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New Simulation Offers Stunning Images of Black Hole Merger

A black hole is an extraordinarily massive, improbably dense knot of spacetime that makes a living swallowing or slinging away any morsel of energy …

The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind

How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.<p>To …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance when viewed under the microscope. The myelin sheath insulates the fibres, and helps them to carry …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects on many aspects of biology, and enormous potential in human medicine. As such, its ability to fill in some of the gaps in our scientific knowledge is mentioned everywhere from …

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works

Scientists are only just beginning to understand how the brain works — from what transpires in it while we sleep to how to optimize its memory to what love does to it to how music affects it — and the rest of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between fascinated and confused when it comes to the …

How Much of the Brain Can a Person Do Without?

Last week the world learned of a woman who has been living normally with no cerebellum. That's not the limit to the brain's plasticity either.<p><b>This month a 24-year-old woman in China's</b> Shandong Province walked into a hospital complaining of nausea and dizziness, and walked out having learned that …

The Brain

Xiaomi MiPad with Nvidia Tegra K1 review

On the face of it, the Xiaomi MiPad is irresistible. We have the most powerful mobile chipset on the planet within an iPad mini form-factor, put …

Every step you take: The story of Minesweeper

You know Minesweeper, of course. It's video game wallpaper that's silently seeped into countless people's lives. Everyone can recount the basics; the …

Gaza truce over, Israel soldier captured, 70 dead in Rafah shelling

GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel declared a Gaza ceasefire over on Friday, saying Hamas militants breached the truce soon after it took effect and apparently captured an Israeli officer while killing two other soldiers.<p>Renewed Israeli shelling killed more than 70 Palestinians and wounded some 220, …

NASA’s Latest Space Drive Breaks The Laws Of Physics

It is one of the most fundamental laws of physics: Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. We all learned it in high school. It’s a principle we use every day, just by existing. And it might just have been proven to be completely wrong in a lab.<p>This requires some explaining. Space travel …

NASA tested an impossible space engine and it somehow worked

If the tests of the Cannae Drive technology hold up, a trip to Mars could take weeks instead of months<p>NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a …

Gods Will Be Watching Is Gaming's Most Harrowing Moral Test

My team is on the brink of madness; starving, stranded, and beset by a paralytic contagion. Our only hope of survival is to repair a radio and signal …

10 Scientific Images That Changed How We Looked at the World

The most important images in history<p>Whether it was a drawing or photograph, these images changed the course of human understanding, and science itself, forever.

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Q&A: The 5 Big Questions in Brain Science

A bioethicist suggests that neuroscience challenges how we view ourselves.<p><b>Advances in our understanding of the brain have turned neuroscience into one of the hottest frontiers in research, and in ethics. (See "Beyond the Brain.")</b><p>On Wednesday, the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of …

Life-hacking the brain: better living through science!

There is something that we all need. You can't touch it, you can't really see it, but you certainly know its effects and feel its loss. In fact, while many despise it and wish they didn't need it, it is cherished most by those who don't have enough.<p>I am of course talking about sleep. With a 3 …

Engineering Psychology Job Overview

Engineering psychology is an applied subfield that focuses on improving and adapting technology, equipment, and work environments to enhance human …

Emotions and Types of Emotional Responses

Emotions seem to rule our daily lives. We make decisions based on whether we are happy, angry, sad, bored, or frustrated. We choose activities and …

The dark side of psychology in abuse and interrogation

This week the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) have published the most comprehensive study on the role of psychologists in the War on Terror. At 269 pages, the full report is as detailed as it is grim, concluding that American psychologists …

Identity vs. Role Confusion in Erikson's Theory

Identity versus confusion is the fifth stage of ego according to psychologist Erik Erikson's theory of psychosocial development. This stage occurs …

2 Psychology Rules for Getting Better at Chess--and Life

We often use chess as a metaphor for life, business, and other competitive sports, because it's such a strategic game. Coder and chess player Gautam …