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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Baltimore Is Just the Beginning

The curfew has been lifted in Baltimore, and now all of God’s children are once again tucked back in the snug routine of their daily lives. The black …

Exclusive: North Korea would use nukes if 'forced,' official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> When officials informed us that we'd be granted a sit-down interview with a high-ranking member of North Korea's inner circle with no preconditions, it was a real surprise.<p>Senior figures in Pyongyang don't do interviews, especially not with the international press.<p>"I …

North Korea

Human Head Transplant Proposed—How Did We Get Here?

Yes, in case you haven’t heard, a doctor in Italy has announced plans to transplant a guy’s head onto a new body two years from now. Sound nuts?<p>Many of the headlines say so. “No, Human Head Transplants Will Not Be Possible by 2017,” said <i>Popular Science</i>. The <i>International Business Times</i> pronounced …

Immune System

April 2015

Diversity

Scientists Can Now Read Your Memories

Researchers have mapped rats’ memories, and humans could be next.<p>Scientists may have cracked the code of memories by successfully tracing how they …

The Brain

Nasa finds evidence of a vast ancient ocean on Mars

A massive ancient ocean once covered nearly half of the northern hemisphere of Mars making the planet a more promising place for alien life to have gained a foothold, Nasa scientists say.<p>The huge body of water spread over a fifth of the planet’s surface, as great a portion as the Atlantic covers …

Astronomy

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

Anthropology

Jet Lag Is Worse on Mars

A Martian day is 40 minutes longer than a day on Earth—a seemingly small difference that adds up quickly.<p>What would you do with an extra 40 minutes in a day?<p>Not 40 minutes shaved off some regular daily activity to devote to something else, but an extra 40 minutes actually tacked on to the 24 hours …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

The Brain

How Real Are Facebook Friendships?

An artist set out to find the answer—by tracking down and photographing every one of her social-media connections.<p>Editor of the <i>New York Times Book Review</i> Pamela Paul’s recent column “How to Be Liked By Everyone Online” describes how social media “has upended social and psychological norms” by …

Rise of the robots: how long do we have until they take our jobs?

They have mastered the art of poker, helped write a cookbook and can cope with a basic conversation. The decision by a Japanese bank to staff their frontdesk with a bevy of robots is just the latest in a series of advances and predictions that at times appear to suggest we will all be replaced, …

Artificial Intelligence

Brain scans could better predict your future

<b>(CNN) —</b> Forget horoscopes or fortune tellers. There's a new way to tell your future, and it involves a much more reliable medium: human neuroscience.<p>A new study looks at over 70 scientific publications about brain scans such as functional magnetic resonance imaging or electroencephalography, …

The Brain

The Tsunami's Wake

It was just after 10:30 a.m. when Noppasri Jailak received a panicked phone call from a neighbor about water surging through their street. The …

Natural Disasters

Dead Man's Future

Amoeba eats two paramecia (Amoeba's lunch)

What is life and death

Civilized

ScienceCasts: NASA on the Lookout for a New Meteor Shower

NASA - Comet ISON Meteor Shower Spectacle (2014)

Tonight! Will it be a Meteor Storm, Meteor Shower, Dud, Meteor Garden or Worse?

Camelopardalids Meteor Shower, May 24, 2014

Real Meteor Shower

New Super Meteor Shower "Camelopardalis" from Comet 209P / LINEAR expected in May 24,2014