Wes Herrington

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How the most distant black hole ever could rewrite the history of the universe

Supermassive black holes lurk in every galaxy. As if their voracious appetite for matter and insane gravitational forces weren’t enough to make them …

Boy Missing Visual Section of His Brain Can Somehow Still See, Stunning Doctors

Our brains are seriously incredible.<p>A seven-year-old Australian boy who is missing most of his visual cortex has surprised doctors by being able to …

Neurology

The FDA has labeled ecstasy a "breakthrough therapy" for PTSD

From Illegal Drug to Legal Treatment<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), also …

President Nixon had this 'MOON DISASTER' speech ready in case Apollo 11 astronauts died

Forty-eight years ago this month, people around the world were glued to their TVs and radios as the first astronauts landed on the moon.<p>Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins — the crew of NASA's Apollo 11 mission — blasted into space atop a giant Saturn V rocket on July 16, 1969. About a …

Space Exploration

An Astronomer Has a Plan to Use The Sun's Gravity to Channel Video From The Stars

So crazy it just might work.<p>New research has demonstrated the feasibility of a rather creative solution to the challenge of sending large amounts of …

Why Humans Have Such Big Brains

The better to make friends with.<p>Humans are the only ultrasocial creature on the planet. We have outcompeted, interbred or even killed off all other …

Chronic nerve pain: Sensory neurons switch roles to transmit pain signals

Breaking research, published in the journal <i>Science</i>, demonstrates that touch-sensitive nerves switch teams and generate pain in chronic pain …

Nothing Escapes From A Black Hole, And Now Astronomers Have Proof

If you collect more and more matter in a small enough volume of space, it gets harder and harder to escape from its gravitational pull. Gather enough mass there, and you’ll find that the speed you’d need to reach in order to escape is greater than the speed of light! From within that region, escape …

Scientists One Step Closer To 3-D-Printed Ovaries To Treat Infertility

The list of things that can be created with 3-D printers keeps getting longer: jewelry, art, guns, food, medical devices and, now, mouse ovaries.<p>Scientists have used a 3-D printer to create a mouse ovary capable of producing healthy offspring. And researchers hope to create replacement human …

3D Printing

When Your Child Is a Psychopath

The condition has long been considered untreatable. Experts can spot it in a child as young as 3 or 4. But a new clinical approach offers hope.<p>This is a good day, Samantha tells me: 10 on a scale of 10. We’re sitting in a conference room at the San Marcos Treatment Center, just south of Austin, …

Empathy

Metacognition and the utility of Self-awareness

<b>Q. How do you define metacognition?</b> <br>Metacognition means thinking about thinking — the ability of the human brain to monitor its own cognition in …

The Brain

Scientists Find a Quasicrystal from Outer Space in a Russian Meteorite

How does an impossible material with forbidden symmetries form in the scattered grains of a meteorite? There’s no simple answer.<p>The phrase "quasicrystal from outer space" sounds like the title to a science fiction thriller with a New Age twist. But a study published Thursday in <i>Scientific Reports</i> …

Chemistry

Ask Ethan: What’s so ‘spooky’ about quantum entanglement?

It might have puzzled Einstein right up until his death, but that doesn’t mean you can’t understand it!<p><i>“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

Health Scan: Understanding the conscious mind

Health briefs from around the country.<p>An image of the human brain. (photo credit: REUTERS)<p>The brain is a very complex network containing some 100 …

How Astronomers Found Our Cosmic Address

Imagine visiting a far distant galaxy and addressing a postcard to your loved ones back home. You might begin with your house on your street in your …

Astrophysics

health

Health

Has a British engineer broken the laws of physics?

ROCKETS are spectacular examples of Isaac Newton’s third law of motion: that to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Throwing hot …

28 Pictures That Prove That Nothing Really Matters

It's freeing in a way.

Colder than empty space? How the Boomerang Nebula does it.

In the depths of intergalactic space, the Big Bang’s leftover glow is just 2.73 K. But this spot in our own galaxy is even colder.<p><i>“If you want your</i> …

Mysterious Radio Signals May Be 1 Billion Times More Energetic Than We Thought

Curious Space Oddities<p>Fast Radio Bursts (FRB) are astrophysical phenomena that manifest through millisecond-fast radio chirps that occur randomly. As …

A New Hypothesis That Challenges Einstein's Physics Could Soon Be Put to The Test

Is the speed of light really a constant?<p>The speed of light in a vacuum, or <i>c</i>, is pretty much the most fundamental constant in physics – and according …

Ultra-Faint Satellite Galaxy is a Clue to Understanding Dark Matter

There's a new guy in the galactic neighborhood — a small, ultra-faint satellite galaxy has been discovered orbiting the Milky Way.<p>Currently named …

Astronomers Have Discovered One of The Most Massive Objects in The Universe

It was hiding behind the Milky Way.<p>Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known …

"Strange Stars" Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

Physics tells us they could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other …

Physics

Scientists Just Discovered The Roundest Object in The Known Universe

The odds of it existing are mind-boggling.<p>Geometry is everywhere in nature - we see sixfold symmetry in snowflakes, fractal patterns in broccoli, and …

Universe

How does the CMB tell us what’s in the Universe?

The Big Bang’s leftover glow tells us a lot more than just where we came from.<p><i>“Cosmology is the study of the origin, evolution, and fate of objects</i> …

A material from shapeshifting planes could heal human flesh

What generates voltage when you warm it up, push on it, or blow on it?<p>Get your mind out of the gutter. The correct answer is polyvinylidene fluoride, a material NASA researchers have refined for use in morphing aircraft that shapeshift in response to their environment. But wait! There’s more: It …

Nanotech