Jurg van der Walt

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Dogs vs. Cats: Scientists finally reveal which is smarter

A dog’s bark is only a ruff means of communication. Instead, we should be looking at its wiggles and squirms.<p>Jumping up. Rolling over. Lifting …

Pets

Researchers reveal how disrupting gut-brain communication may affect learning and memory

The connection between food and memory is one of those fundamentally human experiences we can all relate to. A compelling new study from the …

Neuroscience

Meet Jason, the Tiny Beetle Stuck in Amber for 99 Million Years

Featherwing beetles are some of the smallest insects out there—and one researcher managed to spot an ancient specimen in a 99-million-year-old chunk …

Insects

Scientists Identify a "New Type of Depression"

Scientists want to develop new antidepressant drugs.<p>An estimated half of the 322 million people affected by depression don’t appear to benefit from …

Neuroscience

Physics Explains How a Long Jumper Leaped So Far He Almost Cleared the Pit

It isn't just about speed.<p>What were you doing when you were 19? Chances are, you weren’t breaking a 23-year-old world long jump record like Juan …

IAAF Diamond League

Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and the Feud Over Killer Robots

SAN FRANCISCO — Mark Zuckerberg thought his fellow Silicon Valley billionaire Elon Musk was behaving like an alarmist.<p>Mr. Musk, the entrepreneur behind SpaceX and the electric-car maker Tesla, had taken it upon himself to warn the world that artificial intelligence was “potentially more dangerous …

Artificial Intelligence

The World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer Is an Absolute Beast

Behold Summit, a new supercomputer capable of making 200 million billion calculations per second. It marks the first time in five years that a …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

NASA rover data shows Mars had the ingredients needed for life

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A NASA rover has detected a bonanza of organic compounds on the surface of Mars and seasonal fluctuations of atmospheric methane in findings released on Thursday that mark some of the strongest evidence ever that Earth's neighbor may have harbored life.<p>But National …

Space Travel

NASA Is About to Announce a Massively Exciting Mars Discovery

Here's what we know so far!<p>At 2 pm EDT (6 pm UTC) this Thursday, NASA will have a big Mars announcement to make.<p>As with most announcements of …

Space Travel

10 Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

Magnesium deficiency is a widespread problem and some estimates suggest that over 90% of us are deficient. I’ve been writing about magnesium for …

Wellness

Unique neuronal firing patterns in our "second brain" observed for the first time

Using a newly developed imaging technique, a team of researchers in Australia has directly observed a unique neural motor firing pattern outside of …

Neuroscience

Laurel or Yanny explained: why do some people hear a different word?

A short audio clip of a computer-generated voice has become the most divisive subject on the internet since the gold/blue dress controversy of 2015.<p>The audio “illusion”, which first appeared on Reddit, seems to be saying one word – but whether that word is “Yanny” or “Laurel” is the source of …

Music Production

Evolution’s Worst Mistake? How About External Testicles?

Of course there’s an explanation (sperm like to develop at lower temperatures). But really: What intelligent designer could have come up with …

Biology

Oral insulin proving successful in human clinical trials

For decades researchers have worked to find a way to orally administer insulin effectively to patients with diabetes. Now this game-changing …

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Introverts

Not antisocial. Not lazy.<p>When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time …

How the Father of Computer Science Decoded Nature’s Mysterious Patterns

Many have heard of Alan Turing, the mathematician and logician who invented modern computing in 1935. They know Turing, the cryptologist who cracked the Nazi Enigma code, helped win World War II. And they remember Turing as a martyr for gay rights who, after being prosecuted and sentenced to …

Stephen Hawking's final paper cuts the multiverse down to size

Stephen Hawking's final paper, which aims to test a theory that proposes parallel universes, appeared today (May 2) in the Journal of High Energy Physics.<p>As Live Science reported at length in March, before the paper was peer-reviewed and officially published, it shares Hawking's final look at one …

Stephen Hawking's final paper bursts the multiverse bubble with a Holographic Universe theory

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking passed away earlier this year, but his legacy to science will live on. His final theory on the origin of the …

NASA Technology Uncovers Never-Before-Seen Text on Dead Sea Scrolls

They raise the possibility of a "still unknown manuscript."<p>In 1947, in a cave one mile west of the Dead Sea, a Bedouin shepherd stumbled upon large …

A new physics discovery could change the game for quantum computing

From tunneling through impenetrable barriers to being in two places at the same time, the quantum world of atoms and particles is famously bizarre. Yet the strange properties of quantum mechanics are not mathematical quirks—they are real effects that have been seen in laboratories over and over.<p>One …

A New Supplement, Basis, Could Change the Way You Age

Elysium Health’s new supplement, Basis, can help keep your body healthy into old age<p>“I’m here for a good time, not a long time.” It’s the mantra for …

Panic Attacks Are Universal Because All Humans Evolved to Feel Fear

Panic attacks are part of the human experience, but what triggers them is personal.<p>They can begin suddenly and peak quickly, with their signature …

Experiment shows Einstein's quantum 'spooky action' approaches the human scale

Quantum physics is often defined as the physics of the very small – think atoms, electrons and photons.<p>But we have managed to demonstrate one of the …

Quantum physicists just smashed the entanglement record, paving the way for faster quantum computers

The breakthrough could revolutionise the future of quantum computing<p>Scientists in Germany and Austria have just made an enormous breakthrough in the …

Bad news! Extreme ocean heat waves are a thing, and they're getting worse

Things got really strange in the waters off of Southern California in 2015.<p>Pacific Ocean temperatures jumped as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit above …

Solar storm set to slam into Earth: Here’s everything you need to know

A solar storm — a disturbance in Earth’s magnetic field caused by changes in solar wind — is forecast to hit Earth this week, the Space Weather …

This Single Image Profoundly Sums Up Einstein's Landmark Theory

You might think you have gravity pretty well figured out. If you drop a ball out of a window, a short time later it will hit the ground. The higher …

Fossil find gives middle finger to previous understanding of human exodus from Africa

Even for a desert, the Nefud is nearly bone-dry. Only about an inch of water falls onto the red, sandy soil in northern Saudi Arabia over the course …

Google is Closer Than Ever to a Quantum Computer Breakthrough

Google’s 49 Qubit Chip<p>Google is maintaining its edge in the world of quantum computing. Its 20-qubit processor is currently undergoing tests, and the …

IBM Just Announced an Insanely Powerful 50-Qubit Quantum Computer

Along with even more quantum computing records.<p>At the IEEE Industry Summit on the Future of Computing in Washington DC on Friday, IBM announced the …