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Coffee vs. Beer: Which Drink Makes You More Creative?

<i>Mikael Cho is the co-founder of ooomf, a network that connects short-term software projects with handpicked developers and designers. Mikael writes about psychology, startups, and product marketing over on the ooomf blog.</i><p>I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.<p>When this happens, …

Device uses light to split water into clean hydrogen - Futurity

Scientists have developed an inexpensive device that uses light to split water into oxygen and clean-burning hydrogen.

Chemistry

5 Fun Apps To Help Sharpen Your Memory

Did you forget where you parked your car? Or do you lose your keys on a daily basis? It happens to the best of us at some point.<p>Medical experts say some degree of memory loss and a small decline in our general cognition is normal as we age. It also gets harder for us to learn new things or recall …

These Big-Eyed Fish Are Vacuuming Up Our Plastic Pollution At Night

We can’t find as much plastic in the ocean as there should be. It’s still in the ocean–it’s just hiding in the guts of the lanternfish.<p>Much of the plastic we produce on land ends up contaminating the sea. But when researchers went searching for a global picture of all the plastics stuck swirling …

Pollution

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …

Startup sets sights on rapid transit Hyperloop prototype by 2015

Hyperloop passenger transport capsule conceptual design rendering.<p>Prototypes of Elon Musk's high-speed "Hyperloop" transit will be ready by 2015, according to the group taking over development of the project. That's just two years after Musk first described his idea to transport humans between …

Hyperloop

Keep the mornings honest, the afternoons for lying and cheating

Good afternoon, how are you doing? I have to say your hair looks wonderful, and whatever perfume that is, it's delightful. In fact, it's precisely the same scent as Alexa Chung wears. Yes, she was telling me as much just last week when we were in that hot tub together in Berne waiting for Vladimir. …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

Bullet-time rig made from 130 HTC One smartphones

You may not know the technique by name, but you've most likely seen the results of bullet-time photography. Popularized by movies like "The Matrix," it involves a rig of cameras in a circular configuration that are fired simultaneously, capturing the same shot of a subject from multiple …

HTC One

The coldest place in the universe

Astronomers say the Boomerang Nebula is the coldest place in the universe at one degree Kelvin (minus 458 degrees Fahrenheit). It’s even colder than …

Uncovering the Brain of a Psychopath

What makes someone a psychopath? Can these traits be passed through family lines? Neuroscientist James Fallon, and author of <i>The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey Into the Dark Side of the Brain</i>, discusses his scientific and personal exploration into the antisocial …

The science and magic of wine-making

… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity aroma and potency were legendary. All that remains of this heady era are five very dusty bottles of "vintage" wine sitting …

Scientists Can Tell Your Ethnicity From The Germs In Your Mouth

The type of oral bacteria a person carries is determined more by genetics than lifestyle, one study suggests.<p>Every human mouth is unique. In each, a diverse microbial community thrives, in the spit, the plaque, and under the gums. The bacterial cocktail is a little different for everyone. It seems …

The Wellcome Trust 2013 winning entry: where did syphilis come from?

Last month, Katherine Wright was awarded the Wellcome Trust science writing prize at a ceremony at the Observer's offices at Kings Place, London. Wright, who is studying for a DPhil in structural biology at Oxford University, was judged the winner of category A "for professional scientists of …