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How to Learn Something and Actually Retain It

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Learning

The Virus With Spider DNA

How did part of a black-widow venom gene end up in a virus that infects one of the world's most successful bacteria?<p>If you pick a random species of insect and look inside its cells, there’s a 40 percent chance that you’ll find bacteria called <i>Wolbachia</i>. And if you look at <i>Wolbachia</i> carefully, you’ll …

Biology

Here Are 16 Creative Tips For Killing It On Instagram

<b>WHAT:</b> A new video revealing some creative tips on how to Instagram better.<p><b>WHO:</b> The photography obsessives at COOPH, and star photographer Chris Burkard.<p><b>WHY WE CARE:</b> As we’ve mentioned before, your friends are liars. Not every photo they post on social media is exactly what it purports to be. The …

Must See Stops in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

<i>A moody scene captured in a socked in Sequoia National Park. Photo credit: Jonathan Irish</i><p>It was in the California wilderness where John Muir, the unofficial "father of the national parks," was inspired to start down a lifelong path of environmental conservation--and it was the landscapes of Sequoia …

National Parks
Science

The Pot-Belly of Ignorance

What you eat makes a huge difference in how optimally your body operates. And what you spend time reading and learning equally affects how …

World's Deepest Underwater Cave Discovered In Czech Republic

It's so deep, you could stack four Statues of Liberty and still not reach the surface.<p>The flooded limestone fissure is so deep, four Statues of Liberty could be stacked on top of each other and still not reach the surface.<p>And the Hranicka Propast, or Hranice Abyss, could still set more records …

B.C. author W.P. Kinsella ends his own life under assisted-dying legislation

W.P. Kinsella, the B.C.-based author of <i>Shoeless Joe</i>, the award-winning novel that became the film <i>Field of Dreams</i>, has died at 81.<p>His literary agency …

Creative Writing

Adverse effects of cannabis scientifically verified, a world first - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Researchers have clarified important mechanisms involved in the formation of neural circuits in the brain. This group also discovered that …

Gene-modified soil bacteria promise eco-friendly computing

You normally need non-renewable elements or minerals to create nanowires. However, the US Navy's Office of Naval Research may have a better solution: the life living in the dirt under your feet. Its sponsored researchers have crafted nanowires from genetically modified Geobacter, a bacteria you …

Wild Scandinavia: adventure without breaking the bank

This is a pricey part of the world, but these adventures in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland, from the new Wild Guide Scandinavia, are pleasantly surprising in more ways than one<p>With some of the largest remaining tracts of true wilderness in Europe, Scandinavia and Iceland offer a multitude of …

European Travel

NASA Just Made All Its Research Free Online

Well that takes care of our Sunday plans.<p>Yesterday, NASA announced a massive new public project that will make all of its publicly funded research available online for free. A new portal, Pubspace, will host thousands of NASA research articles on topics like the toxicity of lunar dust or the make …

Plantagon Breaks Ground on its First 'Plantscraper' Vertical Farm in Sweden!

1/8<p>Several years ago a Swedish-American company called Plantagon unveiled plans for a series of massive skyscraper greenhouses that stood to …

3tags.org

Behemoth review – a paradise lost to profiteers

The dehumanising impact of coal mining is laid bare in a Chinese documentary whose stunning images speak louder than words<p>There is an extraordinary moment about a third of the way through Zhao Liang’s masterly documentary, <i>Behemoth</i>. The screen goes scarlet. It’s not immediately clear what we are …

Great Depression

Hidden codex may reveal secrets of life in Mexico before Spanish conquest

Hi-tech imaging has revealed exceptionally rare manuscript overlaid by 16th-century deerhide document held at Oxford University<p>One of the rarest manuscripts in the world has been revealed hidden beneath the pages of an equally rare but later Mexican codex, thanks to hi-tech imaging techniques.<p>The …

15 Reasons Why You Should Go to Iceland On Your Next Vacation

Consider this your must-see list.<p>There are plenty of practical reasons why Iceland is a great place to travel. You can fly there in less than six hours from the East Coast, the dollar remains strong against the Icelandic krona, and it's an easy layover on your way to Europe. But even if all those …

Progress Report on a Novel Approach to Brain Computer Interfaces, Neural Dust

It has been a while since the concept of neural dust was first proposed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley. Since then, the …

5 Famous Novels That Will Reignite Your Creativity

When was the last time you read something this deep?<p>I am a writer, and part of being a great writer means reading-- a lot.<p>But reading has so many other benefits that people tend to forget, one of which being it works your brain in a different way than reading blogs (like this one) or magazines or …

Literature

The active girl’s guide to packing for every destination

Following your wanderlust can take you far and wide—and there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to planning vacation. But whether your …

The Early, State-Sanctioned LSD Experiments in Communist Bulgaria

Bulgarians were turning on, tuning in, and dropping out long before hippies.<p>Prof. Marina Boyadjieva (first row, second right) with colleagues from …

Lsd

Food For Thought: How Gut Bacteria Help Regulate Inflammation In The Brain

If you’ve ever felt like your stomach is controlling your mind, then you could be on to something, as researchers have now revealed what appears to …

This man had no idea his mind is ‘blind’ until last week

Imagine realising that you’ve spent your whole life unable to visualise anything in your mind. Helen Thomson speaks to a 42-year-old man whose internal world is pictureless.<p>Close your eyes and visualise the face of the person you love the most. The colour of their eyes, the texture of their hair, …

The Brain

Photos: Colombia’s “lost city of marijuana”

The jungle around Toribío in southwestern Colombia is filled with vast pot plantations that stretch as far as the eye can see. At night, the greenhouse lights glow like a sea of fluorescent plankton.<p>Colombia’s 50-year civil war devastated this region. Fighting between the Colombian army and the …

South America

Microsoft just launched an artificial intelligence bot for teens that has 'no chill'

But users won't be speaking to a person, they'll be talking to "Tay," Microsoft's new bot that's powered by artificial intelligence.<p>The easiest way to converse with Tay is on Twitter. It's at @tayandyou. All users have to do is tweet at it as if it were a real person and it'll tweet back in a kind …

Artificial Intelligence

Real Talk About How Much It Actually Costs To Travel The World

Everyone these days seem to be telling you to travel. Quit the grind. Meet people. Enrich your life. See the world. But no one ever likes to talk about money. They expect you to figure that bit out on your own.<p>Travel isn’t free and it’s not always easy, either. Sometimes it’s expensive and hard at …