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Researchers invent camouflaged membrane that hides like an octopus

No other animal has mastered camouflage like the octopus. The mightiest of these morphing creatures, the mimic octopus, contorts its body into a thin ribbon and adopts the colors of a venomous sea serpent to scare predators away. Divers have seen mimic octopuses masquerade as lion fish, sea stars, …

Robotics

Scientists just discovered organisms that are distinct from any life forms known to science

New Life<p>On the tree of life, humans share a branch with a diverse array of creatures, all with one thing in common: a backbone. This single shared …

Biology

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

If dreams were movies, they wouldn't make a dime. They're often banal, frequently fleeting and they're screened for an audience of just one. As for …

High-Tech Science Solves the Mystery of 800-Year-Old Scroll

Eight hundred years ago, teenager Laurentius Loricatus accidentally killed a man in Italy. He then headed to a cave where he lived for 34 years, …

Science

Scientists Bust Up Black Hole Theory Using World's Most Powerful X-Ray Machine

Should you find yourself inside a black hole, you will die. Should you find yourself near a black hole, you will also die. Aside from the fact that …

Physics

After Webb: Scientists Make the Case for Even Bigger Telescopes

With NASA's James Webb Space Telescope set to launch in late 2018, researchers are already talking about the next generation of telescopes. That's …

Scientists find languages not used since Dark Ages among ancient manuscripts recovered from monastery

Languages not seen since the Dark Ages have come to light after scientists used a new method to inspect a trove of ancient manuscripts found in a …

Archaeology

Scientists are on the edge of breakthrough – a battery that would be safer, cheaper and would store more energy

Lithium-ion batteries are literally everywhere nowadays. That is actually pretty unfortunate, because lithium is rare and therefore expensive. But …

Cyborg Bacteria Covered in Tiny Solar Panels Are Changing The Future of Clean Fuel

"These bacteria outperform natural photosynthesis."<p>In an effort to improve the efficiency of natural photosynthesis, a researcher at the University …

Clean Energy

According To Science This 5 Second Rule Will Make You Stop Procrastinating

How to use neuroscience to beat procrastination and have more time for what really matters.<p>I've been meaning to write this column for some time. The reason I'm finally getting to it is because it's an excuse to avoid doing something else.<p>Let's face it, few of us, if we're honest, wouldn't confess …

Procrastination

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Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your …

Consciousness

Chinese Scientists Just Set the Record for the Farthest Quantum Teleportation

Chinese scientists have just shattered a record in teleportation. No, they haven't beamed anyone up to a spaceship. Rather, they sent a packet of …

The brain may learn by building 11-dimensional "sandcastles"

We're all familiar with four dimensions – height, width, depth and time – but according to theoretical physics, the universe could be composed of as …

3D

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NPR

A Look Inside The Brain In Real Time

A talk by Christopher DeCharms This is an amazing concept to see in action, a form of brain scanning technology which shows brain activity in real …

Amazing

Soft, synthetic retinas may offer a better implant solution

Scientists have been trying to replace retinas in otherwise healthy eyes to help people suffering from diseases like retinitis pigmentosa. Unfortunately, earlier efforts were only able to use rigid, hard materials, which are very different from the natural retina. A researcher at Oxford University, …

Biology

For half a century, neuroscientists thought they knew how memory worked. They were wrong

We rely on memory to pass exams and excel at trivia nights, but in fact the stakes are far higher than simply recalling facts, no matter how essential. Memory structures our identity; it’s the foundation of consciousness. Our past and current selves, emotions, and experiences, are linked together …

The Brain

Science Says Parents of Successful Kids Have These 13 Things in Common

How do you measure up?<p>Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do awesome things as adults.<p>And while …

Why do your shoelaces keep coming untied? These scientists are on the case

You know the feeling: You knot and triple-knot your shoelaces and then you look down and those sorry fasteners are whipping about untied, just …

Scientists Discover a Hidden Network of 'Mini Brains' That Could Be Responsible For Pain

We might have been wrong about how our bodies feel pain.<p>Scientists have found evidence of a hidden network of 'mini brains' that could overhaul our …

Neuroscience

Scientists identify parts of brain involved in dreaming

Experts say findings are ‘astounding’ and could help understand the purpose of dreams and predict whether people are dreaming<p>Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the purpose of dreams and of …

The Brain

What Your Face, Smell, and Walk Say About Your Personality, According to Science

New research shows people are oddly good at guessing your personality, even from the smallest clues.<p>We've all heard that first impressions are incredibly hard to shake. Experts often say that's because of cognitive biases that make it hard for people to change their opinions once they've formed …

Personality

The dark side of the brain: Too much emotional intelligence is a bad thing

A new study suggests that profound empathy may come at a price<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Recognizing when a friend or colleague feels sad, angry or surprised is key to getting along with others. But a new study suggests that a knack for eavesdropping on feelings …

Emotional Intelligence

Liquid storage of solar energy – more effective than ever before

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have demonstrated efficient solar energy storage in a chemical liquid. The stored energy …

Not so grey matter! Brain scans are transformed into beautiful and sprawling works of neon art

Beautiful images of your brain reveal to scientists how you function<p>Phrenologists used to have a monopoly on brain scans: they'd feel around on a …

The Brain

The Secret to Improving Your Memory (and Brain), According to Neuroscience

Are you pulling all-nighters to crank out work? Your plan may backfire. You may be jeopardizing brain growth and memory.<p>When we turn in for the night, our brains are getting ready to go to work. Sleep provides our brain the time it needs to restore and recalibrate, and prepare to store new …

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Research Again Finds That Talk Therapy Can Change The Brain

In the ongoing search to find effective treatments for mental health disorders, recent years have brought some interesting findings. One of the latest is from a new study in <i>Translational Psychiatry</i>, which suggests that people who have cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) have measurable changes in the …

The Brain