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Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Consciousness

The origin of 'us': what we know so far about where we humans come from

The question of where we humans come from is one many people ask, and the answer is getting more complicated as new evidence is emerging all the time.<p>…

New Mexico Restores Evolution And Climate Change to Education Standards After Scientists Protest

Victory!

If You Want to Have Lucid Dreams, Here's a Tip From a Recent Study

We're so down for this.<p>Having a degree of control of our dreams while we're in the middle of them can be one hell of a fun ride, adding a vivid new …

Recruitment

Jeremy the lefty snail has now been rejected by two other lefty snails

Scientists found compatible mates for him, but they had sex with each other instead.<p>Jeremy is alone. He doesn’t fit in with the other snails. We mean that literally: his sex organs do not fit with other snails’ sex organs, so he has no one to mate with.<p>Poor little Jeremy’s sexy bits are on the left …

Become a Citizen Scientist During Total Solar Eclipse

Citizen Science

Is the Universe Conscious?

For centuries, modern science has been shrinking the gap between humans and the rest of the universe, from Isaac Newton showing that one set of laws applies equally to falling apples and orbiting moons to Carl Sagan intoning that “we are made of star stuff” — that the atoms of our bodies were …

Albert Einstein

We Aren’t Built to Live in the Moment

We are misnamed. We call ourselves Homo sapiens<i>,</i> the “wise man,” but that’s more of a boast than a description. What makes us wise? What sets us apart from other animals? Various answers have been proposed — language, tools, cooperation, culture, tasting bad to predators — but none is unique to …

Psychology

Thirty-Three Famous Physicists Sign Angry Letter About the Origin of the Universe

Cosmologists are in the business of figuring out how and why we got here. But if you call their work unscientific, you’re sure to set off a nerve.<p>A …

New Documentary Gives Scientific Proof That Sound Can Effect Consciousness in Extraordinary Ways | Spirit Science

Song of the New Earth is a new feature documentary about one man’s quest to integrate modern science and ancient mysticism through sound.<p>Tom Kenyon …

7 things we learned about trust in 'experts' from #ExpertDebate Week 2 (with images, tweets) · wellcometrust

Brian Greene on How Science Became a Political Prisoner

Brian Greene is one of <i>those</i> physicists. You know the type: Blessed with a brain capable of untangling the mysteries of the universe, and a knack for …

Poems of Space: Pioneering Astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell Burnell Reads “Halley’s Comet” by Stanley Kunitz

An ode to the transcendent meeting point of outer space and inner space.<p><i>“We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry,”</i> the trailblazing astronomer Maria Mitchell wrote in her diary in 1871 as she was paving the way for …

The March for Science was eerily religious.

Hundreds of thousands of self-professed science supporters turned out to over 600 iterations of the March for Science around the world this weekend. …

Delivering research impact that is aligned to social priorities requires public participation throughout the process

The notion that increased public participation is a key component of research impact has developed and gained traction. Indeed, recent analysis has …

Higher Education

The Artist Who Makes Bug Infestations Beautiful

Jennifer Angus has bought thousands of insects in her lifetime.<p>A close of up of a recent exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. (Photo: Roy …

Endangered Species

Can science 'enrich the understanding but rob the imagination?'

Science and wonder are entwined, but once we adopt the rational and systematic scientific mindset can we recapture our awe-filled sense of wonder?<p>As an evolutionary ecologist, I’ve spent decades delving into the luminous lives of fireflies, glow-worms, and their kin. Celebrated worldwide for their …

Albert Einstein

The 7 biggest problems facing science, according to 270 scientists - Vox

Science is in big trouble. Or so we’re told.<p>In the past several years, many scientists have become afflicted with a serious case of doubt — doubt in the very institution of science.<p>Explore the biggest challenges facing science, and how we can fix them:<p>Academia has a huge money problem<br>• Too many …

Pigeons Can Read A Little Bit, New Research Shows

I wonder if they read Popular Science<p>They might not always know the difference between a straw and a french fry, but pigeons can judge each other's leadership skills. They might also be able to read the news about their fallen leaders. Well, almost. How they learn to recognize words could provide …

Primates

Bright yellow dome home completed for Mama Dolfine's orphanage in Kenya

Remember the German kid who took his heart and mind to Kenya to build a school for Mama Dolfine's orphanage? Against a variety of odds, he and his …

Superhot

Neighborhood Unknowingly Destroys "Iconic" Earthquake Science Spot

This shifting curb kept track of a California fault<p>Some scientists are mourning the loss of a curb in California.<p>Across the bay from San Francisco, in Hayward, there once sat an earthquake scientist's mecca of sorts; a curb slowly pulled apart by the fault it straddled. City officials did their …

A civil servant missing most of his brain challenges our most basic theories of consciousness

Not much is definitively proven about consciousness, the awareness of one’s existence and surroundings, other than that it’s somehow linked to the brain. But theories as to how, exactly, grey matter generates consciousness are challenged when a fully-conscious man is found to be missing most of his …

Consciousness

Freezing point of caramel - Food Crumbles - The Food Science Blog

Not too long ago I got a question from someone who wanted to know the freezing point of caramel. Thinking about it, caramel in ice creams are just …

Dessert

Machine Wilderness: a world of ecological robotics

<i>Sketch for Machine Wilderness by Theun Karelse</i>Machines as we know them are man-made infrastructures that usually encroach into nature. They extend …

Habitats

Why City Sparrows Are Singing A Very Different Tune

If there’s any songbird that belongs downtown, it’s the sparrow. From the hot asphalt of Los Angeles to the high-rises of New York City, these cheery …

Carl Zimmer’s Brief Guide to Writing Explainers

<i>[Editors’ note: Every great science story is different, but there are some fundamentals that most of the best stories in any genre share. Today</i> The …

Black Holes