Rafael Rivera

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Does autism arise because the brain is continually surprised?

<b>Originally published on Spectrum</b><p>Satsuki Ayaya remembers finding it hard to play with other children when she was young, as if a screen separated her …

Autism

A startup has created a performance-enhancing bottled 'superfuel' — here's what it's like to drink

HVMN, a startup building "human enhancement" technologies out of San Francisco, recently revealed that it is bringing one of the first commercial ketone esters to market. HVMN Ketone is an FDA-reviewed drink that claims to improve athletic ability, focus, and energy.<p>The drink contains 120 calories, …

Here’s Where You Can See Every Total Solar Eclipse for the Next 50 Years

A total solar eclipse will obscure the sun in parts of 14 states across the U.S. on Aug. 21, a rare event that’s been called the “Great American …

Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

Planets like earth may have had muddy origins

Scientists have long held the belief that planets – including Earth – were built from rocky asteroids, but new research challenges that …

Breakthroughs

Japan reveals its plans to send a manned mission to the moon

The space race may have begun with two major participants in the form of the United States and the Soviet Union (since reduced to Russia), but now, …

Space Exploration

This New Gene-Editing Technique Can Spot CRISPR’s Mistakes

Editing The Editor<p>The CRISPR gene-editing tool is already in use by scientists all over the world who are racing to cure deadly diseases by editing …

The Future of Deep Space Propulsion May Soon Be Radically Altered

According to several experts who testified before Congress this week, we may be on the cusp of advances that could dramatically transform how we fly …

Space Travel

We Can Now Build Biomolecules From Computer Code — No Humans Necessary

Digital-to-Biological Converter<p>People often describe DNA as the “blueprint” for life, and geneticist J. Craig Venter and his team at Synthetic …

Can we ditch dark energy by better understanding general relativity?

A renewed suggestion that dark energy may not be real — dispensing with 70% of the stuff in the universe — has reignited a longstanding debate.<p>Dark …

How quantum trickery can scramble cause and effect

Logic-defying experiments in quantum causality can twist the notion of time itself.<p>Albert Einstein is heading out for his daily stroll and has to …

A Groundbreaking Discovery Just Verified the Existence of Orbiting Supermassive Black Holes

Supermassive Orbit<p>Researchers at the University of New Mexico (UNM) have made an incredible discovery that could help us better understand not just …

Scientists Use Ancient DNA to Identify Bizarre Species That Baffled Darwin

What has a body like a humpless camel, legs like a skinny rhino, and a face like the short-trunked saiga antelope? Until only recently, the accepted …

Scientists Create a Specially-Made Fridge to Keep Quantum Computers From Melting

The First of Its Kind<p>We’re all familiar with the occasional heating from our gadgets and devices, especially when we ramp up usage. Usually, in the …

Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes

For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they’ve been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two …

Billion suns: Scientists create brightest light ever produced on Earth

Scientists have created the brightest light ever produced on the Earth, shining a billion times stronger than the surface of the sun.<p>And, when they …

Universe

A New Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Forever Change Life on Earth

CRISPR<p>The discovery of the gene-editing technology CRISPR came, in part, from Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, …

Two Conjectures Collide, Endangering the Naked Singularity

Physicists have wondered for decades whether infinitely dense points known as singularities can ever exist outside black holes, which would expose …

Quantum Mechanics

Scientists Film an Essential Process of Life for the First Time Ever, See Surprises

Researchers pulled off a first-ever scientific feat, recording video of a single DNA molecule replicating itself. All living organisms feature this …

Researchers Break a 100-Year-Old Fundamental Limitation of Physics

Breaking Limits<p>Researchers working at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) have successfully challenged a fundamental law that’s …