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'Seveneves' Blows Up The Moon — And That's Just The Beginning

"The moon blew up with no warning and with no apparent reason."<p>That's the beginning of Neal Stephenson's newest epic, <i>Seveneves</i>. And in terms of opening hooks, it's up there. I mean, he isn't destroying LA or merely reducing some single nation to slag. No, Stephenson goes old-school mad scientist — …

Acupuncture De Qi Sensations Now Quantifiable

A major technology university has scientifically measured unique brain responses to manual acupuncture stimulation. De qi, sensations induced by …

4 Ways to Be Gender Inclusive When Discussing Abortion

Remember basic diversity training: Not all women can have/want to have children. Not everyone who gives birth identifies as a woman. Health clinics …

Brand new brain myths to keep neurobloggers in work

One of the best things about being a neuroscientist used to be the aura of mystery around it. It was once so mysterious that some people didn’t even know it was a thing. When I first went to university and people asked what I studied, they thought I was saying I was a “Euroscientist”, which is …

Volcanoes In Iceland, Papua New Guinea Keep Residents On Edge

Two volcanoes half a world apart are causing havoc today: Several flights have been diverted around an eruption in Papua New Guinea, and authorities in Iceland briefly put aviation on highest alert (again) owing to a temperamental Mount Bardarbunga, which has been rumbling for the past week.<p>Mount …

Using light, scientists make bad memories good in mice

Can a bad memory be turned into a good one? Scientists say they've been able to do just that in a group of mice by activating certain parts of their brain with light.<p>The findings in the journal Nature show that memories can potentially be modified without drugs or extra training -- simply, if …

The Brain

Children killed in Gaza playground shelling

Missiles have struck several sites in Gaza, including a park inside a refugee camp and an outpatient building of the strip's largest hospital, disrupting a relative lull at the start of the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday.<p>Eight people, including seven children, died following missile fire on a park …

Comic-Con's dark side: Harassment amid the fantasy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Amid the costumes and fantasy of this weekend's Comic-Con convention, a group of young women drew widespread attention to a very …

The Comic-Con Trailer For ‘Gotham’ Shows Us How Penguin Got The Name

Before Warner and DC Comics kick off their panel and premiere screening in Hall H tonight, they dropped a new trailer for Batman prequel TV show <i>Gotham</i>. We had heard The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) steals the show in the first episode, so it appears they wanted to play into their strengths for this …

'Avengers 2' Comic-Con Footage Offers 'Darker,' 'Incredible' Look At 'Age Of Ultron'

During Marvel's Comic-Con panel on Saturday night at the San Diego Convention Center, studio boss Kevin Feige and the cast of "Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron" unveiled new footage from the forthcoming sequel. The follow-up to "Marvel's The Avengers," the 2012 blockbuster that earned more than …