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The Best Science Books of 2014

On the heels of the year’s most intelligent and imaginative children’s books come the most stimulating science books published this annum. (Step into the nonfictional time machine by revisiting the selections for 2013, 2012, and 2011.)<p>1. THE ACCIDENTAL UNIVERSE<p><i>“If we ever reach the point where we</i> …

The myth of the eight-hour sleep

<b>We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.</b><p>In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people …

Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still

One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.<p>It started as a headache, but soon became much stranger. Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked …

Scientists figured out how shrooms open your mind

It’s one thing to say that psychedelic mushrooms "open your mind," but it’s another entirely to demonstrate its dream-like effects in a scientific study. Yet, that’s what one group of researchers appear to have achieved in a study published today in <i>Human Brain Mapping</i>.<p>these effects are akin to what …

Neuroscience: why do we see faces in everyday objects?

From Virgin Mary in a slice of toast to the appearance of a screaming face in a man’s testicles, David Robson explains why the brain constructs these illusions.<p>We are primed to see faces in every corner of the visual world.<p>It’s not often that you look at your meal to find it staring back at you. …

The Thirsty Mind

Kent Berridge, a psychologist at the University of Michigan, has spent more than thirty years trying to understand the biology of rewards. How and where do pleasure and motivation—the impulse to eat a piece of chocolate cake, say, or to resist it—arise in the brain? Berridge divides the components …

Can Psychedelics Expand Our Consciousness?

<i>"One of the great responsibilities we have as a society is to educate ourselves, along with the next generation, about which substances are worth ingesting and for what purpose and which are not. ... If I knew that either of my daughters would eventually develop a fondness for methamphetamine or</i> …

The Science of Humor and the Humor of Science: A Brilliant 1969 Reflection on Laughter as Self-Defense Against Automation

What, exactly, makes a joke funny? How does an intelligent joke remain a joke without diluting the intellectual and remain intelligent without compromising the funny? From the altogether fantastic 1973 volume <b>A Random Walk in Science</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a compendium of comments, both lighthearted and …

Why It's Awesome These Scientists Failed To Replicate Their Research

Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton published results damaging their earlier work. And their peers are praising them for it.<p>Science chases progress. Researchers live under pressure from grant agencies, their peers, and the public to produce exciting results. New finds make headlines; checking old …

Surge is Back but These Hilarious Amazon Customer Reviews are the Real Treat

by Gary Dudak Sep 16th, 2014<p>Thanks to the power of the Internet, social media and ’90s nostalgia that shows no sign of slowing down, the once-extinct …

The Leg Workout That Will Turn Your Lower Body to Jelly—in 15 Minutes!

Hit your legs from all angles with this quick, grueling circuit<p>Working your lower body is tough. The movements that train your quads, glutes, and hamstrings—like squats and lunges—require a ton of effort and a lot of willpower. No wonder leg day gets a bum rap.<p>But you don't have to spend 45 minutes …