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New proof reveals fundamental limits of scientific knowledge

Wolpert compares this proposition to the Cretan liar's paradox, in which Epimenides of Knossos, a Cretan, famously stated "all Cretans are liars." …

Did Einstein really say that?

BOOKS AND ARTS<p>As the physicist’s collected papers reach volume 15, Andrew Robinson sifts through the quotes attributed to him.<p>Andrew Robinson is the …

Physics

New approach for hard-to-treat BRCA breast cancer shrinks tumours twice as fast

Scientists have expressed optimism for women with hard-to-treat breast cancer after a new chemotherapy regime proved it can shrink tumours twice as fast as normal methods.<p>Women with aggressive "triple-negative" disease fare much better on a non-standard chemotherapy drug if they have inherited BRCA …

Brain Imaging Shows We Can Unlearn Chronic Pain

Two new studies, one published last month and another slated for publication in early 2018, confirm through brain imaging and other techniques, that …

Ancient virus could be the reason humans can think

An ancient virus could be responsible for human consciousness, giving you the ability to think for yourself.<p>New research has linked a human gene …

The brain systems for language learning predate both language and humans

Word recall and grammar seem to be handled by different areas, too<p>Why has the human brain proved adept at learning languages? One explanation is that …

We Just Got More Evidence For The Strange Link Between Sugar And Alzheimer's

Step away from the candy.<p>People with high blood sugar stand to experience worse long-term cognitive decline than their healthy peers, even if they're …

Oldest human fossil found outside Africa rewrites migration timeline

The origin story for modern humans is constantly being revised, but the general gist is that <i>Homo Sapiens</i> first arose several hundred thousand years …

Beyond the Big Bang: What would it have been like to witness the birth of the universe?

A research paper has investigated the amount of light available in the newborn universe to offer clues as to how bright the Big Bang was<p>Something …

The eleventh Archaeopteryx

Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich report the first description of the geologically oldest fossil securely attributable …

3.5 Billion-Year-Old Fossils Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

In the arid, sun-soaked northwest corner of Australia, along the Tropic of Capricorn, the oldest face of Earth is exposed to the sky. Drive through …

Everything we knew about the Big Bang could be wrong

The Big Bang theory has been the most widely accepted explanation about how our universe all began — but now experts are challenging the …

Studies find evidence of a fourth dimension

We live in a three-dimensional reality. Because of that, it’s pretty hard to imagine what a four-dimensional reality might be like, but that isn’t …

Physics

This Is The Biggest Key to Happiness, According to Science

You don't need to be happy all the time.<p>Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its …

Happiness

This Lady Lizard Can Reproduce Without a Mate

MagazineBasic Instincts<p>Self-fertilization may help the world’s largest lizard survive.<p>The Komodo dragon, the largest species of lizard now alive, can grow to 10 feet long and nearly 200 pounds. A muscular carnivore armed with sharp teeth, <i>Varanus komodoensis</i> dines on prey as large as deer, wild …

Zoology

Early humans became tall and thin 1.5 Million Years Ago To Survive Outside the Forest

For most of hominid evolution, our ancestors got heavier as they got taller. However, about 1.5 million years ago, humans had a growth spurt, …

Tiny Fossils Reveal That Human Ancestors Could Be Crushed With Your Thumb

These little guys were smaller than a mouse.<p>About 42 million years ago, minuscule primates, about half the size of a mouse, once lived in tropical …

Research

Human embryonic stem cells were just used to fix a leading cause of blindness

Stem Cells for Sight<p>Two clinical trials have shown early promise in treating common blindness-causing conditions, specifically the dry form of …

Stem Cells

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey

The clash between the classical order and Christianity is a tale of murder and vandalism wrought by religious zealotry, evoking modern-day parallels<p>“The theologian,” wrote Edward Gibbon in his classic <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire</i><i>,</i> “may indulge the pleasing task of …

Christianity

How dinosaur scales became bird feathers

<b>The genes that caused scales to become feathers in the early ancestors of birds have been found by US scientists.</b><p>By expressing these genes in embryo alligator skin, the researchers caused the reptiles' scales to change in a way that may be similar to how the earliest feathers evolved.<p>Feathers are …

Scientists may have discovered the earliest direct evidence of life on Earth

Oldest fossils ever found on Earth suggest life likely began on the planet over 3.5 billion years ago.<p>An ancient rock, discovered in Western …

How humans might outlive Earth, the sun...and even the universe

It all starts with a little planet-hopping!<p>Nuclear war. Runaway climate change. A global pandemic. Today our world faces all manner of existential threats. But scary possibilities like these are nothing compared to what astronomers say lies in store for Earth. Our planet’s ultimate destiny is to be …

Universe

Human Existence Is an Accident Based on a Totally Random Genetic Mutation

The evolutionary development behind some of our most vital organs may have happened by accident.<p>Not long after our ancestral genetic material had …

If You Suck at Dating, It's Not You — It's Evolution

All animals reproduce, but only humans swipe left.<p>For many people, rejection and disappointment are necessary evils of dating. These feelings can be …

Biology

Boy Missing Visual Section of His Brain Can Somehow Still See, Stunning Doctors

Our brains are seriously incredible.<p>A seven-year-old Australian boy who is missing most of his visual cortex has surprised doctors by being able to …

Neurology

When you die you know you are dead: Major study shows mind still works after the body shows no signs of life

Death just became even more scary: scientists say people are aware they’re dead because their consciousness continues to work after the body has …

Consciousness

Insects are conscious, claims major paper that could show us how our own thoughts began

Insects have a form of consciousness, according to a new paper that might show us how our own began.<p>Brain scans of insects appear to indicate that …

Meditation’s Effects May Differ by Type of Practice

A growing body of research suggests meditation can positively impact our health and wellbeing. But are all forms of mindfulness practice equally …

How the Brain Changes When You Meditate

Not too long ago, most of us thought that the brain we’re born with is static—that after a certain age, the neural circuitry cards we’re dealt are …

Neuroscientists have identified how exactly a deep breath changes your mind

Breathing is traditionally thought of as an automatic process driven by the brainstem—the part of the brain controlling such life-sustaining functions as heartbeat and sleeping patterns. But new and unique research, involving recordings made directly from within the brains of humans undergoing …

The Brain