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Tying loose ends? Gravitational waves could solve string theory, study claims

New paper suggests that the hotly contested physics thesis, which involves the existence of six ‘extra dimensions’, may be settled by cutting-edge laser detectors<p>String theory makes the grand promise of weaving together all of physics into a single sublime framework. The only downside is that …

Physics

‘It's a superpower’: meet the empaths paid to read your mind

They feel your pain as if it were their own – and charge you £200 an hour to do so. Why has empathy become such a prized commodity?<p>It is late on Friday at Piper’s diner in Koreatown, Los Angeles. David Sauvage, a slight 36-year-old man with an arresting stare, is preparing to empathise with me. …

Los Angeles

Are You Sure You're Not Racist?

When my son was 4, we were crossing the Dartmouth campus when we passed an African-American student. “Mommy,” Kyle asked, “Who is the tan man?” He …

AT&T Is Spying on Americans for Profit

On Nov. 11, 2013, Victorville, California, sheriff’s deputies and a coroner responded to a motorcyclist’s report of human remains outside of …

Surveillance

Researchers accidentally turn carbon dioxide into ethanol

They basically put a genie back in its bottle.<p>Science has a long and storied history of looking for one thing but finding something better instead. Penicillin, radioactivity, science boxes...I mean microwave ovens -- all of these discoveries came in the the search for something else. On Monday, …

This Pig Preserve In Tennessee Shows How Pigs Should Live

If you passed Richard Hoyle on the street, you'd never guess that he's a long-time vegan and animal rights activist. Nearing his 70th birthday, Richard is a self-described "crusty old conservative." He's also eloquent, wise, humble, and funny.<p>But you probably won't pass Richard Hoyle on the street, …

How Does Molecular Action In The Brain Make Thoughts?

I start with a remarkable quote:<p>"The passage from the physics of the brain to the corresponding facts of consciousness is unthinkable. Granted that a definite thought, and a definite molecular action in the brain occur simultaneously, we do not possess the intellectual organ, nor apparently any …

How Ancient Civilizations Fathomed The Unfathomable

The Mayans, Eastern Indians, and other ancient cultures knew things (celestial mechanics, perspectives on quantum physics, architecture, etc.) that to us seem unimaginable for those times. How could they have possibly known those things? Where did their knowledge come from? Could there be an …

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Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

Turning healthy ingredients into a vibrant dinner always feels a little magical to me. These sweet potato and black bean tacos are just such a …

25 Secrets of spiritual struggle that Jesus revealed to St. Faustina

How to protect yourself from demon attacks<p><i></i><b>In Cracow-Pradnik, June 2, 1938</b>, the Lord Jesus directed a young Polish Sister of Mercy on a three-day …

See Robert De Niro Eviscerate Trump: ‘I’d Like to Punch Him in the Face’

Robert De Niro eviscerates Donald Trump in a new video where the actor says of the beleaguered candidate, “He talks how he wants to punch people in …

Baltimore Surveillance Plane Took One Million Photos Over The Last 10 Months

The secret program was revealed in a police press conference.<p>Baltimore Police on Friday released data showing that a surveillance plane secretly flew over the city roughly 100 times, taking more than 1 million snapshots of the streets below.<p>Police held a news conference where they released logs …

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A year ago, scientists cracked one of Einstein's greatest mysteries — now a bizarre new form of astronomy is emerging

It was the first evidence of gravitational waves— ripples in the fabric of space that careen across the universe, right through everything and everyone.<p>Einstein first predicted their existence 100 years ago, yet the famous scientist doubted we'd ever find any.<p>However, scientists from the Laser …

Gravitational Waves

Opinion | The Quietus Essay | Love's Secret Ascension: Coil, Coltrane The 70th Birthday Of LSD

Author and new Quietus writer Peter Bebergal celebrates the original synthesis of LSD with a thoughtful look at acid and transcendent, magickal …

3 Skills That All Emotionally Intelligent People Master

There are very many benefits to EI.<p><i>How can we improve our emotional intelligence, and what are the benefits? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by Chade-Meng Tan, co-chair of a Nobel Peace</b> …

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Mexican 12-year-old wannabe scientist drops mic on anti-vaxxers in viral video | Fox News

An adorable 12-year-old from Mexico, Marco Arturo, calls himself a scientist. Now, he’s a viral sensation as well, with his English-language video making fun of anti-vaccine advocates being viewed more than four million times.<p>Arturo sets up the joke by saying he’ll be discussing a very delicate …

You Are Not Just Your Brain

For some time now, I've been skeptical about the neuroscience of consciousness. Not so much because I doubt that consciousness is affected by neural states and processes, but because of the persistent tendency on the part of some neuroscientists to think of consciousness itself as a neural …

What Happens to the Brain During Cognitive Dissonance?

<b>Keise Izuma</b>, <i>a lecturer in the department of psychology at the University of York in England, replies:</i><p>Cognitive dissonance is that uncomfortable …

2 degrees, flies planes, author, works at NASA. His age? 17

BOSTON (AP) — Moshe Kai Cavalin has two college degrees, but he's too young to vote. He flies airplanes, but he's too young to drive a car alone.<p>Life …

Hidden Brain Podcast Review – Harnessing the Power of Our Unconscious Mind

A brand new NPR podcast, <i>Hidden Brain</i>, reveals the unseen patterns in our lives, where our unconscious mind plays a phenomenal role in our day to day …

Survey Reveals What Americans Fear the Most

Everyone has their own unique set of fears—from holes to politicians to the fear of fear itself. There are certain recurring threads though, and …

Watch John Oliver Slam the Drug Companies on Last Week Tonight Return

John Oliver was not on vacation during his hiatus — he was taking a little break similar to the one NBC anchor Brian Williams is on right now. His …

Create a Kinder Mind: How to Stop Your Mean, Hurtful Self-Talk

<b>“You have been criticizing yourself for years, and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens!” ~Louise Hay</b><p>In my quest to learn …