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The brain uses its 'autocorrect' feature to make out sounds

New research has zoomed in on the brain's speech recognition abilities, uncovering the mechanism through which the brain discerns between ambiguous …

The Brain

It’s the year 2038–here’s how we’ll eat 20 years in the future

A science-fiction look at the next two decades of food developments, from robot farmers to 3D-printed meals to government monitoring of your daily calorie intake.<p>It’s the year 2038. The word “flavor” has fallen into disuse. Sugar is the new cigarettes, and we have managed to replace salt with …

Sustainability

The message of material: How the Obama Center gets built looms large

It would be going too far to say that the Chicago Plan Commission didn’t know what it was voting for when its members overwhelmingly endorsed the proposed Obama Presidential Center on Thursday. But in a way, that’s what happened. One of the architects even said so afterward.<p>The “outline has been …

Obama Foundation

Uber Unveils the Flying Taxi It Wants to Rule the Skies

If you trust the folks with their eyes tilted upward and their hands waving in the air, flying taxis could be a traffic panacea, leveraging the third …

The Three Levels of Self-Awareness

Self-awareness is like great sex: everyone thinks they have a ton of it, but in reality no one knows what the fuck they’re doing.The fact is that the …

Self-help

These 5 healthy habits could help you live a decade longer, study suggests

<b>(CNN) —</b> Want to prolong your life expectancy by more than a decade? A new study suggests that you can do just that by following these five healthy habits: never smoke, maintain a healthy body-mass index, keep up moderate to vigorous exercise, don't drink too much alcohol, and eat a healthy …

Health Care

How to Make a Good Impression in 60 Seconds

If you can effectively grab someone's attention, you may have them hooked for life.<p>I have a love-hate relationship with networking. On one hand, it gets draining to be "on" for hours at a time. On the other hand, it's a fascinating thing when you realize that you get to connect with another person …

This Macronutrient Cheat Sheet Is Key to Helping You Lose Weight

Counting carbs and calories unfortunately doesn't always equal weight-loss success, and that's because it's all about the <i>quality</i> of the foods you're consuming. Tracking your macros (protein, fat, and carbs) instead may actually be key. Macronutrients are what make up the caloric content of what you …

Weight Loss

Exercising for 20 minutes-a-day cuts risk of developing depression by one third

Exercising for 20 minutes a day cuts the risk of developing depression by one third, and could save the British economy billions, the biggest ever study has shown.<p>The NHS currently spends £7.5 billion tackling depression each year, including £266 million on antidepressants alone.<p>But a major new …

DARPA-funded prosthetic memory system successful in humans, study finds

Hippocampal prosthesis restores memory functions by creating “MIMO” model-based electrical stimulation of the hippocampus — bypassing a damaged brain …

What You Can Do When You Can't Stop Thinking About Something

There are only two things you can truly control—your thoughts and your behavior. No one else can choose either one of those for you. But sometimes …

Resilience 101: How to Be a More Resilient Person

Resilience is that amazing skill that helps you recover quickly from difficulties. If you are resilient, then when life knocks you down, you bounce …

How smart people handle difficult people

Difficult people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive …

How You Think Is A Strong Predictor of How Long You Will Live (Study Shows )

Advances in health, education, disease prevention and treatments are high on the list of things that have allowed people to extend their lives, …

How Successful Entrepreneurs Master Time

Learn how to get the most out of every hour.<p>We all want to be happier and more successful and to get more out of life. (Who doesn't?) If only it were possible to squeeze more time into each day.<p>I understand that desire for more time. As the founder of Aha! I have a very busy schedule -- sometimes …

Top Video of 2016 #2: The Science behind Women’s Sexual Desire: Provocative, Immediate, and Raw

• Rising ocean levels are a serious threat to coastal regions around the globe.<br>• Scientists have proposed large-scale geoengineering projects that would …

Sea Level

Scientists: Mussels, without noses, use smell to find homes

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mussels don't have noses, but two Maine scientists believe the dark shellfish rely on smells when choosing where to set up …

How Taming the Mind is Like Riding a Horse

In traditional descriptions, meditation is likened to training a horse. The sensations, impulses, and reactions in our bodies are like the untamed …

Promising lab-grown skin sprouts hair and grows glands

<b>Scientists in Japan have successfully transplanted mice with lab-grown skin that has more of the organ's working parts in place than ever before.</b><p>Starting with stem cells made from a mouse's gums, they managed to craft skin with multiple layers - as well as hair follicles and sweat glands.<p>When …

LSD could make you smarter, happier and healthier. Should we all try it?

By Daniel Miller<p>In 1970, Congress dropped psychedelics into the war on drugs. After a decade of Timothy Leary, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and news reports of gruesome murders, the federal government declared that the drugs had no medical use — and high potential for abuse. The chairman of …

Will dictators disappear?

Is a future without dictatorships realistic? Rachel Nuwer investigates.<p>Citizens living in democracies often associate dictatorships with repression, human rights abuses, poverty and turmoil. Indeed, dictatorships have cost untold lives, including up to 49 million Russian deaths under Joseph Stalin, …

Washington D.C.

Imaging Trump's Brain

When Donald Trump said he went to a "good school" I was flattered, because that's where I teach. When he said he has a "good brain" it got me thinking. What would modern brain science say is going on in there?<p>I'm not a psychiatrist but if I were I wouldn't be allowed to speculate about that. Ever …

CRI Researchers Link Absence of Protein to Liver Tissue Regeneration

“This research gives us ideas about new ways to treat liver damage or chronic liver disease,” said senior author Dr. Hao Zhu, an Assistant Professor …

General says Army at high risk in war against China, Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army's top general says military forces on the ground face a high level of risk if the United States gets into a large-scale …

Foreign Travelers Share Their Weirdest Experiences in America

From road rules to over-the-top friendliness, here’s what surprised international travelers most about the United States.<p>Non-American travelers …

The killer whale from 'Blackfish' is dying

The killer whale made famous by the award-winning documentary <i>Blackfish</i> is dying.<p>SeaWorld announced on Tuesday that Tilikum's health is beginning to …

SeaWorld

Herschel Is Making Bags Out Of A Nearly Indestructible Textile From World War II

The rip stops here.<p>Aside from looking sharp, a great city backpack can stand up to hard knocks. While it’s easy to find heavy-duty outdoor gear that fulfills the latter requirement, you’re riding the subway, not scaling a mountain–no need to buy a pack optimized for alpine excursions. Herschel …

MALAYSIA IS ABOUT TO ESTABLISH A 1.6 MILLION HECTARE MARINE PARK

In June, The Tun Mustapha Marine Park and shark sanctuary will officially open - at 1.6 million hectares, including 50 islands, the biggest marine …

Conservation

Puzzling hum emanating from Pacific Ocean might be fish farts

When scientists first started hearing an odd noise emanating from the depths of the Pacific Ocean a few years ago, they didn't know what to think. The sound (described as a continuous humming or buzzing that only happens at certain times of day) wasn't from typical ocean activity and was too high a …

Did Tom Wolfe's bold predictions about human nature come true?

Twenty years ago, Tom Wolfe made predictions about how advances in neuroscience would transform our understanding of human behaviour. So, how much did he get right?<p>This article was published in February 2016<p>Exactly 20 years ago, Tom Wolfe wrote one of the most influential articles in neuroscience. …

Tom Wolfe