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A Rare Element From The Edge of The Periodic Table Is Breaking Quantum Mechanics

This is amazing.<p>There's a lot we don't know about the actinides. On the periodic table, this series of heavy, radioactive elements hangs at the …

Quantum Mechanics

Does the Human Brain Operate Outside of the Laws of Physics?

It was the eminent French philosopher and mathematician René Descartes who first suggested that the human mind may operate outside of the physical …

I Draw Thousands Of Tiny Dots To Create These Wild Illustrations

My name is Thiago Bianchini and I am an illustrator and graphic designer. Two years ago I started creating this series of illustrations using …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Dementia

Google CEO Backs Apple in FBI Fight Over Cracking San Bernardino Gunman's iPhone

Google's chief executive sided with rival Apple on Wednesday in its battle with a judge who ordered it to help the FBI access information on the encrypted iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.<p>Sundar Pichai, head of the search titan, directed followers to Apple Chief Executive Tim …

Catch of the day: mathematician nets weird, complex fish

Young maths whizz from Iran uses simple equations to paint stunning images that bizarrely look like marine objects, and makes a fractal Africa<p>Hamid Naderi Yeganeh, a 24-year-old maths student at the University of Qom, Iran, spends his time looking for mathematical shapes.<p>His method is a bit like …

The Great Moon Hoax of 1835 (text)

Rich People Are Less Sad—But They Aren't Any Happier Than The Rest Of Us

Life is a little less miserable when you can throw money at your problems.<p>There is a lot of research to suggest that richer people are more satisfied with their lives than poorer people, at least up to a certain point when their most important needs are met. But life satisfaction is different from …

Saudi blogger receives first 50 lashes of sentence for 'insulting Islam'

A Saudi blogger convicted of insulting Islam was brought after Friday prayers to a public square in the port city of Jeddah and flogged 50 times before hundreds of spectators, a witness to the lashing said.<p>The witness said Raif Badawi’s feet and hands were shackled during the flogging but his face …

Saudi Arabia

Locked Away for Years, Skeleton's Secrets Rewrite Prehistory of North America

People came to the New World thousands of years earlier and by different means of locomotion than expected, says the Sherlock Holmes of old bones.<p>In the summer of 1996, while wading in the shallows of the Columbia River near Kennewick, Washington, two students stumbled onto a skeleton. Dated to …

Artificial intelligence could spell end of human race – Stephen Hawking

Technology will eventually become self-aware and supersede humanity, says astrophysicist<p>The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race, Professor Stephen Hawking has said.<p>The famous astrophysicist said he believed technology would eventually become self-aware and …

3 Ways to Guarantee Good Exposures

There is no excuse for coming home from a photo shoot to discover that your images are over or under exposed. Your camera’s light meter will guide …

Photography

Top 10 Tips on How to Take a Great Photo

1) Start with a clear view. This first tip might sound very obvious, but it is key to make sure your camera lens is clean and if you are using a …

Time passes more slowly for flies, study finds

Flies avoid being swatted in just the same way Keanu Reeves dodges flying bullets in the movie The Matrix – by watching time pass slowly.<p>To the insect, that rolled-up newspaper moving at lightning speed might as well be inching through thick treacle.<p>Like Reeves standing back and side-stepping …

Graffiti Birds Emerge in Brazil Through Fragmented Lines

Brazilian street artist Luis Seven Martins, aka L7m, recently created this gorgeous series of graffiti birds, where the large, feathered creatures emerge on the streets of Sao Paolo, Brazil. The combination of realism and abstraction blur together to form the wide array of creative birds.<p>Each large …

Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie

Three myths your teachers told you about how your brain learns, debunked<p>When I was in middle school and high school, teachers loved to impart various tidbits of wisdom about the way students learn during lectures, always couched in such a way as to indicate these were scientifically accepted facts.</i> …

Voyager 1 leaves solar system

Carrying the images, sounds and technology of the 1970s, the space probe Voyager 1 has left our solar system and begun a journey that will take it to interstellar space and possibly other life forms.<p>Equipped with an eight-track tape recorder, computers with 240,000 times less memory than an iPhone …

10 Fascinating Photographs that Look Like Paintings

While we've all seen our fair share of hyperrealistic and photorealistic art, or paintings and sculptures that look amazingly like photographs, it's not too often that we come across photos that look like paintings. Throughout the five-plus years we've been around, we've seen these unbelievable …

Mexico City

Did You Know The World's First Ford Mustang Owner Was A Woman?

Mustang will celebrate its 50th anniversary in April, and Ford is planning much to celebrate. Including trickling out long-held information from the Detroit archives.<p>One recent discovery is interesting. Did you know the first-ever owner of a Ford Mustang was a 22-year-old Chicago schoolteacher who …

Right Brain, Left Brain? Scientists Debunk Popular Theory

Maybe you're "right-brained": creative, artistic, an open-minded thinker who perceives things in subjective terms. Or perhaps you're more of a "left-brained" person, where you're analytical, good at tasks that require attention to detail, and more logically minded.<p>It turns out, though, that this …

Peru: alarm over appearance of isolated Mashco-Piro tribe

Members of an indigenous tribe that has long lived in voluntary isolation in Peru's south-eastern Amazon have attempted to make contact with outsiders for a second time since 2011, leading to a tense standoff at a river hamlet.<p>Authorities are unsure what provoked the three-day encounter but say the …

The mystery of monogamy: scientists claim to have the answer

As an enduring mystery of the human condition, it has been praised and damned in equal measure. It is a bridge over the abyss of isolation but can be …

Mapping the Brain in Unprecedented Detail

While the federal government begins a major project to map the brain, scientists are unravel more about how the brain is built and how to treat it.<p><b>At Stanford researchers have developed</b> a technique to make the brain see-through, allowing them to trace individual neurons, and their sometimes …

Waking up to the link between a faulty body clock and mental illness

Our lives are ruled by time and we use time to tell us what to do. But the digital alarm clock that wakes us in the morning and the wrist-watch that …

FBI hair analysis may have falsely convicted thousands, including some on death row

Over 2,000 cases up for review in 'unprecedented' internal investigation<p>The FBI will examine hair sample evidence from more than 2,000 cases dating as far back as 1985. <i>McClatchy</i> reports that under the initiative the bureau will investigate cases in which hair samples helped secure convictions, …

Nicolas Cage: 'People think I'm not in on the joke'

To start with, the thing most often said of Nicolas Cage: he <i>is</i> weird-looking, with constituent parts that don't promise to add up to a movie star. …