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Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Consciousness

A Chinese satellite just used quantum cryptography to make an unhackable video call between Beijing and Vienna

The feat marks another milestone for the satellite, officially called Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QESS)<p>The Chinese “Micius” satellite has …

Quantum Mechanics

Orcas can imitate human speech, research reveals

Killer whales able to copy words such as ‘hello’ and ‘bye bye’ as well as sounds from other orcas, study shows<p>High-pitched, eerie and yet distinct, the sound of a voice calling the name “Amy” is unmistakable. But this isn’t a human cry – it’s the voice of a killer whale called Wikie.<p>New research …

Air Pollution

Giant Dinosaur Roamed Prehistoric Egypt, Extremely Rare Titanosaur Fossil Discovery Shows

Finding dinosaurs in Egypt is rare, every specimen makes a difference. That’s why it’s so lucky that, on the northern end of the Nile, researchers …

Paleontology

Newly Discovered Egyptian Dinosaur is 'Holy Grail' of Fossils

'When I first saw pics of the fossils, my jaw hit the floor.'<p>Filed Under Evolution & Paleontology<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent …

Dinosaurs

In an Israeli Cave, Scientists Discover Jawbone of Earliest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

One way to play the new tax law: Start an LLC

Spurred by ambiguities in the new tax law, accountants are coming up with novel strategies to help entrepreneurs slash their taxes.<p>One of the most notable provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is a 20% deduction for qualified business income from so-called pass-through entities, including S …

Retirement

Yes, The Multiverse Is Real, But It Won't Fix Physics

“We are all agreed that your theory is crazy. The question that divides us is whether it is crazy enough to have a chance of being correct.” Niels Bohr spoke these words to Wolfgang Pauli about the latter’s theory of elementary particles, but it could just as easily apply to many of today’s most …

Dark Matter

Aquascaping: the addictive hobby that's making gardeners grow underwater

When James Wong was growing up in Singapore, aquariums were the norm. “Having fish as pets is just a thing that people do,” the botanist, broadcaster and Gardener’s Question Time regular says. “I grew up in an environment where 90 per cent of people don’t have gardens. But even if you had a tiny …

Gardening

Ingredients for life found in meteorites that crashed to Earth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Although two 4.5-billion-year-old meteorites crashed to Earth in 1998, it's taken until now to uncover some of their secrets.<p>The two meteorites, called Monahans and Zag, are the first discovered to contain the ingredients for life: liquid water, amino acids, hydrocarbons and other organic …

Astronomy

Giant extinct burrowing bat fossil discovered in New Zealand

Fossilized remains of a giant burrowing bat, which lived on New Zealand between 16 and 19-million-years ago, have been found stunning an international team of scientists.<p>Teeth and bones of the extinct flying furry were found in sediments near the town of St. Bathans, according to EurekaAlert.org. …

Paleontology

Trump wishes for better libel laws after book slams him

WASHINGTON (AP) — Plainly agitated by a new book portraying him as dysfunctional, President Donald Trump is bemoaning his country's "very weak" liberal laws and making the case that he's "like, really smart" and, indeed, a "very stable genius."<p>Trump defense of his mental fitness in a series of …

Photographer Smuggles Illegal Photos Out Of North Korea, And Kim Jong Un Doesn’t Want You To See Them

Photographer and Sony Ambassador Eric Lafforgue is one of the very lucky few that have had a chance to see what North Korea is really like. "Since …

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn

Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity<p>Ocean dead zones with zero oxygen have quadrupled in size since 1950, scientists have warned, while the number of very low oxygen sites near coasts have …

This substance lets you 'walk on water' — here's how it works

Turns out, walking on water isn't as impossible as it might sound — as long as you have the right kind of water. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>These people are "walking on water." The substance is a mix of water and cornstarch. The mixture is two parts cornstarch to one part water. It …

Engineering

Russia Confirms Syria Attack But Denies Seven Aircraft Got Destroyed As Photos Emerge

