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Under pressure, Silicon Valley workers turn to LSD microdosing

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Psychedelic Drugs

Neil deGrasse Tyson Doubles Down On Rationalia

There are better ways to get science back into policy<p>With math and observation, Nicolaus Copernicus rewrote millennia of human understanding. The renaissance astronomer plotted the paths of planets and stars in the night sky, and assembled a picture of the solar system that put the sun, and not the …

Scientists Built a Biological Computer Inside a Cell

Chemically hacking bacterial DNA allows for a whole new world of biological computation.<p>MIT engineers have developed biological computational circuits capable of both remembering and responding to sequential input data.<p>The group's work, which is described in this week's issue of <i>Science</i>, represents …

Cancer Survivor Gets 3D-Printed Jaw

A novel process developed at Indiana University uses 3D modeling and printing to produce remarkably lifelike facial prosthetics faster than …

Why Do Humans Have An Innate Desire To Get High?

It’s easy to explain the appeal of drugs like heroin and cocaine, which directly stimulate the brain’s reward centres. What’s less easy to explain is …

LG Electronics Sells Mosquito-Repelling TV in India

The Indian arm of South Korea's LG Electronics Inc has begun selling a TV with a feature that it says repels mosquitoes, which can spread diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue.<p>The TV's "Mosquito Away Technology" uses ultrasonic waves that are inaudible to humans but cause mosquitoes to fly …

This new graphene material is more sensitive than your skin

Researchers at Monash University have developed a new material that is more sensitive than human skin.<p>The elastomer, created from wonder material …

Engineering

Graphene wristband can monitor blood glucose, deliver drug treatment

Scientists this week published details on a new wearable wristband designed to monitor and treat diabetes. Developed by a team of scientists working …

Underlying connection found between diverse materials with extreme magnetoresistance

A new study from the Cava lab has revealed a unifying connection between seemingly unrelated materials that exhibit extreme magnetoresistance, the …

Three Scientifically Proven Steps For Talking With Strangers

Behavioral scientists have found that strangers are more open to small talk than you might think.<p>Want to be better at small talk? Of course you do–or you will the next time you find yourself at a dinner party, business meeting, or networking event. You can practice the “art” of small talk, or you …

Psychology

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

Universal cancer vaccine on horizon after genetic breakthrough

A universal cancer vaccine is on the horizon after scientists discovered how to rewire immune cells to fight any type of disease.<p>The potential new therapy involves injecting tiny particles of genetic code into the body which travel to the immune cells and teach them to recognise specific …

Physicists might have just detected a fifth force of nature

But now physicists in Hungary think they might have found evidence of a mysterious fifth force of nature. And, if verified, it would mean we'd need to rethink our understanding of how the universe actually works.<p>Before we get into that, let's go back to those four forces for a second, because …

Inspired by evolution: Caltech bioengineer is first woman to win $1.1-million tech prize

Inspired by the biological processes that drive natural selection, Caltech biochemical engineer Frances Arnold launched a field called "directed evolution" and revolutionized the way researchers design more effective drugs and create cleaner industrial processes.<p>This week, Arnold's pioneering work …

Biology

The deepest 3-D map of the universe ever made confirms Einstein was a genius

This theory, among other things, stated that the speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all observers, regardless of the source.<p>In 1915, he followed this up with the publication of his theory of General Relativity, which asserted that gravity has a warping effect on space-time.<p>For over a …

After reading thousands of romance books, Google’s AI is writing eerie post-modern poetry

Google had a problem. Their AI engine spoke with grammatical precision and factual accuracy, but its diction remained terse and limp. They wanted it to be more conversational, so they made it read 2,865 romance novels. Now Google has a poet.<p>In an unpublished paper entitled “Generating Sentences …

Artificial Intelligence

The science of Jerry and Elaine: The unsettling reasons why some exes keep each other close

