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2 Ways to Beat Your Fear of Rejection, Backed by Research

We all deal with fear of rejection. Jia Jiang did too. But he overcame it… thanks to a box of donuts.<p>He explains how this happened in his wonderful …

Your Brain Is Wired To Move On After Heartbreak, Study Says

We know that humans are wired to fall in love, but are we also built to break up?<p>Love is what evolutionary psychologists call a human universal -- a fundamental human experience that appears across all cultures. According to a new study, the experience of falling <i>out of love</i> and moving on to a new …

5 Bucket List Travel Destinations

We live in a wild and wondrous world, which means it's time to dust off your passport and get busy exploring Earth's natural treasures and man-made marvels. While hunting down every awe-inspiring landmark would take a lifetime, we've started off with five must-see destinations that should be on …

Taj Mahal

19 Thrilling Trails Guaranteed to Make Your Heart Race

These 19 hikes will raise your heart rate, take you to perilous heights, or bring you to awe-inspiring destinations.

This is your brain on LSD? Scientists want to find out

Would you pay money to support a scientific experiment involving illegal drugs?<p>A group of British scientists started a crowdfunding campaign to raise …

'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, But Not in Chimps

A single gene may have helped pave the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of neurons found in a key brain region.<p>This gene seems to be uniquely human: It is found in modern-day humans, Neanderthals and another branch of extinct humans called Denisovans, but …

Biology

GoPro cameras capture daredevil’s stunning flight over Swiss Alps

Want to know what it’s like to fly over mountains like Superman? Ask Seattle-based daredevil Brandon Mikesell, who soared over the Swiss Alps in a wingsuit last year, capturing stunning footage of his flight on GoPro cameras strapped to his helmet and suit.<p>Zooming past sheer cliff faces and over …

'More Exciting Than Higgs' - Upgraded Atom-Smasher On The Hunt For Supersymmetry

The newly revved-up Large Hadron Collider could discover a particle that’s even more exciting than the Higgs boson this year – the first supersymmetric particle.<p>The particle accelerator has been shut down for the last two years while scientists, engineers and technicians work on upping the power by …

Pictures reveal bigger and better Large Hadron Collider

The particle accelerator, which has been shut for maintenance since 2013, is bigger and better than ever<p>The Large Hadron Collider will restart this spring following an upgrade to allow it to discover particles which are even more mysterious than the Higgs boson.<p>The particle accelerator, which has …

Wireless electricity? It's here

Katie Hall was shocked the second she saw it: a light-bulb glowing in the middle of a room with no wires attached.<p>Looking back, it was a crude experiment, she remembers: a tiny room filled with gigantic copper refrigerator coils -- the kind you'd see if you cracked open the back of your freezer.<p>She …

APOD: Sharpless 308: Star Bubble (2013 Dec 24) Image Credit & Copyright: Jeff Husted http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131224.html Explanation: Blown by fast winds from a hot, massive star, this cosmic bubble is huge. Cataloged as Sharpless 2-308 it lies some 5,200 light-years away toward the constellation of the Big Dog (Canis Major) and covers slightly more of the sky than a Full Moon. That corresponds to a diameter of 60 light-years at its estimated distance. The massive star that created the bubble, a Wolf-Rayet star, is the bright one near the center of the nebula. Wolf-Rayet stars have over 20 times the mass of the Sun and are thought to be in a brief, pre-supernova phase of massive star evolution. Fast winds from this Wolf-Rayet star create the bubble-shaped nebula as they sweep up slower moving material from an earlier phase of evolution. The windblown nebula has an age of about 70,000 years. Relatively faint emission captured in the expansive image is dominated by the glow of ionized oxygen atoms mapped to violet hues. http://www.crabnebula.us/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131224 #APOD

