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The brain's need for justice is based in reason, not emotion - Futurity

People who care about justice are swayed more by reason than emotion, according to new research based on brain scans.

Strange Lights in Mars Photos Are Not Alien Bonfires

There are simple explanations for bright spots seen in two recent photos from Mars.<p>Recent photos taken by NASA's Mars rover might appear to show a gleaming alien bonfire burning in the distance—at least according to some Internet loonies—but that's not exactly what's happening.<p>Fact is, there still …

Cataclysmic asteroid impact some 3.26 billion years ago

Scientists have reconstructed a collision between the early Earth and an asteroid. It dwarfed the event that caused dinosaurs to go extinct 65 …

Prozac Alters Prawns' Behavior, Reproduction, Even Their Color

Antidepressants aren't cheering up aquatic life<p>The idea that tiny amounts of antidepressants present in our rivers and estuaries may be affecting aquatic life is generally met with surprise, sometimes skepticism, or even a degree of humor.<p>The public were first alerted to pharmaceuticals in the …

How To Make A More Environmentally Friendly Cow

A new search for ways to reduce the methane cattle produce.<p>Scientists around the world have worked on making buildings, cars and light bulbs more environmentally friendly. What's next? Cows.<p>Cattle emit methane, a greenhouse gas that's less abundant than carbon dioxide, but, pound for pound, has …

Debunking Captivity: 3 Reasons Not to Keep Dolphins in a Tank

Wildlife<p>A bottlenose dolphin in the wild. (Photograph by Maddalena Bearzi)<p>I have spent much time in the company of wild dolphins over the last twenty-something years. I’ve built a career following their everyday movements and observing their behavior both from shore and from research boats. When I …

Your reality is actually 15 seconds long

The present moment, as you are experiencing it this very instant, is directly influenced by the previous 15 seconds of your life, reports <i>Quartz</i>. Researchers from MIT and the University of California, Berkeley, have dubbed this phenomenon the "continuity field," and according to a study they …

Gulf Oil Spill "Not Over": Dolphins, Turtles Dying in Record Numbers

Report warns that 14 species are still struggling from the 2010 disaster.<p>Four years after the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, several species of wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico are still struggling to recover, according to a new report released today.<p>In particular, bottlenose dolphins and sea …

Will we ever… detect other universes?

Is there anything outside our Universe? Many physicists think it’s possible, says Marcus Woo, but could we one day know for sure?<p>We think of our Universe as everything there ever was, is, and will be.<p>But according to some researchers, there might not just be many universes, but an infinite number …

How deep could the missing plane be? Pings provide MH370 clues

Two signals that could possibly be from the black box of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 may have search leaders mapping out an area as deep as 12 Empire State buildings below the surface of the Indian Ocean in an attempt to find the wreckage of the missing plane.<p>The Australian ship "Ocean Shield" …

Growing up poor makes kids' DNA look old

Children who grow up in underprivileged households show signs of premature chromosomal aging, reports <i>New Scientist.</i> Moreover, this form of genetic aging might explain why adults who grow up in poor or otherwise stressful environments are more likely to develop serious health problems, such as …

Scientists discover the secret behind zombie plants

If the fungal spore outbreak in <i>The Last of Us</i> scared the hell out of you, you'll be doubly terrified to know that there are actual parasites in nature that can turn animals and plants into zombies. In fact, a group of scientists from the John Innes Centre in the UK just figured out how certain …

36 Ways To Reconsider The Weather

Guests at Milan Design Week 2014 can think abstractly about the weather at the “laboratory” known as Creative Climates. The 36 pieces on display at this conceptual art installation are the compelling result of a partnership between design think tank Fabrica (with Moleskine as a sponsor) and Daikin, …

Wearable Technology: Smart Band-Aids Can Do a Lot More than Cover Up Cuts

One of the most popular wearable medical inventions so far might be the Band-Aid. A flexible strip that heals our cuts and burns and yet never slows …