Britain's most useless cat?

We all feel a bit like we aren't fulfilling our purpose sometimes.<p>This cat is no stranger to that feeling - Audrey may be Britain's most useless cat.<p>She was captured trying in vain to catch a little mouse, who peeked out from behind a table almost as if he was mocking her.<p>It looked like a real-life …

Harvard Goes To The Himalayas – Monks With ‘Superhuman’ Abilities Show Scientists What We Can All Do

It’s fascinating to consider just how many ancient teachings tell us that humans have the capacity to gain extraordinary powers through various …

Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science

Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health.<p>Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel …

Happiness

33 Of The Best TV Shows To Binge-Watch

As told by the people at home.

Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

Canadian Literature

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Microbiology

Strange star has serious scientists talking about an alien megastructure

"It was kind of unbelievable that it was real data," said Yale University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian. "We were scratching our heads. For any idea that came up there was always something that would argue against it."<p>She was talking to the New Scientist about KIC 8462852, a distant star with a very …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Psychology

Today we learned that attaching fireworks to a small quadcopter drone and taking long-exposure photos as it flies around gets you right into the Department of Luminous Light Painting. That’s exactly what professional concert photographer Calder Wilson did to create these three awesome photos. Wilson is still experimenting with this technique, which he started testing back in January using fireworks leftover from New Year’s Eve celebrations. “…Wilson recommends that firework drone photos be done with at least two people. You’ll need to carefully plan triggering the camera shutter, lighting the firework on the drone, taking off, and piloting while the camera is exposing the shot. In one of his shots, Wilson managed to capture a prominent moon halo behind his firework light trails.” Visit Calder Wilson’s website to check out his professional photography. You can also follow him on Facebook and Instagram. [via PetaPixel]

Today we learned that attaching fireworks to a small quadcopter drone and taking long-exposure photos as it flies around gets you right into the …

Landscape Photography