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How Israel is Spearheading the Cannabis Industry

Dubbed the ‘start-up nation’ for its culture of innovation and business success, now Israel might well deserve the title of ‘spark-up nation’. From …

Cannabis

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Photographed from Space by Orbiter

Trundling along the rocky terrain of lower Mount Sharp, the lonely Curiosity rover was recently photographed from space by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance …

Imaging

Artificial Neural Networks Are Revealing The Quantum World

Modeling a Complex System<p>Quantum entanglement, which Einstein referred to as “a spooky action at a distance,” is one of the many possible quantum …

Doctors Are Now Fighting Depression by Targeting the Brain's Wiring, Not Its Chemical Balance

The Damage of Depression<p>Depression is becoming an epidemic that is damaging individuals, society, and the economy. Its has become the leading source …

How Do Stars Form? Black Hole Producing Star-Making Cold Gas In A Prolific Galaxy 5.7 Billion Light-Years Away

Black holes are more than just hungry voids that gobble up anything and everything they come across. They routinely create hot plasma jets and gas …

Scientists Find First Observed Evidence That Our Universe May Be a Hologram

An international study claims to have found first observed evidence that our universe is a <b>hologram</b>.<p>What is the <b>holographic universe</b> idea? It's not …

The One Meal You Should Order At McDonald's, According To A Nutritionist

Even the healthiest eaters find themselves at the golden arches at some point in their life. Whether you're on a road trip and it's the only place to …

Food

Watch planets orbit a star 129 light-years away

Astronomers captured this 7-year time lapse of planets orbiting a faraway star.<p>The past few years have seen an explosion in the discovery of planets outside our solar system. Astronomers have now confirmed 3,442 exoplanets in the galaxy. And they think there could be 100 billion or more in …

Universe

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite being around for over 100 years now, General Relativity — Einstein’s greatest achievement — is largely mysterious to everyone from the general …

Physics

5 everyday foods to stave off colds and flu

January: The month where mentally debilitating seasonal depression collides with physically debilitating temperatures. But if the dark days and cold nights aren’t enough of a downer, remember that it’s <i>also</i> cold and flu season.<p>Abrupt changes in temperature (chilly nights and the occasional …

A Radical New Hypothesis Claims to Have a Simple Explanation For Dark Energy

What if the Universe had leaked energy?<p>For decades, scientists have puzzled over the fact that our Universe is expanding. Logically, gravity should …

This Search Engine Allows You to Find the Streaming Service of your Favorite Movies or Series

Now you can use this search engine to find which streaming service has your favorite movies or series.<p>So much to see and so little time. Streaming …

F. Duncan Haldane on quantum computers, entanglement and proving Einstein wrong

The British professor of physics at Princeton University won the Nobel Prize in Physics last year. But as he tells DW, he's far more interested in …

Do You Suffer From Illusions Of Moral Superiority?

Do you think you're more honest than the average person? More principled? More fair?<p>If so, you're not alone. Studies consistently find that people think they're morally superior to others: more honest, principled and fair. This is hardly an isolated belief — people also think they're better than …

Psychology

Here's Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know About Marijuana

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Last year was truly exceptional for the marijuana movement. In fact, it may go down as the best year on record. In total, five new states legalized medical cannabis, two of which (Ohio and Pennsylvania) did so by passing up ballot initiatives and legalized medical pot …

This Would Be a First for the Marijuana Industry

Image source: Getty Images.<p>The marijuana industry had an incredible 2016, and pro-legalization enthusiasts are hoping that momentum carries over into 2017.<p>Heading into 2016, there were 23 states that had legalized medical cannabis and four (Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska) that had …

Lab notes: from fairy circles to Venusian waves – an otherworldly week in science

This week’s biggest stories<p>Eclectic - it’s a pleasing word, and for this week’s science, the only word that seems to fit. Climate science has been a major part of this week’s coverage, given that climate change deniers are poised to enter the White House. And since there’s now compelling evidence …

Celine Dion

How I Trained Myself To Wake Up On Time Without An Alarm

Half the battle is figuring out how much sleep your body needs, and the other half is consistency.<p>Sleep is one of my favorite things. I adore it. I’ve never been one for alarms, though. Potentially because they mark the end of my sleeping.<p>I started working remotely a few years ago, and …

Our Favorite Reader Photos from "The Great Outdoors" Assignment

Outdoor photography is a favorite with <i>Shutterbug</i> readers so this was a very competitive assignment. But we were looking for more than just your …

Pulsar Emission Signatures: NASA Chandra X-Ray Observatory Images Reveal Crucial Clues About Variations

Pulsars — rapidly rotating neutron stars that produce lighthouse-like beams of radio or gamma ray emissions — were first discovered nearly 50 years …

This is the world's first solar-powered road

A small village in France is hosting the world's first the solar-powered road called Wattway. Wattway was constructed by French civil engineering …

French Government

Squeezing Through A Loophole In The Laws Of Physics To Cool A Drum

Longer ago than I care to calculate, I was sitting in a lab working on my undergraduate thesis (or, more likely, playing <i>Maelstrom</i>) and listening to my lab partner rattling stuff around in the next room while he looked for something. “I have absolutely no idea where my notebook is!” he yelled.<p>I …

This AI translates its internal monologue for humans to understand—and plays Frogger

Artificial intelligence has allowed us to outsource many of the decisions we might normally make onto the backs of machines, like determining who’s in a photo or translating text into another language. That convenience has usually come with a cost: We can’t understand why those decisions are made, …

These Photo Restorations May Boggle Your Mind

Tetyana Dyachenko is a Ukrainian photo retoucher who often does restorations of vintage photos that are extremely damaged — often seemingly beyond …

Is the Default Mode of the Brain to Suffer?

If you’re going to get any sort of science done, an experiment needs a control group: the unaffected, possibly placebo-ed population that didn’t take …

AI software is figuring out how to best humans at designing new AI software

Who programs the programmers? Soon enough, it might not be people behind the development of advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence tech, but other AI. MIT looks at the most recent work done by a range of different organizations, including Google Brain, who are working on AI that can …

Physicists Say They've Manipulated 'Pure Nothingness' And Observed The Fallout

In the quantum vacuum, no one can hear you scream.<p>According to quantum mechanics, a vacuum isn't empty at all. It's actually filled with quantum …

Quantum Physics

A San Francisco Fogaholic’s Stunning Photos

Gorgeous Haze<p>Nicholas Steinberg, an award-winning photographer from San Francisco, takes the world on journey through the eyes of a self-confessed …

San Francisco

This Guy Is Going On an Ice Cream Diet to Lose Weight, and Experts Say It Will Actually Work

Is he nuts, or making an important point?<p>People who care enough to argue about nutrition generally fall into two camps. There are those who believe that your body weight rises and falls based on the amount of food you eat and the amount of energy you expend. This camp is sometimes derided as …

Fitness

Maternal depression across the first years of life impacts children's neural basis of empathy

Exposure to early and chronic maternal depression markedly increases a child’s susceptibility to psychopathology and social-emotional problems, …