James Emerson Parkus

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How to be wiser

What is wisdom? And can you learn it?<p>Wisdom is something that’s hard to define and yet somehow we know it when we see it. The wise people stay calm in a crisis. They can step back and see the bigger picture. They’re thoughtful and self-reflective. They recognise the limits of their own knowledge, …

A Theory of Nothing: a novel approach to exposing how science really works

Have you ever wondered what inspired the United States to initiate the mission to put a man on the Moon? Or who first thought of building the Large …

The Perfect Way to Squeeze a Rifle Trigger

We picked up the eland’s track at dawn and followed in single file behind Buti, our Namibian tracker, who somehow sorted the bull’s print from the …

Start Rolling Your Blunts: New Study Says Weed Can Enhance Cognitive Function

Jokes about the stupid stoner are becoming passé.<p>We've already heard how medical marijuana can help people with everything from PTSD to creativity. Now there's even more evidence from Harvard-Tuft researchers in study indicating that cannabis helps our cognitive performance, i.e. the way we acquire …

Unexpected Gear Of Mountain Pro Andrew Skurka

During an overnight trip last month in the Colorado Rockies with Andrew Skurka, it was quickly evident to me that he’s not your average backpacker.<p>A …

5 Mental Habits That Will Make You Much Smarter, According to an MIT Neuroscientist

IQ is largely fixed, but intelligence depends on context and approach.<p>Give a person an IQ test in elementary school and again when he or she is a senior citizen and science suggests the score will remain largely unchanged. Which means, like it or not, our sheer mental horsepower is largely …

5 Surprising Signs You Have a Higher IQ Than Average

These surprising qualities and habits might indicate a higher intelligence.<p>Psychologist Dr. Jeremy Dean, founder and author of the popular website PsyBlog, caught my attention recently with an article about some really odd signs that suggest your IQ may be above average.<p>I went around the internet …

Mental Disorders

A Powerful Way To Beat Addiction

Addiction is one of the most prevalent problems facing our species today. Part of the challenge in combating addictive behavior is recognizing …

10 Epic Drives in the U.S. National Parks

Pack your hiking shoes, your camera and some camping gear, because some of the most epic drives in the United States are hidden inside National Parks …

We may be about to solve the one of the biggest mysteries in the universe

NASA, ESA, and D. Coe, J. Anderson, and R. van der Marel (STScI)In case you haven't heard, there is a very, very big problem with the universe: About …

Why 'Spirited Away' Is the Best Animated Film of All Time

On the 15th anniversary of Miyazaki's cult animation, a look back on its huge global significance.<p>There's a quote on Tumblr somewhere that says "Disney movies touch the heart, but Studio Ghibli films touch the soul." As sentimental as that is, it's also astute. It's surely part of the reason that …

First atmospheric study of Earth-sized exoplanets reveals rocky, potentially habitable planets

On May 2, scientists from MIT, the University of Liège, and elsewhere announced they had discovered a planetary system, a mere 40 light years from …

Google Just Made A Major Breakthrough In Quantum Computing

Quantum computers are still in their infancy, but they have the potential to do far, far more than even the most advanced digital computer in the world. And Google has just announced a breakthrough in quantum computing that many have been anticipating for decades. What’s the breakthrough? …

Quantum Computing

Why Do Our Minds Wander?

Sometimes the mind wanders. Thoughts pop into consciousness. Ideas or images are present when just a moment before they were not. Scientists recently have been turning their attention to making sense of this.<p>One natural picture of the phenomenon goes something like this. Typically, our thoughts and …

Buddhism

Quantum weirdness survives space travel

In a feat that demonstrates the feasibility of using satellites to transmit uncrackable quantum messages, scientists have measured the quantum …

The case for black holes being nothing but holograms just got even stronger

We can't see them because not even light can escape their gravitational pull, we have no idea what they're made of, and where does everything inside go once a black hole dies?<p>Physicists can't even agree on whether black holes are massive, three-dimensional behemoths, or just two-dimensional …

It's Raining All Over The Universe

This morning I woke to the sound of rain on the roof. Is there any music more beautiful? It's the perfect reminder of nature's grounding cycles from which we also emerge and disappear.<p>But being an astrophysicist, I was suddenly struck by the realization that Earth is not the only world that knows …

Runner’s high: the athletes who use marijuana to improve their training

Stoned marathon runners may seem like walking contradictions, but there are hints the drug and long-distance running could go hand-in-hand<p>Avery Collins speaks with the snow-bro drawl typical of many young Coloradans.<p>With his bloodshot, blue eyes peeking out from under blond curls and a low-slung …

Marijuana

How The Language You Speak Changes Your View Of The World

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

Language Learning

Five-dimensional black hole could ‘break’ general relativity

Researchers have shown how a bizarrely shaped black hole could cause Einstein’s general theory of relativity, a foundation of modern physics, to …

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

NSF’s LIGO Has Detected Gravitational Waves

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic …

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates Darwin Day, much of humanity refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with science. Their posts are littered with gems of motivated reasoning such as this: "If natural selection were true, Eskimos would have fur to keep warm, but they …

New X-ray Space Observatory to Study Black Holes and History of Galaxy Clusters

Black hole enthusiasts, galaxy cluster aficionados, and X-ray astronomers have much to be excited about. On Friday, Feb. 12, the Japan Aerospace …

Theorists propose a new method to probe the beginning of the universe

How did the universe begin? And what came before the Big Bang? Cosmologists have asked these questions ever since discovering that our universe is …

Why Can’t You Remember Your Future? Physicist Paul Davies on the Puzzlement of Why We Experience Time as Linear

The curious question of how and whether we can tell the difference between an experience and the memory of an experience.<p><i>“If our heart were large enough to love life in all its detail,”</i> French philosopher Gaston Bachelard wrote in his 1929 meditation on our paradoxical experience of time, <i>“we would</i> …

Stephen Hawking’s New Black Hole Theory Might Reveal The History Of The Universe

The black hole is famously so dense, not even light can escape it. But something can, or at least it can linger at the edges. This is the centerpiece of Stephen Hawking’s new theory about black holes.<p>For a long time, the general theory about black holes explained that they have no particular …

Physics

7 Independent Pieces Of Evidence For Dark Matter

With the full suite of evidence, there’s no escaping dark matter.<p><i>“A cosmic mystery of immense proportions, once seemingly on the verge of solution,</i> …