Christopher Masagatani

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Watch a Young Jay Z Kill It in his First Ever Televised Freestyle

Six years before the release of his debut, Jigga is so underground the TV Presenter doesn't even know his name.<p>What did we do before the internet? Jerk-off to magazines, probably, and get a whole lot more work done. But while the internet is a great time-wasting tool and has improved the well-being …

'You Have To Be Bored': Dan Deacon On Creativity

When you think about composers, you might imagine someone agonizing at a piano with a quill poised at a blank sheet, tugging at his wild shock of silver hair for ideas. Dan Deacon's not that: He's a laptop composer, and his orchestra is any existing sound that catches his ear. He manipulates, he …

New Albums

What Kids Learn From Travel

Our family Christmases can be a little unconventional -- once we took our 2-year-old son to South Africa. Some of my friends gave me a hard time. They said I gave myself a safari holiday while my son was too young to protest instead of giving him a tree and a stocking.<p>For his third birthday, …

28.8 million tons of Sahara desert fertilize the Amazon [video]

The Amazon rainforest is fertilized in part by phosphorus from a dry lake bed in the Sahara desert, researchers say in a new report that shows how different parts of our planet are connected in deep and surprising ways.<p>The findings were published Tuesday in Geophysical Letters.<p>Scientists have known …

Exploring The Solar System Through The Eyes Of Robotic Voyagers

The Voyager spacecraft have revolutionized our understanding of our solar system since their launch in 1977. After decades of sending back data on our planetary neighbors, Voyager 1 and 2 are entering new territory: interstellar space.<p>In a new book, <i>The Interstellar Age: Inside The Forty-Year</i> …

Astronomy

Man-made DNA can now store data for millions of years

Image copyright The Cancer Genome Atlas.Swiss scientists have discovered encasing DNA in glass and chilling it down can preserve data encoded in it …

Extracted

'Expensive' placebos work better than 'cheap' ones, study finds

How do you convert a simple saline solution into a useful treatment for people with Parkinson's disease? Tell them it's a drug that costs $100 per dose. And if you want to make it even more effective, tell them it costs $1,500 instead.<p>That's what researchers from the University of Cincinnati …

Pharma

Video: Fly through the largest picture ever taken

Fly-through video of the largest image ever taken, of the Andromeda galaxy, nearest spiral galaxy to our Milky Way. Prepare to feel small!<p>Did you see …

Universe

Humans threaten 4 of 9 key systems on Earth - Futurity

A big-picture look at the state of Earth suggests that human activity is crossing some major planetary boundaries.

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Minifasting: How Occasionally Skipping Meals May Boost Health

If you've ever gone to sleep hungry and then dreamed of chocolate croissants, the idea of fasting may seem completely unappealing.<p>But what if the payoff for a 16-hour fast — which might involve skipping dinner, save a bowl of broth — is a boost in energy and a decreased appetite?<p>This is what we've …

Holistic Medicine

Trapped In His Body For 12 Years, A Man Breaks Free

<i>What would you do if you were locked in your body, your brain intact but with no way to communicate? How do you survive emotionally when you are invisible to everyone you know and love?</i><p><i>That's the first question asked by NPR's new program on human behavior,</i> Invisibilia.<p><i>The first show tells the story</i> …

Mind

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety

In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on …

Why Buddhist Teacher Pema Chödrön Says There's No Need For Self-Improvement (VIDEO)

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go. But before you start making a resolution list of self-improvements, watch this "Super Soul Sunday" clip with world-renowned Buddhist teacher and best-selling author Pema Chödrön. As one of the first …

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find

Scientists at the University of California discovered that the human body views red meat as a foreign invader and launches an immune response<p>Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.<p>But …

Meat

Awesome Google Features You May Not Have Known About

For example, did you know that Google can guide you through your wedding?<p>From the silly to the useful, these Google features (which we picked out of this great Quora thread) will make you love Google even more than you probably already did.

This Neuroscientist Is Trying to Upload His Entire Brain to a Computer

Randal Koene wants to move humanity from Earth to the The Cloud, making us part-robot and completely immortal.<p>Humans, if you hadn't already noticed, have stopped evolving. As David Attenborough recently reminded us, our species is the first – by our free will – to remove itself from the process of …

Radical New Quantum Theory Says Other Universes Affect Our Own

Parallel universes have long been a staple of science fiction. But according to a radical new theory of quantum mechanics published Oct. 23 in the journal Physical Review X, other universes are real--and they exist in vast numbers.<p>What's more, the scientists behind the theory say the other …

Elon Musk and Other Visionaries Are Worried About the Future of AI

Will artificial intelligence wipe out humanity, or help us live forever?<p><i>(Photo Credit: Pascal Cyborg/Progress/Flickr)</i><p><b>Elon Musk has joined everyone</b> from the Unabomber to James Cameron (sometimes) to grandfathers worldwide in their fear of future technology. The difference is that Ted Kaczynski is a …