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Bye, Bye, Playboy Bunnies: 5 Ways Porn Affects the Brain

Say goodbye to the most famous bunnies in the world.<p>Playboy Magazine announced yesterday (Oct. 12) that it was revamping its design. Among its …

The Brain

New species of human found

Scientists say they have found a total of 1,550 bones representing 15 individuals. They say it’s the largest fossil hominin find on the African …

5 Reasons Why An International Space Station Should Really Orbit The Moon

If the $100 billion International Space Station (ISS) had been constructed to orbit our Moon instead of Earth, prospects for the U.S.’ human spaceflight program would arguably be much brighter than today.<p>Here are a few reasons why:<p><b>An International Lunar Space Station (ILSS) would have guaranteed</b> …

This is the way the world ends: not with a bang, but with a Big Rip

New model suggests that as the universe expands everything from galaxies to space-time itself will be torn apart - but not for about 22 billion years<p>Everything we know, and everything else besides, burst into existence at the Big Bang. Now scientists have concluded that we could be heading for an …

Universe

Black Hole 'Wakes Up' and Spews X-Rays After Napping for 26 Years

After taking a 26-year nap, a waking black hole released a burst of X-rays that lit up astronomical observatories on June 15 — and it's still making a ruckus today.<p>Astronomers identified the revived black hole as an "X-ray nova" — a sudden increase in star luminosity — coming from a binary system …

Get this: spiders can “sail” on water

Spiders can use their legs or abdomens as “sails”, helping them to disperse across large bodies of water<p>If, last week, you’d quizzed me about the dispersal strategies of spiders, I would have told you all about “ballooning”, how Charles Darwin, at sea on the Beagle in 1832, was stunned to see …

Science proves what you suspected: hiking's good for your mental health

Do not underestimate the power of a walk in the woods: A new study suggests that even a 90- minute stroll in a natural environment can lead to measurable changes in the brain, and may help combat depression.<p>Previous research has shown that just a 50-minute walk in nature can improve your mood, …

Mental Health

Domestic cats stay away from coyotes, study finds

Domestic cats may be cute and cuddly, but they're also adept hunters. In the United States, cats kill billions of birds and small mammals a year, experts say.<p>But where does all this carnage happen?<p>Near people's houses, a new study suggests. And not because cats don't wander far from home. Instead, …

Even if a condom could detect sexually transmitted infections, is that a good idea?

On June 24th, the news media burst forth with an exciting tale of three British wunderkinds poised to revolutionize sexual health with an STI-detecting condom. Multiple outlets picked up the story, but in all the excitement, few stopped to ask two very simple questions: was this magical, …

June 2015

Mars astronauts could develop dementia on journey to Red Planet

Dangerous space radiation could mean astronauts develop dementia before ever setting foot on Mars<p>The technological challenge of getting to Mars may seem like a huge hurdle but it may be biology that holds humanity back from venturing to the Red Planet.<p>Astronauts could develop irreversible dementia …

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

How light resets your body clock

Scientists have discovered what amounts to a reset button for the internal body clock of mice. They say light triggers a process known as …

Supernova missing link in gamma-ray burst mystery

Why do some supernovae produce gamma-ray bursts, while others don’t? The answer may lie in the swirling disk – and powerful jets – that some …

The Science of Why We Learn to Love Foods We Used to Hate

Not to be mean, but you’re a “benign masochist.” We all are to some extent. It’s a natural human trait, and it helps explain why we learn to love …

Astronomers build Earth-sized telescope to see Milky Way black hole

With its unprecedented resolution the EHT should be the first to see swirling gas on its final plunge over the event horizon into the Milky Way's supermassive black hole<p>An Earth-sized telescope will allow astronomers to glimpse the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way.<p>Scientists across the …

First visible light spectrum from exoplanet

Why are astronomers excited about the first directly obtained visible light spectrum – or rainbow array of visible colors – bounced from the surface …

This mechanical exoskeleton makes walking more efficient

'Walking... can be improved by manmade technology'<p>For the first time, researchers can improve the way humans walk without using an external power source, according to a study published in <i>Nature</i> today. A boot-like exoskeleton that fits into a regular running shoe reduces the energetic costs of …

With Amazon's New Device, You Can "Buy With 1-Click" IRL

SCARY: spend your $$ online without touching a single screen.<p>So if you're out of say, diapers, you'd tap your Huggies Dash Button and expect a package to arrive within 48 hours.<p>Don't worry about button-happy babies ordering 112 units of paper towels. After the Dash Button is tapped the second time …

Play 'Pac-Man' around the world in Google Maps

<i>Pac-Man</i> is already such a worldwide phenomenon, but now one of the most famous video games of all time is available to play on every computer through …

Young Jupiter wiped out solar system's early inner planets, study says

Before Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars occupied the inner solar system, there may have been a previous generation of planets that were bigger and more numerous – but were ultimately doomed by Jupiter, according to a new study.<p>If indeed the early solar system was crowded with so-called super-Earths, …

Astronomy

Weight Loss Doesn't Always Lead to Happiness

Research has shown that dropping pounds doesn't mean higher well-being.<p>To lose weight is to become happier. At least, this is the narrative voiced by countless health gurus, ubiquitous advertisements, and, sometimes, overly blunt friends and relatives.<p>Americans buy in to the weight-loss game with …

Weight Loss

What Happens When an Eclipse Hits the World's Most Solar-Powered Country?

Germany is gearing up for an unusual challenge to its clean-energy revolution.<p><i>This story was originally published by Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>On March 20, Europe will experience a total solar eclipse for a few hours in the morning. The last time …

How To Make Your Own Hologram-Projecting Glasses

For less than the cost of a movie ticket<p>Augmented reality glasses are hotter than Drake right now. Last fall, Microsoft’s Hololens glasses dazzled us with promises of ‘holograms’ beamed throughout our workplaces. NASA announced this week that they plan to guide astronauts with projection glasses. …

Augmented Reality

The Night Sky in March 2015: Mice that spell doom for Earth

Impending collision of galaxies threatens mass extinctions in four billion years (so not before the solar eclipse)<p><i>The chart shows the sky at the beginning of March. The positions of the stars on other nights can be found from previous Night Sky charts</i> <i>for they rise two hours earlier each month.</i> …

Food Additives Inflame Mouse Guts By Disturbing Microbes

If you walk down the aisles of any supermarket, you’ll see what dietary emulsifiers can accomplish. This common class of food additives binds water and oils together, preventing mixtures of the two from splitting. They stabilise ice-cream and other frozen desserts, mayonnaise, salad dressings, and …

Marijuana munchies are all in the brain, U.S. study finds

NEW YORK (Reuters) - If recent laws legalizing marijuana in more U.S. states also boost sales of potato chips and brownies, scientists will know why: A study in mice published on Wednesday found, unexpectedly, that the active ingredients in pot essentially make appetite-curbing regions of the brain …

Scientists have found a way to see through opaque material using light

Practical applications are still a long way off<p>Scientists at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found a way to see through opaque barriers, <i>Nature</i> reports. This is done by recording wavelengths from visible light, which can pass through solid material like paint or skin. Researchers …

So smoking skunk causes psychosis, but milder cannabis doesn't?

Research that looks at different potencies of cannabis could advance our understanding of the relationship between the drug and psychosis<p>The Mail on Sunday has shouted that ‘cannabis TRIPLES psychosis risk’ and that skunk is to blame for ‘1 in 4 of all new serious mental disorders’. Is this what …