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Space Standoff: The next Cold War is already playing out right above our heads

There’s a cold war in space and virtually no one knows about it.<p>Right now, miles above your head, there are fleets of robotic, weaponized satellites …

Space Exploration

Forget Pokémon Go, there’s another augmented reality game that’s way better

This week, millions of people got their first taste of augmented reality gaming with Pokémon Go. But for those who can’t stand Pokémon or would rather binge-watch campaign ads than capture another Zubat, there’s actually a much better AR game already out there: Ingress.<p>It’s easy to see why Pokémon …

Pokémon

Researchers stored an OK Go music video on strands of DNA

Researchers just figured out how to squeeze 200 MB of data onto some strands of DNA.<p>That's right, the same stuff that's inside all of us, the …

Cats May Understand Cause And Effect, Study Finds

And grasp the laws of physics<p>Science is getting closer to proving that yes, your cats are probably smarter than you. According to a study from researchers in Japan, cats seem to understand physics and cause and effect.<p>To do that, the researchers studied 30 domesticated cats, and videotaped their …

Neural networks: Artificial intelligence and our future

James Crowder Contributor<p>James Crowder is the chief engineer at Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services.<p>Imagine yourself a passenger in a futuristic self-driving car. Instead of programming its navigation system, the car interacts with you in a near-human way to understand your desired …

Artificial Intelligence

Is Infinity Real?

Three puzzles test whether the concept of infinity has purchase in the physical world.<p>Euclidean geometry has a way of turning mathematically inclined …

Will Genetic Advances Make Sex Obsolete?

Stanford law professor and bioethicist Hank Greely predicts that in the future most people in developed countries won't have sex to make babies. Instead they'll choose to control their child's genetics by making embryos in a lab.<p>On KQED's Forum program, Michael Krasny spoke with Greely about his …

Molecular Biology

This "Game Of Thrones" Fan Theory About Rickon Might Give You Hope

It's amazing we still have such hope, tbh.<p>* People Are Devastated Over Shaggydog's Death<p>* This <i>Game Of Thrones</i> Fan Theory Might Reveal The Fate Of The Starks<p>* This <i>Game Of Thrones</i> Theory About Bran Could Change Everything

How Much Liberty Do Americans Have Left?

This post explains the liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights – the first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution – and provides a …

George Mason

Inside the Greatest X-Rated Animated Film You've Never Heard Of

Long-lost 1973 erotic anime 'Belladonna of Sadness' gets the restoration treatment — and finally, the audience it deserves<p>At the 1973 Berlin Film …

Give Zero F**ks: How to Care Less About What Other People Think

It took me a <i>lot</i> of practice to be the kind of woman that gives zero f*cks and actively care less about what other people think, because I misunderstood what the 'give zero f*cks' mindset is all about. The misconception about women who give zero f*cks is that they have no priorities or passions.<p>In …

Self-help

Duck, Death and the Tulip: An Uncommonly Tender Illustrated Meditation on the Cycle of Life

“When you’re dead, the pond will be gone, too — at least for you.”<p><i>“Death is our friend precisely because it brings us into absolute and passionate presence with all that is here, that is natural, that is love,”</i> Rilke wrote in contemplating how befriending our mortality can help us feel more alive. …

A Cognitive Trick for Solving Problems Creatively

Many experts argue that creative thinking requires people to challenge their preconceptions and assumptions about the way the world works. One common claim, for example, is that the mental shortcuts we all rely on to solve problems get in the way of creative thinking. How can you innovate if your …

Critical Thinking

How Dreams Shaped The Evolution Of Spirituality And Religion

Carl Jung, the Swiss founder of depth psychology and early proponent of dream analysis, was the first to seriously study what he called "big dreams" -- vivid and memorable dream experiences that occur rarely, but when they do, can have a lasting impact on an individual's life.<p>Jung noted that while …

Consciousness

Ten Awesome Science Courses You Can Take Online For FREE

Science and the Internet are two individual entities that, when combined, become the 21st century’s most powerful educational tool. If you suddenly …

Black Holes

Can this nightly ritual really boost your self esteem in 30 days? Let’s try it.

Jennice Vilhauer, a therapist in Atlanta, says her patients over 15 years share one commonality: They struggle with low self-esteem.<p>Regardless of what life situation brought them to her, it’s at the core of every problem. They fixate on what they perceive as their unfavorable traits and the false …

Self-help

'No Man's Sky' finally takes off on June 21st for $60

<i>No Man's Sky</i>, the stylish space-exploration game that's roughly as big as the actual universe, will reach PlayStation 4 and PC on June 21st (June 24th in the UK), and pre-orders are live today. It even gets a physical Blu-ray edition on PS4. <i>No Man's Sky</i> is an independent title built by a team of 10 …

This Device Turns Plastic Waste Into Safe, Edible Mushrooms

Genius.<p>Researchers have come up with an awesome way to address that rather serious plastic problem we’ve got going on - a device that turns plastic …

Sustainability

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates Darwin Day, much of humanity refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with science. Their posts are littered with gems of motivated reasoning such as this: "If natural selection were true, Eskimos would have fur to keep warm, but they …

Religion

The first discovery of 2 colliding black holes just fundamentally changed our perception of the universe

On Thursday at a news conference in Washington, D.C., the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, made up of more than 1,000 scientists worldwide, publicly released results that had been secretly circulating among the scientific community for the past few weeks: the first detection of a phenomenon called …

Physics

Einstein's weirdest prediction is true, and will soon radically transform our understanding of the universe

NASA<p>Have no doubt: Gravitational waves, or ripples in the fabric of space-time, are real and undulating across the universe at incredible speed — …

Discovery one step closer to cause of schizophrenia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Scientists may have found another clue to the cause of schizophrenia. A new study some scientists are labeling "groundbreaking" comes from researchers at Harvard, the Broad Institute and Boston Children's Hospital and is published in the latest edition of Nature.<p>Schizophrenia can be a …

Neuroscience

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A Profound Contradiction of Human Existence

“<i>Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.</i>”<p>“Be not deceived,” Epictetus writes in <i>The Discourses</i>, …

Spirituality

Machines that learn like people | Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Object-recognition systems are beginning to get pretty good — and in the case of Facebook’s face-recognition algorithms, frighteningly good.<p>But …

Machine Learning

Crowds Flock to Japan to View Orchid Species Resembling a Monkey's Friendly Face

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, February 8th, 2016 will mark the start of the Year of the Monkey and one Japanese aquarium's celebrating in a floral fashion. The Aquamarine Fukushima recently opened up an exhibit featuring the rare <i>Dracula</i> <i>simia</i> flower—which is also known as a Monkey Orchid. …

Japan

E-cigarettes are no safer than smoking tobacco, scientists warn

Vaping is no safer than smoking, scientists have warned after finding that e-cigarette vapour damages DNA in ways that could lead to cancer.<p>Researchers at the University of California created an extract from the ‘smoke’ of e-cigarettes and used it to treat human cells in a lab.<p>The exposed cells …

Congress Wants NASA To Create A Deep Space Habitat By 2018

The next big step towards sending humans to Mars<p>NASA may dream of sending humans to Mars in the coming decades, but the fact remains that nobody's really sure how we'll survive the journey or set up camp on the red planet.<p>The Orion spacecraft that will drive astronauts to Mars has a diameter that's …

How Is Your Basic Science Literacy?

At one university where I’ve taught, we gave nonscience majors in a general science course this quick assessment on the first and last days of class to evaluate their incoming and outgoing basic science literacy. Obviously, some of these questions also reflect expected cultural deflections of …

Science