<b>Jerry Seinfeld as Jerry and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine in "Seinfeld" (Hulu)</b><p>Two new studies look at dark personality traits, and how they’re connected to break-ups and art<p>Erin Coulehan<p>May 12, 2016 8:07pm (UTC)<p>We all have a relationship we look back on and wonder what we were blinded by. The rush …

Psychology

Sorry seems to be hardest word? Not anymore. Scientists reveal the perfect way to apologise

Elton John once sang that sorry seemed to be hardest word but now scientists have found that the perfect apology requires more than just the word 'sorry' itself.<p>Based on the findings of a new study, researchers said there are six key elements to make one's apology more sincere and easy to accept …

Scientists store digital images in DNA, and retrieves them perfectly

Researchers have developed one of the first complete systems to store digital data in DNA -- allowing companies to store data that today would fill a …

University of Washington

22 Science Jokes Only Smart People Will Understand

Old statisticians never die. They just get broken down by age and sex.

A professional landscape photographer says these are the best places to see star-filled skies in the US

Between the weather, lunar, solar, and milky way conditions, stars can be a difficult thing to capture, but Kaye has become familiar with the best spots to go stargazing and capture the spectacular sights.<p>From Hawaii to Lake Tahoe, Kaye has some serious knowledge on where to head if you want a …

You (and Almost Everyone You Know) Owe Your Life to This Man.

Temperament matters. Especially when nuclear weapons are involved.<p>Temperament matters.<p>Especially when nuclear weapons are involved and you don’t—you can’t—know what the enemy is up to, and you’re scared. Then it helps (it helps a lot) to be calm.<p>The world owes an enormous debt to a quiet, steady …

Genetically engineered 'Magneto' protein remotely controls brain and behaviour

“Badass” new method uses a magnetised protein to activate brain cells rapidly, reversibly, and non-invasively<p>Researchers in the United States have developed a new method for controlling the brain circuits associated with complex animal behaviours, using genetic engineering to create a magnetised …

There is a 'game changer' technology on Wall Street and people keep confusing it with bitcoin

Goldman Sachs says the technology "has the potential to redefine transactions" and can change "everything."<p>JPMorgan last month announced it was launching a trial project with the blockchain startup led by its former executive, Blythe Masters.<p>Her company, Digital Asset Holdings, has secured funding …

Scott Kelly Happy to Be Back on Earth: 'This Feels Great'

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Space Exploration

How Scott Kelly's year in space may have changed his body

The body reacts in strange ways to microgravity<p>NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is returning to Earth tonight, wrapping up a 340-day-long stay aboard the International Space Station. It's the longest amount of time an American astronaut has lived in space, says NASA. The extended stay is part of the …

What It's Like To Freefall From 20 Miles Above The Earth

Before NASA had its Mercury 7 astronauts, the Air Force was launching its own team into the stratosphere — in balloons.<p>Without the glamour or budget of NASA, these early space scientists and test pilots performed extreme experiments that helped pave the way for the Mercury crew. Among them was …

Samsung proves why 5G is necessary with a robot arm

We've been hearing murmurs about 5G for years now, but it seems like this Mobile World Congress is the one where companies have started to get serious about it. Samsung and Deutsche Telekom, for example, put together a 5G demo that shows off how the technology is a serious upgrade from today's 4G …

A Stanford grad who raised $40 million thinks he's figured out how to get rid of Wi-Fi dead spots in your house — and it actually works

Early last year, Eero used this dream to launch a crowdfunding campaign that sold over $1 million in preorders.<p>The pitch was that Eero would use multiple devices to blanket your entire home with a smooth Wi-Fi signal that anyone could set up.<p>And after pushing back the launch from last summer, Eero …

Oceans Are Rising at Fastest Rate in 3,000 Years, Study Says

Worldwide sea levels are rising at their fastest rate in almost 3,000 years, according to a new study, and are forecast to rise by up to 4ft by the …

Climate Change