Julia Mckinnon

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January 2015

Six lessons we can learn from geniuses

Whether it’s designing a supersonic vehicle, helping the blind to see or creating space history, what can we learn from the great minds behind these feats?<p>Our series The Genius Behind has taken you inside the minds of people who are making the impossible possible. Whether it is designing the …

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Teen girls have different brains: Gender, neuroscience and the truth about adolescence

It’s indisputably true that in adolescence there are real differences in some brain functions with males, females<p>The first talk I ever gave on the teenage brain was in 2007 at my sons’ school, Concord Academy. The principal, guidance counselor, and teachers had been so good to my kids and really …

New simulation creates a universe with galaxies just like the real deal

Astronomers have created a simulation of the universe that includes more realistic galaxies similar in mass, size and age to real observed galaxies, …

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23 Pieces of Life-Changing Wisdom You Can Learn from Your Everyday Life

Do Cosmic Rays Evolve Consciousness And Transform DNA?

26 years ago in the year 1987, something happened and the world felt it. The first globally synchronized meditation –commonly known as the first …

Get ready! NASA spacecraft soon to rendezvous with dwarf planet Ceres

After voyaging 3 billion miles through space,<p>NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is finally in the home stretch of its journey to Ceres, the largest member of the asteroid belt and one of five dwarf planets in the solar system.<p>Dawn was launched in 2007 to study two very different asteroids and learn more about …

Daily Meditation: Spellbound

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.<p>Today's meditation features a mystical poem by 19th century author Emily Bronte. "Spellbound" explores …

Music benefits a child’s mind in numerous ways: study

Theories abound about the cognitive advantages of playing the piano or violin early in life, and recent research says it could also help children to …

Quantum Physics Just Got A Tiny Bit Easier To Understand, As Two Oddities Merge Into One

No one is about to claim that quantum physics is now easy to understand, but maybe it's not quite as devilishly complicated as we thought.<p>New research suggests that two of the quantum world's most mysterious features--the uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality--are simply two sides of a …

An Interview with a Guy Who Lived Underwater for 31 Days for Science

Fabien Cousteau lived underwater for a month and built a robot shark to swim around in.<p>We all watched <i>The Little Mermaid</i> as kids and prayed that one day we'd sprout a tail and fins so we could join the magical world at the bottom of the ocean. In reality, for a human, spending extended periods of …

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This Physicist Has A Groundbreaking Idea About Why Life Exists

Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the …

5 Ways to Market Yourself Visually

Visuals communicate complex ideas into something more digestible. Large amounts of text make it harder for our brains to find pertinent information in a timely manner. This problem can be remedied quite easily, by adding images and visuals into marketing yourself.<p>Visuals can help turn a complex …

The cutting edge of a knife is totally invisible to the naked eye

That's a red blood cell on top of a knife's cutting edge. Now, we know we can't see a red blood cell with our naked eyes. It's too tiny. But we think …

Here's How Torture Affects The Brain

The Senate torture report released earlier this month describes how the CIA's harsh interrogation program sought to make detainees passive and powerless to resist, using techniques from sleep deprivation to stress positions to waterboarding to induce a state that psychologists call "learned …

Islamic State: Yazidi girls kill themselves to escape rape

Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority captured by Islamic State militants have been trafficked as sex slaves, forced into marriage and imprisoned<p>Women and girls from Iraq's Yazidi minority endured horrors at the hands of <b>Islamic State</b> group extremists after they were taken as slaves last …

A New Wrinkle in Quantum Mechanics

The press release of this news items proclaims: “Quantum physics just got less complicated.” I’m not sure I agree. Perhaps in the minds of physicists …

ISIS Raped and Sold Yazidi Women and Girls for Sex: Report

Women and girls were raped, forced into sexual slavery and driven to suicide by ISIS militants rampaging through northern Iraq, according to shocking personal testimonies published Tuesday in a report by Amnesty International. ISIS militants abducted “hundreds, possibly thousands” of men and women …

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The High Heel Survival Guide

Party season means countless occasions on which to wear all those sparkly, impractical, towering heels. Here, expert tips and products for getting through the night without winding up as the barefoot girl on the dance floor.<p>Party season means countless occasions on which to wear all those sparkly, …

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There May Be a Parallel Universe That Is Moving Backwards in Time

There are many things that we know about time, and many other things that we still struggle to comprehend. Time, as we previously understood the …

Fast food slows the brain, new study finds

New study finds children who ate the most fast food were found to have poorer scores in tests for maths, science and reading<p>For parents desperate to persuade their children about the ill-effects of takeaway meals it may be seen as a vindication of their warnings: a new study suggests that fast food …

How the brain recognises the words it reads

When we read a book or a newspaper, we typically recognise words without thinking about what we are doing.<p>After all, when we see a word such as …

What made God irrelevant | The Star

Though I secretly longed to be closer to her, I never trusted her, often feared her, and I’m ashamed to admit, at times even despised her.<p>My changing …

Caged Humans in Bali - Photographs and text by Ingetje Tadros | LensCulture

When I walked into the room, I did not see a room. It was a cage and in that cage was a human being that had been stripped of her wings, her voice, her humanity. The first feelings that came to me as I entered this room, this cage, this holding pen, was that in the corner was another human—but one …

Scientists Have Finally Discovered Why No One Can Remember Being A Baby

Infants' memories may be wiped clean by the genesis of new brain cells, a study in rodents suggests.<p>The findings offer an explanation for why people can't recall memories from early childhood, a century-old mystery.<p>The study's authors "make a very interesting and compelling case," says …

New Doubt About Dark Matter

Tantalizing ‘signals’ from a handful of recent high-energy searches for dark matter are more likely the product of conventional astrophysics than the first tentative detections of the universe’s missing mass, say skeptical astrophysicists.<p>“A decade ago, no [one] would make these claims without …

The surprising reason why the animal rights movement is failing

The way we treat nonhuman animals has never been worse, say activists Lori Marino and Michael Mountain<p>Lori Marino and Michael Mountain have spent much of their lives fighting for the rights of animals (or, as they'd prefer we call them, nonhuman animals) — she as a leading authority on marine …

Why rape is so intrinsic to religion

Stories like the virgin birth lack freely given female consent. It’s telling how ready we still are to embrace them<p>Powerful gods and demi-gods impregnating human women—it’s a common theme in the history of religion, and it’s more than a little rapey.<p>Zeus comes to Danae in the form of a golden …

January 2015