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A Tractor Beam Made Of Sound Waves

The device can move around centimeter-sized objects.<p>Tractor beams (short for "attractor beams," which can bring one object closer to another from a distance) are a common trope in science fiction. But could they be made in real life? Researchers made news earlier this year when they created a kind …

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Trump Drugs For Severe Depression

For people with treatment-resistant depression, that is.<p>Drugs are the most common psychiatric treatment for depression. But about 40 percent of people fail to respond to this first-line of antidepressants. What to do? The answer to date has often been more and different drugs.<p>But transcranial …

New research confirms that our electronics and radio waves disrupt migratory birds - ExtremeTech

By on May 8, 2014 at 10:00 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>A research team working at the …

Magnetism

First living thing with 'alien' DNA created in the lab: We are now officially playing God - ExtremeTech

First living thing with ‘alien’ DNA created in the lab: We are now officially playing God<p>By on May 8, 2014 at 12:22 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate …

Six IQ points smarter? There might be a gene for that

A pair of scientists say the KL-VS gene seems to not only prolong life but also to boost cognitive faculties.<p>You know when you meet someone just a little more mentally adept than you are?<p>You stare at them, listen, and wonder: "How do they do that?"<p>Let me tell you that the answer may be that while …

What do animals dream about?

If animals dream like us, where do they go in their slumber? Jason G Goldman explores how we can peer into the minds of sleeping cats, birds and other creatures.<p>"Almost all other animals are clearly observed to partake in sleep, whether they are aquatic, aerial, or terrestrial," wrote Aristotle in …

Greek Philosophy

‘I swapped bodies with someone’

What if you could experience life in another person’s body? A few have done so, discovers Rose Eveleth, and they report profound emotional changes.<p>If you could be anybody in the world, who would it be? This is usually just a theoretical question. The idea of suddenly taking the form of your …

Psychology

Why robots need personalities

If we give our robotic friends social skills and charisma, we could work together with machines to achieve things that neither of us could do alone.<p>Robots don’t just work in factories, says Heather Knight, so we shouldn’t just limit machines to automation. There are ways that we could work with …

Robotics

Five perplexing questions about computers in 2039

Twenty-five years from now, what issues and fears will we have about our deeper interaction with computers? New Scientist magazine sifted through predictions from leading researchers in the field. And if they’re right, we’ll be discussing, worrying about and debating everything from extreme surgery …

Singularity

Do animals bully one another?

Most animals live in some form of hierarchy, which means that ones that are higher up will bully those lower down the pecking order.<p>In fact, the phrase “pecking order” comes from the natural hierarchy that exists in chicken and other domestic poultry. Each bird pecks another lower down the order …

Animals

The Week in Review: White House Fights Climate Change

Inside Flipboard / May 9, 2014<p>Of all the problems facing the planet, global warming gets little attention from the average American. Recent Gallup …