Liz Jadis

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14 ways one type of exercise is the closest thing to a miracle drug we have

Get moving.<p>Exercises that get your heart pumping and sweat flowing — known as aerobic exercise, or "cardio"— have significant and beneficial effects on the brain and body, according to a wealth of recent research, including two new studies published this month.<p>"Aerobic exercise is key for your …

This Workout Is Proven to Slow the Ageing Process—Here's the Need-to-Know

Having written about fitness for years and being a qualified personal trainer means I have tried pretty much every form of exercise you can name. …

This is how your brain constructs emotions

Book excerpt: How emotions are made<p><i>The following is excerpted from How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett.</i><p>For my daughter’s twelfth birthday, we exploited the power of simulation (and had some fun) by throwing a “gross foods” party. When her guests arrived, we served them pizza doctored with …

Will the Discovery of Time Crystals Change Our Perception of the Space-Time Continuum?

Time crystals are structures that have the ability to move through time. They can change shape without using any energy and always go back to their …

Here's how many more years we have before the sun dies — and what will happen when it does

An example of a powerful flare erupting on the Sun (from May 5, 2015). The NASA satellite SDO is one of many assets used to monitor solar activity. NASA/GSFC/SDO via Slate The Sun has always been the center of our cosmological systems. But with the advent of modern astronomy, humans have become …

The simplest explanation of why we should care about gravitational waves

In February, when a team of scientists announced they had detected gravitational waves for the first time ever — a blockbuster, Nobel-worthy discovery — I called up Cliff Burgess.<p>Burgess is a theoretical physicist at McMaster University in Ontario. Throughout his career, he has authored hundreds of …

Physics

What if we could record and rewind our thoughts? Neurotechnology and the foreseeable future, by Aaron Sathyanesan

<b>By Aaron Sathyanesan</b><p>Scientific discoveries that involve humans interfacing with machines can evoke reactions of fear and wonder. Quite often, these …

Neuroscience

What the World Would Look Like If Humans Hadn't Killed All the Animals

If it weren't for the ascent of mankind, the entire world would still look like the Serengeti, a galloping, roaring, thunderous paradise.<p>An African safari represents the highest form of interaction with terrestrial giants remaining in the world. The smell of sunlight on acacia leaves and sprawling …

How To Explain Gravitational Waves To Any Fourth Grader

<i>How does one explain gravitational waves to a layman like me? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Richard Muller, Author “Now-The Physics of Time” (2016), Cal Prof, Physics for Future</b> …

Combining these 2 theories could give us an actual 'theory of everything’

In the last few decades, researchers have pursued the problem in two separate programs — string theory and loop quantum gravity — that are widely considered incompatible by their practitioners.<p>But now some scientists argue that joining forces is the way forward.<p>Among the attempts to unify quantum …

You might survive a trip through a black hole - if it's rotating

While black holes largely remain a mystery of the universe, new research suggests physics surrounding certain black holes could keep you from being …

Black Holes

Astronomers want to deploy 5,000 tiny robots to help build a 3D map of the universe

No, it’s not a summer blockbuster: the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s really <i>has</i> designed an astronomy system calling …

Is Particle Physics About to Crack Wide Open?

It’s December 15, 2015, and an auditorium in Geneva is packed with physicists. The air is filled with tension and excitement because everybody knows …

Physics

Astronomers Say There Could Be at Least 2 More Mystery Planets in Our Solar System

The gang's all here!<p>If you were still getting your head around the concept of the mysterious Planet Nine potentially tracing its elusive orbit …

Universe

Mind-boggling images from 25 years of the Hubble Telescope

NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope, 25 years ago this week, on April 24, 1990. The $2.5 billion project has transformed the way the public and …

NatGeo Photography Winners Remind Us That The World Is Beautiful

National Geographic (NatGeo) has been showing us what the rest of the world has to offer for over a century now.<p>It has been exposing us to the beauty …

Are We Simulated Beings Living in a Simulated Universe?

Is the universe real? Or are all the stars and planets (including Earth and everything and everyone on it) just simulations in some colossal video game? What sounds like a silly question is actually one that some scientists have begun to take seriously.<p>It’s hard to come up with a way to tell for …

Universe

Theory claims to offer the first 'evidence' our Universe is a hologram

Despite how extreme the idea sounds, theories about the Universe being an illusion or a hologram aren't new. Now, researchers claim to have found …

Dark Matter

An Unexplained 'Void' Appears to Be Pushing The Milky Way Through The Universe at 2 Million Km/h

We're fleeing from a mysterious 'dead zone'.<p>You can’t feel it, but our planet is orbiting the Sun at speeds of roughly 100,000 km/h (62,000 mph), and …

Hubble Space Telescope

NASA Finds a Trove of Mysterious Ancient Galaxies Full of Absolutely Huge Black Holes

These blazars have some of the largest black holes ever found, suggesting that supermassive black holes form much faster than previously thought.<p>NASA scientists using the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope have found five of the oldest, brightest, and most distant "blazar" galaxies in the …

Solar Wind Is Blasting Earth's Oxygen Onto The Surface of The Moon

Seeding the Moon with the ingredients of life.<p>We all know that there's no air to breathe on the Moon, but new evidence suggests that the lunar …

Astronomy

Alpha Centauri mission: Here's how researchers plan to explore the closest star system to Earth - IBTimes India

With current technology it would take an object millennia to reach the Alpha Centauri system, but with the development of light sail technology that …

This is your brain on parasites

Parasites. They range from microscopic bacteria and viruses to 50-foot long tapeworms. They've been living on and in their host organisms for millions of years. They are rather disgusting to think about, but the world would be a drastically different place without them.<p>Writer Kathleen McAuliffe’s …

A dying cell's last act | Cosmos

<b>When immune cells get sick</b>, they will often self-destruct to protect the rest of the body from harm. New research suggests that before pulling the …

22 Ways to Instantly Change Your State of Mind

Every thought we have is a vibration and the key to maintaining positivity is to learn how to change our state.<p>Every thought we have is a vibration.<p>When we feel on top of the world, we send a matching frequency as we attract positive people, things and events into our lives.<p>When we exude energy and …

Happiness

Brain Science Suggests This Is the Best Position to Sleep In

Rest easy and give your brain a boost.<p>Sleep is critical for rest and rejuvenation. A human being will actually die of sleep deprivation before starvation--it takes about two weeks to starve, but only 10 days to die if you go without sleep.<p>The CDC has also classified insufficient sleep as a public …

Sleep

What do my cravings say about my health?

After a stressful day, it’s almost second nature to laze on the couch and drown our sorrows in a bowl of ice-cream or potato chips. Soon, we glance …

Nutrition

Consciousness May Be a Lot Like Making Coffee, Say Scientists

We tend to think of losing consciousness as an abrupt shutting down of our awareness of the world, like flicking a light switch. But it’s actually …

Consciousness

A newly discovered brain disease may point to something disturbing about Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

© AFP/File Thomas SamsonResearch published last week has identified the first new human prion disease in 50 years.<p>The paper's lead author, Stanley Prusiner, who won the Nobel prize in 1997 for his discovery that Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) could be transmitted by a "misfolded" protein, says …

A Visual Guide To All Of Those Unpronounceable Ingredients In Processed Food

What do those mystery chemicals actually do? Take a tour of the most common additives to find out how food scientists modify what you eat.<p>If you’ve ever perused an ingredient list and wondered why there’s polyglycerol polyricinoleate in your candy bar or tertiary-butylhydroquinone in your cereal–or …