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LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

First modern scans of people high on psychedelic drug has given researchers unprecedented insight into neural basis for its effects<p>The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.<p>The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a …

Consciousness

Take a look inside the most powerful physics machine on Earth

They've succeeded more than once already. In 2012, scientists at CERN discovered the Higgs boson, and just last month the organization announced that they'd found a new class of particles known as pentaquarks.<p>The LHC, the largest and most powerful particle accelerator in the world, has made all …

Physics

The bleak and charming cyberpunk art of Josan Gonzalez

Josan Gonzalez’s future is the kind of dystopia you want to hang out in.<p>The Spanish illustrator is currently in the midst of crowdfunding a second book in his series, <i>The Future is Now</i>, and it’s the kind of grimy cyberpunk world where everyone seems to feature some kind of robotic augmentation and …

Graphic Novels

Something called 'Google dorking' helps hackers find out stuff no one wants them to know

The attack on the dam gave the hacker info about water levels and the dam's sluice gate, which could have allowed the attacker to open the gate and flood part of the city, the US Department of Justice said.<p>But the hacker was foiled because the sluice gate happened to be offline for maintenance …

Security

6 sleep problems that crop up after age 50

For the first time last year, older adults got their very own personalized sleep recommendations. The National Sleep Foundation concluded, after reviewing the scientific research on sleep duration, that adults 65 and up should aim for 7 to 8 hours a night, compared to adults 26 to 64, who should …

Sleep

The Brain Processes Social Information at High Priority

<b>Everyday actions activate bottom-up attention processes. Bochum researchers use hypnosis to study cognitive processes</b><p>Our brain automatically pays …

The Brain

Three Big Mysteries of Human Evolution We Still Don’t Understand

We know when and how humans evolved, for the most part, but these questions remain.<p>Although a lot is known about the history of human beings and our ape-like origins, many evolutionary questions remain a mystery.<p>We still aren't really sure why we walk on two legs, why we don't have fur, and where …

Evolution

Special Report: Gravity’s Century

In 1915, the universe was small and static. Space was smooth. Gravity pulled things to the ground. At least that’s the way it was in the minds of all …

Physics

Scientists have estimated that the universe won’t end for at least 2.8 billion years

But exactly how and when that will happen is a more of a gray area, and it's not something we've really had to worry about, with current predictions putting any such event tens of billions of years in the future — long after our Sun burns out.<p>But what if our current predictions are wrong?<p>A team of …

Universe

Scientists Say Your Ability To Ignore Is Part Of Your Ability To Pay Attention

Henry David Thoreau once said <i>‘Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves’</i>. That phrase now has renewed meaning thanks to a study from a group of scientists from Johns Hopkins University who have been studying how the mind visually processes difficult information.<p>The general …

Cognition