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Schizophrenia's the Price of Neural Evolution?

Being human isn't all complex tool use and introspection. We also have to live with the side effects of our evolutionary ascent.<p>For instance, walking …

Neuroscience

Study: Global warming is weakening key ocean circulation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Global warming is likely slowing the main Atlantic Ocean circulation, which has plunged to its weakest level on record, according to a new study.<p>The slowdown in the circulation — a crucial part of Earth's climate — had been predicted by computer models, but researchers said they …

Global Warming

Creating Hallucinations Without Drugs Is Surprisingly Easy

Try this at home, but don't blame us if things get weird.<p>The human brain is a remarkable thing. It can do things our primate relatives are thousands …

Pi is the key to a beautiful, impossible formula that shows math is scarily perfect

In high school, I studied advanced mathematics. This has two uses: Firstly, I can tell people that I once studied advanced mathematics. Secondly, I know about Euler’s equation.<p>Euler’s equation should not exist. A science fiction author would never imagine a formula so mind-blowingly perfect; it’s …

Mathematics

A video that explains the Heisenberg uncertainty principle

The more you know about a quantum particle's position, the less you know about its momentum, and vice versa. This is the Heisenberg uncertainty …

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever

Noooooo.<p>Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental …

If The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old, How Can We See 46 Billion Light Years Away?

There are a few fundamental facts about the Universe — its origin, its history, and what it is today — that are awfully hard to wrap your head around. One of them is the Big Bang, or the idea that the Universe began a certain time ago: 13.8 billion years ago to be precise. That’s the first moment …

Galaxies

SpaceX's biggest rival has a 'genius' plan to cut its rocket-launch costs by more than 70%

SpaceX turned heads around the world on February 6 with the first launch of Falcon Heavy.<p>The 230-foot-tall rocket's three boosters helped push Elon Musk's Tesla Roadster into space, peeled off after running low on fuel, and then careened toward Earth.<p>Two of the 16-story boosters rocketed to a safe …

Space Travel

Ask Ethan: How Can I See The Quantum Universe At Home?

It’s a revolutionary idea that the Universe is made out of indivisible, ultra-tiny quantum particles. More than that, these quanta only behave as particles under certain circumstances; in other conditions, they behave as waves. This sounds not only counterintuitive, but far fetched. Yet physicists …

A visual explanation of quantum mechanics

From the ViaScience YouTube channel comes this 31-part video explainer of quantum mechanics. As the introduction video notes, there is a fair bit of …

Is fusion energy humanity’s last hope?

<b>(Getty/Generalfmv)</b><p>Filmmaker Mila Aung-Thwin spent two years following around the scientists at the world’s largest fusion experiment<p>Keith A. Spencer<p>June 10, 2017 7:00pm (UTC)<p>For an energy source that has never been successfully harnessed, fusion has a remarkable grasp on our culture. The idea that …

Energy

Our galaxy produces 9 trillion kilograms of antimatter a second—how?

New study proposes a (relatively) mundane source: a specific class of supernova.<p>Antimatter is rare in this Universe, but the Universe is a pretty big …

Physics

How To Prove Einstein's Relativity For Less Than $100

The idea of special relativity is still one of the most difficult for people to wrap their heads around. We’re so used to thinking of space and time as fixed, unchanging entities — you can take a map and a clock anywhere, after all — that it’s hard to imagine that they do change dependent on how …

We've Lost Sight Of The Most Important Rule In Debating Science

It was almost 100 years ago that the most famous debate in science history took place. The topic up for consideration was the nature of the spiral objects in the sky: were they proto-stars in the process of forming, or were they island Universes, similar to and far outside of our own galaxy? …

Astronomy

This new Periodic Table shows the astounding origins of every atom in your body

In the first episode of his famous TV series about space, "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage," the late astronomer Carl Sagan wastes no time dramatically setting the stage.<p>"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean," Sagan says. "Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We …

Universe

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The 15-minute HIIT workout to target arms

Westend61 / Getty<p>Westend61 / Getty<p><b>Duration</b> 15<p><b>Exercises</b> 15<p><b>Equipment</b> Yes<p>Turning your arms workout into a high-intensity interval session makes the most …

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Check Out Models Of The Cosmic Web That Connects Galaxies

Explore the architecture of the universe<p>Cosmologists have long thought that the universe is made up of galaxies tethered together by gravity. But what on earth does this 'cosmic web' actually look like?<p>That's what researchers at Northeastern University's Center For Complex Network Research have …

Universe

The internet is the best set of parents a millennial could ask for

It's not a fact I'm particularly proud of, but one that's easier to admit than the fact it happened after watching nearly an hour's worth of YouTube videos in my bathroom.<p>With my laptop awkwardly bent inside the sink (which I made sure was sufficiently dry) I followed along with video after video …

Geek Humor

8 Awesome Science Resources That You Can Access For Free Online

Including ALL of Feynman’s lectures.<p>There's nothing worse than wanting to expand your knowledge, satisfy your curiosity, or just confirm some weird …

2004 February 15 - A Spherule from the Earth's Moon

<b>A Spherule from the Earth's Moon</b> <b><br>Credit:</b> Timothy Culler (UCB) et al., Apollo 11 Crew, NASA<p><b>Explanation:</b> How did this spherule come to be on the Moon? …

Astronomy

There's a crazy true story about NASA mentioned in 'The Martian'

In the new sci-fi blockbuster movie "The Martian," there's a critical scene involving rocket fuel and an explosive fireball.<p>The blast happens when astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) tries burning rocket fuel to make water, which he then uses to grow food on Mars. Shortly before the fateful scene, …

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

They're thought to be what anchors galaxies — some of the largest objects in the universe.<p>And what happens past their event horizon, also known as the point of no return, can only be speculation since we will never get a chance to see it with our own eyes and live to tell the tale.<p>Despite decades …

Black Holes

Ampy charges your smartphone through your own kinetic energy

Poor battery life is unfortunately still a concern for many smartphone owners, with some handsets unable to last a full day in the hands of a power user. Ampy, a new Kickstarter project, aims to solve this issue without the hassle of remembering to charge up your battery pack. Instead, it stores …

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The Exoplanet That Wasn’t There

Scientists were excited about the possibility of the first rocky exoplanet—but it turns out, they weren’t quite right.<p>Exoplanet astronomy—the search …

Winds from Black Holes Pack Surprisingly Strong Punch

Black holes can blast their surroundings with much stronger winds than previously thought, scientists say.<p>The discovery will help better model the …

Better Squatting For Better Running | Competitor.com

<i>Learning to squat effectively teaches runners how to be better runners by addressing and improving basic athletic skills.</i><p>Irrespective of the training …