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The Art of Living & Dying

This is Philosophy’s Double-edged Sword…<p>“When Plato’s Socrates states in the <i>Phaedo</i> that philosophy is <i>melete thanatou</i> –that is to say, an intense …

Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.<p>If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could …

Psychology

Hacking the Tripping Mind: A Fantastic Voyage Through Inner Space

Pay attention. What if you could focus and control your consciousness when under the influence of psychedelics? Cognitive roller-coasters may be upon …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

13 Destructive Habits You Need to be Aware of

We are all guilty of self-sabotage at least one point in our lives.These behaviors often creep up on us, and before we know it, they’re habitual. …

Eating meat is worse for the environment than driving to work

Next time you brag about biking to work instead of driving for the sake of the environment, take a good look inside your lunch box.<p>According to a new report released by the London-based think tank Chatham House, livestock production accounts for more direct greenhouse gas emissions overall than all …

Sustainability

10 Reasons Our Universe Might Actually Be Virtual Reality

Physical realism is the view that the physical world we see is real and exists by itself, alone. Most people think this is self-evident, but physical …

Quantum Physics

Albert Einstein - “There Is Neither Evolution Nor Destiny; Only Being.”

Albert Einstein is widely regarded as one of the greatest scientists who ever lived. The totality of his work converges into one supreme goal: to …

Dow Chemical and Monsanto Are At It Again as EPA and USDA Approve "Agent Orange" Crops

In a long overdue effort, the U.S. is currently spending millions of dollars to help the Vietnamese clean up the tragic legacy of our use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The effort to remove the remaining contamination caused by the toxic mix of herbicides is expected to be completed in the …

Thirteen-year-old says she'll be the first human on Mars

When I was 13, I just wanted to be 14.<p>Alyssa Carson, however, seems to be made of stuff that is sterner and more imaginative than most humans. She positively insists that she will be the first person on Mars.<p>You might think this the quaint dreaming of an impressionable teen. But Carson told the BBC …

Mars

Astronomers Clue in to Why Binary Stars Are So Bountiful

Changing Planet<p>Above, an artist has depicted the Kepler-35b, a Saturn-size world orbiting its host binary star system.<br>Courtesy of Mark A. Garlick / space-art.co.uk<p><b>Everyone needs some alone time—even stars. Astronomers now think they have an explanation as to why so many stars are single or double</b> …

How Emotional Intelligence Landed Mr. Rogers $20 Million

If your project needed $20 million in funding and you had to send someone to appear before the US Senate to get it, would you choose former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer or the beloved children’s television show host Fred “Mr.” Rogers?<p>I imagine most people would choose Ballmer for his energy, …

Comedy vs. anti-science: 10 amazing videos that show how humor can make a difference

From Colbert and Oliver to Sarah Silverman and Louis CK, comedians are torching anti-science activists with aplomb<p>In the latest version of America's long-running culture wars, conservatives (and even some liberals) have zeroed in what once might have seemed like an unlikely target. While all the …

How Apple Is Invading Our Bodies

<i>For the full story, read this week’s TIME magazine.</i><p>With the unveiling of the Apple Watch Tuesday in Cupertino, California, Apple is attempting to put …

Apple Watch

Singularity, transhumanism, humanity+: What word should we use to discuss the future?

Singularity. Posthuman. Techno-Optimism, Cyborgism. Humanity+. Immortalist. Machine intelligence. Biohacker. Robotopia. Life extension. Transhumanism.<p>…

HandUp is like Kickstarter for the homeless

Similar to Kickstarter, HandUp connects homeless people in need with donors who can pay directly for food, clothing, medical care or housing.

Could Genetics Hold The Answer To Curing Autism?

