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A neuroscientist explains why reality may just be a hallucination

Anil Seth, professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, explains the link between perception and reality. Seth believes reality as we know it comes from activity of our brain. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Anil Seth:</b> How do we know that we experience …

Consciousness

Sergei Skripal: former Russian spy poisoned with nerve agent, say police

Former Russian spy’s case being treated as attempted murder, with police officer also ‘seriously ill’<p>The former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were deliberately poisoned with a nerve agent in a case that is now being treated as attempted murder, the police counter-terrorism chief …

Nerve Agents

Cogito ergo sum - The Philosophy of René Descartes

René Descartes (1596-1650)<p>On March 31, 1596, French philosopher, mathematician, and writer <b>René Descartes</b> was born. The Cartesian coordinate system is …

LSD Study Reveals Unprecedented "Harmonic" Reorganization of Brain

The drug appears to hit a "reset" button in the brain.<p>Ongoing neuroscience research on psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin is increasingly …

Consciousness

Standing desks 'increase pain' and slow down mental ability, study suggests

Standing desks increase bodily pain and slow down people’s cognitive functions at work, new research suggests.<p>Experts have warned that despite the “feverish” trend towards adopting the adjustable desks, there is little solid evidence to support their use, as well as concerns they may do more harm …

Incredible Hubble discovery in deep space could rewrite rules of physics

The Hubble Space Telescope has been in our orbit for nearly 30 years, returning data and photographs – both beautiful and scientifically important – …

Universe

Ellie Goulding shocks commuters as she casually catches tubes to Brit Awards 2018

<b>Ellie Goulding shocked commuters as she casually took the London Underground ahead of walking the red carpet at the Brit Awards 2018</b><p>The 31-year-old …

Magic Mushrooms Do The Opposite of Anti-Depressants, But That May Be Why They Work

"I felt so much lighter, like something had been released."<p>Psychedelic therapy is going through something of a revival right now, and we may now know …

Depression

‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington's disease, experts say

The discovery of a drug that may treat the fatal disease known as Huntington's is being hailed as “historic” by Louise Vetter, president and CEO of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, and “phenomenal” and “fantastically promising” by Huntington's researchers, including the woman who …

Dementia

Super big black hole from early universe farthest ever found

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — Astronomers have discovered a super-size black hole harkening back to almost the dawn of creation.<p>It's the farthest black hole ever found.<p>A team led by the Carnegie Observatories' Eduardo Banados reported in the journal Nature on Wednesday that the black hole lies in a …

Universe

10 of the world's most creative cities to live, work and play

When you work in the creative industries, the world is literally your oyster, as they say. With brilliant design studios, agencies and brands at …

Cape Town

Three Mile Island nuke accident linked to thyroid cancer

A new Penn State Medical Center study has found a link between the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident and thyroid cancer cases in south-central Pennsylvania.<p>The study marks the first time the partial meltdown of Unit 2's reactor can be connected to specific cancer cases, the researchers have …

Cancer

Low-dose aspirin can reduce risk of death from cancer, research says

<b>(CNN) —</b> An aspirin a day may keep the doctor away. It may also reduce your chances of dying from cancer, according to a study on long-term regular aspirin use and different kinds of cancer.<p>Yin Cao, an instructor in the Medicine, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit at Massachusetts General …

Biomedicine

7 myths about postpartum depression we need to stop believing ASAP

You’ve probably heard the term postpartum depression at some point in your lifetime, and you may have even known a mother who has suffered from it. …

7 Surprising, Science-Backed Signs Of High Intelligence, From Being Lazy To Using Profanity

Intelligence is notoriously hard to measure, which is why school performance isn’t always a true indication of an individual's IQ. For example, we …

Australia's 'extreme' summer a sign of things to come: researchers | Reuters

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Climate change was responsible for breaking more than 200 Australian weather records over the past three months, researchers said on Wednesday, a glimpse of conditions to come that will likely threaten energy security and agriculture.<p>Dried-up rivers and creeks can be seen in …

Environmentalism

10 National Parks You Have To Visit In The United States

With the National Park Service reaching the grand old age of 100 years old, there has never been a better time to visit the national parks that are …

United States

Unwelcome Surprise: A Disease-Spreading Chigger Turns Up In Chile

Nobody wants to be attacked by a chigger. These six-legged mite larvae — so small they're invisible to the naked eye — have a powerful bite that causes severe itching. They also transmit a disease called scrub typhus, named for the forest undergrowth, or scrub, that is home to the chiggers.<p>Up until …

Disease

Exploring the heavenly Greek island of Halki

It was early May, I was on picture-perfect Halki and 60 minutes of fame had come to call on my favourite Greek island. In the wake of last year’s public relations disaster for Greek tourism, with international headlines dominated by the country’s economic woes and the human tragedy of the migrant …

3tags.org

Scientists accidentally create nanorods that harvest water from the air

Learning from your mistakes is a key life lesson, and it's one that researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) can attest to. After …

Chemistry

This Newborn "Hot Jupiter" Planet Is Getting Eaten by Its Star

A newborn "hot Jupiter" planet is getting slowly ripped apart by its own star, according to research published on the preprint server arXiv.<p>Based on …

Universe

Why fiction can expose a writer in even more ways than memoir

It wasn't until about a week before my first book was published in 2010, a memoir about moving back to my parents' farm, that I started to worry. Not so much about forthcoming reviews or if the thing would generate any interest or sell any copies. I worried about the content. It wasn't just a …

The Reality of Brain-to-Brain Communication Is Closer Than You Think

Don't call it telepathy, but call it very cool.<p>When neuroscientists used a monkey's thoughts to control computers, it was a huge breakthrough in mind-machine research. But harnessing brain waves has become even more complex now that humans are the subjects. Recently, researchers used the thoughts …

The Brain

Why you can never tell what your friends really think of you

We like to think we can judge how we present ourselves to others – but psychology says we’re wrong.<p>If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got a firm idea about your own personality – whether you’re outgoing or shy, nervous or calm, and so on. But how far do you think other people’s impressions …

Psychology

15 Hilarious Comics That Tell The Down And Dirty Truth About Pregnancy

When cartoonist Chelsea Carr was pregnant with her son, she channeled her daily experiences into some hilariously spot-on comics.<p>"I wanted it to be something all moms could enjoy, so I tried to think of things I was going through that a lot of other people could laugh at as well," Carr told The …

Comics

It’s the last thing we want to talk about. But fecal transplantation may be the cure to some of our most worrisome gastrointestinal disorders and other illnesses.

Here’s a weird reason to thank your mom. When you were born, you inherited her microbiome. That includes trillions of bacteria, which today inhabit …

Medicine

This vitamin stops the aging process in organs, say Swiss researchers

Improved muscle stem cell numbers and muscle function in NR-treated aged mice: Newly regenerated muscle fibers 7 days after muscle damage in aged …

Stem Cells

How To Stop Feeling Guilty And Forgive Yourself

This articles looks at how you can stop feeling guilty as an individual, considering the psychology behind guilt and the practical steps to resolve …

How Climatic Stress Possibly Shaped Early Islam and the History of theMiddle East

<i>Shipwreck in the desert, by Carl Haag (1886)</i><p>The Middle Eastern desert has been among the regions worst hit by desertification and drought brought on by climate changes ever since the Dark Ages Cold Period (300-700). Though the volume of authentic geological data is far from sufficient to facilitate …

Islam