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2,300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience

In 2008, neuroscientist Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Sleep and Consciousness put forward his “integrated information theory,” which is currently accepted as one of the most compelling explanations about what consciousness is.<p>One of the central claims of the …

Consciousness

First Private Moon Landing Slated for 2017

There's $20 million waiting on the Moon. You just have to get there to claim it.<p>Artist's concept of SpaceIL's Lunar Lander, one competitor for Alphabet's Google Lunar XPRIZE. Image source:SpaceIL.<p>Last year, we introduced you to SpaceIL, the Israeli space tech start-up that will attempt to ride a …

23 Really Weird Things Cats Actually Do

"After she eats she runs to me, looks me in the eye, and burps in my face."<p>"My cat likes to take me on guided tours of my apartment. He will stop in front of doors, windows, cabinets, and pretty much everything else to comment on them. If I don't follow him, he'll meow until I catch up with the …

In attack on Trump, Clinton accidentally admits drone killing of Abdulrahman al-Awlaki may have been a war crime

Hillary said murder of terrorists’ family is war crime—yet Obama admin may have done this to Abdulrahman al-Awlaki<p>In her self-declared "major" foreign policy speech on June 2, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton indirectly admitted that the U.S. government's drone killings of family members of …

Obama Administration

17 Dating Struggles Girls With Anxiety Understand

No. 9 is incredibly real.<p><b>1. Deciding when is the most appropriate moment to tell a new partner you have an anxiety disorder.</b> Like should you do it <i>before</i> or <i>after</i> you break down and have a panic attack while they're hanging out with you? Really a game-time decision.<p><b>2. Teaching your new partner about</b> …

The Louvre's closure proves art cannot survive climate change

The flooding in Paris is a stark warning of the danger posed by climate change to everything human civilisation has achieved – no matter how priceless<p>One of the oldest human illusions is that culture is a conquest of, or an escape from, nature. It is an illusion we need to abandon fast.<p>We might …

Louvre

How Giving Up TV For A Month Changed My Brain And My Life

Watching a couple hours of TV a day can have major effects on your brain. So what would happen if you quit cold turkey?<p>I’ve never seen <i>Game of Thrones</i>, I don’t know what the <i>Scandal</i> is, and I couldn’t name a single “real” housewife. I thought I didn’t watch much television and that taking a 30-day …

TV

Luxembourg Is the Asteroid Mining Capital of the World

Luxembourg’s new law that will allow the country to begin issuing licenses to asteroid mining companies in 2017, giving them legal rights to the materials they harvest in space.<p>Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a splash at the Code Conference last week when he told reporters that he thinks we need to …

Space Exploration

Banksy artwork pops up at Bristol primary school

Primary school pupils in Bristol have come back from their half-term holidays to discover that famous street artist Banksy has painted an artwork on …

Streetwear

Microsoft launches a project management app called Planner

To compete with Trello and Asana<p>Microsoft wants to help businesses and small teams collaborate and track work with a new app called Planner. Released today for free as part of the Office 365 suite, Planner is a project management service similar to products like Asana and Trello. Microsoft isn't …

Project Management

I was crippled by anxiety - and then I made it work for me

“I don’t think I can do it,” I said to my husband<p>“Do what?” he replied, baffled.<p>“I don’t know, I just…” I paused, struggling and failing to control my breath. “CAN’T!” I burst into tears.<p>We were on honeymoon. We’d arrived in San Francisco, the night before, after two relaxing weeks in Hawaii. We …

Dubai Is Building the World's Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant

They like to do things big in Dubai, including a newly-approved concentrated solar power project that will generate 1,000 megawatts of power by …

'Women are realistic, men idealistic': Studio Ghibli on why a director's gender matters

When Hayao Miyazaki left Japan’s legendary studio, Hiromasa Yonebayashi took the reins. He speaks about the shadow cast by his predecessor, animation in the age of Pixar and how men and women approach fantasy differently<p>When Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from Japan’s greatest animation …

Anime

Their son was killed. They believe his parrot is telling people who pulled the trigger.

