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Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Scientists Warn We're Ever-Closer To The Apocalypse

WASHINGTON -– The world crept closer to doomsday on Thursday.<p>That's according to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which each year updates the hands on a clock meant to symbolize how close we are to the annihilation of the human race, or midnight. For the last three years, the world was five …

Obama Says Treating Drug Use As a Criminal Problem Is "Counterproductive"

President Barack Obama continues to speak out against mass incarceration, the devastating impact of our drug policies on communities of color and his expectation that marijuana legalization will continue to spread.<p>Obama's comments came today during his YouTube interviews with YouTube bloggers, …

Spacewatch: A close call for asteroid 2004 BL86

Alan Pickup charts the approach of the largest known body to pass close to the Earth until 2027<p>When the asteroid 2004 BL86 sweeps within 1.2m km of the Earth next Monday, 26 January, it will be the largest known body to pass so near to us until 2027. As it approaches to three times the distance of …

Earth

Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Normally, we wouldn't call something a living fossil. But the name seems tailor-made for the frilled shark, whose roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.<p>In the most …

US oil futures surge after Saudi King's death

US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for March delivery soared as much as 3.1 percent in New York after the Saudi royal court announced the death.<p>In early morning Asian trade, WTI was up $1.03, or 2.22 percent at $47.34 a barrel. Brent crude for March was unchanged at $49.00 a barrel.

Kim Dotcom launches his secure 'Skype killer' MegaChat

MegaChat public beta offers end-to-end encryption<p>Kim Doctom’s file-sharing site Mega has launched the public beta of its video and audio chat service MegaChat. The browser-based app features end-to-end encryption on calls, which Dotcom says gives the service a clear advantage over competitors such …

5 Cool Things We Just Learned About Rosetta’s Rubber Ducky Comet

Even with a missing lander, the mission is sending back primo info<p>The Rosetta mission made history last year, by being the first manmade spacecraft to ever orbit or land on a comet. Things didn't go exactly as planned, though. The lander Philae bounced around and got lost somewhere on the comet's …