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LHC reboot: the world's largest particle accelerator is now active

'What we’ve put together is almost a new machine.'<p>The Large Hadron Collider is reborn — on Easter weekend, of course. After shutting it down for two years in February 2013, the world's biggest and most powerful particle accelerator is up and running again. That doesn't mean that it's going at full …

Large Hadron Collider

Fear of spiders in our DNA, according to new study

Researchers claim our ancestors developed an ability to spot and identify spiders quickly as part of a necessary survival instinct<p>A fear of spiders could be something we are born with rather than something we learn, according to a new scientific study.<p>Research suggests that arachnophobia could be …

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Are we in control of our own decisions?

Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes …

One in a Million Odds: Living with Stiff Person Syndrome - CNN iReport

Just over four years ago, I was diagnosed with a rare neuromuscular disease. In truth, it took a frustratingly-long eleven years of research, progressing symptoms, and going from doctor to doctor in order to get a diagnosis. Despite my diagnosis, I have done what many doctors have called …

CNN

When intensive care is just too intense

The treatment patients receive in intensive care usually works but many are left with deep psychological scars<p>I still remember the first patient I saw in intensive care. A naked man, covered by a white sheet, was plugged into banks of machines through cables that radiated from his body. His face …

The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness

The astonishing story of Nick Brown, the British man who began a part-time psychology course in his 50s – and ended up taking on America's academic establishment<p>Nick Brown does not look like your average student. He's 53 for a start and at 6ft 4in with a bushy moustache and an expression that …

Psychology