A possible murder witness is talking.<p>The question is whether anyone should listen.<p>His name is Bud, and he’s an African gray parrot in Ensley Township, Mich., with a filthy mouth, according to NBC affiliate WOOD-TV.<p>His latest phrase — the one he won’t stop shouting at the top of his lungs mimicking …

Crime

New studies detail just how complex Pluto and its moons are

Before New Horizons started sending back data and close-up images of Pluto, we barely knew the dwarf planet. We were like a love-sick fool who could only observe from afar. Now, the New Horizons scientists have enough material to publish <i>five</i> new papers that detail the probe's findings on the dwarf …

IBM Watson is creepily good at guessing what's in photos

IBM announced that its Watson AI is getting image recognition capabilities earlier in the year, but this site that lets you feed in your own photos to see what it thinks is in them is both impressive and scary.<p>The visual recognition demo lets you give Watson an image URL or upload a photo and it’ll …

Viola Beach driver did not plunge off bridge intentionally, say Swedish police

Lead investigator says driver may have been knocked unconscious before the car crash that killed band members of Viola Beach<p>Swedish police have said they do not believe the Viola Beach crash driver intended to kill himself or the Warrington indie band Viola Beach.<p>Lars Berglund, the lead …

This is the week the robot-controlled future arrived in all its terrifying glory

There's no stopping this future.<p>This week, two of the largest technology companies in the world offered unnerving glimpses of the future as they see …

Virtual Reality

Why Do We Keep Finding Nazis on the Moon?

People just love a good space Nazi tale.<p>The 2012 film <i>Iron Sky</i> is able to carry itself on one ridiculous premise: What if Nazis have been living on the moon since World War II? What if they're ready to try for world domination again?<p>What struck me when I first saw this movie—which also features the …

World History
Immigration

Futurist Ray Kurzweil: Here's the one scientific fact that blows my mind

The world's leading futurist Ray Kurzweil isn't shocked by much. Except for this one thing.<p>Kurzweil — one of the world's leading minds on artificial intelligence, technology and futurism — has a strategy on how to prolong his own life until science figures out how to make us immortal.<p>The futurist …

Singularity

Celebrities React to Lady Gaga Singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl 50

You knew Lady Gaga was going to bring it after calling the chance to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl 50 “one of the highest honors of my …

Star Spangled Banner

Coca-Cola has discovered an untapped market to save the soda business

One of the major regions of focus: Africa.<p>Coke said in 2014 it would invest $17 billion in the continent from 2010 to 2020, a figure that tripled the amount spent in the previous decade.<p>In late January, the company announced its biggest overseas acquisition since 2012: A 40% stake in Nigeria's …

South Africa

Downfall of Japanese TV’s girl next door highlights wider industry sexism

TV personality Becky’s fall from grace following alleged affair has ignited debate over Japan’s unfair standards for women in the entertainment industry<p>From nightly appearances on TV to persona non grata of Japanese show business in a matter of weeks, the drama of Rebecca Eri Ray Vaughan’s fall …

Japan
Space Exploration
Space Exploration

Einstein's most incredible prediction may be proven right this week — or a big rumor debunked

Gravitational waves may have been detected for the first time, but we won't know for sure until February 11, 2016 — when scientists will either …

Pakistan

A psychologist interviewed a bunch of murderers and learned 5 surprising things about what drives people to kill

<i>Who could do something like this? Who is truly that evil?</i><p>Forensic psychologist James Garbarino might have some answers.<p>Earlier this year, the Loyola University psychologist published a book tying these experiences together, entitled "Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a …

Psychology

7 Things Mindful People Do Before 9 A.M.

When you're tired and sleep deprived, like many Americans today, mornings can often pass by in a groggy blur. But rushing to work without checking in with yourself is a waste of a precious opportunity. Each morning is a new beginning, and each sunrise brings with it an opportunity for renewal and …

Meditation