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These 5 movies on Netflix will open your eyes about how food is really made

Where does your food come from? What's in it?<p>It'll take more than a glance at the label to see what's actually in your food. And that's the problem. As we've made certain foods cheaper and more readily available, we've distanced ourselves from its production, letting the fast food and sugar …

Scientists discover how to 'upload knowledge to your brain'

Feeding knowledge directly into your brain, just like in sci-fi classic The Matrix, could soon take as much effort as falling asleep, scientists believe.<p>Researchers claim to have developed a simulator which can feed information directly into a person’s brain and teach them new skills in a shorter …

Smart Science: Wolbachia Bacteria Might Stop Zika and Dengue Viruses

A funny-sounding bacteria that you’ve never heard of—<i>Wolbachia</i>—will likely be an important weapon in the fight against Zika, dengue and other viruses plaguing the tropics. These arbovirus infections have been exploding in Latin America and the Caribbean and scientists are scrambling to stop the …

8 "Fake It ‘Til You Make It" Strategies Backed by Science

Trying to fake your way to success seems dubious at best and delusional at worst. And yet, there is plenty of science that proves you can actually …

Two years ago the discovery of the Higgs boson was announced. What's new?

The Large Hadron Collider, in its 27km tunnel under the Franco-Swiss border, has been under maintenance since early 2013. No particles have been colliding, and no new data have been flowing through the high-bandwidth cables spreading across the world ready to feed eager physicists with new …

Nano-Robots That Compute With DNA Installed Into Living Cockroach

Gives a whole new meaning to the term "computer bug."<p>Scientists have inserted DNA-based nanobots into a living cockroach, which are able to perform logical operations. Researchers say the nanobots could eventually be able to carry out complex programs, to diagnose and treat disease.<p>These DNA …

Meet the hardware, software and science projects bound for the International Space Station this month

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>After problems forced a delay from a scheduled launch this weekend, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off later …

Amazon Prime Air: Delivery by Drones Could Arrive As Early as 2015

For the next few weeks UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service will be working overtime to make sure you get your holiday gifts on time, but if Amazon …

Optical Illusion Paintings Distort Ideas of Reality

In a continuation of his intriguing <i>Millenium</i> series, Armenian artist Tigran Tsitoghdzyan developed a number of oil paintings that will force your eyes to make sense of the distortions. The artist painted stunning portraits along the most unexpected surface, creating a surreal illusion of …

Two billion planets in our galaxy may be suitable for life

Our galaxy probably contains at least two billion planets that, like Earth, have liquid water on their surfaces and orbit around their parent stars in the "habitable zone" for life. The nearest, according to astronomers, could be a mere 12 light years away.<p>A new study, published on Monday in the …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

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Common Blue Pigment Could Help Make A Quantum Computer

Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary<p>Sometimes you just have to look around. A new analysis of a common blue pigment—it's used in the British five-pound note—found it has some unusual properties that make it a candidate semiconductor for quantum computers.<p>Researchers from the U.K. and Canada …

Scientists discover DNA body clock

A US scientist has discovered an internal body clock based on DNA that measures the biological age of our tissues and organs.<p>The clock shows that while many healthy tissues age at the same rate as the body as a whole, some of them age much faster or slower. The age of diseased organs varied hugely, …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

Beer Experts Say These Are The 20 Best Beers In The World

Stanford University computer science post-doc Julian McAuley and assistant professor Jure Leskovec released a paper earlier this year outlining how our tastes change as we consume more products and gain more expertise.<p>Their theory was the more experience we have, the more we will like certain …

Keeping your laptop plugged in all the time will kill its battery faster

Laptops are our indispensable lifeline to the majesty that is the internet. We use them to work and play from anywhere in the world. But if you're …

Pizza, programming, and starting an industry: Bill Gates, the college years

Bill Gates' presence as a titan of the computing industry is now taken for granted, but before all that he was just a (rather extraordinary) college student. Biographer Walter Isaacson takes a look at the software mogul's earlier years at Harvard for the <i>Harvard Gazette</i>. It's a look back at a human …

Stephen Hawking: brain could exist outside body

Stephen Hawking has said he believes brains could exist independently of the body, but that the idea of a conventional afterlife is a fairy tale.<p>Speaking at the premiere of a documentary film about his life, the theoretical physicist said: "I think the brain is like a program in the mind, which is …

Jagerbomb Jell-O Shots Recipe To Make For Your Next Party (PHOTO)

We know most people cringe with not-so-fond memories of bright red, green and yellow Jell-O shots scraped from little plastic cups in college. The kind that we ate way too many of in a single night and instantly regretted the next day. But guys, it's time to reconsider this college classic. Jell-O …

Monkeys Understand Basic Forms Of Wealth

When the money is water, "wealthier" monkeys take more risks. Which makes them a decent model for human behavior.<p>Much like their human cousins, wealthy primates are more likely to monkey around with their money, says a new study on how monkeys perceive wealth and risk.<p>Currency means little to a …

Let This Gorgeous Chart From 1944 Teach You About Electromagnetic Radiation

Everything you need to know about electromagnetic waves in one poster<p>Reflection, refraction, diffraction, oh my! Dive into the wonderful world of electromagnetic radiation--i.e., the energy that travels through space in waves, like x-rays, microwaves and good old visible light.<p>Lawrence Livermore …

What do we really know about the effects of screen time on mental health?

Public Health England this week announced that too much time in front of TV and computer screens is causing increasing psychological problems, such as depression and anxiety, in children. The report, which can be found here, suggests that the amount of time spent playing computer games was …

World's first 3D-printed rifle gets update, fires 14 shots

A Canadian tinkerer who previously claimed to have created the world's first 3D-printed rifle, only to see the barrel crack upon its first videotaped test firing, has now created an updated version of the gun that was able to fire 14 rounds before suffering damage. The riflemaker, who goes by the …

This Climate Fix Might Be Decades Ahead Of Its Time

Every year, people add 30 billion tons of carbon dioxide to the air, mostly by burning fossil fuels. That's contributing to climate change. A few scientists have been dreaming about ways to pull some of that CO2 out of the air, but face stiff skepticism and major hurdles. This is the story of one …

Edith Heard: 'We can't undo what our parents have given us in terms of our genes'

When something isn't working, Edith Heard is the kind of person who will try to fix it. And at the top of her list might well be the reputation of …

NASA funds 3D food printer, pizza is the first item on the menu

Last week we had lab-grown burgers; this week it's powdered pizza. NASA's gotten in on the synthesized food action by awarding a $125,000 grant to Anjan Contractor, head of Systems & Materials Research Corporation, to develop a 3D food printer. The first device Contractor plans to build under the …

Cloning technique produces human stem cells for the first time

Researchers say they have finally managed to use cloning technology to make human embryos and grow stem cells from them in the hopes of making perfectly matched grow-your-own tissue transplants.<p>They used a human egg cell and parts of a human skin cell to grow a very early human embryo, then …