Roger Abbiss

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Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

Soy Meat Is Soy Yesterday: 5 New and Better Options

By Katie O'Reilly<p>Vegetarians, vegans and flexitarians are no longer satisfied with the soy-reliant faux meat of yesterday. Soybeans are almost always …

15 High-Protein Vegetarian Dinners That Aren't Just Salads

Everyday can be Meatless Monday if you want it to be.<p>November 01, 2017<p>I tried to go vegetarian, but I only lasted eight months. However, I still try …

Healthy Eating

12 independent vegan brands that should be on your radar

Happy World Vegan Day!<p>Since it’s officially the day to celebrate all things vegan it’s only right we take a moment to champion the underdogs.<p>The …

Referendums get a bad press – but to fix Britain, we need more of them | George Monbiot

Voting once every five years alienates us from politics. Participatory rather than representative democracy would allow us more say in how we run the country<p>You lost, suck it up: this is how our politics works. If the party you voted for lost the election, you have no meaningful democratic voice …

Switzerland's NeighborHub wins first place in the Solar Decathalon 2017

This past week, eleven teams of students designed, built and presented futuristic houses at the Solar Decathalon 2017. The competition took place in …

Clean Energy

The Rock Solid History of Concrete

The story of concrete is so ancient that we don't even know when and where it begins. It is a story of discovery, experimentation, and mystery. Emperors and kings became legends for erecting great concrete structures, some of which are still a mystery to engineers today. Many of history's most …

Yes, coffee is actually good for you — here's what science has to say about it

Is coffee actually good for you? How many cups a day is considered healthy? Is drip coffee worse than espresso? Joe Avella and Jessica Orwig answer these questions and more on the Facebook series "Science the $#!* out of it."<p>Turns out, coffee is good for you. But there's more to the story. There's …

What Machiavelli can teach us about Trump and the decline of liberal democracy

The infamous philosopher had a lot to say about why democracies fall.<p>“I’d like to teach them the way to hell, so they can steer clear of it.”<p>The infamous Italian philosopher Niccolò Machiavelli wrote those words in 1526, near the end of his life. He was warning citizens of the 16th-century Republic …

Political Science

Asimov's Laws won't actually stop robots from harming us, so here's a better solution

How do you stop a robot from hurting people? Many existing robots, such as those assembling cars in factories, shut down immediately when a human comes near. But this quick fix wouldn’t work for something like a self-driving car that might have to move to avoid a collision, or a care robot that …

The eco guide to animal welfare

Britain is an international leader in animal welfare and now, fortunately, the message is beginning to spread – importantly to China<p>Animal welfare is one of the UK’s most successful exports. When the late Peter Roberts, a Hampshire dairy farmer, founded the charity Compassion in World Farming …

Animal Welfare

Why Do People Participate in Politics? | The Center for the Study of the Individual and Society

<i>Study by:</i><p><b>Joanne M. Miller</b> <i>- University of Minnesota</i><p>At the heart of democratic theory and practice is the notion that citizens participate in the …

Would impeaching Trump restore the rule of law? Lessons from Latin America

<b>(AP/Evan Vucci)</b><p>Could a Trump impeachment actually open up a toxic can of worms?<p>Rachel E. Bowen<p>July 16, 2017 12:29pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Conversation<p>Some Americans and members of Congress have called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.<p>What happens after a president …

Donald Trump

Be extremely afraid: Elon Musk has a grim warning for US governors

<b>Providence, Rhode Island:</b> Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has warned a bipartisan gathering of US governors that government regulation of artificial …

Why a 94-year-old war veteran started a podcast to save democracy

Harry Leslie Smith is deeply disturbed at how democracy has become endangered. He's convinced young people can be the planet's salvation – and he's reaching out to them one podcast at a time, Elizabeth Renzetti writes<p>If you were to write a play, there would be few more compelling characters than a …

Are Ice Cream Alternatives a Healthy Dessert?

