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Under Pressure, Does Evolution Evolve?

Some organisms respond to stress by driving up their mutation rate. Are they evolving specific mechanisms to enhance evolution in times of crisis?<p>In …

Giving young blood to older animals raises tantalizing possibilities for people

Dracula may have been on to something. It wasn’t just blood, but the blood of youth that was the secret to staying alive for centuries.<p>The rejuvenating effect of young blood has been demonstrated in strange, draculoid experiments first done 150 years ago. Two genetically compatible animals, one …

Feed a virus, starve a bacterial infection?

A new study puts some old folk wisdom to 'feed a cold and starve a fever' to the test. In mouse models of disease, Researchers looked at the effects …

23andMe Is Terrifying, but Not for the Reasons the FDA Thinks

<i>SA Forum is an invited essay from experts on topical issues in science and technology.</i><p>If there’s a gene for hubris, the 23andMe crew has certainly …

Genetics

Google reduces JPEG file size by 35%

New algorithm is based on human psychovisual system. Images look better, too.<p>Google has developed and open-sourced a new JPEG algorithm that reduces …

German Researchers Discover Cause of OCD

This is major.<p>Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can take many forms. Perhaps someone washes her hands over and over again, leading to cuts and skin damage. Or maybe she can’t fall asleep at night until she’s gotten out of bed to make sure the door is locked. Perhaps she always orders objects in a …

Why our brains may be 100 times more powerful than believed

A new study out of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that one part of the neurons in our brains is more active than …

Neuroscience

Amazon

1. The AI path -- In this path, all current (and future) AI technologies, such as machine learning, Bayesian networks, artificial neural networks, …

The rise of the useless class

<i>Doug Chayka</i><p>Historian Yuval Noah Harari offers a bracing prediction: just as mass industrialization created the working class, the AI revolution will …

The Complete Guide to Breaking Your Smartphone Habit

The Complete Guide to Breaking Your Smartphone Habit<p>Smartphones are magical.<p>A device that’s small enough to fit in your pocket, allows you to …

Productivity

What happens when narcissists become parents

Narcissistic personality traits seem to have risen as quickly as obesity in recent years. Entitlement has become a defining characteristic of millennials, and everything from selfies to the everyone-gets-a-trophy mentality has been implicated in increased narcissism. Yet in and among all of the …

Parenting

Zero-Calorie Sweeteners Are Making You Fat

In some cases, research shows they may be even worse for you than real sugar.<p>The conflicting headlines around low-calorie sweeteners could give you whiplash. While one study links them to belly fat, another finds "no evidence" tying them to higher body weights. The more you read about aspartame, …

Running Is the Worst Way to Get Fit

If you want to be in shape, skip the 10K training and sprint—but don't jog—to the nearest weight room.<p><i>Fighting Words is a column in which writers rub you the wrong way with their unpopular but well-argued opinions on fitness, health, nutrition, what have you. Got something to get off your chest?</i> …

This Bizarre World Map Is Actually Crazily Accurate

Nothing's as you think it is.<p>We all know most maps of the world aren't entirely accurate. For starters, Africa is way bigger than it looks, and …

Geography

This Simple Practice Can Improve Your Health, Make You Happier, and Help You Sleep

"Rewilding"--getting literally in touch with nature--has surprising benefits.<p>Would you like to improve your health, boost your immune system, sharpen your brain function, brighten your mood, and get a better night's sleep? You can accomplish all of this by--literally--getting in touch with nature. …

Immune System

The “432 Hz vs. 440 Hz” conspiracy theory

<b>Tip:</b> See my list of the Most Common Mistakes in English. It will teach you how to avoid mis­takes with com­mas, pre­pos­i­tions, ir­reg­u­lar verbs, …

BIAS ALERT: WikiLeaks exposes media's secret support of Clinton

The ongoing WikiLeaks dump of a top Hillary Clinton lieutenant’s emails is shining a light on the cozy and often improper relationship key members of the press had with the Democratic presidential nominee’s campaign.<p>Advance notice of debate questions, the promise of positive coverage, and even …

7 Not-So-Secret Homes of Super Secret Societies

The clandestine corners of the world where the occult lives.<p>In clandestine corners of the world, the elite come together in secrecy. Some of them …

Paranormal

Can smiling make you happier? Maybe. Maybe not. We have no idea:

In the spring of 2013, a 63-year-old social psychologist in Wurzburg, Germany, made a bold suggestion in a private email chain. For months, several …

Psychology

Why companies make their products worse

And why that’s a good thing for their customers. Richard Davies explains<p>There is much about computing to make the blood boil – the badly timed …

Here is Why Using Google Flight Track Can Save You Serious Money

I have written about one of my favourite ways to check out prices which is using Skyscanner.<p><b>However what happens if you go to book a flight and it is</b> …

Watch out designers: AI design bots are getting better at building websites

The first attempts by startups using artificial intelligence to design websites haven’t amounted to much. A much-anticipated company called The Grid has failed to deliver on expectations. There is still no AI art hanging in MOMA yet.<p>Data could fix that. Instead of building more clever bots, …

Artificial Intelligence

A top psychologist says there's only one way to become the best in your field — but not everyone agrees

As a teenager in Sweden, Anders Ericsson used to play chess against one of his classmates, a boy considerably worse at the game than Ericsson. Every time they'd play, Ericsson would trounce him.<p>Then one day, the classmate beat him.<p>Ericsson wanted to know: What exactly had the boy done to improve …

Why Microsoft Just Bought 10 Million Strands of DNA

Microsoft(msft). just bought 10 million strands of DNA from a San Francisco company called Twist Bioscience. Why? Data storage.<p>When you think about …

A New Number Format for Computers Could Nuke Approximation Errors for Good

Farewell floats?<p>Even to the more mathematically challenged among us, it's a reasonably easy task to parse a number with a decimal point. I can give you, say, 33.333 and it doesn't take any special mental contortions for you to make sense of it (not saying that <i>you</i>, in particular, are mathematically …

How the mind changes, time expands when there’s no one else around

Imagine a life where you never hear another person’s voice. There’s no phone service or internet to interrupt the day with rings, buzzes, and notifications, and no one to talk through difficult problems. To most people, such solitude sounds like misery and loneliness. But for others, living …

Henry David Thoreau

40 Nifty Words That Start With N to Add to Your Vocabulary

Despite their similar sound and appearance, the letters M and N are actually unrelated: M likely comes from an Egyptian hieroglyph representing a …

The trouble with books

The Chinese invented printing, but their writing system required a large number of typefaces, which made for very high up-front capital costs to …

Smallest-yet genome reveals how little we know about life - synthetic or real - ExtremeTech

Smallest-yet genome reveals how little we know about life — synthetic or real<p>By on March 25, 2016 at 8:04 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions …

Biology