Jon Bray

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How Baby Boomers Broke America

<b>ONE</b><p>Lately, most Americans, regardless of their political leanings, have been asking themselves some version of the same question: How did we get …

Income Inequality

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

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 …

A simple but ruthless exercise reveals who your star employees are — and who should be fired

Being a manager requires practicality bordering on ruthlessness — at least according to Patty McCord.<p>McCord was the chief talent officer at Netflix, from 1998 to 2012. She and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings created the company's culture deck, which has been viewed millions of times. Now she runs her own …

Employment

This map shows the US really has 11 separate 'nations' with entirely different cultures

The United States comprises several different regions, each with its own rich history and cultural identity.<p>Exactly where those regions start and end has been a long-running debate, but according to author Colin Woodard, the United States can be divided into 11 distinct sub-nations.<p>Woodard mapped …

New Mexico

15 Things Everyone Should Know About Quantum Computing

Any discussion of quantum computing feels like a quantum leap into a sci-fi realm. Make no mistake. We are on the cusp of computer technology that defies logic. Today, the transistors in computers are as small as we can make them with existing technology. So, computer innovators began to seek …

Quantum Computing

Two Stars Slammed Into Each Other And Solved Half Of Astronomy’s Problems. What Comes Next?

Progress, as they say, is slow. In science, this is often true even for major breakthroughs; rarely is an entire field of research remade in a single …

Scientists have created brain implants that could boost our memory by up to 30%

We'd all love to have a better memory. If there was a tool that could make us better at retaining information for exams, or at remembering important facts for a presentation or interview, we would probably pay good money for it.<p>This is what researchers have been working on at the University of …

Scientists Are Testing Psychedelic Drugs on Human Minibrains, With Surprising Results

So cool.<p>New research using human minibrains has revealed that a hallucinogenic compound known as 5-MeO-DMT triggers changes in neuronal signalling …

This Overlooked Theory Could Be The Missing Piece That Explains How The EM Drive Works

What if it doesn't break the laws of physics?<p>Ever since the EM drive first made headlines, science lovers have puzzled over how the propulsion system …

Physics

Boeing Announces a Public $2 Million Jetpack Contest: 'Make History'

The dream of human flight could finally be within our grasp.<p>It might finally be time to fly.<p>That’s the hope of the people behind the GoFly Prize, a …

Donald Trump’s enabler

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin props up any absurd claim by the president.<p>As America continues to ponder whether President Donald Trump is obstructing justice by firing his FBI director in order to stymie an ongoing inquiry into his team’s various bizarre links to the Russian government, the …

Trump’s reelection stockpile grows as small donors keep giving

By Matea Gold<p>Matea Gold<p>An editor on the national desk leading coverage of political enterprise stories and investigations<p>Email Bio Follow<p>President Trump's supporters kept up a robust stream of donations in the first quarter of 2017, pouring more than $42 million into the coffers of his campaign and …

Elections

5 Vital Lessons Scientists Learn That Can Better Everyone's Life

Scientific breakthroughs may be rare, but they never take place in an intellectual vacuum. Newton’s recognition that he was standing on the shoulders of giants has never been more true than it is today, where the titans of the past have laid the foundations for our vantage point today. Yet the …

Astronomers Have Spotted a Black Hole So Ravenous, It's Pushing The Limits of Physics

The Universe's hungriest black hole.<p>Astronomers have discovered a giant black hole that's so hungry, it's been gorging on a star for more than a …

One Hacker Just Took Down a Fifth of the Dark Web

You Have Been Hacked<p>On Saturday, the notorious dark web had over 10,000 of its secret and shady websites seized by an Anonymous-linked hacker. The …

A Man Given 18 Months to Live Is Now Cancer-Free, Thanks to a New Drug

Mysterious Drug Trial<p>Three years after first being diagnosed with lung cancer, Bob Berry from Manchester, UK, is now cancer-free, all thanks to his …

What happened to the sun over 7,000 years ago? Analysis of tree rings reveals highly abnormal solar activity in the mid-Holocene

Analysis of tree rings reveals highly abnormal solar activity in the mid-Holocene<p>By analyzing the level of a carbon isotope in tree rings from a …

Squid Communicate With a Secret, Skin-Powered Alphabet

Squid and their cephalopod brethren have been the inspiration for many a science fiction creature. Their slippery appendages, huge proportions, and …

The First Blockchain-Based Universal Basic Income Experiment Just Launched

A New UBI<p>With the growing popularity of blockchains, it’s no surprise that they have a new, very useful application, i.e. a global distribution of …

Speaker Ryan: Obamacare Replacement Bill to Pass This Year

The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday that legislation to replace former President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law will be completed this year, although it may take longer to implement.<p>"We are going to do our legislating this year," House Speaker Paul …

Hearing Loss at 20? CDC Says it's More Common Than You Think

Health news<p>Nearly 20 percent of people in their 20s already have some hearing loss, and more than half of people are not losing their hearing from loud noise at work, according to a new report.<p>The survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds a surprising number of Americans have …

Hearing Loss

The moon is going to smash into Earth, killing us all (in about 65 billion years time)

We have bad news and good news: the bad news is that in 65 billion years’ time, the moon is going to plunge downwards and smash into Earth, turning …

Apple spaceship campus interior details: polished concrete ceilings, iPhone-like elevator buttons, flat doorways

We have been watching the exterior of the Apple spaceship campus develop over the last few years via drone videos but details about the interior design are much more scarce. In a lengthy article, Reuters reports that Apple Campus 2 is almost finished with a move-in date set for the spring.<p>The …

Apple

Watch planets orbit a star 129 light-years away

Astronomers captured this 7-year time lapse of planets orbiting a faraway star.<p>The past few years have seen an explosion in the discovery of planets outside our solar system. Astronomers have now confirmed 3,442 exoplanets in the galaxy. And they think there could be 100 billion or more in …

Planets

WATCH: The Absolute Absurdity of Detecting Gravitational Waves

This is crazy.<p>By now, we're sure you're all very familiar with the fact that scientists detected ripples in space time called gravitational waves for …

The 5 Biggest Questions About the Universe (and How We're Trying To Answer Them)

The Big Questions<p>From the discovery of gravitational waves to locating our nearest Earth-like planetary neighbor, 2016 was a banner year for astronomy. In fact, it’s not only been a good year for space science, but a great few decades. Many of the biggest puzzles in astronomy and cosmology have …

Physicists Apply Brakes to Accelerating Expansion of the Universe

New research could permanently upend the standard model of cosmology as we know it.<p>The notion that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate …

3 Science-Backed Ways to Stop Overthinking Everything in Life

Overthinking is both a blessing and a curse. While some see it as a sign of a curious, analytical brain primed for problem-solving, others believe it …