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'Ayahuasca is changing global environmental consciousness'

Interview with US scientist Dennis McKenna on powerful Amazon hallucinogen, plant intelligence and environmental crises<p>Ayahuasca, as it has come to be known internationally, is a plant medicine that has been used in the Amazon for centuries for healing and spiritual purposes. Renowned for the often …

Consciousness

Glowing Fungi Trees For Lighting Our Streets

Bioluminescence is the term used when describing an organism’s ability to produce and emit light. This is a very common feature found in many marine …

Where Neuroscience is Making the Impossible, Possible

Recently, while preparing to deliver a TED talk—"What Will Be the Next Big Scientific Breakthrough?"—I thought a lot about the impossible.<p>Once, human …

How Prolonged Exposure to Sweet, Blessed Silence Benefits the Brain

I write this to the soundtrack of a literal chainsaw; there are men at work outside my window attempting to – well, I’m not exactly sure what they’re …

How DNA data storage works - ExtremeTech

By on July 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>DNA data storage is a big deal. …

“Nature can surprise us”: There’s a new species of bacteria that eats plastic

There’s an estimated 311 million tons of plastic (pdf) produced every year across the world. There will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, it’s probably in our food, and will likely leave its mark long after we’re gone.<p>Polyethylene terephthalate (known as PET), which is used for …

Pollution

See Photos of Pope Francis Washing the Feet of Muslim Migrants

In this handout picture released by the Vatican Press Office, Pope Francis performs the foot-washing ritual at the Caste<p>... VIEW MORE<p>AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis

A chemist explains why the Honest company toxic ingredient scandal isn’t really a scandal

Promising to avoid synthetic and processed ingredients in products is difficult.<p>Honest Company Inc., owned by actor Jessica Alba, boasts that its products—which include diapers, soaps, and cleaning supplies—don’t contain any synthetic chemicals that haven’t been thoroughly proven to be completely …

Jessica Alba

The Best Scientific Image Of The Year Was A Hand-Painted Watercolor

A renaissance in scientific illustration is afoot.<p>Stunning. Beautiful. Elegant. These are not descriptors you usually hear applied to deadly pathogens–much less a virus that has killed thousands in the past year alone. Except in the case of the doctors and researchers who judge the prestigious …

Imaging

20 Inspirational Quotes From Famous Scientists

The great science minds of history have provided inspirational quotes on their findings, philosophy, and understanding of the world around us. These quotes have inspired generations of young explorers, eager to learn more about the world and motivated toward betterment.<p>When you need a bit more …

Motivation

This FDA Test Could Devastate Monsanto Inc.

The FDA will begin testing our food supply for traces of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide. Image source: Horia Varlan.<p>Uh-oh. This can't be good for <b>Monsanto</b> . As if the chemicals giant didn't have enough on its plate already trying to deal with unfavorable currency …