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Map of 6,000 clouds pinpoints where stars are born

Astronomers have completed the largest-ever survey of dense gas clouds in the Milky Way—pockets shrouded in gas and dust where new stars are being …

Surprise! Double star system is really a triple

A nearby star system—of special interest for its unusual exoplanet and dusty debris disk—is not just a double star, as astronomers had thought, but …

What World War II Soldiers' Dreams Were Made Of

British soldiers who were captured by the Germans during the Battle of France dreamed about lots of food, and not that much violence.<p>Endless meals. Family. Escape. These were the dreams of 79 British soldiers who were captured in an early World War II battle and imprisoned in Germany, according to …

World War II

Why Depression Ruins Your Memory

It can impede the brain's ability to encode different, but very similar, memories, a process called pattern separation.<p>Depression has been linked to memory impairment, but being depressed doesn't affect all types of memory uniformly. A new study suggests that people with depression can remember the …

The Brain

Today in science: 1st planet orbiting a sunlike star

On October 6, 1995, astronomers announced 51 Pegasi b, a planet about half the mass of Jupiter, orbiting a star not unlike our sun.<p><b>October 6, 1995</b>. …

Quantum Computers Move Another Step Closer To Reality

Imagine that two people could get linked in such a way that they could influence each other no matter where in the universe they existed. Now scientists find they can entangle mechanical vibrations in this same way, findings that could help enable quantum computers far more powerful than normal …

Enter, Sandman: how lucid dreaming ‘can help you change yourself’

Thomas Peisel will teach you to reign over the witching hour<p>Maybe the vast majority of your recollected dreams involve public speaking in the nude, or repeatedly failing your college chemistry final. Or maybe you don’t recall having any dreams at all. According to Thomas Peisel, both scenarios are …

How Imagination Works

A small new study images the brain's "mental workspace."<p>Look at these shapes for a few seconds. Then close your eyes, and try to imagine how they look. Try to take the mental image of one of them and break the shape into pieces in your mind, or combine it with another shape to make something …

'Mature' Galaxies Around Not Long After Big Bang, Study Says

Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope to peer some 11 billion light-years into space and as many years back in time have seen something they didn't expect: fully formed galaxies when the universe was still quite young.<p>Galaxies come in three broad categories — spirals, such as our own Milky …

Of Neurons And Memories: Inside The 'Secret World Of Sleep'

What happens in our brains while we're asleep? That's one question neuroscientist Penelope Lewis is trying to answer. She directs the Sleep and Memory Lab at the University of Manchester in England. Her new book is <i>The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest</i>.<p>Lewis joins</i> …

New form of carbon said to be strongest material ever found

The strongest known material in the world may have just been dethroned. Researchers from Rice University have calculated the properties of a little-studied form of carbon known as carbyne, and they've determined that it should have a "specific strength surpassing that of any other known material." …

Could Robot Aliens Exist?

Ask an astrobiological philosopher!<p>The existence of a race of sentient alien robots might be not just possible, but inevitable. In fact, we might be living in a "postbiological universe" right now, in which intelligent extraterrestrials somewhere have exchanged organic brains for artificial …

Hyperactive Brain May Create "Near Death" Visions

A new study shows that even after cardiac arrest, the brain keeps on going.<p><b>Can a new study lay the basis for the scientific understanding of mystical-sounding near-death recollections, filled with vivid light and vibrant meetings with deceased loved ones?</b><p>When researchers recorded and analyzed …

Near-death experiences are 'electrical surge in dying brain'

<b>A surge of electrical activity in the brain could be responsible for the vivid experiences described by near-death survivors, scientists report.</b><p>A study carried out on dying rats found high levels of brainwaves at the point of the animals' demise.<p>US researchers said that in humans this could give …

The Brain

Acer betting on Android, Chromebooks to offset slow Windows 8 sales

“We are trying to grow our non-Windows business as soon as possible.”<p>It doesn’t get more blunt than that comment, which was said Thursday by Acer …

Dell unveils Latitude 7000 series Ultrabooks with Haswell inside

Dell's Haswell-based Latitude laptops have been a tad on the chunky side so far, but the company is making amends by quietly launching its new Latitude 7000 series Ultrabooks. Both the 12.5-inch E7240 and 14-inch E7440 fit Intel's new low-voltage, 1.7GHz Core i3 CPU into an aluminum shell that's …

LG gets back to superphones with G2

NEW YORK -- LG on Wednesday unveiled its new G2 smartphone to take on Apple, Samsung, and other Android phone makers.<p>The hardware specs are top-of-the-line, with the G2 sporting a 5.2-inch full HD display and running on a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The G2 is the first global …

Here's what Samsung's iWatch rival could look like

This is what the Samsung Galaxy Gear could look like. The mock-up above shows what we could expect from the hotly-anticipated smart watch that talks …

Marriott launches virtual traveling game Xplor for iOS

Marriott International is getting in on the mobile-gaming business with a new app designed to appeal to travelers.<p>The hotel company has just launched Xplor, a virtual traveling game for iOS devices that encourages players to explore notable landmarks in five major cities around the globe. The title …

US Evacuates Non-Emergency Staff, Orders Americans to Leave Yemen 'Immediately'

The U.S. State Department has ordered the evacuation of all non-essential personnel from Yemen because of an increased terror threat. A U.S. military …

Screw you! The psychology of anger and aggression

You can't have missed the latest Twitter debacle. Some deeply unpleasant individuals got very angry at women pursuing pro-female agendas publicly. People then got very angry at these individuals who were sending threats and at Twitter in general for not doing more to stop it. Some people then got …