Elin Ahlstrand

30 Flips | 1 Magazine | 13 Likes | @Spacecatso | Keep up with Elin Ahlstrand on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Elin Ahlstrand”

Can VR and artificial intelligence make a sex doll real? (The 3:59, Ep. 78)

Are viruses alive? New evidence says yes

Evolutionary history suggests they evolved from ancient cells<p>Influenza, SARS, Ebola, HIV, the common cold. All of us are quite familiar with these names. They are viruses—a little bit of genetic material (DNA or RNA) encapsulated in a protein coat. But what we don’t really understand, and what …

Biology

Ambitious new tech aims to revolutionize touchscreens

The ambitious GHOST (Generic, Highly-Organic Shape-Changing Interfaces) research project is building technology that will let consumers use their fingertips to literally drag data out of touchscreen displays, bringing it into the 3D world.<p>GHOST is the brainchild of four universities in the U.K., …

6 Questions with the Man Who Had Sex on the Moon

In 2002, Thad Roberts was a 25-year-old intern at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Like so many young lovers, he had promised his …

How Marketers Are Plotting To Use Neuroscience To Control What You Buy

Ever felt exceedingly pleased with yourself after splurging on a luxury good?<p>Blame marketers, who are becoming increasingly sophisticated and increasingly Orwellian. Case in point: A recent study published in the <i>Journal of Marketing Research</i> used brain imaging tech to test how the amount of grey …

Placebos

With this nano memory cell, scientists are one step closer to a bionic brain

A groundbreaking electronic longterm memory cell could help researchers imitate and better understand the complexities of the human brain.<p>Built by …

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Researchers have found that geography makes us who we are—genetically and linguistically.<p>As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic …

National Academy of Sciences

New Research Reveals the Real Causes of Depression

By: Dr. Mercola. Guest<p>Depression is thought to affect about one in 10 Americans.1 In 2010, antidepressants were the second most commonly prescribed …

Why The Super-Successful Get Depressed

Whether the uber-successful – the CEOs, the founders, the innovators – are more or less prone to depression than the average person is a tricky and fascinating, not to mention controversial, question. We know that the average CEO is more likely to possess subtle psychopathic traits and be more …

How Patient Suicide Affects Psychiatrists

Mental-health practitioners whose clients kill themselves can face stigma from their colleagues, lawsuits, and a toll on their own psyches—making them less likely to take on suicidal patients who need their help.<p>It’s hard to listen to a psychiatrist who sounds so broken. I expect a mental-health …

Are we on the brink of creating artificial life? Scientists digitise the brain of a WORM and place it inside a robot

With 100 billion neurons and 37 trillion cells, the human body is simply too complex to be artificially designed by modern computers.<p>But in the quest …

Singularity

Get ready for virtual reality — here's why it will soon be our norm

Unless you’ve been living in a cave this past year, you’ve probably already heard that Virtual Reality (VR) is coming at us – and fast.<p>Thanks to Facebook’s recent acquisition of VR company, Oculus Rift, for $2 billion there’s no doubt VR technology is going to change the way we work, play, and …

Our Universe May Have Emerged from a Black Hole in a Higher Dimensional Universe

The event horizon of a black hole — the point of no return for anything that falls in — is a spherical surface. In a higher-dimensional universe, a …

MIT researchers made a material that forces water up walls

Tiny bristles move liquid upstream<p>There are incontrovertible facts of nature: people get old, things fall, water flows downstream. And then there's this MIT project, which contradicts at least the last one.<p>The material can force a fluid into unlikely directions<p>A team of engineers invented a …

Improbable Thruster Seems to Work by Violating Known Laws of Physics — NOVA Next | PBS

Every action creates an equal and opposite reaction. It’s perhaps the best known law of physics, and Guido Fetta thinks he’s found a way around …

'Impossible' Space Engine May Actually Work, NASA Test Suggests

It's really starting to look as if an "impossible" space propulsion technology actually works.<p>Researchers at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston …

Johnson Space Center

Physicist concocts ice cream that changes color when you lick it

What happens when a physicist decides to become a chef? If they're anything like Manuel Linares, then you can expect a fusion of food and science to come out of their kitchen. For instance, one of the Spaniard's masterpieces is an ice cream that changes colors when you lick it. He calls it the …

The First Man-Made Biological Leaf Turns Light and Water Into Oxygen

If humanity hopes to realize its dreams of exploring the stars, we're going to need to find ways to recreate life on Earth aboard a spaceship. Simply …

First Glimpse of Higgs Bosons at Work Revealed

An extremely rare collision of massive subatomic particles could reveal the nuts and bolts of how the subatomic particles called Higgs bosons impart …

Holy Hogwarts! New 'Invisible' Materials Made with Light

Invisibility cloaks may not be a reality yet, but a new method of building materials with light could one day be used to make these kinds of cloaking …

Where Time Comes From

The time that ends up on your smartphone—and that synchronizes GPS, military operations, financial transactions, and internet communications—originates in a set of atomic clocks on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for USNO's Time Services, gives a …

Observatories

Peru: Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Astronomy Lab In Peruvian Ruins

Archeologists have stumbled upon a site where ancient people observed the stars thousands of years ago in Peru, a country famous for using drones to …

Researchers fully 'delete' HIV from human cells for the first time

So far, HIV has eluded a cure because it installs its genome into human DNA so insidiously that it's impossible for our immune system to clear it out. While current treatments are effective, a lifetime of toxic drugs is required to prevent its recurrence. But researchers from Temple University may …

Unique Mineral Discovered In Australia

The new substance is called putnisite.<p>A previously unknown mineral has been discovered in a remote location in Western Australia. The mineral, named putnisite, appears purple and translucent, and contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, a very unusual combination.<p>…

Chemistry

Microsoft explains quantum computing in a way we can all understand

Quantum computing -- it's a term we're hearing more and more, as companies such as D-Wave build their own early versions of super-machines. Microsoft, naturally, is investing considerable resources in the field as well; its Station Q research lab in Santa Barbara brings together experts studying …

The Relationship Between Creativity and Mental Illness

<i>“I think I’ve only spent about ten percent of my energies on writing,”</i> Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Katherine Anne Porter confessed in a 1963 interview. <i>“The other ninety percent went to keeping my head above water.”</i> While art may be a form of therapy for the rest of us, Porter’s is a sentiment far …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

One morning this summer, I got up at first light – I'd left the blinds open the night before – then drank a strong cup of coffee, sat near-naked by an open window for an hour, worked all morning, then had a martini with lunch. I took a long afternoon walk, and for the rest of the week experimented …

10 Keys To Writing A Speech

<i>“This is my time.”</i><p>That attitude will kill a speech every time.<p>You’ve probably sat through some lousy speeches. Despite the speakers’ renown, you eventually tuned them out over their self-indulgent tangents and pointless details. You understood something these speakers apparently didn’t: This was …