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Follow Bernd Klein, the author of this website, at Google+:<p>Search this website:<p>This topic in German / Deutsche Übersetzung: Geschichte und …

Townsville mother and son, 10, face deportation due to boy's autism diagnosis

A Queensland woman and her son are at risk of being deported back to the Philippines because of the 10-year-old boy's autism diagnosis.<p>Townsville …

D'oh! Homer Simpson beat scientists in race to find Higgs boson mass

Does Homer Simpson deserve a share of the 2013 Nobel Prize in physics? Did the European Organization for Nuclear Research and its scientific partners waste $10 billion constructing the Large Hadron Collider?<p>In short, could particle physicists have saved themselves a lot of trouble and simply …

'Lightning Striking Twice': Autism Genes Randomly Mutated, Study Finds

A new genetic study shows even siblings with autism often have very different DNA mutations from one another— a finding that strengthens the evidence that autism is often just genetic bad luck.<p>The deep dive into the DNA of 170 people with autism spectrum disorder shows that more than 69 percent of …

Data shows human pressure on Earth reaching critical level

Using 24 key social, economic, and environmental indicators, our friend Félix Pharand-Deschênes has created a dashboard that shows how human pressure …

Extinction

How To Find Faster-Than-Light Particles

A new paper claims to demonstrate that neutrinos not only travel faster than the speed of light, but have the brain-twisting characteristic of …

Physics

Neuroscientists Have Worked Out How to “Read” And “Write” Brain Signals

A new technique allows researchers to both observe and control brain activity in mice.<p>Just like a very complicated computer, our brains control our …

The Brain

Great novels can change your life...and your brain

Getting lost in a good book can actually change your brain, with neural paths forming in the same way as if you were actually living the experience, scientists have found<p>Atticus Finch claimed you can never understand a person until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.<p>But reading To Kill a …

Love Stories

Earth-sized UFO spotted; Nasa images show alien mothership blasting out of the Sun [VIDEO]

A massive alien mothership has apparently been spotted blasting out of the sun in new Nasa solar images.<p>Reportedly, the alleged UFO is as big, if not …

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

How To Win The Impulse War Inside Your Brain

Your brain is complicated. Understanding how it works can help you make better decisions.<p>What role do our emotions play in decision-making? Some might say it’s a fairly contentious one. Acting on emotions without reason can be dangerous. 17th-century French philosopher Descartes would have you …

There May Be Some Hope For Restoring Lost Memories In The Brain

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States -- affecting more than 5 million Americans. Perhaps the most devastating symptom of the disease is its characteristic loss of memory and identity, which can take a heavy psychological and emotional toll on its …

9 Space Pictures That Look Like Christmas

All through the universe, not a star complex was stirring, not even Cygnus X! Merry Christmas from Popular Science.<p>Is that the face of jolly old St. Nick, or a million-mile-wide nebula? The gas and dust of the cosmos often align into very familiar scenes from Earth. We've gathered nine space …

A Sticky Sensor That Attaches To Internal Organs

Capable of measuring electrical activity when affixed to rats' hearts<p>Eww, what's that on this guy's hand? It's a sticky sheet designed to attach electronic sensors onto organs in the body. See how the sheet holds up a 100-yen coin?<p>A team of researchers based at several Japanese universities made …

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 …

How DNA Sequencing In Sewers Could Detect Disease Outbreaks

Disease prevention and mapmaking have been inextricably intertwined since 1854, when an English physician named John Snow plotted a cholera outbreak on a grid to locate–and shut down–a bacteria-tainted water pump, inventing the modern science of epidemiology along the way.<p>In 2010 geneticist Eric …

Why Do Computers Use Electricity Instead Of Light?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: Why do computers use electricity instead of light?</i><p><i>We know that electricty travels 100 times slower than light. So, wouldn’t computers be much faster if they used light instead of electricity for their operation?</i> <i><br>Answer by Jacob VanWagoner, Former Intel</i> …