Autumn Wilkins

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7 Things That Show That Evolution Is An Actual Fact

If you're tired of arguing with people who don't understand evolution, here's the ammunition you need.<p>"The fossil record is incomplete! Where are the missing links?" ask creationists. Yes, the fossil record is "incomplete". The only way it could be "complete" would be if literally every single …

Hard Feelings: Science’s Struggle to Define Emotions

While it's possible for researchers to study facial expressions, brain patterns, behavior, and more, each of these is only part of a more elusive whole.<p>When Paul Ekman was a grad student in the 1950s, psychologists were mostly ignoring emotions. Most psychology research at the time was focused on …

This Idea Must Die: Some of the World’s Greatest Thinkers Each Select a Major Misconception Holding Us Back

From the self to left brain vs. right brain to romantic love, a catalog of broken theories that hold us back from the conquest of Truth.<p><i>“To kill an error is as good a service as, and sometimes even better than, the establishing of a new truth or fact,”</i> asserted Charles Darwin in one of the eleven …

Breakthroughs

Young Adults Most Worried About Vaccines, Poll Finds

Some 41 percent of people younger than 30 favor allowing parents to not vaccinate their kids.<p>Younger adults are more likely than older Americans to harbor doubts about getting their vaccinations, new Pew Research Center survey data reveals. Meanwhile, a U.S. measles outbreak this winter has revved …

Samsung smart TVs send unencrypted voice recognition data across internet

Researcher discovers that voice commands and their interpreted words are clearly visible to anyone attempting to look<p>Some Samsung smart TVs are sending users’ voice searches and data over the internet unencrypted, allowing hackers and snoopers to listen in on their activity.<p>The revelation comes 10 …

Psychedelic researcher says he believed LSD was dangerous ‘until I saw the science’

We are currently experiencing a “renaissance” in psychedelic research, as Michael Pollan writes in a recent issue of The New Yorker. Hallucinogenic …

Psychedelia

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

To Explain the World: the Discovery of Modern Science by Steven Weinberg, review: 'fascinating but unbalanced'

A sweeping account of the birth of modern science argues that physics and astronomy were the driving forces behind the revolution<p>There have been many accounts of the historical progression of our understanding of the world around us, especially focusing on the transformative developments that began …

Solar System

Positive Psychology Begets Positive Technology

And now I come to the close — the <i>coda</i> — of this five-part article on our evolving relationship with machines. In part one, I looked at the movie <i>Her,</i> presenting it as a contemporary take on the man-and-machine theme. Back in the 70s, it was “man versus machine.” Today, we are so attached to machines …

Eight habitable planets found orbiting distant suns in 'Goldilocks zone'

Astrophysicists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in Cambridge, US, have found eight new planets which could support life<p>Eight new ‘Earths’ which may hold liquid water and could sustain life has been spotted orbiting a distant sun in our galaxy.<p>The new worlds double the number of …

NHS DNA scheme to fight cancer and genetic diseases

<b>A new genetics project could help "unlock a series of secrets about devastating diseases", the NHS says.</b><p>Under the scheme, 11 Genomics Medicine Centres are being set up in English hospitals to gather DNA samples to help devise targeted treatments for a wide range of diseases.<p>It is focusing on cancer …

Genetics

Human cells make mouse brains 4 times smarter, scientists say

Pop culture is full of anthropomorphized mice that can drive boats, fall in love and hatch diabolical plans. None of them are real, but a mouse that …

Earth - Why is there something rather than nothing?

People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years. Pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in the hands of the gods - and philosophers have written reams on the subject. But science has had little …

New evidence of ancient multicellular life sets evolutionary timeline back 60 million years

(Phys.org) —A Virginia Tech geobiologist with collaborators from the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found evidence in the fossil record that …

Editing The Genes Of Superbugs To Turn Off Antibiotic Resistance

Fighting bacteria’s ability to fight<p>Over the past decade, deadly bacteria such as MRSA, <i>C. difficile</i>, and even tuberculosis have developed numerous mechanisms to keep themselves alive at all cost – mostly against antibiotics. Some bacteria have the ability to pump invading antibiotics out of their …

Genetics

The golden age of sexual taboos: How indie movies brought deranged sex acts to the big screen

<b>Charlotte Gainsbourg and Willem Dafoe in "Antichrist"</b><p>Indies have produced some of the most haunting, bizarre scenes of sexual behavior in the history of cinema<p>Gary M. Kramer<p>September 10, 2014 6:40pm (UTC)<p>I recently wrote an article on ethical dilemmas in torture porn and received some rather …

Sexy Playtime by Lee Chen Dao

View Gallery<p>Lee Chen Dao is a figurative painter based out of Taipei, Taiwan. His playful and vibrant oil paintings marry the sensuality of adult …

Watch a Faraday cage dress take a million volts of electricity

We get excited about Tesla coils, but they are pretty dangerous. Those long, stunning arcs of electrical power can cause you serious harm -- even death. Unless, that is, you are appropriately attired; and what could be more appropriate than haute couture?<p>Netherlands-based "fashiontech" designer …

LightFreq's Crazy Light Bulb Combined with a Speaker Lands on Kickstarter

We get a lot of crowdfunding pitches, but it’s not that often we get ones that promise to combine a fully smartphone-controllable light bulb with an HD audio speaker. The LightFreq promises exactly that, provided it reaches its $50,000 crowdfunding goal.<p>Although it sounds a bit odd at first, there …

NASA Telescope Observes Signal That Can't Be Explained By Known Physics

NASA researchers have stumbled upon a signal in the Perseus Cluster—one of the most massive known objects in the universe—that they say can’t be …

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How the moon lost its magic even before Apollo 11

Because it’s there? Motivation for the space race was conflicted <i>(Image: Yvonne De Rosa/Millennium Images)</i><p><i>In</i> No Requiem for the Space Age<i>, a new</i> …

Dubai to Create the World's First Climate-Controlled City

While some of the planet's richest nations are focused on the issue of climate change and how to lessen humanity's impact on the environment, …

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