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The blind woman who switched personalities and could suddenly see

It had been more than a decade since “B.T.” had last seen anything.<p>After suffering a traumatic accident as a young woman, doctors diagnosed her with cortical blindness, caused by damage to the visual processing centers in her brain. So she got a seeing eye dog to guide her and grew accustomed to …

Mental Health

A Gay Atheist's Response to Islamophobia

Here's why this gay atheist is so adamant in his refusal to marginalize those, who by dint of their religion, would marginalize me.<p>It's because I don't think inside their religion is where most people live.<p>What I mean is that almost everybody on the planet spends the vast majority of each day …

Religion

Study: Religious Kids Are Jerks

A study published in the journal Current Biology testing the behavior of Christian, Muslim, and atheist children has found that religious kids are …

The countries that don’t exist

There really is a secret world of hidden independent nations, with their own populations, governments – and football leagues. In fact, you’ve almost certainly visited one without realising.<p>When I first see Nick Middleton, he is surrounded by globes and atlases showing the most exotic places on the …

Queen Elizabeth II

Reality is just part of our evolution: The wild new theory that tests our understanding of the physical world

A University of California cognitive scientist believes we learned to see things as they are as a means of survival<p>One of the deepest problems in epistemology is how we know the nature of reality. Over the millennia philosophers have offered many theories, from solipsism (only one's mind is known …

InterAct

How the 'Internet of Things' will affect the world

For more than two years, BI Intelligence has closely tracked the growth of the IoT. Specifically, we've analyzed how the IoT ecosystem enables entities (i.e. consumers, businesses, and governments) to connect to, and control, their IoT devices in 16 environments, including manufacturing, the …

Internet of Things

This man is closer than ever to building the world's first time machine

Ron's time machine would look like a circulating tunnel of light through which information could be sent into the past in the form of neutrons. The …

Physics

Phil Collins Plotting Comeback: 'I Am No Longer Retired'

"The horse is out of the stable and I'm raring to go," says Genesis singer<p>Sitting in the master bedroom of his Miami Beach mansion just five days …

Black Hole Has Major Flare

The baffling and strange behaviours of black holes have become somewhat less mysterious recently, with new observations from NASA’s Explorer missions …

The 42 Best Science Memes On The Internet

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Science

They really want a theocracy: The GOP candidates who want to make you bow to their lord

GOP wants Christianity as our official religion. Middle East’s on fire. Theocrats are marching and must be stopped<p>If the number of those professing no loyalty to make-believe celestial despots (thankfully) continues to grow, faith derangement syndrome is advancing to its final stage among those …

Religion

Books Bill Gates thinks you should read

oninnovation/flickr<p>While Bill Gates has a schedule that's planned down to the minute, the entrepreneur-turned-billionaire-humanitarian still gobbles up about a book a week.<p>Aside from a handful of novels, they're mostly nonfiction books covering his and his foundation's broad range of interests. A …

Books

China Details Next-Gen Nuclear Reactor Program - MIT Technology Review

A group of nuclear scientists and entrepreneurs gathered this week at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee, to observe the 50th anniversary of …

Nuclear Energy

Why the U.S. should export nuclear power

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursdsay released an operating license for a new nuclear energy facility in Tennessee, marking the first …

Nuclear Energy

UK kills wind and solar support as it seeks to reboot nuclear

Just weeks after slashing subsidies to solar and wind energy, the UK conservative government has signed a deal with Chinese and French state-owned …

Electrical Grid

Advanced Reactor Gets Closer to Reality - MIT Technology Review

Terrapower, a startup funded in part by Nathan Myhrvold and Bill Gates, is moving closer to building a new type of nuclear reactor called a traveling …

Nuclear Energy

TerraPower Quietly Explores New Nuclear Reactor Strategy - MIT Technology Review

Among the growing field of startups attempting to bring advanced nuclear reactors to market, TerraPower stands out—partly because it’s well-funded, …

Nuclear Energy

This nuclear power deal with China is one of the maddest ever struck

The decision to allow China to build nuclear power stations in the UK is sheer folly, especially at a time when Cameron is shutting the door on renewable energy<p>The grand kowtow continues its humiliating progress today, but beggars can’t be choosers. The Queen and all her family – good grief, even …

Downing Street

Japan’s Nuclear Energy Choices

As Japan recovers from recent torrential flooding, concerns about nuclear safety are never far from people’s minds. During the flooding, bags of …

Say Hello to the First New U.S. Nuclear Plant in Almost 20 Years

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar 2 reactor just got approval to operate. What does this mean for the future of American nuclear energy?<p>Remember the last time a new nuclear power plant opened up in the U.S.? If not, that’s excusable. It wasn’t in this century. It was Watts Bar in …

Killing God

The word is out. The "nones" are rising. At last count, close to one-quarter of the American population now declares itself unaffiliated with any particular religion. While most of these "nones" believe in a "higher power" or "ultimate cause"--or even in a traditional god--they are not interested …

Religion

21 Facts You Didn't Know You Needed To Hear

Here are some things you don't hear every day...<p>By rough approximation, there are 1049 to 1050 atoms that make up Earth. To figure out how many combinations can be made from 52 cards, you simply have to multiply 52x51x50x49...etc. That means there are on the order of 1067 ways to shuffle a deck of …

Kurt Vonnegut

The War Between Science and Religion Is (Slowly) Coming to an End

A new Pew study shows that Americans are embracing common sense.<p>Over the past 10 years, a small industry has developed pitting religious people against secular people and vice versa. Preachers, like Mike Huckabee, claim that unbelievers are waging a war against American values, by which they mean …

Religion

Ken Ham Criticizes Humanist Chaplain for Finding Meaning in Life without God

October 21, 2015 by Hemant Mehta<p>A few months ago, I had a long conversation with <b>Bart Campolo</b>, a former evangelical Christian and current Humanist …

Faith

15 Great YouTube Channels To Learn Science From

If you look for it, I've got a sneaky feeling you'll find that science actually is all around.

Interactive Video

Back to the Future: Truth is stranger than sci-fi

For audiences in 1989, when CDs were the height of hi-tech, science fiction comedy "Back to the Future II" portrayed an exciting world 30 years down the line in which people would flit around on gravity-defying hoverboards, sporting self-drying, auto-adjusting clothes, and dogs are walked by drones.<p>…

Robots

Microsoft's Augmented Reality HoloLens Will Be Available In Early 2016

For $3,000, and only for developers<p>At the beginning of 2015, Microsoft showed off the HoloLens, an ambitious headset that displays digital images over the world around you, using a technology commonly referred to as augmented reality (or "mixed reality," in Microsoft's parlance). Today at a big …

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