More “healthy” frozen treats are appearing in the supermarket freezer case. Some labels play up their low calorie and low sugar count. Others sport …

Come friendly robots and take our dullest jobs | John Naughton

As the legal chatbot DoNoPay shows, automation may only affect the repetitive parts of white-collar work. The middle classes can breathe again<p>We are currently going through one of those periodic phases of “automation anxiety” when we become convinced that the robots are coming for our jobs. These …

To Truly Fake Intelligence, Chatbots Need To Be Able To Change Your Mind

To achieve social intelligence, AI needs to be able to be persuasive, argues researcher.<p>Could you ever imagine yourself in a heated argument with a chatbot? Like, really passionate, deeply reasoned position-taking—argument, counterargument, countercounterargument, countercountercounterargument. …

The Museum of Capitalism Exposes the Cost of Our Collective Greed

Turns out we take a lot of terrible things for granted.<p>Almost every aspect of our lives is touched by capitalism in one way or another. The need to earn money — and how much of it we make — dictates how we spend our time. And even if we don't consider ourselves materialistic, we use our consumer …

Don’t Let Our Democracy Collapse

The strength and integrity of the American electoral process are under tremendous strain, but the worst may be yet to come.<p>In just the past few weeks, we learned that in the midst of the 2016 campaign the president’s eldest son, Donald J. Trump Jr., was willing to meet with a woman described to him …

Does Silicon Valley have a moral responsibility to stop developing robots?

The debate about the impact of new technology, particularly AI, on society continues to rage.<p>Last month, for example, the current front runner to replace Jerry Brown as Californian Governor in 2018, Gavin Newsom – traditionally one of Silicon Valley’s most vocal supporters – warned graduating …

Silicon Valley

'Dirt Is Good': Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

As a new parent, Jack Gilbert got a lot of different advice on how to properly look after his child: when to give him antibiotics or how often he should sterilize his pacifier, for example.<p>After the birth of his second child, Gilbert, a scientist who studies microbial ecosystems at the University …

Immune System

The sex robots are coming. Do not fear them

Debra Soh <i>is a Toronto-based sex writer with a PhD in sexual neuroscience from York University.</i><p>Depictions of sex with robots are everywhere, from TV shows such as <i>Westworld</i> to films such as <i>Ex Machina</i>. With the corresponding rise in their popularity and availability in the real world, the Foundation …

Please Prove You’re Not a Robot

When science fiction writers first imagined robot invasions, the idea was that bots would become smart and powerful enough to take over the world by force, whether on their own or as directed by some evildoer. In reality, something only slightly less scary is happening. Robots are getting better, …

Campaign Finance

Newest Russia Threat? Military Challenges U.S. And Europe By Winning In Syria, Entering Mediterranean

Russia's support for the Syrian government in its war against jihadists and other insurgents has given Moscow a newfound military foothold in the …

Self-fueling boat sets off from Paris on 6-year world trip

A boat that fuels itself is setting off around the world from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serves as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future.<p>Energy Observer will use its solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its trip. The 5 …

Boston Dynamics unveils 'nightmare-inducing' hybrid robot

Meet Handle, the two-wheeled, four-legged creation from the Google-owned robotics firm that even company founder Marc Raibert says is frightening<p>Google-owned robotics firm and “nightmare” factory Boston Dynamics has released video of its latest creation: a two-wheeled, four-legged hybrid robot …

Robotics

Top Ten Foods for Building Muscle

Nutrition Articles<p>Top Ten Foods for Building Muscle<p>These are ten foods to include in your diet because they have a superior effect on protein …

The Human Body's Complicated Relationship With Fungi

When it comes to the trillions of microorganisms that inhabit our bodies, bacteria get almost all the attention.<p>Changes in our resident microbiota and their collective genome — called the microbiome — have been linked with a wide range of diseases, from various forms of arthritis to depression. At …

Microbiology

Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us

An international group of prominent scientists has signed The Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness in which they are proclaiming their support for …