Device Could Harvest Wasted Energy From Wi-Fi, Satellite Signals

It converts stray microwaves into electricity.<p>A wireless device developed by researchers at Duke University that converts microwaves into electricity could eventually harvest Wi-Fi or satellite signals for power, according to its creators. It could also one day be built into cell phones to let them …

Earth-like Planets: Potentially Billions of Planets Like Earth in Milky Way

Earth-like planets are more common than was previously believed, astronomers say in a new analysis.<p>The astronomers say that about 20 percent of stars …

Universe

3 ‘Modern’ Inventions That Existed Millions of Years Ago: Nuclear Reactor, Telescope, Clothes

Evidence exists pointing to prehistoric civilizations as advanced as our modern civilization—or perhaps more advanced.<p>Such evidence could turn our …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Astronomy

Wedding Photograph Features a Hungry T-Rex Chasing the Bridal Party

Here’s a fun wedding photo idea we’ve never seen before: dinosaur photobombing. Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based wedding photographer Quinn Miller …

Hallucinogens as Medicine

World’s smallest living vertebrate

Scientists discovered this tiny species of frog near Amau village in Papua, New Guinea.<p>This tiny frog captures the title of <i>smallest living vertebrate</i> …

Zoology

Freed From a Glacier's Hold, Ancient Moss Grows Again

Moss that was frozen for centuries is now green and growing.<p><b>In one of nature's more astonishing never-say-die stories, clumps of frozen mosses that were entombed beneath an advancing glacier more than 400 years ago have revived.</b><p>The glacier is now retreating, exposing the mosses to air and sunlight …

This Bacterium-Sized Bunny Could Be The Future Of Bionic Brains

Scientists in Japan have created a new material that can be shaped into complex, conductive 3-D structures. Get ready for your custom brain electrodes.<p>The rabbit sculpture above is the size of a typical bacterium and is made of a new type of resin that has exciting implications for bionic implants. …

A Cannabinoid That Looks Like THC Could Be Key To Diagnosing PTSD

Researchers have pinpointed a set of biological markers that could help diagnose PTSD--and, eventually, treat it.<p>A molecular imaging study has pinpointed a set of biological markers that could help diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder more accurately, and might even lead to a pharmacological …

Gene wars: the last-ditch battle over who owns the rights to our DNA

Tracey Barraclough made a grim discovery in 1998. She found she possessed a gene that predisposed her to cancer. "I was told I had up to an 85% …

Gene could rejuvenate old hearts

Old or damaged hearts could be regenerated simply by switching off a gene which prevents cells from dividing, researchers have claimed.<p>The hearts of newborns have the remarkable capacity to heal themselves after injury by generating new heart cells but we lose this ability shortly after birth.<p>Now …

I think, therefore I heal: the weird science of neurofeedback

It's been dismissed as bunk science for decades. But does neurofeedback deserve a second look?<p>Imagine if treating a mental illness was as simple as playing a video game — except your mind is the controller. That idea isn’t only real, it’s a therapy gaining traction in the medical community and …

When Do Babies Become Conscious?

For everyone who's looked into an infant's sparkling eyes and wondered what goes on in its little fuzzy head, there's now an answer. New research …

New research on rhythm and source of brain’s slow waves

Scientists probe the source of a pulsing signal in the sleeping brain<p>The brain’s “slow waves” are rhythmic signal pulses that sweep through the brain …

Neuroscience

Scientists Invent Nanosponges to Soak Up Toxins in Bloodstream

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have invented a nanosponge they say can help soak up dangerous toxins from the bloodstream. The …

Forever alone? How NASA's Kepler craft is finding another Earth

Discovery of new planets in habitable zones is most promising yet in four-year quest<p>Late last week, NASA announced that scientists using its Kepler space observatory had discovered two new planetary systems thousands of light years away from our own. Within these, seven new planets were found, and …

Using black holes to measure the universe’s rate of expansion

Radiation emitted in the vicinity of black holes could be used to measure distances of billions of light years, says researcher.<p>A few years ago, …

Black Holes