Jason Wassall

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Down the Quantum Rabbit Hole

Anesthesiologist Stuart Hameroff believes tiny structures in our cells called microtubules could explain consciousness. Steve Craft<p>Fellow scientists …

Consciousness

A Boost in Brainpower, but at What Cost?

Can you briefly describe how neural devices work?<p>These devices consist of electrodes that penetrate the top layers of the brain and act as an array of tiny microphones to record brain activity.<p>How are they used today?<p>The best-known ones link the brain to an artificial limb. We’re also working with …

University of Pennsylvania

I was one of the first people on Facebook. I shouldn't have trusted Mark Zuckerberg

I remember when, at Harvard, my friends and I heard about a new website that promised to enhance our lives. Fourteen years later I see how wrong we were<p>Fourteen years, two months, and eight days ago, I made a mistake. Like a lot of mistakes made at the age of 20 inside a college dorm room, it …

Mark Zuckerberg

Reaping The Riches Of The Coming Singularity

There was a time when enterprises introduced technology as an afterthought into operations. However, the last two decades have seen technology morph into a formidable force equipped to assist companies with IT operations and turbocharge the way entire enterprises are run. In fact, we are now seeing …

Singularity

Freud's interpretation of why we dream may be wrong -- here's what's really going on

• <b>When we dream, parts of our brain associated with visual processing and emotion go wild, while parts associated with logic shut down.</b>• <b><br>Throughout</b> …

Consciousness

Quantum shift shows itself in coupled light and matter

Scientists at the Rice University utilized a remarkable mix of methods to see a condensed matter phenomenon about which others have just theorized. …

Quantum Mechanics

Heated Debate Surrounds Galaxy Seeming to Lack Dark Matter

Strong skepticism should always accompany strong claims. One such recent claim has generated a ton of talk about a strange, fuzzy galaxy that appears …

Dark Matter

Wormholes Could Cast Weird Shadows That Could Be Seen by Telescopes

Wormholes, or hypothetical tunnels through space-time that allow faster-than-light travel, could potentially leave dark, telltale imprints in the sky …

Wormholes

‘Weird Math’ aims to connect numbers and equations to the real world

The book Weird Math attempts to make chaos theory, higher dimensions and other concepts more relatable.

Mathematics

Exploring the Mirror Link Between Two Geometric Worlds

Twenty-seven years ago, a group of physicists made an accidental discovery that flipped mathematics on its head. The physicists were trying to work …

Mathematics

Australia’s Least Likely Tourist Spot: A Test Site for Atom Bombs

MARALINGA, Australia — Maralinga, a barren stretch of land in South Australia’s remote western desert, is the country’s only former nuclear test site open to tourists. And Robin Matthews is Australia’s only nuclear tour guide.<p>Visitors to Maralinga, a deserted military installation the size of …

Australia

The Famous Schrodinger’s Cat Thought Experiment Comes Back to Life in an Off-Kilter Animation

Schrödinger's Cat is one of the more famous thought experiments in modern physics, created by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger back in 1935. <i>The</i> …

Animation

Ray Kurzweil: Universal Basic Income will arrive in the 2030s

Technology pioneer Ray Kurzweil predicted Friday that universal basic income, a controversial notion today, will be common throughout the developed …

Singularity

NASA may fly crew into deep space sooner, but there’s a price | Ars Technica

The Exploration Upper Stage seems nowhere near readiness.<p>NASA will likely launch its first astronauts into deep space since the Apollo program on a …

Space Exploration

A Spooky Quantum Experiment Creates What May Be the Most Entangled Controllable Device Yet

If you’ve read anything about quantum computers, you may have encountered the statement, “It’s like computing with zero and one at the same time.” …

Quantum Mechanics

Harvard researchers study how mindfulness may change the brain in depressed patients

<i>First of two parts</i>In 2015, 16.1 million Americans reported experiencing major depression during the previous year, often struggling to function while …

Mindfulness

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …

Nonprofits

Jupiter's Great Red Spot Is Getting Taller as It Shrinks, NASA Team Finds

It's becoming the Lanky Red Spot<p>Good news for Jupiter’s Great Red Spot: the planet’s most recognizable storm might not be shrinking as consistently …

Astronomy

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly explains how seeing planet Earth from space changed his perspective on life

NASA revealed in March that after his year in space, 7% of astronaut Scott Kelly's genes may have permanently changed their expression.<p>But when we recently interviewed him for Business Insider's podcast "Success! How I Did It," he said the experience changed him personally, as well.<p>"I think it …

Space Exploration

Black Hole Pretenders Could Really Be Bizarre Quantum Stars

When giant stars die, they don’t just fade away. Instead they collapse in on themselves, leaving behind a compressed stellar remnant, usually a …

Physics

Neil deGrasse Tyson: we don't understand the most fundamental aspects of our universe

We have nanobots that swim inside our bodies and monitor our vital organs. We have autonomous robots that work alongside human doctors to perform …

We Still Don't Understand Why Time Only Flows Forward

Every moment that passes finds us traveling from the past to the present and into the future, with time always flowing in the same direction. At no point does it ever appear to either stand still or reverse; the “arrow of time” always points forwards for us. But if we look at the laws of physics — …

Physics

You can take Google's Machine Learning Crash Course for free now

Google’s new ‘Machine Learning Crash Course’ is now available and it’s free for everyone. If robots are coming for your job this class will prepare you for your next one.<p>This same course has been taken by more than 18,000 Google engineers, and this is the first time it’s been made available to the …

Machine Learning

15 Facts That Are Both Mind-Blowing And Seriously Unnerving

Your bones are wet.

Stephen Hawking thinks he knows what happened before the beginning of time

Neil deGrasse Tyson asks him to weigh in.<p>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show <i>Star Talk</i> is ending its fourth season with a bang—a big one. <i>The</i> big one, to be precise. The show, filmed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, features famous astrophysicist Tyson interviewing …

Neuroscientists Figured Out What Unconsciousness Looks Like in the Brain

Just because it's unconscious doesn't mean it's not on.<p>The human brain is the only reason our species has survived on this planet for so long, but …

Consciousness

Newly Discovered Tardigrade Species Is Not Cute

Not all water bears are created equal.<p>The darling of the microscopic world is the tardigrade, a hardy little microbe that’s so tiny it’s invisible to …

Biology

34 Cult-Favorite Products On Amazon That You Will Be Obsessed With Too

Some products are so unique, so brilliant, or solve a problem <i>so</i> skillfully that all the hype surrounding them is actually well-deserved. When this …

‘Death tsunami’: Here’s what actually happens inside your brain as you die

Every minute, around 108 people die on this planet – but what does it actually feel like?<p>Scientists have now thrown light on what actually happens …

'Time traveller from the year 6491' returns from the future with chilling warning about looming natural disaster

A man who claims he is a time traveller from the year 6491 has warned there is going to be a series of devastating events on the planet.<p>But the worst …

Travelers