Jacob Bratcher

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George RR Martin: 'Gandalf felt like a cheat - coming back from the dead should change characters'

George RR Martin, whose A Song of Ice and Fire series was the inspiration for HBO’s Game of Thrones, has offered insight into the fate of characters who come back from the dead in his books – and has spoken about how he felt “cheated” by the seemingly easy return of wizard Gandalf in JRR Tolkien's …

If you’re not a white male, artificial intelligence’s use in healthcare could be dangerous

Healthcare inequalities are systemic and closely intertwined with social inequalities. In the US, black men and women can be expected to live a decade less than their white counterparts, and are also much more likely to die from heart disease, various types of cancer, and stroke. Rates of diabetes …

This is the Closest Thing We Have to a Master Equation of the Universe

by Business Insider July 3, 2017 Hard Science 13186<p>Rashmi Shivni, Symmetry<p>The Standard Model of particle physics is often visualized as a table, …

Psychologists have identified the kind of emotional intelligence that makes internet trolls so mean

What is it with people’s behavior online? Why the readiness to attack, the snarky tone, the lack of courtesy inherent to so many comments? The internet can bring out the worst in people, which when taken to extremes turns into trolling—that bizarre impulsive habit of hurting others online, without …

That Tesla Battery Emissions Study Making the Rounds? It's Bunk.

No, making a Tesla battery does not equal eight years of driving an internal combustion car.<p>If you're predisposed to hate electric cars, then there's a wonderful story making the rounds that'll support your worldview. It claims that the production of Tesla battery produces carbon emissions …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson's answer to 'What if we could live forever?' will change how you think about time

But what if you could have more time? What if you had all the time you needed to do everything on your list? No, you don't need to wish on a magic lamp — you just need to change how you perceive time and refocus your energies.<p>This is what Neil deGrasse Tyson does.<p>For those unfamiliar with Tyson, he …

This awesome web tool shows you what the 2017 eclipse will look like wherever you live

Getting to enjoy the spectacle that is a solar eclipse requires a good bit of both timing and luck. You have to actually be in a position to see the …

UC Berkeley

Therapy Is Proven To Improve Mental Health. Now, You Can Do It Anywhere.

<i>Disclaimer: Futurism only supports products that we trust and use. This post is in partnership with BetterHelp, and Futurism may get a small</i> …

Low-grav shooter ‘LawBreakers’ comes out August 8th for $30

And a PC beta will be live from June 28th until July 3rd.<p><i>LawBreakers</i>, the low-gravity team shooter made by Boss Key Productions, just got a release date for both its PC and recently-announced PS4 versions: August 8th, retailing for $30. But before then, the game will have another beta (sadly, still …

Gears of War

How to Assess Internet Cures Without Falling for Dangerous Pseudoscience

Five years ago, against practically anyone’s better judgment, I knowingly abandoned any semblance of medical evidence to follow the bizarre-sounding …

A Breakthrough AI Can Now Predict Which Babies Will Develop Autism

Identifying Autism<p>A study published in <i>Science Transitional Medicine</i> has found that doctors can predict which babies will develop autism spectrum …

Russia has developed a cyberweapon that can disrupt power grids, according to new research

By Ellen Nakashima<p>Ellen Nakashima<p>National security reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Hackers allied with the Russian government have devised a cyberweapon that has the potential to be the most disruptive yet against electric systems that Americans depend on for daily life, according to U.S. researchers.<p>The …

Cybersecurity

'Kingdom Hearts 3' trailer shows combat, but no release date

Besides Sora & Co. on Mt Olympus, it promises another trailer in July.<p>Our long wait for <i>Kingdom Hearts 3</i>... is probably not close to ending. Still, fans can enjoy a new trailer that Square Enix premiered tonight at the LA performance of the Kingdom Hearts World Tour. There's plenty of gameplay and …

Enix

This Black Metal Middle School Art Teacher Paints with His Own Blood

French artist Maxime André Taccardi puts a lot of himself into his art.<p>These nightmarish illustrations of cadaverous humanoids and wretched mythical beasts capture what I imagine it feels like to smoke peyote while watching <i>The Evil Dead</i>. Maxime André Taccardi, a.k.a The Priest of Terror, is a …

You Have the Power to Physically Reshape Your Brain

Neuroplasticity is the idea that you can alter your brain in a physical and mental way by changing its stimuli — which can include environment, …

The Brain

'Wonder Woman' Stuns Critics: 'One of the Best Superhero Movies of All Time'

Film starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine is also being called “electrifying” and a “breathtaking cinematic achievement”<p>“Wonder Woman” is stunning …

There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about

We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation <i>ad nauseam</i>. Those disciplined enough to practice regularly are rewarded with increased control over the brainwaves known as alpha rhythms, which leads to better focus and may help ease pain. In addition to calming the mind and body, meditation can …

First lady's hand swat a viral sensation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, rolled out the red carpet for President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at Ben Gurion International Airport Monday morning, but one moment stood out: a flick of the wrist seen 'round the world.<p>As the Trumps and the …

Red Carpet

How Do Video Games Actually Impact Our Society?

There’s no doubt the world of video games has expanded – drastically – over the past decade. Digital games now offer highly complex virtual …

This Time Lapse Video of the Grand Canyon Will Give You an Existential Crisis

What better way to start off your day with a nice, hot cup of existential uncertainty? Forget everything you think you know about yourself or …

Grand Canyon

Elon Musk has discovered a new passion in life — and it could be Tesla's best product yet

But what are supercar-fast electric vehicles and low-Earth orbits in the face of ... roofing.<p>Against all odds, Musk has become perhaps the biggest booster in the history of the roofing business, thanks to a new Tesla product, the Solar Roof, that officially went on sale Wednesday.<p>It's the first …

The human universe: Does consciousness create reality?

Samuel Johnson thought the idea was so preposterous that kicking a rock was enough to silence discussion. “I refute it thus,” he cried as his foot …

Consciousness

Video Proof That the Universe Is Not an Entirely Logical Place

Quantum Confusion<p>The video below shows scientific proof that there is something NOT quite logical or scientific about this universe. The mere act of …

Scientists Uncover a Higher State of Consciousness

Neuroscientists from the University of Sussex made a pretty neat discovery as they claim to have just found evidence of a higher state of …

Here's what popular dog breeds looked like before and after 100 years of breeding

Dogs have been our furry companions for thousands of years, but they didn't always look the way they do today. Many well-known breeds have changed a lot physically in the last century, thanks to humans.<p>By identifying specific traits — such as size, coat color, and demeanor — and allowing only those …

This Artwork Depicts the Gorgeous Complexity of the Human Brain

Self Reflected is a series of art pieces that depict human consciousness. They were created by Dr. Greg Dunn and Dr. Brian Edwards and are meant to …

Louisiana's Governor Has Declared a State of Emergency

Louisiana’s low-lying coastlands are being devoured by rising sea levels. Every hour, a space the size of one football field is eliminated from …

Can Repeating False Information Help People Remember True Information?

Last Saturday, a powerful earthquake struck the Philippines.<p>It was first reported as having a magnitude of 7.2; this was later corrected to 6.8.<p>Last Friday, a wharf collapsed in Gloucester Harbor in Massachusetts. It was first reported as a wharf belonging to Cape Ann Ice, but later identified as a …

Mind-blowing images of Saturn from the Cassini orbiter