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New Study Suggests Our Understanding of Brain Cells Is Flawed, And Here's Why

Our neurons could be 10 times more active than we thought.<p>A new study has found evidence that a section of our neurons, called the dendrites, aren't …

After 100 Years of Debate, Hitting Absolute Zero Has Been Declared Mathematically Impossible

The third law of thermodynamics finally gets its proof.<p>After more than 100 years of debate featuring the likes of Einstein himself, physicists have …

Polaroid just reinvented its iconic camera

LAS VEGAS — The classic Polaroid camera just got revamped for the modern day.<p>While Polaroid has previously launched instant print cameras mixed with …

Descartes on the Cure for Indecision

“There are no grounds for fear of the unknown: for often the things we most dreaded, before we experienced them, turn out to be better than those we desired.”<p><i>“The job — as well as the plight, and the unexpected joy — of the artist,”</i> wrote Dani Shapiro in her beautiful meditation on why creativity …

Legendary Physicist David Bohm on the Paradox of Communication, the Crucial Difference Between Discussion and Dialogue, and What Is Keeping Us from Listening to One Another

“If we are to live in harmony with ourselves and with nature, we need to be able to communicate freely in a creative movement in which no one permanently holds to or otherwise defends his own ideas.”<p><i>“Words,”</i> Ursula K. Le Guin wrote in her abiding meditation on the magic of real human communication,</i> …

Creativity

Are The Beginning And End Of The Universe Connected?

The very earliest stages of the Universe as-we-know-it began with the hot Big Bang, where the expanding Universe was filled with high energy particles, antiparticles and radiation. But in order to set that up, we needed a time where the Universe was dominated by energy inherent to space itself, …

Dark Matter

Henry David Thoreau’s Magical Thinking

Strange things happen in Thoreau: sand starts moving like water, stones vibrate with life; extinct species return; pine trees cry; fish become trees; …

Science Once Again Proves There’s Nothing Dogs Love More Than Their Humans

Dogs and humans have a unique bond. Over the centuries the two species have evolved a strong social bond; in other words, we really like dogs, and dogs really like us, which is why they’ll follow us around no matter what and why they recognize us even if they don’t see us for years. And it turns …

The next AI is no AI

Jarno M. Koponen Contributor<p>Jarno M. Koponen is working on intelligent systems and human-centered personalization. He currently is product lead at Yle, one of the leading media houses in the Nordics.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>AI on your lock screen<br>• Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super-Intelligent AI<p>…

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Watch: Magic Leap's new promo demos Augmented Reality to rival the HoloLens

The American startup Magic Leap has released a spectacular video showing a virtual screen superimposed over a real-world environment. This is seen …

Augmented Reality

How the brain produces consciousness in ‘time slices’

EPFL scientists propose a new way of understanding of how the brain processes unconscious information into our consciousness. According to the model, …

The museum filled with venomous spiders that just won't die

If you found Arachnophobia scary, you may not want to read on…<p>It is close to midnight as I enter the Finnish Museum of Natural History in Helsinki by a back door. I am on the hunt for a deadly spider.<p>As is fitting for a national institution, the museum boasts a significant collection of botanical, …

Zoology

How To Pick A Lock With Just A Hairpin

Editor's Blog Photo credit: NightHawkInLight/YouTubeWe’ve all seen the movies where a lock is poked around with a hairpin and the door miraculously …

Video Tutorials

Google's DeepMind wins historic Go contest 4-1

DeepMind's AlphaGo artificial intelligence has won the final match of the Go series against world champion Lee Sedol.<p>During a week long competition …

The Woman Who Made Science Beautiful

Where others sought separation, Maria Sibylla Merian saw connection.<p><i>Updated on August 2, 2016</i><p>It was silkworms that first captured 13–year–old Maria Sibylla Merian’s attention. She would later graduate to a wider set of creatures, watching caterpillars, pupae, butterflies, and moths for days, weeks, …

The Edge of Civilization - Photographs by Eddy van Wessel | LensCulture

Conflict photographers take us right into the middle of battles, tragedy, and horror — evoking visceral responses to outrageous scenes of inhumanity, and bearing witness to some of the most terrible events and activities happening right now in places all around the world.<p>The best and most …

Photography

This AR Company Wants to Make Everything Around You Clickable

Your surroundings become a screen when you put on Mirama’s glasses.<p>In a Consumer Electronics Show saturated with wearables and their accompanying apps, one such company has a very different approach––replacing your phone altogether.<p>Japanese company Mirama displayed its newest smart-glasses model …

What's The Best Way To Protect Earth From Incoming Asteroids?

Nuclear explosions, space collisions, or gentle nudges from an ion beam?<p>At a Planetary Defense Conference in April 2015, a group of aerospace experts was given this fictional scenario to solve:<p><i>The hypothetical asteroid 2015 PDC, "discovered" on April 13, 2015, is on a collision course with Earth.</i> …

The Oculus Rift costs $599 and ships in March

Pre-orders are now open for the first Oculus Rift consumer virtual reality headset and the company finally revealed the all-important price: $599 (€699 in Europe and £499 in the UK). Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey knows that the long-term success or failure of the Rift depends a lot on that number, but …

Creative people’s brains really do work differently

What makes highly creative people different from the rest of us? In the 1960s, psychologist and creativity researcher Frank X. Barron set about finding out. Barron conducted a series of experiments on some of his generation’s most renowned thinkers in an attempt to isolate the unique spark of …

Creativity

Marie Kondo’s illustrated guide to a home that sparks joy

An entranceway that sparks joy<p>As a self-proclaimed tidying freak, I can tell the state of a person’s closets the instant I set foot in the doorway. One client’s front entranceway was jammed with shoes and a bundle of newspapers ready for recycle. Keys, gloves, and delivery forms were strewn …

Minimalism

Deciphering dolphin echolocation - researchers create eerie image of a diver as it may appear in a dolphin's brain

Speakdolphin.com is a private project founded by research team leader Jack Kassewitz and his wife Donna Kassewitz. The project had been looking for …

Marine Mammals

Phase One launches a true 100MP medium format camera

Taking medium format photos above 60 megapixels has typically required some trickery, like shooting multiple pictures at a time. However, you won't have to 'cheat' with Phase One's new XF 100MP camera system. As the name suggests, the hardware uses a full-fledged 100-megapixel CMOS sensor …

The Top 5 Neuroscience Breakthroughs of 2015

Is it really that time of year again already? We’ve reached the end of another exciting twelve months for neuroscience, so let’s look back like we …

The Brain

This Is What The Entire Known Universe Looks Like in a Single Image

Whoa.<p>Isn't it beautiful? This is an illustrated logarithmic scale conception of the observable Universe with the Solar System at the …