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Is There Really A Cosmological Constant? Or Is Dark Energy Changing With Time?

According to physics, the universe and everything in it can be explained by just a handful of equations. They’re difficult equations, all right, but their simplest feature is also the most mysterious one. The equations contain a few dozen parameters that are – for all we presently know – …

Equations

US Military Is Close to Selecting Builder for XS-1 Space Plane

The U.S. military's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will soon select a company to build its robotic XS-1 space plane, according to …

Free online courses will teach anyone DNA sequencing

If you want to change the yeast in beer or splice genes in an organism, this is the intro class for you.<p>It's never been easier to learn how to code using online resources, and that's not limited to computer programming. You know what else is code? DNA, which scientists have been modifying in …

John Oliver sits down with the Dalai Lama and wow, it's good

Here's an interview we didn't know we needed.<p><i>Last Week Tonight</i> host John Oliver discusses the persecution Tibetan Buddhists have suffered by the …

China

​DNA data storage landmark: Now it's 215 petabytes per gram or over 100 million movies

Synthetic DNA could be the answer to the world's accelerating data-storage needs, and now researchers have shown that it can have a much higher …

Genetics

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

<i>How did a Massachusetts woman end up with two electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a</i> …

A slightly serious habitability ranking of TRAPPIST-1's planets

The discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a (relatively) nearby dwarf star raises plenty of questions. Could they possibly harbor liquid …

Habitable Zone

A Giant Neuron Has Been Found Wrapped Around The Entire Circumference of The Brain

This could be where consciousness forms.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected a giant neuron wrapped around the entire circumference of a …

Are We Simulated Beings Living in a Simulated Universe?

Features<p>Is the universe real? Or are all the stars and planets (including Earth and everything and everyone on it) just simulations in some colossal video game? What sounds like a silly question is actually one that some scientists have begun to take seriously.<p>It’s hard to come up with a way to …

Universe

I look like a self-made millionaire. But I owe my success to privilege.

I am a millionaire. The first in my family. A self-made success. It’s the story we love to tell ourselves in America about how anyone can make it. Except it’s not true. The reality is that most entrepreneurs — myself included — are the product of generations of privilege that enable success. You …

5 Ways Psychopaths Use Emotional Intelligence, According to Science

Knowing how psychopaths use emotion can help you protect yourself.<p>For most of us, the label "psychopath" summons images of cold-blooded serial killers. But psychopathy is a complex condition that scientists still struggle to fully understand.<p>Professor Robert Hare has spent his life studying …

Heaven help us — George Carlin was right: Donald Trump is America

<b>Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures during a campaign rally at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, in Eau Claire, Wis.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke) (AP)</b><p>As a wise comedian says, we must own Trump — he didn’t fall from the sky and, yes, he is a reflection our …

Harvard Scientists Think They've Pinpointed The Physical Source of Consciousness

Is this where awareness lives?<p>Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness - the awareness of one's existence. Despite …

Apple Music and Spotify offer user-uploaded remixes

Apple Music and Spotify have started offering users access to unofficial, user-uploaded music remixes, courtesy of a deal with Dubset Media Holdings.<p>The company uses algorithms to sort out licensing and royalty payments for musical remixes. It’s an incredibly complicated problem to tackle, since a …

Apple Music

7 Habits of a Happy Brain

Make this part of each day and you'll like the results:<p><b>Remember that you have power to build new pathways in your brain. (</b>But it takes more …

17 Wise Quotes That Will Make You Remarkably Happy

Sometimes the wise words of others can brighten your day, and make you really happy.<p>Whoever doesn't think wisdom is the way to inner peace is definitely wrong. Reading calming words can do wonders for our psyche--calming us while simultaneously making us happy deep inside.<p>Read on to discover 17 …

The skills you should learn if you want to be happy, according to research

"All of the work that we and other colleagues [have done] leads us to this inevitable conclusion ...well-being is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello," Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin and author of "The Emotional Life …

A Better Kind of Happiness

Nearly two and a half millennia ago, Aristotle triggered a revolution in happiness. At the time, Greek philosophers were trying hard to define precisely what this state of being was. Some contended that it sprang from hedonism, the pursuit of sensual pleasure. Others argued from the perspective of …

Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos for the second time

With the same limitations as last year's breakthrough work<p>Scientists in China have reported genetically modifying human embryos in what is only the second published experiment of its kind. Last year, a different team of Chinese researchers edited human embryos in an attempt to remove genes …

It’s not an email scam, people, Nigeria really is sending an astronaut into space

This week, Nigeria said it would send an astronaut into space by the year 2030. The news was not, as you may have suspected, an update of a widely circulated scam on Facebook which claimed a Nigerian astronaut was lost in space. Instead Nigeria’s science and technology minister Ogbonnaya Onu said …

Here's Proof Mental Illness Is Not Someone's Fault

Let's set the record straight, shall we?<p>You wouldn't tell someone with cancer to just "get over" their illness, so why aren't people with mental health disorders afforded the same courtesy?<p>A common plague of mental health stigma is the idea that the disorders are a fallacy that's "all in a person's …

Gravitational waves explained

A century after Albert Einstein rewrote our understanding of space and time, physicists have confirmed one of the most elusive predictions of his …

10 Brazilian Music Acts to Know - PAPER

It's no secret that Brazil is a hotbed of music innovation whose insane gene pool comes from multiculturally diverse and distinct traditions like samba (in its many variations), bossa nova, mangue beat, forró, frevó, jovem guarda, clube da esquina, sertanejo, maracatú, MPB (Brazilian pop), …

There is now statistical proof that your friends are happier than you

Ever feel jealous of your friends? Do you worry that they're happier, more fulfilled or more successful than you? Bad news: a new equation has found …

Natural Happiness: The Truth About Exercise and Depression

Whatever you choose, pick it now, start small, and begin proving to yourself that you can become the type of person you want to become. Tiny habits, when repeated consistently, can be the difference success or failure, confidence or doubt, and even happiness or depression.<p>We all <i>want</i> to be happy.<p>But …

Self-confidence

How Power Naps Are Related to Near-Death Experiences

“The Nightmare” by John Henry Fuseli is thought to be a depiction of sleep paralysis. (Photo: Public Domain/Wikipedia Commons)<p>Before you are even …

How DNA and 'recreational genealogy' is making a case for reparations for slavery

Alondra Nelson, academic who was at the forefront of Afrofuturism, has a new book on how DNA can help descendants of slaves seeking compensation<p>More than a decade in the writing, scholar Alondra Nelson’s new book The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations and Reconciliation After the Genome has been …

Brain's Memory Capacity Rivals World Wide Web

Neuroscientists say the human brain can store 10 times more information than previously thought.<p>The researchers calculated the amount of storage by measuring connections between brain cells, then translated that number into bytes, the units of computer memory. One byte consists of 8 bits (each with …

Humanity