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First detection of super-earth atmosphere

For the first time astronomers were able to analyse the atmosphere of an exoplanet in the class known as super-Earths. Using data gathered with the …

Astronomy

Binge Watching as a Young Adult Linked to Cognitive Impairment: Study

Sitting around watching TV and not doing any physical activity as a young adult may be linked to lower brain functioning even earlier than scientists …

The Brain

The incredible story of the man who lived a normal life with almost no brain

One of the biggest myths about the brain is that bigger is always better. But what about those who sit on the extreme end of that scale?<p>How much of our brain do we actually need to survive?<p>Looking through the archives of medical history, there are a number of people with tiny brains, or brains with …

The Brain

Researchers use brain scans to determine the mechanism behind cognitive control of thoughts

The human brain does not come with an operating manual. However, a group of scientists from UC Santa Barbara and the University of Pennsylvania have …

4 Easter eggs in 'The Martian' inspired by real NASA events

<i>The Martian</i>, which opens wide this Friday, is a movie made for space nerds.<p>Not only does the film take place in a future where humans have landed on …

This is how batsh*t the GOP has become: Climate change denialism perfectly sums up why it’s the party of stupid

Of 15 GOPers running for president, one (1) accepts climate science. It reflects a uniquely American problem<p>George Pataki has a plan. Currently polling somewhere around 0 percent, the former New York governor needs a fresh approach to his long-shot presidential campaign, something to help him break …

George Pataki

Brains of Introverts Reveal Why They Prefer Being Alone

Human faces may hold more meaning for socially outgoing individuals than for their more introverted counterparts, a new study suggests.<p>The results …

Why the Washington Post's Attack on Bernie Sanders Is Bunk

The <i>Washington Post</i> just ran an attack on Bernie Sanders that distorts not only what he's saying and seeking but also the basic choices that lie before the nation. Sanders, writes the <i>Post's</i> David Fahrenthold, "is not just a big-spending liberal. And his agenda is not just about money. It's also …

Middle-class

A Massive Global Effort Maps How the Brain Is Wired

A newborn baby, well fed and sleepy, is swaddled in a blanket and lying on what looks like a tea tray with a helmet attached to one end. Once the …

Central Nervous System

No, Native Americans aren't genetically more susceptible to alcoholism

Time to retire the 'firewater' fairytale<p>When Jessica Elm, a citizen of the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin, was studying for her master’s degree in social work, she frequently heard about how genes were responsible for the high risk of alcoholism among American Indians. But her own family’s …

Native Americans

Pioneering Psychologist Jerome Bruner on the Act of Discovery and the Key to True Learning

“Discovery, like surprise, favors the well-prepared mind.”<p>I’ve always held the art of discovery in higher regard than the art of invention. Rather than creating something that didn’t previously exist, to <i>dis</i>cover is to uncover what has always been there but had remained hidden from view — to shine a …

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Copyright

Ahmed the clockmeister and an 'Islamophobia' scam

The “Islamophobia” scam machine is in high gear: Ahmed Mohamed, the Muslim teen who was arrested after causing alarm and fear for bringing a device …

Alex Jones’ wild-eyed Pope Francis attack: Breaking down the shock jock’s latest unhinged conspiracy theory

The right-wing conspiracy theorist is convinced — convinced! — that the pontiff is up to no good<p>It's endlessly entertaining to observe the Republicans desperately flailing about Pope Francis' first visit to the United States. Take, for example, Indiana Sen. Dan Coats, who said of the Pontiff's …

Alex Jones

Kirk Cameron Now Claims An Anti-Christian Group Hacked His Movie’s Website In Order To Destroy Christmas

When Kirk Cameron’s production company released this new trailer for <i>Saving Christmas</i> a few weeks ago, I assumed it was more or less the same as the longer trailer that we’d already posted in August. Boy was I wrong. After the intro from Cameron, whose unctuous, transparently disingenuous line reads …

The Only Privately-Owned Astronaut Watch Worn on the Moon Is Up for Auction

Forty-four years ago, David Scott's watch broke while he was out for a walk.<p>Somehow, the crystal that protected the wristwatch's face popped off. …

Space Exploration

How to Spot the Asteroid Vesta in October's Night Sky

The next two weeks provide an excellent opportunity to spot the brightest asteroid visible from EarthVesta — one of the best-known objects in the …

Astronomy

Lockheed Martin just cleared a key hurdle in the construction of its futuristic ‘Space Fence’

After a rigorous three-day demonstration and testing review, the United States Air Force just officially signed off on Lockheed Martin’s …

Lockheed Martin

Rush Limbaugh Believes NASA’s Discovery Of Water On Mars Is A ‘Climate Change’ Lie

Rush Limbaugh’s Tuesday program revolved around NASA’s discovery of water on Mars. The radio talk-show host is not a believer. NASA’s agenda, according to Limbaugh, is the leftist claim of global warming. Limbaugh thinks there’s no way to prove water exists on Mars unless humans step onto the …

Tinnitus and Chronic Pain Share a Common Brain Dysfunction

Long after damage has occurred to a person’s hearing, some people still experience persistent tinnitus—the perception of a buzzing, ringing, or …

Home On the Moon: How to Build a Lunar Colony (Infographic)

An outpost on the Earth’s moon has been a staple of science fiction since the 20th century. One of the earliest practical proposals was the U.S. …

Space Exploration

Turning Off Infanticide Instincts in Bachelor Animals

<b>Many bachelor mammals, including lions, mountain gorillas, monkeys, and mice, attack and kill the offspring of other males—a form of infanticide—yet</b> …

A tumor stole every memory I had. This is what happened when it all came back

My brain tumor introduced itself to me on a grainy MRI, in the summer of 2009, when I was 28 years old.<p>It had been with me from the day I was born. Tumors like mine develop in utero. They are usually discovered in children, but no one could tell me why mine had only been found once I was an adult. …

Mind

A Cheaper, Easier Way To Make Rockets Reuseable

SpaceX better watch its back<p>When it comes to building reusable rockets, SpaceX isn’t the only game in town.<p>Private companies can make space travel a lot cheaper by reusing the rocket boosters that lift space-bound cargo off the ground. After carrying a package dozens of miles above the Earth, a …

Space Travel

Studying the Einstein Ring Phenomenon: Astronomers infer weight of galaxy’s black hole

Astronomers at the Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA), Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Kenneth Wong, Assistant Research Fellow Dr. Sherry Suyu …

New way of retaining quantum memories stored in light

A team of Chinese physicists has now developed a way to confine light. This is significant because the approach allows quantum memories stored within …

Why Anyone Would Want to Control You

The need to control others may not make a lot of sense to you. If you’re a live-and-let-live person, you’d never want to control someone else. Even …

Affirmations for Reducing Negativity

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi<p>Do you cringe a little when you hear affirmations? There’s nothing wrong with them, …