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Neuroscientists Figured Out What Unconsciousness Looks Like in the Brain

Just because it's unconscious doesn't mean it's not on.<p>The human brain is the only reason our species has survived on this planet for so long, but …

Consciousness

Ravens Are Evolving, and Not in the Way You'd Expect

Instead of branching into new species, raven groups experienced something called "speciation reversal."<p>A new study shows that the common raven is anything but commonplace in its evolution.<p>Using DNA samples taken from ravens for nearly twenty years, the study provides evidence that common ravens on …

Birds

We may finally have a map that shows how memories are made

Which Way to the Amygdala?<p>What’s a computation device that we all carry with us, that holds all of the most important information about our lives, …

The Brain

Science has outgrown the human mind

<i>The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and… attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either</i> …

Muslim Belief on the Birth of Jesus

Muslims believe that Jesus (called <i>'Isa</i> in Arabic) was the son of Mary, and was conceived without the intervention of a human father. The Qur'an …

Theology

Is Harry Potter the Jesus of a New Generation?

Millions are giving the series a close read through a spiritual lens.<p>When I was a kid, I worried about my parents with an anxiety bordering on obsession. If they went out for the evening, I'd sit up in bed waiting to hear tires on the snow, the quiet roar of the garage door, the jingle of keys in …

Harry Potter

7 Simple Rules for Getting Lean in 2017

Seven rules so you can follow through on that resolution.<p>For 2017, over half of Americans will make New Year's resolutions to do things like lose weight, get fit, and eat healthier. But how many actually make it past January 17? The brutal truth is only eight percent will achieve their goals, which …

Fitness

Amazon patents show flying warehouses that send delivery drones to your door

We’ve known about Amazon’s drone delivery ambitions since 2013. But patent filings from Amazon, circulated today by CB Insights’ Zoe Leavitt, reveal more details about how the e-commerce titan could make drone deliveries work at scale, namely through “airborne fulfillment centers.” Yes, that’s a …

Mesh Network

Why sex is better in a long-term relationship

The best sex arrives after 15 years together so enjoy the long haul, says Anna Moore<p><b>1 Time to explore</b><p>This may come as a surprise but it takes years to get really good at sex. In fact, the award-winning, much-celebrated sex guide Enduring Desire (by marital and sex therapists Michael Metz and Barry …

Relationships

With Silence, Martin Scorsese Preaches Morality Without Being Over-Religious

Its themes are more nuanced than the typical black-and-white morality tales on film.<p>This Christmas, after more than two decades of trying, Martin Scorsese finally released his film <i>Silence</i> upon the world. Based on the 1966 Japanese historical novel by Shūsaku Endō, <i>Silence</i> tells the story of …

Religion

The Feynman Technique Helps You Study Faster and Retain More Information

You can read something and <i>hope</i> that it’ll all be beamed into your brain for future application. Or you can read it and write down what you just …

How Amazon innovates in ways that Google and Apple can't

The Echo, Amazon’s voice-controlled speaker, was a big hit this holiday season. Amazon is keeping specific sales figures under wraps, but the company says it sold nine times as many Echo devices during the holidays as it did a year earlier.<p>It’s the latest example of Amazon pioneering a new product …

Filthy Little Atheist

<b>President Teddy Roosevelt called Thomas Paine a 'Filthy Little Atheist,'</b> a phrase with as many errors in it as words, since Paine was fastidiously clean, stood taller than most of his contemporaries at five feet ten inches, and was a professed believer in God.<p>Paine was often called an atheist by …

Faith

Watch: The Most Stunning Cinematography of 2016

These visuals took our breath away.<p>Cinematography ain’t what it used to be, and that’s a good thing. With the emergence of drones and smart phones as …

Cinematography

Epic Fantasy Meets Ancient Rome: An Interview with Michael Livingston, Author of "The Shards of Heaven" and "The Gates of Hell"

What happens when a historian brings his love of the fantasy genre to crafting a trilogy? In the case of Michael Livingston's adrenaline-pumping Shards novels, what you get resembles a cross between HBO's <i>Rome</i> and <i>Game of Thrones</i>. Set in the era of the Roman Empire, featuring such famous figures as …

Books

9 Rules of Storytelling from Moneyball Writer Michael Lewis

“Have the nerve to be yourself” — and other advice from a master storyteller<p>Michael Lewis is the <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of multiple books …

Behold: The edgeless iPhone 8 you’ve always dreamt of

It’s not even 2017 yet, and we still have a painfully long nine months to wait before Apple launches its hotly anticipated iPhone 8. Apple is …

Jarvis is real! Mark Zuckerberg has spent 2016 building an Iron Man-style AI that controls his life

Mark Zuckerberg has ended 2016 having completed his personal challenge to build a Jarvis-style AI to run his home.<p>He announced at the start of the …

5 Things to know about Coptic Christians

Who are these sisters and brothers suffering persecution for Christ?<p><i>From the Aleteia archives:</i><p>With the news of the terrible bombing during Divine …

Why conservative churches grow and liberal churches shrink

Those who don't attend church regularly but are scouting for Christmas services this year might be surprised to find fewer mainline Protestant …

Faith

How Light Bulbs Watch You Buy Groceries

The same technology that helps stores track shoppers may one day replace Wi-Fi.<p>In an enormous grocery store in northern France, the lights above the aisles aren’t all they seem to be. They look ordinary—more than a mile and a half of fixtures exuding bright light, folded into a grid overhead—but …

Mesh Network

Africa Finds Power Off the Grid

For most residents of rural sub-Saharan Africa, sunset means a world of darkness.<p>But recently those in areas without electricity are taking advantage …

Africa
Startups

How an Underappreciated iOS 7 Feature Will Change the World

A curious download hit Apple’s App Store this week: a messaging app called FireChat.<p>It’s a new kind of app because it uses an iOS feature unavailable until version 7: the Multipeer Connectivity Framework. The app was developed by the crowdsourced connectivity provider Open Garden and this is their …

Educators warn tablets are wrecking kids’ motor skills

Tablets are terrific tools that are also fun to use but there are definitely limits to how much you should let your children interact with them. <i>The</i> …

Microsoft Can Now Turn Any Space Into The Holodeck

Prepare yourself. This is the craziest interactive demo you’ll see all year.<p>Last year, Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom–which used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel. Called RoomAlive, this new system can turn every surface in a …

Augmented Reality

Why I'd Rather Email than Advertise

<i>Poornima Vijayashanker is the founder of Femgineer, helping entrepreneurs and tech professionals (especially women) level up their careers.</i><p>“Why is email the most effective channel for converting customers?”<p>Exactly a year ago I had 10 people subscribe to my email list each month. I let out a big …

How Flat Design Is Preparing iOS For The Gadgets Of Tomorrow

iOS 7’s new look isn’t just a fresh coat of paint. It’s a powerful design language that can be extended to the iWatch, iTV, and iCar of the future.<p>When we talk about Jony Ive’s massive overhaul of Apple’s mobile operating system in iOS 7, we tend to think about it in terms of a mere facelift. First …

UI Design

Meet the next small Windows tablet: Asus VivoTab Note 8

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>Announced at January’s Consumer Electronics Show, the Asus VivoTab Note 8 tablet is now available for sale. The original …