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Scientists Prove Nanomagnets Can Levitate, Expect More Exotic Quantum Phenomena

Researchers demonstrate in two new papers that despite a classic 175-year-old theorem saying it’s impossible, nanomagnets can be stably levitated in …

Quantum Physics

Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

<b>What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.</b><p>The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.<p>One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, …

The Brain

New Study Suggests Our Understanding of Brain Cells Is Flawed, And Here's Why

Our neurons could be 10 times more active than we thought.<p>A new study has found evidence that a section of our neurons, called the dendrites, aren't …

Ancient technique can dramatically improve memory, research suggests

Cultivating a ‘memory palace’ can make long-lasting improvements to recall, say scientists, suggesting many of us have untapped memory reserves<p>A memory technique invented by the ancient Greeks can make dramatic and long-lasting improvements to a person’s power of recall, according to research that …

The Brain

Brain activity is too complicated for humans to decipher. Machines can decode it for us.

Why we need artificial intelligence to study our natural intelligence.<p>Over the past several years, Jack Gallant’s neuroscience lab has produced a string of papers that sound absurd.<p>In 2011, the lab showed it was possible to recreate movie clips just from observing the brain activity of people …

Machine Learning

5 Awesome 2016 Hip Hop Albums From Golden Age Legends

2016 will go down in history as a great year for Hip Hop. Forget all those “Young…” and “Lil …” autotune mumble rappers that dominate mainstream rap …

The Crowd Sees Tomorrow Coming

Physicist Anthony Aguirre wants us all to consider the probabilities that will define our collective future.<p>Physicist Anthony Aguirre worries about …

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker

At eighty-two, the troubadour has another album coming. Like him, it is obsessed with mortality, God-infused, and funny.<p>When Leonard Cohen was twenty-five, he was living in London, sitting in cold rooms writing sad poems. He got by on a three-thousand-dollar grant from the Canada Council for the …

Literature

How video games train the brain to justify killing

Let's play a game. One of the quotes below belongs to a trained soldier speaking of killing the enemy, while the other to a convicted felon …

The placebo effect: is there something in it after all?

A study of the sometimes positive effects of taking drug-free pills suggests a biological factor at work<p>The placebo effect remains one of the most baffling mysteries in medicine. The idea that a useless sugar pill or harmless saline injection could result in a measurable improvement in a patient’s …

Study: Religious and Superstitious People Struggle to Understand the Physical World

People who believe in God or the supernatural don’t quite understand the physical world, claims a new study from researchers at the University of …

Rote learning is essential for a child's education – play isn't, says expert

Traditional approaches to education such as practising rote learning and building pupils' memories are essential to allow for more complex tasks, a …

If Emotion Aids Learning, Does It Work Online?

• In-depth articles about current issues faced by universities<br>• Data and analysis on the latest higher education trends, statistics, and salaries<br>• Special …

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Ask Ethan: Could The Universe Be A Simulation?

We take for granted, every day, that what we perceive as “real” is actually reflective of some type of objective reality. That the atoms and molecules composing our bodies actually exist; that the photons interacting with us possess energy and momentum; that the neutrinos passing through us are …

Quantum Physics

The psychology of insiders and outsiders can explain why we have such a hard time agreeing on reality

On Oct. 19, an estimated 70 million Americans tuned in for the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. In theory, voters watching the debates should experience a common version of reality: everyone is hearing the same words, spoken by the same people. Whereas the <i>New York</i> …

Presidential Debate

There’s a clear way to know if you’re being inauthentic, according to psychologists

We’re surrounded by messages of authenticity that seem, somehow, inauthentic. Instagram photos boast #nofilter and food companies promise to serve up “real” ingredients, whatever that might mean. In the face of such mixed signals, how can you tell if you’re being truly genuine, or simply mimicking …

Astrologers predict the election: Trump is from Mars, Clinton is from Venus

Dozens of astrologers are coming together to predict who will be president, anticipating a ‘potentially explosive’ October surprise that could shape the result<p>The polls are grim, but the cosmos may yet save Donald Trump. Why fret about Florida when you have Orion?<p>The Republican presidential …

What Makes People Vote Republican?

<i>Linguistic Researcher; Dean of Arts and Sciences, Bentley University; Author, How Language Began</i><p>I once heard John Wayne say in an interview, "They …

University of California

WHY IT MATTERS: Income inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE ISSUE: The rich keep getting richer while more Americans are getting left behind financially.<p>Income inequality has surged near …

Middle-class

What I learned as a hired consultant to autodidact physicists – Sabine Hossenfelder

It began after I started as a teaching assistant at the department of physics. The first note was a classic – it proved Albert Einstein wrong. The …

Physics

These are the best arguments from the 3% of climate scientist 'skeptics.' Really. | Dana Nuccitelli

Contrarian climate scientist Roy Spencer summed up the contrarian case for a fossil fuel and tobacco-funded think tank<p>When I give a presentation and mention the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming, I’m often asked, “what’s the deal with the other 3%?”. These are the publishing …

The Multiverse for non-scientists

Why we’re positive the Universe isn’t all there is, and what the different possibilities for a Multiverse are.<p><i>“Go, then. There are other worlds than</i> …

WATCH: This Awesome Illusion Turns Squares Into Circles in The Mirror

Wtf.<p>Hi there, welcome to another dimension, where up is down, right is wrong, and squares are circles. Seriously, bring us all your squares and we'll …

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

<i>Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the Invisibilia podcast and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations. This story contains language that some may find offensive.</i><p>This is the story of a prisoner who committed a horrible crime and says he's no …

Psychology

Five Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online Completely Free

Science often gets a bad rap for being inaccessible. But it’s actually never been easier to satisfy your curiosity on subjects ranging from computer …

Human Rights

Earth - Why is there something rather than nothing?

People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years. Pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in the hands of the gods - and philosophers have written reams on the subject. But science has had little …

Love by design: when science meets sex, lust, attraction and attachment

<i>CHANGING FAMILIES: In this ten-part series, we examine some major changes in family and relationships, and how that might in turn reshape law, policy</i> …

The Brain

Schrodinger's Cat Is Now Alive - And Dead - In Two Boxes at Once, IRL Experiment Reveals

Physicists just sawed that cat in half.<p>Scientists have just kicked the famous Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment up a notch by cutting that poor …