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Religious People Are Less Smart but Atheists Are Psychopaths

<b>Science and religion are fighting it out in your brain</b>, <b>not just in a metaphorical sense, but in a real, physical altercation.</b> That’s the conclusion …

Psychology

8 Awesome Science Resources That You Can Access For Free Online

Including ALL of Feynman’s lectures.<p>There's nothing worse than wanting to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, or just confirm some weird …

These bizarre organisms could represent a new branch on the tree of life

In 2003, Didier Raoult of Aix-Marseille University in France and his colleagues discovered a new kind of virus lurking inside single-celled protozoans.<p>Like other viruses, it couldn't grow on its own, lacking the biochemical machinery to build proteins and genes. Instead, it had to infect host cells …

Biology

University of Kentucky physicist discovers new 2-D material that could upstage graphene - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 29, 2016) – A new one atom-thick flat material that could upstage the wonder material graphene and advance digital technology …

Scientists Perform Key Step in The Water-Splitting Reaction With 100 Percent Efficiency

Bring on the hydrogen fuel.<p>If scientists could find a way to cheaply and easily split water into its molecular parts, it would give us access to an …

Clean Energy

A Blind Woman Has Regained Sight Following a Controversial Stem Cell Treatment

This is incredible.<p>Vanna Belton from Baltimore has been blind for more than five years, but after undergoing surgery where stem cells extracted from …

Grow A Bacterial Zoo In A Bottle

How to build your own Winogradsky column<p>In the 1880s, Russian microbiologist Sergei Winogradsky sealed pond water, mud, and nutrients in a clear tube. The column gave rise to a diverse mix of pond bacteria, which organized into layers based on their energy sources: carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, or …

Biology

Scientists in the UK could win approval to genetically modify human embryos

Critics of the proposed research say it is effectively genetically modifying human embryos and represents a "slippery slope" towards a future of designer babies.<p>But speaking before a meeting of Britain's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) that will decide if she can go ahead, Kathy …

Genetics

Top 10 Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2016

Advances in scientific discovery are converging with unparalleled policy and regulatory action for medical research. At <i>FasterCures</i>, we have surveyed the landscape and interviewed subject matter experts to come up with our recommendations of the top 10 issues to keep an eye on in 2016:<p><b>1. Patient</b> …

Wild Bees Disappearing? Another Month, Another Bungled Bee Study

As the <i>Washington Post</i> headlined in a July story, "Call off the bee-apocalypse: U.S. honeybee colonies hit a 20-year high." Now that the world entomological community is in general agreement that the United States and global honeybee population is not, and has never been, threatened with extinction …

El Niño is set to grow even stronger in the next few months

The strong winds currently going from the western to eastern Pacific that are driving El Niño are showing no signs of waning, with other data on ocean surface temperatures suggesting that it still hasn't reached its peak yet.<p>The weather system has been implicated in the fires that have spread …

Weather

This helpful infographic shows the chemistry behind diamond rings

Diamonds might purportedly be 'a girl's best friend', but they're also quite interesting from a chemical perspective.<p>You could be forgiven for thinking that there's not a whole lot to them; after all, they're simply one of the possible forms of carbon, formed at high pressure beneath the Earth's …

Diamonds

Wine + Penny = Problem Solved! Chemistry Hack Saves Old Wine

Good news, wine lovers: You can revive a stale bottle of your favorite vintage with a simple chemistry experiment. More good news: It'll only cost …

Why asparagus makes pee smell funny, and other amazing facts about everyday foods and spices

By digging deep into the molecular chemistry of everyday foods and spices, Cambridge-based chemistry teacher Andy Brunning has the answers.<p>And you don't have to be a chemistry-expert to understand them.<p>Brunning heads the popular science website Compound Interest and recently published the book "Why …

Wellness

Passive stimulation could be a promising new therapy option for pain patients

Neuroscience

Turning Down The Heat When Cooking Meat May Reduce Cancer Risk

Remember the headlines a few weeks back, when the World Health Organization categorized red and processed meats as cancer-causing?<p>Turns out, the techniques you use to prepare your meat seem to play into this risk.<p>A new study published in the journal <i>Cancer</i> finds that high-temperature cooking methods …

Cancer

Researchers have used computers to tackle one of chemistry's greatest challenges

Researchers from the University of Bradford have joined forces with German high-tech company, Avant-garde Materials Simulation, to successfully …

Organic Chemistry

Love can get you high: New research reveals its incredible effect on the brain

Roxy Music was onto something. The Kinsey Institute finds love generates the same feelings of euphoria as cocaine<p>There are thousands of songs about the narcotic effects of falling in love. One of the most obvious examples that comes to mind when reading about Helen Fisher’s brain scans of the …

Here's what humanity may be like in 1,000 years

And the technology we build is progressing at a blistering pace. And that pace keeps picking up.<p>Things like flying cars, sophisticated artificial intelligence, and quantum computers may emerge from science fiction into reality in less time than we think.<p>Now ASAP Science has partnered with National …

Singularity

The world's leading futurist wants to live forever — here's why

Google's resident futurist and famed inventor Ray Kurzweil says humans are just a few scientific breakthroughs away from achieving eternal life. During a visit to our office, the Google director of engineering talked to us about the future of health and medicine and his case for why we should live …

Singularity

Deep-Sea Bacteria Can Curb Climate Warming Effects Of Greenhouse Gas: Here's How

An enzyme called carbonic anhydrase found within a deep-sea bacterium has been successfully utilized by scientists at the University of Florida to …

Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Genetics

Russian scientist claims injections of 3.5 million-year-old bacteria lead to longer life

When it comes to solving the seemingly impossible question of eternal youth, a scientist in Russia believes there might actually just be something in …

Biology

Meet the Mind-Controlling Algae Protein That Could Cure Blindness

It sounds completely crazy: as early as next year, using gene therapy scientists hope to restore sight in the blind by giving their eyes additional …

Here’s the Most Comprehensive ‘Tree of Life’ Created to Date With 2.3 Million Species

Researchers have released their first crack at a “tree of life” that depicts what they say is the relationship and evolution of 2.3 billion species over a 3.5-billion-year timeline.<p>The circular tree of life comes from a collaborative effort of 10 institutions and, according to researchers, is the …

Biology

The secrets of living to 200 years old

Ageing is not an inevitable fact of life – many animals have already found ways to delay death. Their clues might help us all enjoy longer and healthier lives.<p>Just 30 years after the publication of Moby Dick, a group of Alaskan whalers attempted to tame their own ocean giant. Their target was a …

Biology

Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

Public Health

A look inside the world's superhouses – in pictures

A new book and exhibition looks at some of the world’s most extraordinary houses, including a transformed cement factory outside Barcelona, a prefabricated house in the Netherlands, a restored 12th-century castle in England, and a futuristic seaside escape on the coast of Victoria.<p>• McCartney’s …

Republic of Ireland

How To Make Your Home Smarter, Step 1

Pick your platform<p>Different products can cause chaos when they don’t communicate. So choose a platform that uses a networking hub or an app (or both) to marry disparate devices and give your house a centralized brain from the get go.<p>For The Keyboard Banger: Belkin WeMo<p>Most WeMo devices can connect …

Books of the year 2014

The twenty-three books this scientist read this year, offered as a guide to the interested and the wary<p>It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in …