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Flowers killed dinosaurs, the asteroid just finished them off

There's strong scientific evidence to suggest an ancient asteroid impact off the coast of Mexico wiped out the dinosaurs, but new research suggests the giant lizards were already on the way out because some beautiful new species had begun to poison them.<p>A recent study published in the journal Ideas …

Dinosaurs

Earth's Flip-Flopping Magnetic Field is Screwing with Satellites Over Africa

The "big flip" may be on its way.<p>We foolishly assume some things about the Earth will always be the same. Sure, it’s safe to assume the sky will …

Earth Science

The 10 Best Places to Camp for Free Northern California

It’s hard to think of a more satisfying way to spend a beautiful weekend than camping on one of Northern California’s spectacular array of public …

Hiking

Researchers change wavelengths of entangled photons to those used in telecommunications

The potential for photon entanglement in quantum computing and communications has been known for decades. One of the issues impeding its immediate …

Interview: Max Tegmark on Superintelligent AI, Cosmic Apocalypse, and Life 3.0

In his new book, Max Tegmark says the outcome of AI research--and of the universe--is in our hands Image: Penguin Random House Ask Max Tegmark why …

Artificial intelligence ethics the same as other new technology

<i>[Editor’s note: Brian Patrick Green is Assistant Director of Campus Ethics Programs at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and faculty in the</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

How does the brain turn unconscious information into conscious thought?

Neuroscience tells us that most of the work done by our brains happens on an unconscious level, but when does that "a-ha!" moment occur? And what …

Consciousness

Cognitive science suggests Trump makes us more accepting of the morally outrageous

In October 2015, a college student named Lauren Batchelder stood up at a campaign forum in Manchester, New Hampshire, and challenged Donald Trump's record on women's issues. “Maybe I’m wrong,” she said, “maybe you can prove me wrong, but I don’t think you’re a friend to women.”<p>So far, this might …

Sanders gained more votes than Hillary Clinton in key general election states. But voting behavior in the primaries is very different to voting on the big day<p>It has been a week since Donald Trump won the majority of electoral college votes and became president-elect of the US (and a week since he …

Middle-class

It’s high time: If we can legalize marijuana, why can’t we end the misguided War on Drugs?

America’s wasted more than $1 trillion on demonizing drugs, many of which, like weed, have real medical benefits<p>On Election Day, my home state of California voted to legalize recreational cannabis, as did Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada. So the 2016 elections represented a substantial victory for …

AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit

New documents reveal the telecom giant is doing NSA-style work for law enforcement—without a warrant—and earning millions a year from taxpayers.<p>On …

“All the black and brown people have to leave”: Trump’s scary impact on how kids think

The campaign alone was damaging. What now?<p>MelissiaHill was eating crepes with her 5-year-old son, Phoenix, at a Brooklyn cafe this summer when he asked her, “Is Donald Trump a bad person? Because I heard that if he becomes president, all the black and brown people have to leave and we’re going to …

This Is What Would Happen If Nature Had the Same Rights as Corporations

In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has solidified the concept of corporate personhood. Following rulings in such cases as Hobby Lobby and …

Science-Based Secrets for Reading Other People's Minds

<i>This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns.</i><p>Imagine you're really excited about a new idea for a …

10 Ways to Boost Your Emotional Resilience, Backed by Research

Ever dealt with a really difficult situation? We’ve all had our emotional resilience tested. Sometimes it feels like you just want to give up.<p>How do …

Kids Granted Permission By Judge To Sue US Government For Lack Of Action On Climate Change

Environment Photo credit: Our Children's TrustA lawsuit filed by a group of young people in Oregon claiming the American government is negligent in …

See Maps Showing Where FBI Planes Are Watching From Above

America is being watched from above. Government surveillance planes routinely circle over most major cities — but usually take the weekends off.

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

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 New Jersey’s …