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Why Does DMT Make You Feel Like You’re Dying?

Researchers dosed 13 people with DMT to investigate the similarities between DMT trips and near death experiences in the first study of its kind.<p><b>This story is part of When the Drugs Hit, a Motherboard journey into the science, politics, and culture of today's psychedelic renaissance. Follow along</b></b> …

Consciousness

The terrible 'what if': how OCD makes every day a matter of life or death

OCD is often called the 'doubting disease' because deep down, the sufferer knows the thoughts are irrational.<p>The first time I thought someone contaminated my food was at the Paramus Park mall food court when I was 12. As the employee handed me an extra gooey Cinnabon nestled in crinkly tissue, I …

Mental Health

It’s Not Just the Tampon Tax: Why Periods Are Political

The average woman has her period for 2,535 days of her life. That’s nearly seven years’ time of making sure you have a pad or tampon, finding a makeshift solution if you don’t, and managing pain and discomfort.<p>And lately, women — and transgender and nonbinary people who menstruate — are talking …

Menstruation

5 Hot-Weather Makeup Ideas That Look Better When They're Melty

I've officially cracked the code on muggy summer beauty.<p>Every summer, there's a point where, after sweating through my shirt and watching my foundation slide down my face, I say "screw it." Screw the perfectly smooth hair and the perfectly pressed dress, and most definitely screw the perfectly …

Once a Trump Favorite, Harley Now Feels the Pinch From Trade War

Not long ago, President Donald Trump pointed to Harley-Davidson Inc. as an example of what was going to go right for manufacturing in America. Now, …

FDA approves first cannabis-based drug

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US Food and Drug Administration approved a cannabis-based drug for the first time, the agency said Monday.<p>Epidiolex was recommended for approval by an advisory committee in April, and the agency had until this week to make a decision.<p>The twice-daily oral solution is approved for use in …

FDA

The Market for NSFW Party Games Is Getting Out of Hand

Four years ago, Noah Mayer, still a sophomore in college, got a call from his father, a semiretired book publisher, who was browsing the gift tables …

With These Playlists, Never Worry About What to Play at a Party Again

You always want your party to be the one with the music everybody talks about afterward. It can be the difference between a good event and a …

Jim Meehan’s Three Best Cocktails for a Summer Party

It’s the summer of gin, haven’t you heard? With so many new brands available, and bartenders celebrating the clear liquor’s mixable qualities, …

The Do’s and Don’ts of Throwing the Best Dinner Party Ever

If you’re looking for dinner party advice, the last person you’d think to ask would be a teenager. Unless it’s Flynn McGarry: The celebrated …

The One Carb You Should Avoid Because It Slows Down Your Metabolism In The Morning

It’s ok to eat carbs for breakfast. In fact they’re a great source of fiber and protein. Carbs give you energy and keeps your metabolism on the fat …

Bees Grasp a Math Concept That Took Modern Humans a Long Time to Understand

Scientists trained bees to recognize zero as less than other numbers.<p>If someone calls you a zero, you know it’s a diss without even having to think …

Here's How to Pick a Perfect Melon Every Time

There's no feeling quite as good as cracking open a perfect melon. There's also no feeling quite as bad as cracking open a bad melon. One is like …

Gardening

Become the creative you’ve always wanted to be by embracing these seven habits

The most commonly held belief about creativity is that it’s elusive, esoteric and unique only to the anointed few.<p>The ancient Greeks believed that creativity was a divine attendant spirit that came to human beings from some distant and unknowable source, for distant and unknowable reasons. They …

Creativity

This Is Why Physicists Think String Theory Might Be Our 'Theory Of Everything'

It’s one of the most brilliant, controversial and unproven ideas in all of physics: string theory. At the heart of string theory is the thread of an idea that’s run through physics for centuries, that at some fundamental level, all the different forces, particles, interactions and manifestations of …

Quantum Mechanics

How to reset your midlife body to burn fat – in six easy steps

Weight gain is not an inevitability of ageing – although, for many people, as they accumulate years under their belt, they also gain pounds.<p>A big part of this is down to the modern dietary environment, which encourages gradual weight gain over time. Over the last 10-20 years, we have started to eat …

Nutrition

The New Science of Psychedelics

Recent studies are finding that drugs such as LSD and psilocybin can help to alleviate depression, anxiety and addiction—and may have profound things to teach us about how the mind works<p>To anyone who lived through the 1960s, the proposition that psychedelic drugs might have a positive contribution …

Mental Health

Your bones contain crystals shaped like fingers and hands

A blurry brown picture is the most detailed 3D image of bone ever produced. It may look fuzzy, but the model developed from electron microscope …

Scientists Are Building A Mini-Earth With 8 Tonnes Of Spinning Liquid Sodium

Admit it, you don't <i>really</i> understand why the Earth has a magnetic field. Sure, movement inside the Earth's outer core is creating a electric current, …

Now, bacteria turn toxic metals into gold

A metal-gobbling bacteria manages to ingest toxic metallic compounds and still thrive, producing tiny gold nuggets as a side-effect, scientists have …

Scientists Confirm Existence of Superionic Water — NOVA Next | PBS

Water is an abundant and curious compound—unlike most other substances, it expands when it freezes. It’s also very complex; water can transform into …

Chemistry

A way to create liquid droplets inside of air bubbles

A team of researchers at Zhejiang University in China has developed a technique to create liquid droplets inside of air bubbles. In their paper …

Smart windows could block brightness and harness light

Who needs curtains? One day, you could block out afternoon glare and heat with changeable windows that absorb sunshine to charge your electronics.<p>A …

Tiny engine powered by demixing fluid

An international team of researchers has developed a tiny, liquid-based engine powered by a demixing fluid. In their paper published in the journal</i> …

A scientist captured an impossible photo of a single atom

A student at the University of Oxford is being celebrated in the world of science photography for capturing a single, floating atom with an ordinary camera.<p>Using long exposure, PhD candidate David Nadlinger took a photo of a glowing atom in an intricate web of laboratory machinery. In it, the …

Earth's inner core shouldn't technically exist

One day, about a billion years ago, Earth's inner core had a growth spurt. The molten ball of liquid metal at the center of our planet rapidly crystallized due to lowering temperatures, growing steadily outward until it reached the roughly 760-mile (1,220 kilometers) diameter to which it's thought …

It's Element-ary

Time to brush up on your chemistry: the answer to each final round question contains an element from the periodic table. Isn't it iron-ic, don't you think?<p><i>Heard On Lola Kirke: Mozart In The Puzzle</i>

The periodic table song

The complete periodic table of elements … in song! From the guys at AsapSCIENCE, it’s their 2018 version. Enjoy.<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and …

Girl power: life's going swimmingly for all-female fish species

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An all-female freshwater fish species called the Amazon molly that inhabits rivers and creeks along the Texas-Mexico border is living proof that sexual reproduction may be vastly over-rated.<p>Scientists said on Monday they have deciphered the genome of the Amazon molly, one of …

Scientists Have Discovered a Potential New Antibiotic—In Dirt

The world is facing an epidemic of infections that no longer respond well to the drugs used to treat them—also known as super bugs. In the United …