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Science Of Sadness And Joy: 'Inside Out' Gets Childhood Emotions Right

Hollywood's version of science often asks us to believe that dinosaurs can be cloned from ancient DNA (they can't), or that the next ice age could develop in just a few days (it couldn't).<p>It zeroes in on one of the most poignant times in an individual's life, which is the transition to the preteen …

Animation

From One Man's Damaged Brain, A Treasure Trove Of Research On Memory

When Kent Cochrane survived a motorcycle accident in 1981, he emerged with types of amnesia so rare that his brain became one of the most studied in history. He died this year at 62.<p>Transcript<p>ARUN RATH, HOST:<p>Kent Cochrane, an amnesiac known widely as KC, died this year at 62. After a motorcycle …

Lying on Facebook profiles can implant false memories, experts warn

A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality<p>Embellishing the truth to impress friends on sites like Facebook may implant false memories, psychologists have warned.<p>A fifth of young people admit their online profile bears little resemblance to reality, and …

Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory

Memory can be a playful thing. It collects minute details from childhood events, yet leaves us wondering where we left our keys.<p>There are several …

Behind the scenes of a 'shocking' new study on human altruism

A recent study suggests most people would rather harm themselves than a stranger for profit. Lead author Molly Crockett takes us behind the scenes of the research<p>How much money would you give up to prevent a stranger’s pain? And how does this compare to what you’d pay to prevent your own pain?<p>With …

Are Telepathy Experiments Stunts or Science? - MIT Technology Review

Two scientific teams this year patched together some well-known technologies to directly exchange information between human brains.<p>The projects, in …

The Brain

Juan Enriquez: Are We Evolving Into A Different Species?

<i>Part 6 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> How It All Began.<p><b>About Juan Enriquez</b><p>Juan Enriquez argues that human evolution is far from over — Homo sapiens are becoming a new species right before our eyes.<p><b>About Juan Enriquez's TED Talk</b><p>Juan Enriquez was the founding director of the Harvard Business School …

Spencer Wells: Are All Human Beings Related?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> How It All Began.<p><b>About Spencer Wells' TED Talk</b><p>Geneticist Spencer Wells describes how he uses DNA samples to trace our individual origins going back 2,000 generations.<p><b>About Spencer Wells</b><p>Written in our DNA, we have a historical document that takes us back in time …

Curiosity: It Helps Us Learn, But Why?

How does a sunset work? We love to look at one, but Jolanda Blackwell wanted her eighth-graders to really think about it, to wonder and question.<p>So Blackwell, who teaches science at Oliver Wendell Holmes Junior High in Davis, Calif., had her students watch a video of a sunset on YouTube as part of …

Astronomers Find Amazing Evidence Of A Star Escaping A Black Hole

A star passed by the black hole close enough that some of its mass fell into the black hole's gravitational grip, but far enough that the star managed to get away still intact with minor damage.<p>A team of astronomers spotted the event in a galaxy about 650 million light years from Earth, which is …

Black Holes

You lose more weight if you have 'brown' fat - Futurity

Scientists now know which neurons turn white fat into its energy-burning counterpart known as brown fat.

Fitness

Neuroscientists Are Fed Up With the Brain Training Industry

Becoming smarter doesn't take some expensive thing purchased from the internet.<p>For those in the general demographic of "people that might donate to NPR," advertisements for brain training schemes are nearly ubiquitous. People who fancy themselves as smart—that is, it's part of their …

The Brain

William Burroughs’s drugs cure inspires Alzheimer’s researcher

Author’s search in South America for the shamans’ plant hallucinogenic yagé and use of apomorphine to control his addiction leads neurologist to call for clinical trials<p>Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease are the perennial neuro-degenerative afflictions which remind an ageing …

Does the human eye prove that God exists?

