Robert Hansford

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Jedda rewatched - powerful melodrama with a strong anti-assimilationist message

Filmmaker Charles Chauvel’s final production marked a watershed for Australian films and paved the way for Indigenous actors<p>Jedda was the last film made by director Charles Chauvel, one of the few prominent film-makers in the first 50 years of Australian cinema. But this watershed 1955 production …

Northern Territory

How to optimise your brain's waste disposal system

New research suggests that body posture during sleep may affect the efficiency of the brain’s self-cleaning process<p>The human brain can be compared to something like a big, bustling city. It has workers, the neurons and glial cells which co-operate with each other to process information; it has …

Neuroscience

NASA: Unexplained anomalies at a Martian crater revivify the theory of an ancient nuclear Catastrophe on Mars

There are numerous unexplained anomalies at a Martian crater which support the theory of an ancient nuclear catastrophe on Mars.<p>If an ancient …

MIT designs small, modular, efficient fusion power plant

A cutaway view of the proposed ARC reactor (credit: MIT ARC team)<p>MIT plans to create a new compact version of a tokamak fusion reactor with the goal …

Octopuses ‘are aliens’, scientists decide after DNA study

Not to freak you out or anything, but scientists have just revealed that octopuses are so weird they’re basically aliens.<p>The first full genome …

These Smart Cities Of The Future Were Designed By Smart Middle-School Students

If this is what 7th graders can dream up, it’s hard to figure out why old people are still in charge.<p>This summer, while other seventh graders were playing <i>Minecraft</i>, one small group of middle school students built tiny cities in real life, complete with working smart cars, prototypes of universal …

NASA's Curiosity Rover Eyes Weird Rock On Mars

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity went out of its way to investigate a rock the likes of which it has never seen before on the Red Planet.<p>Measurements by …

Paradoxical Crystal Baffles Physicists

At super-low temperatures, a crystal called samarium hexaboride behaves in an unexplained, imagination-stretching way.<p>In a deceptively drab black …

The real reason marijuana is illegal in the United States

Hemp was once a key component of U.S. agriculture. A wave of xenophobia would doom us to a senseless war on drugs<p>It is hard to imagine a time when most pharmacies carried cannabis and farmers were required to grow hemp, much like they are given incentives to grow corn these days, but that is a …

Cannabis

White Identity Offers Bland Nothingness or Racism -- An Inclusive American Identity Is the Answer

People need a positive sense of identity. We need to feel like we belong to a community larger than ourselves. If we can't find one built around positive, productive values, too many of us will gravitate toward one built around negativity and hate. This is how terrorists are made.<p>Although Dylann …

Smaller Hippocampus in Brains of Patients with Recurrent Depression

<b>The brains of people with recurrent depression have a significantly smaller hippocampus – the part of the brain most associated with forming new</b> …

Neuroscience

Bamboo Mathematicians

In the late 1960s, a species of bamboo called <i>Phyllostachys bambusoides</i>–commonly known as the Chinese Mainland Bamboo or Japanese Timber Bamboo–burst into flower. The species originated in China, was introduced to Japan, and later into the United States and other countries. And when I say it …

How Meditation Lengthens Telomeres

Here are five ways that meditation changes the brain, and how those changes lead to tangible benefits for you.<p>1. Meditation keeps your hippocampus …

Meditation Literally Rebuilds Your Brain

By In5D on May 7, 2015 in Meditation, Science<p>By now, pretty much all of us know and accept that meditation provides a plethora of benefits, including …

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our …

Tesla Energy is Elon Musk's battery system that can power homes, businesses, and the world

The Powerwall can be used to create smart microgrids or supply back-up power<p>Tesla has finally taken the wraps off Tesla Energy, its ambitious battery system that can work for homes, businesses, and even utilities. The system breaks down into two separate products: the Powerwall is a home battery …

Tesla

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

Tesla

Don't freak out, but the universe may be a hologram

Everything you know to be true may be an illusion, specifically, an optical illusion, according to scientists who suggest our universe is a hologram. …

Does the language you speak change your view of the world?

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

This Is How It Feels to Live with Severe Anxiety

My anxiety disorder can make me feel like I'm trapped in a cyclone of negative thoughts and fear. But thanks to the right treatments and techniques, I've discovered how to live my life.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>As part of the human body's acute stress system, the "fight-or-flight" …

Mind

Scientists Find Alien Code ‘Embedded’ In Human DNA: Evidence Of Ancient Alien Engineers?

Researchers who worked for 13 years in the Human Genome Project indicate that they came across an amazing scientific discovery: They believe that the …

World's first genetic modification of human embryos reported

Chinese scientists say they’ve genetically modified human embryos for the very first time. The team attempted to modify the gene responsible for …

Scientists find key to 'turbo-charging' immune system to kill all cancers

Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells<p>A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.<p>In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers …

After 5 years of practicing mindfulness meditation, I've realised why people think it's impossible

I started practicing mindfulness meditation five years ago, when I was an English teacher living in Seoul, South Korea.<p>I’d sit cross-legged and try …

Meditation

New Study Links Facebook To Depression: But Now We Actually Understand Why.

The irony of Facebook is by now known to most. The “social” network has been linked to a surprising number of undesirable mental health consequences: Depression, low self-esteem, and bitter jealousy among them. Now, a new study in the <i>Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology</i> finds that not only do …

Social Media

How Does Meditation Reduce Anxiety at a Neural Level?

In recent years there has been a steady stream of research showing the power of mindfulness meditation to reduce anxiety. Until now, the specific …

Mindfulness

5 Tips on How to Meditate for Beginners

Meditation is an energy healing art that has great health benefits, but it is often overlooked by most people. Many people tend to shy away from …

Heart muscle cells regrown in medical research breakthrough

Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and Victor Chang Institute in Sydney make discovery which may have major implications for heart attack sufferers<p>Unlike animals such as the salamander and the zebrafish, humans are unable to easily regenerate heart cells, making it difficult to recover from …

Medical Research

Memories likely can’t be erased: Research offers new clues to how we remember

A new study challenges more than a century of neuroscience and could radically change the way we treat PTSD<p>As intangible as they may seem, memories have a firm biological basis. According to textbook neuroscience, they form when neighboring brain cells send chemical communications across the …

The Brain