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Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Maps of neural circuitry show women's brains are suited to social skills and memory, men's perception and co-ordination<p>Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of …

APOD: A Laser Strike at the Galactic Center (2013 Dec 01) Image Credit: Yuri Beletsky (ESO) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131201.html Explanation: Why are these people shooting a powerful laser into the center of our Galaxy? Fortunately, this is not meant to be the first step in a Galactic war. Rather, astronomers at the Very Large Telescope (VLT) site in Chile are trying to measure the distortions of Earth's ever changing atmosphere. Constant imaging of high-altitude atoms excited by the laser -- which appear like an artificial star -- allow astronomers to instantly measure atmospheric blurring. This information is fed back to a VLT telescope mirror which is then slightly deformed to minimize this blurring. In this case, a VLT was observing our Galaxy's center, and so Earth's atmospheric blurring in that direction was needed. As for inter-galaxy warfare, when viewed from our Galaxy's center, no casualties are expected. In fact, the light from this powerful laser would combine with light from our Sun to together appear only as bright as a faint and distant star. http://www.eso.org/public/images/potw1036a/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131201 #APOD

Hypnosis: You are getting sleepy ... and calm, and thin, and ...

Ever wonder why some people, even under adverse circumstances, set goals and achieve them effortlessly? Some of them, undoubtedly, are hard-wired to succeed. They just set themselves in a direction and their mind handles the rest.<p>But that ability is atypical; most of us, at one time or another, are …

Comet Ison appears to survive close encounter with the sun

Solar visit threatened to vaporise the comet but the remnant may be visible from Earth in December<p>Comet Ison appears to have survived a close encounter with the sun that had threatened to vaporise it. The remnant could now go on to be visible from Earth in December, but astronomers do not know how …

"The Human 'Super Brain' Emerged 75,000 Years Ago" --New Insights (Holiday Weekend Feature)

There is abundant fossil and archaeological evidence for the evolution of the human mind, including its unique power to create a potentially infinite …

The Tail's The Tell: Dog Wags Can Mean Friend Or Foe

Dogs can pick up emotional cues from another dog by watching the direction of its wagging tail, a new study suggests.<p>In a series of lab experiments, dogs got anxious when they saw an image of a dog wagging its tail to its left side. But when they saw a dog wagging its tail to its right side, they …

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 – winning pictures

Australian photographer Mark Gee has beaten more than a thousand amateur and professional photographers from around the planet to win the title Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013. The competition is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich and BBC Sky at Night Magazine. The winners, runners-up …

Badgerlands: The Twilight World of Britain's Most Enigmatic Animal by Patrick Barkham – review

Hugh Warwick on Patrick Barkham's well-timed, well-balanced look at both sides of the badger debate<p>I doubt that Patrick Barkham is as calculating as the arrival of <i>Badgerlands</i> would suggest, but this is a very well-timed book. The start of the badger cull has thrust the animal back into the public …

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2013 Surf City Surf Dog competition in Huntington Beach

Action shots of the wipeouts and whimpering of the wet dogs at the 5th Annual Surf Dog competition at Huntington Beach. Also see photos from last year’s event and 2011.<p><i>Follow Bryan Chan on Twitter @bryanchanphoto</i>

The Habits Of Supremely Happy People

Martin Seligman, the father of positive psychology, theorizes that while 60 percent of happiness is determined by our genetics and environment, the remaining 40 percent is up to us.<p>In his 2004 Ted Talk, Seligman describes three different kinds of happy lives: The pleasant life, in which you fill …

Cape Romaine Sunrise, 200 seconds

Lukas Farlan Photography

Photograph Lukas Farlan offers us snapshots of incredible beauty. Particularly good for capturing landscapes, the artist living in Italy comes with a …

13 Everyday Phrases That Actually Came From Shakespeare

Whether a fan or not though, you probably use many of Shakespeare's phrases on a regular basis.<p>Here's a list of 13 popular, albeit strange, sayings The Bard coined. In fact, we say or write some of these so often, they've become clichés.<p><b>1. "Green-eyed monster"</b><p>Meaning: jealousy.<p>In "Othello," Iago …

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11 Fun Facts About the Beatles

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are remembered for their instrumental roles in launching the British invasion and …

17 Words that Describe Themselves

Most words have a rather abstract connection to the things they describe. The word “yellow” is not actually yellow. The word “square” is not a …

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Can You Make It Through This Post Without Your Brain Melting?

We doubt it.

Light Paintings by Janne Parviainen

The Most Spectacular Astronomy Images of the Past Year

There were thousands of entries this year to the Royal Observatory Greenwich's Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 competition. These awe …

Mars-1: paintings from outer-space by Mario Martinez

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Iceland

A Brief Visual History of Space and Astronomy in 250 Milestones

<i>“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena,”</i> Carl Sagan marveled in his iconic <i>Pale Blue Dot</i>. But how, exactly, did that arena come to be and what else populates its decor?<p>In <b>The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy</b> (<i>public</i> …

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5 Great Skincare Tips (From 100 Years Ago)

Beautiful skin. It's not a vanity to desire it. In fact, doing whatever you can to get it may very well be God's will. Marie Montaigne explains in …