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Alarm as study reveals world’s tropical forests are huge carbon emission source

Forests globally are so degraded that instead of absorbing emissions they now release more carbon annually than all the traffic in the US, say researchers<p>The world’s tropical forests are so degraded they have become a source rather than a sink of carbon emissions, according to a new study that …

Ecology

Using Quantum Physics to "Prove" God's Existence

The observer effect in quantum mechanics indicates that the quantum wavefunction collapses when an observation is made by an observer. It is a …

Quantum Mechanics

Without Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness Doesn’t Work

Mindfulness has become the corporate fad <i>du jour</i>, a practice widely touted as a fast-track to better leadership. But we suspect that not all the benefits laid at its feet actually belong there. Our research and analysis has revealed a complicated relationship between mindfulness and executive …

A Stanford researcher is pioneering a dramatic shift in how we treat depression — and you can try her new tool right now

We do know, however, that talking seems to help — especially under the guidance of a licensed mental health professional. But therapy is expensive, inconvenient, and often hard to approach. A recent estimate suggests that of the roughly one in five Americans who have a mental illness, close to …

Chatbots

This Is The Future Of Artificial Intelligence

It’s widely known by now that the U.S. and global economy are being profoundly re-shaped by software technology. Human jobs are being eaten by …

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Physics

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

What marijuana does to your body and brain

Marijuana's official designation as a Schedule 1 drug— something with "no accepted medical use" — means it is pretty tough to study.<p>Yet numerous anecdotal reports as well as some studies have linked marijuana with several purported health benefits, from pain relief to helping with certain forms of …

Cannabis
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20 medical uses for marijuana

Yes, the Drug Enforcement Agency still categorizes marijuana as a schedule I drug, one that has no accepted medical use, but since the late 1990s, a majority of Americans have thought medical pot should be legal. A majority support recreational legalization as well.<p>Washington D.C. and 24 states …

Cannabis

Science Just Gave You an Awesome Reason to Get High and Masturbate All Day

The benefits of stoned sex are well-documented. Numerous studies have pointed out smoking weed can have aphrodisiac effects, relaxing your …

Cannabis

Puerto Rico is losing a doctor a day

Puerto Rico is losing a doctor a day.<p>Justin Maldonado learned that fact in the most tragic way possible.<p>His uncle had a stroke in the summer of 2014. The family rushed him to a local hospital in Coamo. The emergency room doctors recommended that his uncle be taken immediately to a neurologist.<p>Then …

Caribbean

Fuckers Who Curse a Lot Aren't Stupid, Says Science

A new study shows that douchebags who know more profanities tend to have better vocabularies overall.<p>Good news, assholes: All those cockheads who have been telling you for years that curse words are a sign of poor breeding, low intelligence, and a shitty command of the English language should shut …

Linguistics

Tattoos stay so long in the skin because the body thinks that it is under attack

Tattoos last forever because the human body thinks it is under attack when someone draws on it.<p>The body’s complex processes that keep our skin free …

Steve Wozniak says today's Silicon Valley cares too much about money

Things may have changed a lot in Silicon Valley since Steve Wozniak first conceived the idea the Apple computer, but he hasn't lost any of his …

Obama Nixed CIA Plan That Could Have Stopped ISIS: Officials

The CIA in 2012 proposed a detailed covert action plan designed to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power, but President Obama declined to approve it, current and former U.S. officials tell NBC News.<p>It’s long been known that then-CIA Director David Petraeus recommended a program to …

Middle East

As many as 13.1 million US residents could be displaced this century by rising sea levels

A new study published recently in Nature Climate Change takes population growth into account when trying to understand the impact of climate change, and the results are startling.<p>As many as 13.1 million US residents could be displaced by rising sea levels by 2100.<p>“Living in a place like Florida ... …

Morocco is producing solar power at night

Springing up on the edge of the Sahara desertare rows of curved mirrors as far as the eye can see.<p>They're part of what could become the biggest solar power plantin the world.<p>Morocco is investing about $2.6 billion on the construction of the Ouarzazate complex, which forms the heart of a $9 billion …

Renewable Energy

A 5-dimensional black hole could break the laws of physics as we know them

The simulation has suggested that if our Universe is made up of five or more dimensions — something that scientists have struggled to confirm or disprove — Einstein's general theory of relativity, the foundation of modern physics, would be wrong.<p>In other words, five-dimensional black holes would …

Physics

Ridiculous Tax Breaks of the 1%

Image source: D. Ramey Logan.<p>There are many tax breaks in the U.S. that favor the wealthy. For example, the ability to pay lower tax rates on long-term capital gains disproportionately benefits the rich -- in fact, 70% of the tax savings provided by this went to households with incomes above $1 …

Retirement

A Harvard scientist who's studied coffee for 20 years explains why the drink is amazing

Dr. Frank Hu just finished a 20-year study on the effects of coffee on the human body. People who drink more coffee it turns out, live longer.<p>Specifically, Hu's study found that coffee-drinkers have lower risks of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as suicide.<p>The research began …

Coffee

Dazzling Images of the Brain Created by Neuroscientist-Artist

The brain has been called the most complex structure in the universe, but it may also be the most beautiful. One artist's work captures both the …

Neurophilosophy

Smoking high-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres in brain

Study suggests high levels of skunk use may affect the brain’s white matter, making communication between the right and left hemispheres less efficient<p>High-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres that handle the flow of messages across the two halves of the brain, scientists claim. Brain scans of …

3 scientific ways to prevent awkward conversations

You’re in the middle of a conversation, about to chime in but then…you <i>totally blank</i>. A conversation that should have flowed easily turns awkward, your conversation partner looks at you like you’re an alien and your confidence sinks.<p>Has that ever happened to you?<p>It’s common to feel nervous during …

Amazon launches a free cloud-based screenwriting app

Amazon has unveiled Storywriter, a free cloud-based tool for writing movie and TV screenplays in standard format that’s suitable for users of all skill levels.<p>Storywriter includes a number of useful features such as automatically formatting your text while you type, auto-saving and …

Network of artificial neurons learns to use language

A network of artificial neurons has learned how to use language.<p>Researchers from the universities of Sassari and Plymouth found that their cognitive …

Elon Musk: 500-mile-range Teslas are 'less than 10 years away'

Would you consider an electric car as your main mode of transportation if it could go 500 miles on a single charge?<p>According to Tesla founder Elon …

Joe Biden changes story on Osama bin Laden raid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Vice President Joe Biden offered an account Tuesday of the decision to launch the raid that killed Osama bin Laden that differed from some of his previous retellings -- and from Hillary Clinton's.<p>His remarks come as he considers facing off against the former secretary of state in …

Driving