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How Bomb Blasts Change Soldiers’ Brains

Explosions are the most common cause of brain injury for troops, but scientists aren’t exactly sure why.<p>Since the first Improvised Explosive Device …

Ocean Exploration

How DNA Could Replace Hard Drives

The capacity of our digital storage devices has skyrocketed in recent years. But there’s one storage medium that still kicks the crap out of our …

The cloth cap that could help treat depression

Barcelona’s Neuroelectrics develops soft helmet which examines brainwaves to help diagnose and treat conditions, from depression to strokes and maybe beyond<p>At first glance, the cloth cap produced by Barcelona-based Neuroelectrics looks less like a medical device than a hybrid of the headgear for a …

Can This Game Turn You Vegan?

The creator explains his provocative game where you're a cow who slaughters humans<p>The gaming world’s depiction of human violence is usually characterized as “glorifying,” however the internet definitely has an exception to that rule now with “That Cow Game”--a minimalist slaughterhouse simulator …

Richard Feynman’s Letter to His Departed Wife: “You, Dead, Are So Much Better Than Anyone Else Alive” (1946)

In June 1945, the 27-year-old physicist Richard Feynman lost his wife, Arline Feynman, to tuberculosis. Only 25 years old, she was Richard's …

The World Record for the Shortest Math Article: 2 Words

On Monday, on a lark, we posted what we thought was The Shortest-Known Paper Published in a Serious Math Journal. Two succinct sentences.<p>But then …

Monty Python’s Best Philosophy Sketches

From dead parrots to <i>The Meaning of Life</i>, Monty Python covered a lot of territory. Educated at Oxford and Cambridge, the Pythons made a habit of …

Albert Camus Wins the Nobel Prize & Sends a Letter of Gratitude to His Elementary School Teacher (1957)

What would you do if you won a Nobel Prize? Who would you thank? We've all wondered about it, perhaps not about the Nobel specifically, but about …

Literature

Does the Internet Threaten Creativity or Nurture It?

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of people who work in media, design, and the arts if the Internet is inspiring or stifling. For Kelly Leonard, of the improv institution The Second City, the advantage of the Internet is open communication: "The Internet is all about dialogue. …

Creativity

The Invisible Storm of the Neurotic Mind

Some people see threats even when none are present. Strangely, it can make them more creative.<p>For much of his life, Isaac Newton seemed like he was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. In 1693, the collapse finally arrived: After not sleeping for five days straight, Newton sent letters accusing his …

Psychology

When Robots Hallucinate

What do Google's trippy neural network-generated images tell us about the human mind?<p>When a collection of artificial brains at Google began generating psychedelic images from otherwise ordinary photos, engineers compared what they saw to dreamscapes. They named their image-generation technique …

Machine Learning

Meet the Guy Who Sorts All the World’s Numbers in His Attic

Author: Erica Klarreich. Erica Klarreich Science<p>Date of Publication: 08.22.15.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Related Galleries<p>Free Speech, Tech …

160 Years of Hurricanes in One Incredible Infographic

• Author: Grace Dobush. Grace Dobush Science<br>• Date of Publication: 08.27.15. 08.27.15<br>• Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>Advertisement<p>Related …

Science Has Its Problems, But the Web Could Be the Fix

For many researchers, the scientific method is as close to a religion as they'll ever get. The appeal is similar: The scientific method, rigorously …

Telemedicine Can't Help the People Who Need It the Most

For people living in Wyoming or South Dakota or rural Virginia, a trip to the cardiologist isn’t a simple undertaking. “They’re taking a whole day …

What Does Scientific Literacy Really Mean?

Let's look at the definition of literacy. If you type "define literacy" into Google, you get this:<p>lit·er·a·cy<br>/ˈlidərəsē,ˈlitrəsē/<i><br>noun</i><p>the ability to …

The Fully Immersive Mind of Oliver Sacks

<i>Pioneering neurologist and author Oliver Sacks died Sunday, August 30 at age 82. In his writings about patients' sometimes bizarre case studies—which</i> …

Temple Grandin on How Oliver Sacks Changed Her Life

Author: Sarah Zhang. Sarah Zhang Science<p>Date of Publication: 09.01.15.<p>Time of Publication: 3:07 pm. 3:07 pm<p>Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks passed …

John McAfee: "Antivirus is dead"

John McAfee, the outspoken ex-CEO of McAfee antivirus, was on Reddit today answering questions in /r/netsec.<p>The usually slightly off-kilter man was far more coherent than he normally appears online (NSFW link), giving an interesting range of answers to security issues in tech. One user asked what …

Ashley Madison

From Cyborgs to Nanobots: 5 Ways Scientists Hope to Achieve Immortality for Humanity

Is immortality within our reach? Maybe not yet, but we are definitely trying. While the new film "Self/Less" features an interesting science fiction …

Singularity

This man sells a kit that'll turn anyone into a 'cyborg'

Dangerous Things, which is an online biohacking store, has simplified the process of hacking the body by selling kits packed with the necessary supplies so that anyone can embed technology into their flesh.<p>For the last two years, Amal Graafstra, the founder and CEO of the Seattle-based company, has …

Singularity

iSkin On-Body Touch Sensors Sets New Meaning as Wearable Technology

Stretch it, wrap it, just do whatever you want to <b>iSkin</b>, it is flexible enough to follow your body curves. iSkin is a stretchable on-body touch …

Industrial Design

Extremist killing of atheist bloggers stirs panic in Bangladesh

The day he was hacked to death with a butcher's blade, Niloy Chatterjee slept in. Muslims in Bangladesh were preparing for Friday morning prayers but Mr. Chatterjee, an outspoken atheist, had no such demands on his time. He rose at 11 a.m. and walked to a nearby vegetable market while his wife of …