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A Neuroscientist Explains What Happens to Your Brain on Sleep Deprivation

Do not read this at 3 a.m.<p>Sleep deprivation affects nearly all parts of your brain, but it is most detrimental to simple cognitive functions that we …

Sleep

How a 4-Hour Battle Between Russian Mercenaries and U.S. Commandos Unfolded in Syria

WASHINGTON — The artillery barrage was so intense that the American commandos dived into foxholes for protection, emerging covered in flying dirt and debris to fire back at a column of tanks advancing under the heavy shelling. It was the opening salvo in a nearly four-hour assault in February by …

Middle East

How To Build The Universe's Biggest Bomb With A Black Hole And Giant Mirror Ball

We've heard enough terrifying things about black holes, so why not add one more frightening theory to the pile? Along with anchoring galaxies and …

7 Agonizing 2-minute Workouts That’ll Torch Every Muscle in Your Body

You can’t step foot in a gym these days without hearing rabid talk about the VersaClimber. Thanks to the excruciating full-body workout it provides, …

The 42 Biggest Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

In a homage to 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,' two physicists explain the biggest unknowns in science. I’ve summed them up as a tweetstorm.<p>In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams’ classic irreverent tour through the universe, a supercomputer named Deep Thought discovers the answer to …

Can You Pass the Test NASA Gave Potential Astronauts in 1958?

In 1958, America's new space agency called NASA launched an extensive search for men who would become astronauts. Of 508 candidates, the Mercury 7 …

Engage Warp Drive! Why Interstellar Travel's Harder Than It Looks

How hard is it to hop to the nearest star system or soar across the galaxy? A typical "Star Trek" or "Star Wars" movie makes it look easy. When the …

Build Your Own Black Hole

Okay, perhaps the title here is a bit of an exaggeration, but this black hole lamp made by [Will Donaldson] is an interesting approach to creating a …

Scientists Find Another Possible Explanation for Why Hair Goes Gray

Scientists think they’ve stumbled upon a newly discovered mechanism that could explain why some people’s hair turns gray and others become afflicted …

A 23-year-old with an $80K job and no debt couldn’t get a mortgage – this is why

At 23, Robin Bourbeau had a $80,000-a-year job, no debts and enough money for a 20 per cent down payment on a $400,000 home. His mortgage broker, …

An Exciting New Study Suggests We Might Be Able To Spot Wormholes Using Telescopes

Wormholes with the right amount of spin are believed to cast shadows that might be easily detected in the future.<p>New research is suggesting that …

This is not how WWE fans should remember Undertaker

The Undertaker should have done nothing — unless he’s back for more than a glorified squash match at WrestleMania.<p>The setup was the way it should be …

Horror of Being Governed by ‘Fox & Friends’

During the early days of the Obama administration, I did a few appearances on “Fox & Friends.”<p>The conversations were predictably shallow, tilted and exploitive. The hosts had a particular knack for asking the idiotic with chipper earnestness, spewing venom through simpering smiles. There was, I …

Donald Trump

Science Is Getting Closer to Understanding What Goes on Inside The Mind When We Dream

Here's why dreams matter.<p>Dreams are so strange and carry so much significance to us that we often feel the need to tell people about our nocturnal …

Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?

On April 28, 1945 — 73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.<p>To guard against a …

Political Science

Neil Patrick Harris Demonstrates How He Can Tie His Shoes Without Using His Hands

In addition to this blog, Laughing Squid is also an independent web hosting company that focuses on WordPress hosting. The revenue from our hosting …

A Second 'Big Bang' Could End Our Universe in an Instant, Thanks to The Higgs Boson

Well, that's just great.<p>Our universe may end the same way it was created: with a big, sudden bang.<p>That's according to new research from a group of …

This Video About The Scale of Black Holes Will Crush Your Poor, Tiny Brain

We were not prepared for this.<p>Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They're so weird, …

Why the universe shouldn't exist at all

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Why is there something, rather than nothing?" could be the oldest and deepest question in all of metaphysics. Long exclusively the province of philosophy, in recent years this question has become one that can be addressed by scientific methods. What's more, a new scientific advance has …

Physics

Ask Ethan: What Happens When Stars Pass Through Our Solar System?

We like to think of our Solar System as a stable, mostly quiet place. Sure, we’ll find that the planets and other bodies in their orbits will kick around a comet or asteroid every once in a while, but for the most part, things are stable. Even the occasional interstellar visitor doesn’t pose much …

Universe

We asked astronauts if they think aliens exist. Here's what they said

Jeff Hoffman has floated in the vacuum of space. He’s looked down at our planet from above, seen the whorls of clouds, the vast oceans, and the …

Does The Soul Exist? Evidence Says ‘Yes’

The reality of the soul is among the most important questions of life. Although religions go on and on about its existence, how do we know if souls …

3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind So You Can Focus on the Things That Matter Most | Inc.com

Researchers estimate you have about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again.<p><i>I never have enough time. I have nothing to wear. I look stupid. My house isn't clean enough. My life would be better if I had more money.</i><p>Rehashing the same …

Self-help

Trump Chooses Bolton for 3rd Security Adviser as Shake-Up Continues

WASHINGTON — President Trump named John R. Bolton, a hard-line former American ambassador to the United Nations, as his third national security adviser on Thursday, continuing a shake-up that creates one of the most hawkish national security teams of any White House in recent history.<p>Mr. Bolton …

Donald Trump

Here's why cockroaches are indestructible

They can regrow lost legs. They make their own antibiotics. And they have an almost supernatural sense of smell.<p>Now Chinese researchers have sequenced the genome of the American cockroach and discovered why they are so hard to kill.<p>It’s all in the DNA, they report in the journal Nature …

Nature Communications

Virtual Boxing League is a great cardio workout disguised as a pretty good VR game

Virtual Boxing League (VBL) is a VR game that lets you throw real punches at virtual people. Soon players will even get to throw virtual punches at real people in PVP bouts, but that feature isn’t implemented just yet. It’s not just a fun boxing game; VBL is my new favorite cardio workout.<p>The game …

10 Types of Psychological Theories

The term <i>theory</i> is used with surprising frequency in everyday language. It is often used in to mean a guess, hunch, or supposition. You may even hear …

Psychology

The Puzzle of Consciousness

Over the latest 20 years ago, the field of consciousness studies has become increasingly popular, partly because some scientists believe that …