Darwin was baffled by it; Christians see it as evidence of the divine. Will science ever unlock the secrets of the human eye?<p><b>When the body of Dr Yoshiki Sasai,</b> an eminent Japanese biologist, was discovered in August this year, his death was widely mourned across the world of <b>science</b>. Not just for …

The big problem with the Apple Watch is that time is an illusion

There are plenty of reasons to be skeptical of the Apple Watch. Who wants to use a touchscreen that tiny? Why would I want to send my heartbeat to my friends? Why should people who aren't titans of finance spend $349 (the cost of the cheapest model) on a watch?<p>But the best reason for skepticism is …

Souls Tumbling In The Light

Every year on Sept. 11, this happens ...<p>When it gets dark, New York City turns on 88 7,000-watt xenon light bulbs to produce two powerful beams that shoot up, side by side, to remind us that once upon a time, two towers stood here, and then didn't, and this is how we remember the day they came down …

Quantum Mechanics Saves Grandfathers From Time Travelers

Probability solves a great question of time travel. Well, probably.<p>Mention time travel at a nerd party, and other guests will immediately respond with a grim conundrum: What happens if a time traveler goes back in time and kills one of his ancestors? This is the “Grandfather Paradox.” In a …

Interactive dark matter could explain Milky Way’s missing satellite galaxies

NEWS & PRESS<p>Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 10:01<p>Published on Monday, 08 September 2014 23:01<p>Scientists believe they have found a way to …

Newly Discovered ‘Tetraquark’ Fuels Quantum Feud

In August 2003, an experiment at the KEKB particle accelerator in Japan found hints of an unexpected particle: A composite of elementary building …

6 Strange Body Hacks That Are Actually Useful

Some people choose not to accept those limits.<p>Neil Harbisson was born without the ability to see color. Now, he can perceive more than 360 colors and even discern the infrared spectrum. Kevin Warwick, the U.K.-based cybernetics professor and author of "I, Cyborg," was the first person to implant a …

Singularity

Star-crossed wolves produce litter of seven

Incredible footage just broadcast in the Italian media reveals that the celebrity wolves Slavc and Juliet have just had a litter of seven cubs.<p>On 1 March 2012, a camera trap set by a hunter in a remote valley in the Dolomites in Italy captured footage of a wolf.<p>From the wolf’s posture during …

Can This Mineral Power The Planet?

It may soon be time to say "so long" to silicon solar panels.<p>Solar panels are cheaper than ever before, thanks to government subsidies and a flooded market. But they’re not yet affordable enough to eclipse traditional energy sources. Enter perovskites: crystalline minerals that may emerge as the …

Radical New Theory Could Kill the Multiverse Hypothesis

Author: Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine. Natalie Wolchover, Quanta Magazine Science<p>Date of Publication: 08.25.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. …

Here's How The Human Brain Gets Its Wrinkles

The reason our brains have that wrinkly, walnut shape may be that the rapid growth of the brain's outer brain — the gray matter — is constrained by the white matter, a new study shows.<p>Researchers found that the particular pattern of the ridges and crevices of the brain's convoluted surface, which …

Talking to the voices in our heads

A promising approach to treating people who hear voices, also known as ‘auditory hallucinations’, is to get the patient or therapist to interact with the speaker<p>Accents, narrators and total silence: how you hear voices when you read Read more from the Inner Voices series<p>Somebody hears a voice, but …

How mindfulness can ease 'burden' of dementia - Futurity

Mindfulness training eases depression and improves sleep and quality of life for both people with early-stage dementia and their caregivers, research …

A physics experiment might soon tell us if we're living in a 2D hologram

This is how scientists determine if the world around us is an illusion<p>For all we know, the three dimensional world we see around us is really an illusion — one that’s actually in 2D. It’s a slightly unsettling idea, but it’s also one that physicists have been thinking about for some time. …

How Ebola Kills You: It's Not The Virus

Ebola has a nasty reputation for the way it damages the body. It's rightfully earned.<p>"At the end stage of the disease, you have small leaks in blood vessels," says Thomas Geisbert, an immunologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. "You end up with essentially no blood …