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Did Religions Arise From Our Misunderstanding of Human Consciousness?

Humans have been claiming to hear the voice of God for eons, but one psychologist's controversial theory disputes whether we ever heard it at all. …

How to Delete Yourself from the Internet

Americans love the Internet, with 87% of us active online. We have accounts everywhere, letting us kill time at work on Facebook, check Twitter for …

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Scientists figured out how shrooms open your mind

It’s one thing to say that psychedelic mushrooms "open your mind," but it’s another entirely to demonstrate its dream-like effects in a scientific study. Yet, that’s what one group of researchers appear to have achieved in a study published today in <i>Human Brain Mapping</i>.<p>these effects are akin to what …

New Super-Strong, Self-Healing, Infinitely Recyclable Polymers Will Change How We Make Things

Recycling valuable chip components inside our electronics could suddenly become a lot more doable–and that’s just the beginning.<p>It’s nearly impossible to go through a day without encountering polymers–molecules that play a part in paint, plastic, food packaging, car and plane parts, clothes, cell …

Pouring Saltwater Over Graphene Generates Electricity

A team of Chinese scientists did an impossible-sounding thing. They created electricity simply by dragging a droplet of saltwater across a layer of …

New solar system edge and speculations on an undiscovered planet

The new most-distant object in our solar system is 2012 VP113, whose closest point to the sun is about 80 times the Earth-sun distance.<p>Our solar …

Newly Discovered Dwarf Planet Hints at 'Super Earth' in Far Reaches of Solar System

There's more to the solar system beyond Pluto's orbit. Researchers have discovered a new dwarf planet nearly 7.5 billion miles away from the sun.<p>Even …

Big Bang Discovery Opens Doors to the "Multiverse"

Gravitational waves detected in the aftermath of the Big Bang suggest one universe just might not be enough.<p>Bored with your old dimensions—up and down, right and left, and back and forth? So tiresome. Take heart, folks. The latest news from Big Bang cosmologists offers us some relief from our …

This Is Your Brain On No Sleep

If you’ve been skipping sleep, thinking you’ll make up for it on weekends, here’s some bad news. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University have found that chronic sleep loss may actually lead to irreversible damage to and loss of brain cells.<p>“We live in a society where each …

No More Knife: The Stem-Cell Shortcut To Injury Recovery

Stephan Drake was halfway down a backcountry ski run in Alaska last March, filming with Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia, when he aired over a steep spine onto an unexpected wind crust. The snow grabbed his right ski and Drake felt the unmistakable <i>snap!</i> of his knee ripping apart as he rolled …

Americans surveyed: misunderstood, misrepresented or ignorant?

Following the results of the poll suggesting a quarter of Americans do not know the Earth circles the Sun, we look at some other examples of surprising US survey results<p>When <b>Newsweek</b>set 1,000 <b>Americans</b> the challenge of completing their country’s citizenship test, 29 percent could not name the current …

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Daniel Kahneman changed the way we think about thinking. But what do other thinkers think of him?

'He revolutionised large parts of psychology'<p><b>Steven Pinker</b> <b>is a psychology professor at Harvard University. He is frequently named one of the world's top intellectuals and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer prize.</b><p>I've called Daniel Kahneman the world's most influential living psychologist …

Watch the intricate dance of objects levitated by sound

Just as loud noises can make small objects jitter on a table, powerful acoustic vibrations can lift things like toothpicks or water droplets into mid-air. Rather than just letting them levitate, though, researchers from the University of Tokyo and Nagoya Institute of Technology set tiny particles …

How Neuroscience Will Fight Five Age-Old Afflictions

Rewiring the brain to battle seizures, blindness, and more<p>1) SEIZURES<p><b>A device delivers targeted drugs to calm overactive neurons</b><p>For years, large clinical trials have treated people with epilepsy using so-called deep-brain stimulation: surgically implanted electrodes that can detect a seizure and …

The Chinese village with the secret to long life

Her T-shirted charges trailing behind her, the young guide swept into Huang Puxin's home and flicked her tour flag towards the centenarian, who was waiting on the sofa beneath a giant bas-relief inscribed with the word "longevity". "The old man is 113," she mumbled into her headset, turning …

Toe bone DNA reveals Neanderthal interbreeding

Using DNA extracted from a woman’s toe bone that dates back 50,000 years, scientists find evidence for a long history of interbreeding among at least …

Why is time slower in rockets?

Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

<b>Listen · 4:01</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Veterans who smoke marijuana to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder may be onto something. There's growing evidence that pot can affect brain circuits involved in PTSD.<p>Experiments in animals show that tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that …

Does reading actually change the brain?

After reading a novel, actual changes linger in the brain, at least for a few days, report researchers.<p>Their findings, that reading a novel may cause …

NASA lays out long-term vision for astrophysics

A new year is a good time to make long-term plans, and NASA has jumped into the deep end of planning. On 20 December the US space agency’s …

APOD: The Bubble Nebula (2013 Dec 14) Image Credit & Copyright: J-P Metsävainio (Astro Anarchy) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131214.html Explanation: Blown by the wind from a massive star, this interstellar apparition has a surprisingly familiar shape. Cataloged as NGC 7635, it is also known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Although it looks delicate, the 10 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Above and right of the Bubble's center is a hot, O star, several hundred thousand times more luminous and around 45 times more massive than the Sun. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from that star has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The intriguing Bubble Nebula lies a mere 11,000 light-years away toward the boastful constellation Cassiopeia. This natural looking view of the cosmic bubble is composed from narrowband image data, also used to create a 3D model. http://www.astroanarchy.blogspot.com/ Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131214 #APOD

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The Week In Numbers: A Real Jetpack, The Dangers Of Laughing, And More

<b>63 miles per hour</b>: the speed of the P12 Jetpack, a personal flight device that can reach 8,000 feet<p><b>50 hours</b>: the time it took electrical engineer Chris Fenton to build this 3-D printed, hand-cranked calculator that uses punch cards, string, and rubber bands to execute functions (video)<p><b>2018</b>: the …