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For engineering students, a lesson in caring? - Futurity

An engineering education at college may foster a “culture of disengagement” regarding issues of public welfare, new research suggests.

Education

Scientists Develop 3-D Video Game to Improve Brain Skills

According to a new study, multitasking can cause the brain to slow down in processing stimuli, such as car horns and traffic lights.<p>Scientists at the …

The Brain

Truman Show Syndrome: Why People Think They're Living In A Reality Show

Sufferers of the "Truman Show" syndrome imagine a world where everyone is watching them. And they're just barely wrong.<p>What do you do when delusions and paranoia look an awful lot like the real world?<p>That's at least one question raised by a <i>New Yorker</i> article out this week on the "Truman Show" …

Computer can read letters directly from the brain

A new method of analyzing MRI brain images enables researchers to determine which letter a test subject was looking at.<p>By analyzing MRI images of the …

The Brain

Primary Perception: 'The Secret Life of Plants' (Part 1 of 2)

There exists a body of research poised to rend apart our modern paradigms—revealing consciousness in places we might not have expected it, and …

Gardening

How Does a Transistor Work?

New theory upends view of how brain is wired - Futurity

COLUMBIA U. (US) — The long-held view of how signals move through the cerebral cortex …

Science Slams - how do they work? | Herbi Dreiner | Life & Physics

Recently I was standing on a stage in Dortmund, Germany. The setting was fabulous, the Stahlhalle of the DASA, the German research organization for …

Electric shock makes others look more attractive - Futurity

CALTECH (US) — People judged faces as more attractive after their brains were stimulated with …

Science

Decoding 'the Most Complex Object in the Universe'

The human brain contains some 100 billion neurons, which together form a network of Internet-like complexity. Christof Koch, chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, calls the brain "the most complex object in the known universe," and he's mapping its connections in hopes …

Bill Gates invests in academic social network ResearchGate, report claims

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>When it emerged last month that the academic social network ResearchGate had raised $20 million, the most significant missing …

How to decide if a daily aspirin is harmful - Futurity

U. FLORIDA (US) — A new algorithm outlines factors doctors should consider when deciding whether …

Medicine

Forget sex: how the idea behind Bang with Friends could revolutionize social interaction

Apple's Find My Friends, a mostly-unrelated concept.<p>Perhaps you've heard of Bang With Friends. It's a rather controversial thing. Simply put, it's a Facebook and mobile app that lets you pick which of your friends you'd like to "bang." Oh, but it's more clever than that: the app won't reveal your …

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CIA Official Breaks Silence on UFOs (+Video)

WASHINGTON—In a gripping testimonial, an ailing former member of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has talked via video for the first time …

Paranormal

The man who lives without food

Rob Rhinehart has replaced all his meals with a nutrient-rich shake he calls ‘Soylent’. Is it dangerous? Or the future of food? Will Storr reports.<p><b>Last Christmas, Rob Rhinehart</b> realised that <b>food</b> doesn’t work. At least, not very well. Its function is to deliver the energy and nutrition that the body …

Nutrition

Hundreds of possible ways to starve cancer - Futurity

COLUMBIA U. (US) — An analysis of gene expression from 22 types of tumors has …

Cancer

Neuroscientists brainstorm goals for US brain-mapping initiative

More than 150 neuroscientists descended on Arlington, Virginia this week to begin planning the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative …

How plants respond to positive vibes: 'Talking' mechanism is a mystery - Cosmic Log

The University of Western Australia's Monica Gagliano studies how plants communicate with each other.<p>Studies show that basil gives a boost to chili peppers, while fennel is a real bummer. The effect has been seen even when the plants are sealed off from each other with sheets of black plastic. So …

Guideposts in silicone unravel neuron growth - Futurity

BROWN (US) — By guiding nerve cells’ growth, scientists have optimized the branching, tendrilous neurons …

Neuroscience

Google's Deep Learning project and the search for a brain-like computer

Stanford Professor Andrew Ng is bringing back the idea of an artificial intelligence that can think like a person. With Google's Deep Learning project, he's creating machines that take a multi-layered approach to information, building up knowledge and figuring out concepts by passing data between …

NiteCore TM26 Tiny Monster Flashlight Kicks out Insane 3500 Lumens - Technabob

You know how your mother always told you not to stare into the Sun? Well, the same guidance holds true with this small flashlight that can blast out …

Say Hello To Handle, The New Task Management App From Key Siri Investor

A new email and task management app has launched. Handle is a Web-based service with iOS companion app from Siri investor Shawn Carolan. The service, …

Desert Glass Formed by Ancient Atomic Bombs?

<i>“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”</i> —The Bhagavad Gita<p>Seven years after the nuclear tests in Alamogordo, New Mexico, Dr. J. Robert …

Mojave Desert

New advances with E. coli bacteria could eventually improve biofuel production

Currently, producing fuel directly from biological products can lead to some tough choices. The resulting biofuel usually either needs to be mixed with regular petroleum or the vehicles themselves need to be modified to work with it. New research published recently details the work of scientists to …

Metamaterial Can Squirt A Magnetic Field Through A Hose

Magnetic fields normally wane as distance increases, but a new hose changes things.<p>Electromagnetic waves can travel over long distances without interruption. But magnetism, the field that attracts or repels objects, only works at close range. Now a team of Spanish and German researchers proves …

This Device Turns A Charcoal Stove Into A Cell Phone Charger

Also it might provide electricity to the undeveloped world.<p>VOTO is a new device that turns fire into a power source for cell phones. Now, where there's fire, there can be modern civilization!<p>The key is a fire-activated fuel cell. The fuel-cell end of the device is placed into a stove, below the …

How to Build a Starship

PopMech designs a craft that can deliver passengers to a distant star. Launch date: 2112. Hop in.

Proxima Centauri

Why the Navy Wants to Fall in Love With Laser Weapons

Beam weapons promise to counter potential enemies' newest tools—like drones and missiles—and do it on the cheap. But are these weapons ready for prime time?<p><b>As most of the Pentagon development</b> programs wring their hands with budget worries, there is one area of research that is celebrating a banner …

Military