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The Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole is Proving Einstein Correct

As if he needs it.<p>Sitting at the center of the Milky Way galaxy lies a supermassive black hole named Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*), possessing the mass of …

Black Holes

Natural Selection Made Us Anxious. Meditation Can Help.

Thanks to the guiding hand of natural selection, humans have ended up with enormous brains that let us do all sorts of amazing things. Our incredible …

Can Meditation Cure Erectile Dysfunction?

One of the side effects on the path to boundless perception is, for many, boundless boners.<p>I'm in my 30s, and almost all my friends of similar age have, on at least one occasion, experienced some form of erectile dysfunction.<p>It happens when they're drunk or when they've taken coke or when the …

How to Overcome the Feeling of Hopelessness

You're reading How to Overcome the Feeling of Hopelessness, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying …

'Magical Negro' : the racist cliche Hollywood won't drop

One trope in filmmaking that is sure to draw scorn from culturally aware critics is the "Magical Negro" -- a black character whose sole purpose is to …

The Thorny Question of Whether Humans Can Observe Single Photons - MIT Technology Review

Can humans see single photons? That sounds like a relatively simple question to answer, but the problem is turning out to be more thorny and …

What are the ethical consequences of immortality technology?

Immortality has gone secular. Unhooked from the realm of gods and angels, it’s now the subject of serious investment – both intellectual and …

The Aquarius Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is here to introduce you to your power

Think back to where you were six months ago. February probably feels like forever ago, but the energies we were feeling back then aren’t that …

Spirituality

5 Ways To Deal With Intense Pain — Other Than Taking Pills

If you ask a migraine sufferer how they deal with the crippling, all-consuming pain of a migraine attack, they'll probably say something along the …

We have a political problem no one wants to talk about: very old politicians

In one of the most dramatic moments in the Senate in years, 80-year-old John McCain rallied from surgery and a diagnosis of brain cancer to cast a 1 am vote that torpedoed Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare — for now. The vote had been put on hold once already, to give him time to …

Book Review: The Transformation Code

Karma is a Sanskrit word, often used in the spiritual context of cause and effect – the English equivalent of ‘as you sow, so you reap’. Good deeds …

Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

Varalakshmi Vrat 2017: Prayers, quotes, pictures, poems and messages to share

<b>Today married Hindu women will take part in a fast for their husbands and families.</b><p>It is all part of worshipping the Goddess Lakshmi in the hope that …

Hinduism

The Beauty in Life is in Our Unfolding: Nature Does Not Rush

Today, we are more connected that we could ever imagine, and yet so many people feel isolated. I was talking to the founder of an academy in India yesterday and she shared with me her perspective on the separation and division in our western culture. It's something that is very close to my heart, …

It’s not always easy to give away gobs of cash. Just ask Mark Zuckerberg

"Welcome to the era of 'super-citizens,'" David Callahan writes in <i>The Givers:</i> <i>Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age</i><i>.</i><p>Among them are media mogul Barry Diller and his fashion designer wife, Diane von Furstenberg, who donated money that created a new island park in Manhattan. Another is …

Where our Negativity comes from—& What to do about It.

Are you the philosophical type?<p>While contemplation is beautiful, in that it is often born of curiosity and gives birth to understanding, …

The Musk/Zuckerberg Dustup Represents a Growing Schism in AI

Two distinct visions for the future of AI are emerging.<p><i>Frank White is the author of The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution. He is working on a book about artificial intelligence.</i><p>Recently, two tech heavyweights stepped into the social media ring and threw a couple of haymakers at …

Magic vs. Magick vs. Majick - For Puck’s Sake

August 3, 2017 by Mat Auryn<p>Magic has various spellings with various significance but tends to be referring to the same thing. Why? Is it a desire to …

As artificial intelligence grows, so do perceived threats to human uniqueness

(RNS) — SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk got into a spat recently on Twitter with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg over the dangers of artificial …

Ethical machines

Policy decisions, recruitment or business objectives increasingly use artificial intelligence. But algorithms and machine learning are applying the …

Detecting radio waves with entangled atoms

In a study published in Physics Review Letters and highlighted by APS Physics, ICFO researchers demonstrate a new technique for the coherent …

NASA will pay you 6 figures to protect Earth from aliens

Commentary: A new job opening offers up to $187,000 a year to a Planetary Protection Officer.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>I understand from the president's Twitter account that almost everyone in America has a job.<p>Who, though, could …

Scientists Just Revealed a Hidden Secret About The Sun's Inner Core

The beginning of new solar physics.<p>The innermost region of the Sun is hidden from our eyes, and it looks like this stealth has enabled the core to …

Viewpoint: Causality in the Quantum World

Author(s): Jacques PienaarA new model extends the definition of causality to quantum-mechanical systems.<br>[Physics 10, 86] Published Mon Jul 31, 2017

Research raises hope for erbium-based integrated photonics device

An Arizona State University researcher has made another breakthrough using the rare-earth metal erbium as the gain material for an optical amplifier, …

Negative mass swing beats the uncertainty principle

Oscillators give an uncertainty-principle-defeating measurement an advantage.<p>Quantum mechanics comes with something called the uncertainty principle. …

It's never too cold for quantum

The peculiar characteristics demonstrated by 'quantum critical points' at absolute zero remain one of the great unsolved mysteries of …

Magic Helps Unlock How the Brain Works

<i>Summary: Researchers have developed a new version of the classic Mirror Box Illusion to help better understand how the brain processes multiple</i> …