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Once again, army rises up against pro-Islamic government in Turkey

In the wake of Friday night's attempted coup in Turkey, many Turks were wondering why it took the military so long to rise up against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the government he appointed.<p>Mr. Erdogan's Islamic-oriented Justice and Development Party won three elections in 2002, 2007 and …

Replicating Life in Code

A few years ago, Michael Levin faced a conundrum. He and his colleagues at the Tufts Center for Regenerative and Developmental Biology just outside …

Biology

We asked some airline pilots to send us some of their best photos from on the job

It is essential that pilots be in perfect health and have nerves of steel. But when you get the job, it's a ticket to see some of the best views in the world ... and to be paid for it.<p>We asked pilots working for LOT Polish Airlines what they see during different stages of a flight. They took their …

Europe

This 'Hourglass' Liquid Battery Runs on Gravity

Scientists at MIT have designed an ingenious new concept for a battery that operates on the same fundamental principal as an hourglass—it relies on …

Clean Energy

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness

Not much is definitively proven about consciousness, the awareness of one’s existence and surroundings, other than that it’s somehow linked to the brain. But theories as to how, exactly, grey matter generates consciousness are challenged when a fully-conscious man is found to be missing most of his …

Consciousness

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Scientists grew a bunch of vegetables in 'Martian' soil — and they're about to taste them

As you set up camp on the Red Planet, boldly stepping where no earthling has stepped before, you find yourself asking that age old question: What's for dinner?<p>Lots of veggies, it turns out. At least, that's the plan.<p>On Thursday, researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands announced …

Gardening

Personality Tests Are Popular, But Do They Capture The Real You?

Twelve years ago, I tried to drive a stake into the heart of the personality-testing industry. Personality tests are neither valid nor reliable, I argued, and we should stop using them — especially for making decisions that affect the course of people's lives, like workplace hiring and …

Psychology

Josh Freed: Montreal should cater to citizens' not-so-secret desires

For years I’ve biked into downtown on a dirt trail that cuts across a field at Duluth and Park Aves., beside some community volleyball courts.<p>The …

Is there life after death? Some genes turn on after the body's demise, study finds

‘Is there life after death?’ is a question that has dominated human thinking since time immemorial.<p>But now researchers have discovered that an …

How Psychology Made the Brexit Vote Inevitable

The Brexit vote may or may not be a good thing for the U.K., but it means boom times for the adjective industry, with commentators and politicians …

United Kingdom

Carthera SonoCloud Opens Up Blood-Brain Barrier and New Potential for Brain Cancer Treatment

A big reason that brain tumors are as deadly as they are is the inability of meds to penetrate the blood-brain barrier. Various methods have been …

You've Been Writing To-Do Lists Completely Wrong, Here's How to Do It Right

“The most productive people don’t just write to-do lists once, but every day or multiple times a day.”<p>Charles Duhigg, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter …

West Side Story

Humans Used to Sleep in Two Shifts, And Maybe We Should Do It Again

It's all about timing.<p>Around a third of the population have trouble sleeping, including difficulties maintaining sleep throughout the night. While …

A hacker claiming responsibility for the DNC hack has released new documents and is promising even more leaks

This is the second such post by the alleged hacker known as Guccifer 2.0— who is not to be confused with "Guccifer," the Romanian-born hacker responsible for breaching a number of politicians' networks in 2013.<p>After an apparent opposition file containing research on Donald Trump leaked earlier this …

Digital Forensics

2,300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience

In 2008, neuroscientist Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Sleep and Consciousness put forward his “integrated information theory,” which is currently accepted as one of the most compelling explanations about what consciousness is.<p>One of the central claims of the …

Consciousness

Dying MP present as House votes 225-74 to change 'O Canada'

MPs sang "O Canada" using the newly changed gender-neutral lyrics after voting to adjust the national anthem, bring it closer to the version used in …

Is Trump Losing the GOP?

Never before have so many leading Republican figures questioned the nominee’s basic fitness for office.<p>Surely this time it would be different. Surely, after the worst mass shooting in American history, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee would choose his words carefully. He would make …

Government

Can incineration and landfills save us from the recycling crisis?

In many parts of the US, it now costs more to recycle old plastic than to make new products. So what are the alternatives for getting rid of our waste?<p>It’s been a tough year for plastic recycling, and the culprit is oil.<p>Over the past two years, petroleum prices have plummeted, at one point dropping …

Sustainability

The Best Tonys Moments TV Viewers Didn’t Get to See

Sometimes, the best parts of the Tony Awards happen during the dress rehearsal or the commercial breaks — the unguarded, off-the-cuff moments between …