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A Classic Formula For Pi Was Discovered Hidden in Hydrogen Atoms

Two years ago ... this was an amazing find.<p>Back in 2015, scientists found something amazing for the first time - a classic formula for pi hidden in …

Keep Calm and Carry On: Is austerity nostalgia holding us back from a better future?

From the revival of baking, pickling and beards to the fetishisation of former public housing and terraces, austerity nostalgia has taken prominence …

5 Myths About Bitcoin You Need to Understand

Is it really using up the world's electricity?<p>This month, bitcoin, the digital currency launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, hit a record price of …

The Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2017

The trouble with the future is that it never seems to arrive. That’s why we call it the future. We consequently have this bad habit of taking the …

Surprise Ice Discovery Just Made That Interstellar Object Even More Confusing

Comet? Asteroid? (Aliens?)<p>When 'Oumuamua first came to the notice of astronomers, zooming into the Solar System from very, very far away, it was …

Why Is M-Theory the Leading Candidate for Theory of Everything?

The mother of all string theories passes a litmus test that, so far, no other candidate theory of quantum gravity has been able to match.<p>It’s not …

Here's How Being in Power Messes With Your Brain, According to Science

This is crazy.<p>From the bully on the playground to the big-wig in the corner office, power dynamics are everywhere in our lives.<p>A flood of allegations …

California advises against keeping your phone in your pocket

Whether or not anyone accepts the advice is another matter.<p>The jury is still out on whether or not cellphone radiation is bad for you, but California's Department of Public Health isn't taking any chances. The agency just issued an advisory that suggests residents should take steps to limit their …

Humans probably won't ever live forever — and new genetic discoveries might explain why

There's a limit to the human lifespan and physical abilities, and a multidisciplinary team of researchers say that we may have already reached this threshold. Sadly, it's one that we may not be able to exceed. Indeed, signs point to a plateau in maximum genetic and biological limits for a person's …

New quantum machines make first discoveries

Two teams of physicists have built the largest controlled quantum simulators yet, which allowed them to determine how matter can behave at the …

Science And The Mystery Of The Mind

Last week, my <i>13.7</i> co-blogger Tania Lombrozo reported on a study she developed with graduate student Sara Gottlieb on whether science can explain the human mind.<p>As Tania wrote, this was a survey-based study asking the participants "whether they thought it was possible for science to one day fully …

34 new Netflix original shows and movies will debut in December – here’s the full list

This has been a fantastic year for Netflix, both on the business side of things and in terms of the company’s efforts with original content. So many …

Kevin Spacey embroiled in Hollywood's latest sexual misconduct scandal

(Reuters) - Actor Kevin Spacey has apologized for an alleged attempt to seduce a 14-year-old boy more than 30 years ago, an encounter the two-time Oscar winner denied recalling but attributed to drunkenness as he also came out as a gay man on Twitter.<p>But rather than tempering an uproar over the …

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

SAN FRANCISCO — We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving. All this artificial intelligence requires an enormous amount of computing power, stretching the limits of even the most modern …

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Is electroconvulsive therapy barbaric or life saving? Here’s my experience with ECT

<b>When electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) was featured on Call The Midwife, I was involved in a thread on Facebook initiated by a friend who stated they</b> …

What causes depression? What we know, don’t know and suspect

The term and even diagnosis of “depression” can have different meanings and consequences. Depression can be a normal mood state, a clinical disorder, …

After Charlottesville, tech divided on Trump councils

In the wake of the tragedy in Virginia, several tech leaders serving on advisory boards for President Donald Trump appear to be standing pat.<p>This comes after Kenneth Frazier, CEO of pharmaceutical giant Merck, resigned Monday from the Presidential Committee on American Manufacturing, saying in a …

Nutritionist Weighs in on Thirst-Quenching 'Gatorade' of Beers

Could salty beer really replace sports drinks?<p>In April, a Notre Dame senior named Emmet Farnan running a half-marathon handicapped himself by …

Bitcoin Streaks To $4,300 Mark, Continuing Meteoric Rise

After soaring to $4,000 on exchange markets over the weekend, the bitcoin cryptocurrency is continuing to rise, topping a record $4,300 on Monday — nearly $1,000 above its rate one week ago, according to data from the Coinbase currency exchange.<p>Bitcoin settled back under the $4,300 mark after …

The Weird, Hard Psychological Truth About Why We Fall in Love

There's no magic.<p>Remember being a kid and realizing for the first time that the person you had a giant, heart-thumping crush on didn’t feel the same …

The History of Smartphones

In 1926, during an interview for Collier magazine, legendary scientist and inventor Nikola Tesla described a piece of technology that would …

Chinese Researchers Just Unveiled the World’s Largest Virtual Universe Simulation

Out of This World Computing<p>If you enjoy roaming around open world video games, take a moment to consider a virtual environment comprising the entire …

This Is The Most Detailed Map Yet of The Universe's Dark Matter

10 times bigger than the last one.<p>New research conducted as a part of the ongoing Dark Energy Survey (DES) has used the way mass distorts light to …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 59 – Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold (1869)

Arnold caught the public mood with this high-minded but entertaining critique of Victorian society, posing questions about the art of civilised living that still perplex us today<p>In 1848, a year of European revolutions, Matthew Arnold, the eldest son of a celebrated Victorian headmaster, voiced …

Who should be allowed to use CRISPR?

Exclusive agreements with private companies could delay vital research<p>This week saw a resolution to the grueling legal battle between the University of California at Berkeley and the Broad Institute over the discovery of the novel, cheap, and easy-to-use gene-editing technique known as CRISPR. The …

The Success of Horses Suggests a Key Assumption About Evolution Could Be Wrong

It's more complicated than we thought.<p>Scientists have made some big assumptions when it comes to explaining the rapid evolutionary success of horses …

The Universe Is as Spooky as Einstein Thought

In a brilliant new experiment, physicists have confirmed one of the most mysterious laws of the cosmos.<p>There might be no getting around what Albert Einstein called “spooky action at a distance.” With an experiment described this week in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>—a feat that involved harnessing …