Key questions about the incident are still unanswered and no group has claimed responsibility.<p>Roman Saponkov via VKontakte<p>The Russian Ministry of …

A North Korean missile reportedly failed and crashed down in one of its own cities

North Korea reportedly launched a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile in April of last year that failed a few seconds into flight and came crashing down on a North Korean city.<p>The Diplomat's Ankit Panda and David Schmerler, of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, cited …

North Korea

What You Need to Know About The Intel Flaw Everyone's Freaking Out About

Practically every PC, laptop, tablet, and smartphone is affected.<p>Silicon Valley is abuzz about 'Meltdown' and 'Spectre' – new ways for hackers to …

Computer Science

We’re three million miles closer to the sun in January than we are in July. So why isn't it hot?

It turns out proximity is pretty inconsequential.<p>There’s something about the geometry of space that’s never quite made sense to me. I know that the axial tilt of the Earth is the reason we have seasons, but if a slight angle away from the sun can make me see my breath in winter, why does being …

Astronomy

SpaceX targets January 5 launch for mystery Zuma payload

SpaceX is launching Zuma, a mystery spacecraft operated by the U.S. government for purposes unknown, thanks to it being very classified. The launch was supposed to take place last year, with a November date for the flight, but it was scrubbed, reset and then scrubbed again with no firm timeline for …

Russia and Germany fought the biggest tank battle of all time — here's what would happen in a rematch today

When it comes to armored warfare, Germany and Russia have been two of the foremost practitioners. They even fought the biggest tank battle of all time in 1943 at Kursk.<p>So, what would happen if the two countries fought a tank battle today?<p>As was the case in World War II, it could easily be a clash …

Military

This tiny sea monster had creepy mouth appendages

When <i>Habelia optata</i> first skittered into public consciousness more than a century ago, scientists didn't know what to make of it. The long-extinct sea predator, which flourished during the middle Cambrian period about 508 million years ago, measured less than a inch long, yet it wasn't an animal …

Paleontology

The Life-Changing, Healthy Kitchen Gadget You Never Knew You Needed

Often touted as a way to enjoy rich, crispy foods without remorse or unhealthy effects, air fryers are the subject of infomercials and beloved by …

Space Science

The legendary T-Rex was a freckled, feathery ginger with a weak roar

New research has found that the dinosaur would have looked quite different from what we picture as a T-Rex.<p>The mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) known …

Dinosaurs

One Big Family: This Beautiful Interactive Diagram Shows How Every Organism Is Related

Want to start the New Year with a little bit of perspective? Take a look at this beautiful interactive tree of life diagram created by Evogeneao, which enables you to see how all organisms on earth are related, from humans all the way to ancient bacteria. The point of this immersive map, say the …

Biology

Parents prank daughter with joke Christmas present

<b>When 18-year-old Jorji Kellogg asked for tickets to see Lorde, her church-going parents decided it would be the perfect opportunity to turn her request into a Christmas Day prank.</b><p>On Christmas morning Jorji, from Kansas City, opened an envelope she thought contained the tickets she had hoped for. …

Joel Osteen

Graffiti Artist Spray-Paints Giant Animals onto Plastic Wrap in a Forest

Most street artists use urban spaces as their canvas, but Moscow-based graffiti artist Evgeny Ches takes to the forest to create his art. Inspired by the work of French artists Kanos and Astro, Ches uses a technique called <i>CelloGraff</i>, where he stretches cellophane around two trees, and spray paints …

Meet Dobby Cat

He goes by Dobby Cat on Facebook because he looks so much like the <i>Harry Potter</i> character, but his real name is Teddy. Teddy is an oriental shorthair …

Those little bags found with new shoes and electronics are more useful than you think

Don't throw these little bags out! Silica bags are found with new shoes and electronics. They contain silicon dioxide, aka "silica." Silica can absorb moisture and keep things dry.<p>Here's how:<p>1. Water-damaged phone? Leave it to silica to dry it right up.<p>2. De-clump salt or sugar.<p>3. Preserve stored …

Engineering