<b>Listen · 8:39</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p><i>Part 3 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> From Curiosity To Discovery.<p><b>About Wendy Chung's TED Talk</b><p>Geneticist Wendy Chung describes what it's like to chip away at the mysteries of autism, and the excitement of uncovering tiny but critical clues.<p><b>About Wendy</b> …

How Do Simple Questions Lead To Big Discoveries?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> From Curiosity To Discovery.<p><b>About Adam Savage's TED Talk</b><p>Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage talks about three people who inspired him to be curious: his dad, a former Earth-science teacher, and physicist Richard Feynman.<p><b>About Adam Savage</b><p>Adam Savage, the co-host of</i> …

Want Your Crops To Survive Extreme Heat and Drought? Add Fungus

The future of agriculture may be plant-fungus symbiosis, writes Issie Lapowsky for WIRED<p>The global population continues to grow, and climate change is already tangibly reducing food harvests. Can agriculture adapt to be both more productive and more resilient?<p>One answer to that question may be "add …

New Galaxy Map Relocates The Milky Way To A Ginormous Supercluster Called Laniakea

Astronomers have long had a sense of where the Milky Way is in relation to other galaxies, but a new three-dimensional star map gives us a more nuanced look at our cosmic neighborhood.<p>Until now, the Milky Way was believed to be one galaxy in the 2,000 that make up what's known as the Virgo …

Google's Company That Wants To Cure Death Now Has Its Own Website

Calico, the company Google launched in September to try to cure death by tackling aging and illness, now has an official website (hat-tip to SFGate, where we first saw the news).<p>When Google CEO Larry Page first announced the new lab, he didn't give much of a roadmap for how Calico would work on …

Do you hear voices? You are not alone

Hearing voices is an experience that is very distressing for many people. Voices – or “auditory verbal hallucinations” – are one of the most common features of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. But for a small minority of people, voice-hearing is a regular part of their lives, an …

Richard Dawkins: I once tried to commune with God – aged 13

Richard Dawkins,Edinburgh international book festival,Atheism,Science,Creationism,Books,YouTube,Edinburgh festival,Edinburgh,Scotland,UK news,Edinburgh international book festival 2014<p>'Angels at the altar' fantasy of now confirmed atheist revealed as leading scientist speaks at Edinburgh book …

A-level results: a toddler could pass but young women in mid-air do best

Today is A-level results day. Congratulations to all those students who worked hard and obtained the A-levels they needed to get the university place they’d hoped for. In today’s world of high-unemployment and low wages, more than ever we need to support and encourage those students who have the …

California Drought Launches New Gold Rush

With rivers low, professional and hobbyist miners uncover more metals.<p>COLFAX, California—Bruce Meyer took a smoke break on the gravel bank of the scenic Bear River, deep in central California's Gold Country. He was wearing a wetsuit and bandana, and water dripped from his thick, graying beard.<p>Meyer …

Scientists think they've discovered an entirely new mode of plant communication

And parasitic species might be using it for espionage<p>Scientists may have discovered a whole new plant language. According to a new study, published today in <i>Science</i>, a parasitic plant called the strangleweed is capable of not only sucking out genetic material from the host plant it invades, but also …

Four Predictions About The Ebola Outbreak

One epidemiologist's outlook on what the Ebola epidemic has in store for West Africa—and the rest of the world.<p>The latest data from the World Health Organization (WHO) show that 128 more West Africans have contracted Ebola since Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 1,975, including 1,069 …

Disease

Adrenaline Shots May Not Help People Survive Cardiac Arrest

An upcoming study in the U.K. will inject dying patients with placebo instead, which raises some obvious ethical concerns.<p>When somebody goes into cardiac arrest--meaning that their heart has stopped--it's standard protocol to use CPR and atrial defibrillation, and then to inject them with …

The Conspiracy Theorist Who Duped The World's Biggest Physicists

Popular Science spoke with Rick DeLano, whose movie The Principle shows the world's most famous cosmologists promoting the idea that the Earth is the center of the universe.<p>In December, the trailer for a star-studded new documentary about the universe was uploaded to YouTube. "Everything we think …