Katrina Zerounian

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What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

Dust Clouds Big Bang Signal

In March, a team of physicists announced it had found a signal from the very first moments after the Big Bang. But in a paper published Thursday, the researchers expressed considerably more caution and conceded that they could have actually been detecting little more than interstellar dust.<p>If dust …

Reinventing How City Dwellers Get Around

The Week In Numbers: A Bionic Pancreas, A Universal Water Purifier, And More

<b>250,000 liters:</b> the volume of water a single, mini-fridge-size Slingshot machine purifies in one year. That's enough for about <b>300 people</b>. Slingshots are able to purify even seawater and sewage.<p><b>288:</b> the number of times a day this experimental bionic pancreas checks the blood-sugar level of its …

Queen Elizabeth II

Stem cell treatment for horses to be trialled on humans

<b>"No-one has ever put a stem cell into a human Achilles tendon before in the UK," says Andy Goldberg, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.</b><p>But all of that is about to change.<p>Dr Goldberg is leading the first trial of a new treatment which has been working …

US military wants to make a portable, bullet-resistant wall that fits in a can

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has envisioned some peculiar and diverse projects over the years, from molten metal-filled missiles, all the way to submarines that can fly. Then there's this new project that aims to create a portable cylinder that can blow up into a nearly …

The Future Of Medicine Is In Devices You Swallow

Instead of going to the doctor for tests, the tests will be inside us.<p>Editor’s Note<p>This is part of Co.Exist’s list of World Changing Ideas of 2014. Read more here.<p>It sounds like the premise for a futuristic medical thriller: doctors prescribe pills for their patients that double as ingestible …