Mary Studer

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Can We Change The Past?

Who has no regrets about things done in the past? Wouldn't it be nice if, somehow, we could go back to tweak a couple of bad decisions?<p>This sounds (and as we will see, <i>is,</i> to a certain extent) like science fiction.<p>The laws of physics prohibit traveling backwards in time for many reasons. If we did …

Quantum Physics

A Break in Delirium Research Might Have Just Solved a 2,500-Year-Old Medical Mystery

What's really causing fever hallucinations.<p>An Australian researcher has used brain scans to figure out exactly what's going on during an episode of …

A neuroscientist explains the radical theory that our free will is just an illusion

Dean Buonomano, a professor at UCLA and author of "Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time", gives a simple explanation of the theory of eternalism. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>It seems that everything in the universe has already happened under eternalism.</i><p><i>In</i> …

Consciousness

Trump’s Syria strike clearly broke international law — and no one seems to care

President Donald Trump’s surprising decision to launch a cruise missile strike on Syria was sharply criticized by Russia as a “flagrant violation of international law.” While it might be tempting to dismiss this claim as mere Putinesque propaganda, on this question at least, Russia is almost …

Middle East

FBI obtained FISA warrant to monitor Trump adviser Carter Page

By Ellen Nakashima<p>, Reporter<p>Devlin Barrett<p>, Reporter<p>Adam Entous<p>, Reporter<p>The FBI obtained a secret court order in October 2016 to monitor the communications of a former adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law …

Surveillance

New Mathematical Equation Shows How Fast Humans Are Wrecking Earth

By Robin Scher<p>It is impossible to predict the future. What we can do is extrapolate a vision from our current body of scientific knowledge, mixed …

Scientists Solve Ocean 'Carbon Sink' Puzzle

By Robert McSweeney<p>The oceans are a hugely important "carbon sink," helping absorb CO2 emissions from human activities. Without them, CO2 would …

Containing Trump

He may well try to govern as an authoritarian. Whether he succeeds depends less on what he does than on how civil society responds.<p>Whatever his intellectual and political gifts, Richard Nixon, the 37th president of the United States, was a cunning and dangerous criminal. For him, issuing illegal …

WTF Just Happened? Trump’s Chaotic First Weeks in Office

America has weathered the opening blitz of the Trump presidency with our republic intact, but our collective sanity rattled. The new administration …

The March for Science isn’t partisan or anti-Trump—it’s pro-facts

First came the Women’s March. Now comes the March for Science. Given the ongoing protests sweeping the US, one might assume that scientists are organizing to voice their general disagreement with Donald Trump’s policies—or perhaps that they simply want to protect their grants and jobs from federal …

Donald Trump

US military officials: Trump-ordered raid in Yemen that killed US Navy SEAL was approved 'without sufficient intelligence'

US Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens died in the raid on a branch of Al Qaeda, also known as AQAP, in al Bayda province, which the Pentagon said also killed 14 militants. Medics at the scene, however, said about 30 people, including 10 women and children, were killed.<p>US Central Command said in a …

National Security

You're More Likely to Die Choking Than Be Killed by Foreign Terrorists, Data Show

You're more likely to die from being buried alive or from choking on food than at the hands of foreign-born terrorists attacking on American soil.<p>The death rate data was compiled by NBC News in light of a recent report by the libertarian think tank the Cato Institute, which found the likelihood of …

Politics Podcast: Chaos At The White House

FiveThirtyEight<p>President Trump’s first week in office proved chaotic. It started with false claims of mass voter fraud and ended with his signing an …

World Leaders React To The Reality Of A Trump Presidency

Many of the presidential memorandums and executive decisions will fundamentally affect countries around the globe.<p>In his first week in office, President Donald Trump announced a multitude of plans and decisions that will have dramatic consequences for people in the United States. Many of the …

Donald Trump

How to Have a Brain Like Buddha's, According to Neuroscience

To many people who don’t believe in any religion, Buddhism is generally seen as a “good” kind of religion. It doesn’t start wars and has powerful …

Climate Scientists Launch Brainy Attack On Inaccurate News

Climate scientists have volunteered by the dozens to review the accuracy of stories about climate change. Now they’re collaborating with computer experts to develop ways to scan the internet for fake and misleading stories about climate.<p>“The concept is to try to bring the scientists to have a voice …

People around the world are helping the US save its climate data

Michelle Murphy is a professor in Canada, but her research on the Great Lakes depends on water quality data collected by her neighbors to the south.<p>Specifically, the US Environmental Protection Agency.<p>“Without EPA data, you are blinded," Murphy says of her work studying chemical emissions into the …

The French are hosting “intellectual rave parties” in 30 cities around the world

Could it be more French?<p>Between Jan. 26 and Jan. 29, French consulates in 30 cities around the world will be hosting free, all-night “intellectual rave parties” to wrestle with today’s most pressing matters. The Night of Philosophy and Ideas (<i>La Nuit des idées)</i> is a festival of philosophical …

New York City

Trump’s Aides Leak Embarrassing Story About How He Can’t Handle Embarrassment

The president is a 70-year-old child whose TV time must be closely monitored — because any news story that upsets his ego will trigger a temper …

Donald Trump

The Real Story Of 2016

What reporters — and lots of data geeks, too — missed about the election, and what they’re still getting wrong.<p>On Friday at noon, a Category 5 …

Trump Now Threatening Automakers in Canada and Germany

Already taking aim at Mexico, President-elect Donald Trump is now warning he might enact a 35 percent “border tax” on Canadian and German automobile imports.<p>"You can build cars for the United States, but for every car that comes to the USA, you will pay 35 percent tax," Trump told the German …

Understanding others' feelings: what is empathy and why do we need it?

<i>This is the introductory essay in our series on understanding others’ feelings. In it we will examine empathy, including what it is, whether our</i> …

As Obamacare Faces Repeal, Its Legacy Is Still Up In The Air

When President Obama took office in 2009, the U.S. was in trouble — 50.7 million people were uninsured, the largest number in history. Mortality …

Want to travel and save money in 2017? Consider taking a year-long cruise

It’s a new year and that means it’s time for new travel plans. But if the exorbitant cost of living in your city looks like it may eat into your 2017 travel budget, why not consider spending the year at sea?<p>If you live in one of the world’s more expensive cities, it could be much cheaper to take a …

Obesity alters brain structure and function

It’s not just your waistline that suffers as you put on weight. Researchers are beginning to find puzzling new links between obesity, memory loss and dementia<p>Lucy Cheke and her colleagues at the University of Cambridge recently invited a few participants into her lab for a kind of ‘treasure …

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