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The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Al Gore

Are you promiscuous or faithful? Measure your index finger to find out

A new study of sexual attitudes reveals men and women are both just as likely to want a fling as they are a long-term partner<p>They say that men are from Mars and women are from Venus.<p>But when it comes to our attitude towards promiscuity, it turns out there is no such gender divide.<p>Both men and women …

What's in a Dream?

Not all dreaming is the same. Dreaming runs the gamut of human experience (and sometimes beyond), incorporating a dizzying range of emotions and events, often with elements of the bizarre. Dreams can be funny, frightening, sad and strange. Flying dreams can be euphoric; chasing dreams can be …

Sleep

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought

The genes that increase a person's risk of developing psychiatric illnesses work together in the body, geneticists say<p>Schizophrenia, depression, and bipolar disorder have more in common than previously thought. Not only are they linked through shared genes, the genetic mutations associated with …

Chinese attacks cost U.S. Defense Department over $100M

Chinese army hackers apparently caused more than $100 million worth of damage to U.S. Department of Defense networks, according to NSA research …

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Drugs

GOP Congress moves veto-bait bills on health care, pipeline

WASHINGTON (AP) — In command and ready for a fight, defiant Republicans ignored two White House veto threats and advanced bills in Congress Thursday …

Health Care

Porridge could be key to a long and healthy life, says Harvard University

Eating porridge, brown rice or corn each day could protect the heart against disease, Harvard University has found<p>A small bowl of porridge each day could be the key to a long and healthy life, after a major study by Harvard University found that whole grains reduce the risk of dying from heart …

US imposes sanctions on North Korea over Sony hack

The White House has officially responded to North Korea's alleged hacking of Sony Pictures, and its attempts to stop the release of the Sony film "The Interview," by imposing more restrictions on the already heavily sanctioned country.<p>President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday to …

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

How To Cure Garlic Breath

Thank you, science.<p>Counter to most vampire lore, there is no magic to the pungent odor of garlic. The stench is the result of four major sulfur-containing compounds, which, when ingested, move into the bloodstream and then out through the lungs and sweat glands. But that doesn’t make it any less …

Ohio State University

The 100 Greatest Innovations Of The Year

Popular Science's Best Of What's New Awards, all in one place<p>Each year, <i>Popular Science</i> picks the 100 greatest new innovations in technology to feature in our Best Of What's New issue. Discover the most exciting developments in consumer gadgets, sustainability, medicine, automobiles and more.<p>Follow …

Carnegie Mellon University

Health warning: Now e-cigarettes can give you malware

E-cigarettes may be better for your health than normal ones, but spare a thought for your poor computer – electronic cigarettes have become the latest vector for malicious software, according to online reports.<p>Many e-cigarettes can be charged over USB, either with a special cable, or by plugging …

Obama's big gamble

The president is betting immigration actions can re-energize a gloomy White House.<p>President Barack Obama’s going all-in in Las Vegas.<p>There are the political bets: that Republicans aren’t going to do anything for two years and their failure to address immigration will be a political killer in the …

Gorilla Glass 4 shouldn't shatter when you drop your phone

Plenty of mobile device screens can easily resist minor cracks and scratches, but let's be honest -- those aren't the biggest problems. No, the <i>real</i> crisis comes when you drop your phone and the display shatters into many pieces. Thankfully, Corning is tackling that accident-related damage in …

A Year In, The Xbox One Is Basically A Different Console

Sitting here at the year anniversary of Xbox One’s launch, we look at Microsoft’s console and examine a fateful quotation from Corporate Vice President Phil Harrison concerning the essential identity of his company’s new console:<p>“Xbox One is Kinect,” he said. “They are not separate systems. An Xbox …

The Big Future: What is the future of sex?

Sex is central to human life and has been from the very start, but the act and its aftermath aren't exactly perfect. Despite the technological advancements that have taken place over the course of the last century, people who don't want STIs or children still have to jump through a number of hoops …

Sex May Explain Why Men Have Superior Navigational Skills

Men are believed to have better spatial skills than women, but why?<p>A provocative new study suggests that it's all about sex and evolution: guys with good navigational skills had a big advantage because they were better able to find mates and father offspring.<p>"Navigation ability facilitates …

6 reasons religion may do more harm than good

<b>(Jaroslav74 via Shutterstock)</b><p>It’s hard to argue with some of these…<p>Valerie Tarico<p>November 17, 2014 3:55pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Most British people think religion causes more harm than good according to a survey commissioned by the Huffington Post. Surprisingly, even …

Modern slavery affects more than 35 million people, report finds

More than 35 million people around the world are trapped in a modern form of slavery, according to a report highlighting the prevalence of forced labour, human trafficking, forced marriages, debt bondage and commerical sexual exploitation.<p>The Walk Free Foundation (WFF), an Australia-based NGO that …

Iran and US close in on historic nuclear deal at Vienna talks

Iran, the US and other world powers meeting in Vienna this week are close to a historic, comprehensive agreement that could bring a permanent end to 12 years of deadlock over Iran’s nuclear programme.<p>With a deadline for the talks looming in a week’s time, diplomats are converging on the Austrian …

US scientists may have resolved 'Darwin's dilemma'

Charles Darwin worried about a possible hole in his theory of evolution, but some American scientists may just have plugged it. For about a billion years after the dawn of life on Earth, organisms didn't evolve all that much.<p>Then about 600 million years ago came the "Cambrian explosion." Everything …

Scientists Found Something Strange When They Looked At The Brains Of Stoners

First, you might notice that a critical part of the brain that helps us process emotions and make decisions appeared smaller than in the brains of the nonsmoker.<p>But you would see something else, too: that the connections passing through that region of the brain were stronger and thicker.<p>Thankfully, …

The Brain