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This tiny bit of the brain could offer clues about addiction

It's responsible for getting you to stop doing things.<p>Neuroscientists know a lot about what happens in the brain when someone decides to do something, like reach for a cookie on the office snack table. What they’re less certain about, though, is what happens when someone starts to do something, and …

See the World's First Floating Wind Farm

By creating wind turbines that float, engineers have new possibilities for where they can generate power.<p>Scotland is known for picturesque highlands and tartan-wearing highlanders, but now the country boasts the world's first floating wind farm. The large turbines are floating in the North Sea, 15 …

Hydroelectric Power

In His New Book, Noam Chomsky Takes a Look at Income Inequality

<i>Noam Chomsky’s new book,</i> Requiem for the American Dream: The Ten Principles of Concentration of Wealth and Power, <i>based on the film of the same name,</i> …

Ancient stone carvings confirm how comet struck Earth in 10,950BC, sparking the rise of civilisations

Ancient stone carvings confirm that a comet struck the Earth around 11,000BC, a devastating event which wiped out woolly mammoths and sparked the rise of civilisations.<p>Experts at the University of Edinburgh analysed mysterious symbols carved onto stone pillars at Gobekli Tepe in southern Turkey, to …

Moving Toward Understanding Consciousness

If you stop and think about it, the idea that you could understand a complex system by detailed description of one its parts is crazy on the face of it.<p>You are unlikely to get too much insight into the principles organizing flocking behavior in birds by confining your attention to what is going on …

The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing …

Amazon Deforestation, Once Tamed, Comes Roaring Back

COLONIA BERLIN, Bolivia — A few months ago, a representative from Cargill traveled to this remote colony in Bolivia’s eastern lowlands in the southernmost reaches of the vast Amazon River basin with an enticing offer.<p>The American agricultural giant wanted to buy soybeans from the Mennonite …

Growing Massive Fruit Trees in Aquaponics

Posted by Ecofilms on Aug 7, 2010 in Aquaponics, Plant Growth | 8 comments<p>We’ve all heard of growing vegetables in Aquaponics but what about Fruit …

Isaac Asimov wrote almost 500 books in his lifetime—these are the six ways he did it

If there’s one word to describe Isaac Asimov, it’s “prolific.”<p>To match the number of novels, letters, essays, and other scribblings Asimov produced in his lifetime, you would have to write a full-length novel every two weeks for <i>25 years</i>.<p>Why was Asimov able to have so many good ideas when the rest …

Science Fiction

In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?<p>Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist at the …

Diabetes

7 Surprising Facts About Creativity, According To Science

The brain’s creative circuitry holds some unexpected secrets that scientists are only just beginning to understand.<p>Daydreaming. Horsing around. Aimless wandering. A sudden, traumatic loss. So many things that seem to conjure an automatic, negative connotation can actually have an …

Where has this Amazing Comic Book Art Been all My Life?

<i>I</i> won’t pretend to be a comic book connoisseur. My brother and I collected <i>Tintin</i> books for our father to read to us before bedtime and well, that’s …

Tabletop Whale

<b>Tabletop Whale</b> is an original science illustration blog.<p>Made with love by a biology grad student at the University of Washington. Charts, …

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I know, they go on as before. They don’t …

Botany

It’s a game where you’re unlikely to meet other players, no one will win and it will take over four billion years to explore it all. And that’s why it’s the most anticipated title for decades.<p>Sean Murray is sweating in an Uber cab as it lurches to the staccato rhythm of Los Angeles traffic. The …

No Man's Sky

Singapore’s forced housing integration fueled its economic success

Singapore’s economic achievements are impressive. A nation roughly the size of Manhattan, it still consistently ranks among the top five richest countries in the world. However, the international media rarely focuses on Singapore’s success as an ethnically diverse and inclusive society, …

The Pentagon Wants to Bomb the Hell Out of This Tiny Pacific Island

Residents of the Northern Mariana Islands, as well as the Sierra Club and other environmental groups, strongly oppose the U.S. military’s plans for …

Military

Top tribal conservation skills

—<br>Awá man making arrows, Brazil. The Awá have an intimate knowledge of their rainforest and are extremely skilled hunters.<br>© Survival International<p>Awá …

Farming in the Sky

Why agriculture may someday take place in towers, not fields<p>A couple of Octobers ago, I found myself standing on a 5,000-acre cotton crop in the outskirts of Lubbock, Texas, shoulder-to-shoulder with a third-generation cotton farmer. He swept his arm across the flat, brown horizon of his field, …

Urban Agriculture

When Rivers Look Like Subway Systems

These maps of intersecting waterbodies will make you think twice about where yours comes from.<p>The work of Wisconsin-based cartographer Daniel Huffman strikes a particular chord in the map-lover’s heart. On an Internet brimming with sleek, sharp geo-visualizations, Huffman’s maps offer a sweetly …

Time-Lapse Shows Rescued Puppy Growing Into Adulthood on a Treadmill

When filmmaker Dave Meinert rescued a sick four-week old Great Dane puppy named Pegasus from an careless breeder, he wasn’t expecting her to live …

Time-lapse Photography

US5676550A - Plate tectonic earth planet model

BACKGROUND<p>1. Field of Invention<p>The present invention relates generally to a model construction, specifically to an innovative Earth planet model …

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

Shocking Secrets of the Processed Food Industry

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>You've probably heard that avoiding processed foods is one of the keys to staying healthy, but do you understand why, exactly?<p>Scottish …

How Microsoft's HoloLens Works Its Holographic Magic

The clever tricks of technology and science behind the holograms<p>Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced a crazy-sounding, ambitious holodeck for your face. The HoloLens is a computer on your head, but it's not a virtual reality headset and there are no wires nor a bulky PC to tether yourself to. …

Augmented Reality

Cómo abrochar mañana un pantalón que no cierra hoy (literal)

¿Es posible salir de la cama más delgado de lo que se acostó el día antes? Siete claves para deshincharse mientras duerme<p>Sucede a menudo. Nos …

Epically awesome photos of Mars

Since 2006, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft has been orbiting Mars snapping pictures of the surface with its HiRISE camera.<p>Here is a collection of some of the most incredible images the camera has taken over the years.<p>The HiRISE images shown here have false coloring that highlights …

10 Great Agriculture Infographics

Infographics have grown leaps and bounds beyond the PowerPoint SmartArt of yesteryear. Charts and bubbles have given way to dynamic representations …

Visualizing East Asia's Explosive Urban Growth

A winning data visualization highlights the successes—and perils—of the recent East Asian city boom.<p>In January, the World Bank released a monster report—an eBook, really—on the rise of urban East Asia. Between 2000 and 2010, the international financial institution reported, nearly 200 million …

Urbanization