Robert Esquibel

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10 Mind-Bending Implications of the Many Worlds Theory

In quantum physics—the scientific study of the nature of physical reality—there is plenty of room for interpretation within the realm of what is …

How the Heart Is Like a ‘Little Brain’: Which Is Really in Control?

Modern science has verified what the ancients believed about one’s heart—that the heart is a center of higher wisdom. It can actually remember things …

Born Wet, Human Babies Are 75 Percent Water. Then Comes The Drying

Look at this baby.<p>Lovely, no? Now think of this baby abstractly — as a sack of hundreds of millions of atoms. Here's the atomic formula for a new human being, arranged by elements, according to scientist Neil Shubin.<p>Notice that the two most plentiful atoms are H (hydrogen) and O (oxygen) which …

Is it OK to torture or murder a robot?

We form such strong emotional bonds with machines that people can’t be cruel to them even though they know they are not alive. So should robots have rights?<p>Kate Darling likes to ask you to do terrible things to cute robots. At a workshop she organised this year, Darling asked people to play with a …

Secrets for booking an affordable hotel stay

Take advantage of these new websites and the power of social media to find a better deal when you book a hotel.<p><b>Getting More For Less</b><p>Consider buying your airfare and hotel room as a package from sites like Expedia, Orbitz, or Travelocity. A recent search saved 20 percent versus booking the two …

Hundreds of strange metallic spheres found in ancient Mexican temple

Hundreds of strange metallic-looking spheres of unknown origin and purpose have been discovered by archaeologists exploring the ruins of an ancient Mesoamerican temple in Mexico, <i>Discovery News</i> reports. The spheres were uncovered by a camera-equipped robotic exploration rover on the floor of two …

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 …

New Mexico

Everything you know about dinosaurs is wrong: Tour guide sets you straight

When it comes to dinosaurs and other prehistoric monsters, even the experts can get things wrong — as dino-fanatic Brian Switek explains in his tour guide to the paleontological frontier.<p>The righting of wrongness begins with the title of Switek's book: "My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road With Old …

Scientists find key to ageing process in hypothalamus

Scientists have found a biological command centre for the ageing process in a lump of brain the size of a nut.<p>The US team identified the mechanism in …

Carousing in the cocktail capital of South America

Starting 28 April, Buenos Aires is hosting Tales of the Cocktail, a renowned New Orleans festival that is bringing its love for all things mixology south of the equator.<p>Like many cities around the world, Buenos Aires has recently seen a rise in the art of mixology, with bars offering delicately …

Argentina

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Japanese noodles for beginners

<i>This is an excerpt from the Eating chapter of Lonely Planet's</i> <i>Tokyo</i> <i>guide.</i><p>It’s hard to imagine how Tokyo could function without noodles. From traditional Japanese staples such as <i>soba</i> and <i>udon</i> to that much beloved Chinese import that is <i>rāmen</i>, Tokyoites slurp down an impressive amount of noodles in …

Cycling one of the world's most famous pilgrimages

The Camino de Santiago, an 800km journey across Spain that attracts about 180,000 pilgrims each year, is not just limited to walkers.

Hiking

Killer cure: why is the US creating new viruses and stockpiling the vaccines?

Controversial research on bird flu resumes, along with a Bush-era biodefense program<p>Is the US government prepared to respond to a major biological weapons attack or lethal outbreak of disease in this country? If you look at one effort — a quietly growing national stockpile of vaccines and drug …

The deadly bean: why ricin is used for bioterror

It's easy to make, but it's also not very effective as a biological weapon, scientists say<p>There was scarcely time to process the fatal Boston Marathon bombings on Monday when the news broke late yesterday afternoon that a letter mailed to Republican Senator Roger Wicker had tested positive for …

Everything You Need To Know About Ricin, The Poison Mailed To President Obama

Ricin is one of the most poisonous substances on Earth, it's scarily easy to make, and somebody is mailing it to the President and at least one U.S. senator. What it is, how it works, and more, inside.<p>Yesterday, an envelope addressed to Senator Roger Wicker, Republican of Mississippi, was found to …

Tanzania's Maasai battle game hunters for grazing land

<b>In a remote corner of northern Tanzania, Boeing 747 planes land on a private airstrip, trucks with United Arab Emirates (UAE) number plates drive across the plains, and anyone with a cell phone receives an unlikely text message:</b><p>"Dear guest, welcome to UAE."<p>For centuries, the sprawling savannah in …

Wildlife

A little stress can make brains sharper

<b>UC BERKELEY (US) —</b> Acute stress that’s short-lived, not chronic, primes the brain for improved performance, according to new research.<p>“You always …

Humans Share Microbiomes With Their Dogs, Study Finds

You have a lot more in common with Fido than you think.<p>You know you share genes with your biological parents and kids, but what about microbes? A new study finds that families share skin, tongue and gut microbes with each other... and their dogs.<p>The study shows how the people and pets you live with …

Bacteria On Dog Lovers' Skin Reveal Their Affection

Well, it looks like there really is such as thing as a dog person.<p>Humans who share their homes with canines also share the similar bacterial houseguests on their skin, ecologists reported Tuesday in the journal <i>eLIFE</i>.<p>In fact, two dog owners who don't even know each other have about as many of the …

Stonehenge occupied 5,000 years earlier than previously thought

Stonehenge may have been occupied five thousand years earlier than previously thought, archaeologists claim.<p>Excavation of a site just a mile from the stone structure provided what researchers claim is the first firm evidence of continuous occupation from as early as 7,500BC.<p>Earlier evidence had …

Beer, dopamine and brain scans make an intoxicating mix

It's been a long day at work, followed by a long workout. I'm tired, and all I really want is to relax with a beer. I grab one out of the fridge and …

What Is Beauty? : TED Radio Hour : NPR

Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.

When Do Babies Become Conscious?

For everyone who's looked into an infant's sparkling eyes and wondered what goes on in its little fuzzy head, there's now an answer. New research …

Sleeping on it helps memories stick

<b>NORTHWESTERN (US) —</b> Rehearsing memories, during either sleep or waking, can affect what is remembered later, new research reveals.<p>The study, …

Solar cell coating could break efficiency barrier, researchers claim

A new technique to produce solar cells might one day yield devices that boast significantly greater efficiency — long a holy grail in the development of commercial solar panels.<p>Researchers at MIT say they've successfully harnessed an obscure technique, called "singlet exciton fission," that would …

Pick An App Just By Thinking About It With Samsung's Mind-Controlled Tablet

For when touchscreens will be *so 2010s*<p>One of my friends already thinks that people look silly holding up tablets to take photos, so I'm not sure what he'd think of using a tablet with a wire-covered EEG cap on. The experience might be worth the side-eyes, though: Samsung is researching a system …

To the moon? Bigelow Aerospace and NASA look at private exploration

Bigelow Aerospace and NASA say they've agreed to look at ways for private ventures to contribute to human exploration missions, perhaps including construction of a moon base. But the space agency emphasized that it's keeping its own focus squarely on corraling an asteroid and then going to Mars.<p>"As …

Monkeys, Mai Tais And Us

Some of us can't say no — and I'm using "us" in the broadest sense, to include not just humans, but wallabies, fruit flies, birds and monkeys. We can't control our appetites.<p>There are monkeys, Charles Darwin wrote in his book <i>The Descent of Man</i>, who "have a strong taste for tea, coffee, and …