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Super-elastic conducting fibers for artificial muscles, sensors, capacitors | Kurzweil

UT Dallas scientists have constructed novel fibers by wrapping sheets of tiny carbon nanotubes to form a sheath around a long rubber core. This …

Nanotech

NASA Unveils Star 'Fireworks' for Hubble Telescope's 25th Anniversary

No fireworks show on Earth can match the brilliant lights captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. NASA released this photo to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hubble, which was launched into orbit on April 24, 1990.<p>It's an image of a relatively young star cluster — young meaning only about 2 …

Hubble

Rare 'severe' geomagnetic storm is hitting Earth right now

A rare G4, "severe" geomagnetic storm, is underway. It has the potential to disrupt radio transmission signals, cause problems with the electrical …

Weather

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'Minicomputers' Live Inside the Human Brain

The brain may be an even more powerful computer than before thought — microscopic branches of brain cells that were once thought to basically serve …

Self-Directed Neuroplasticity: Consciously Changing Your Brain Function

Share<p>Pin<p>Reddit<p>Stumble<p>Email<p>Shares 323<p>Self-directed neuroplasticity is a concept derived from the researcher Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz in his book, <b>“The</b> …

Bathtub Science: DIY Bath Fizzies

I don’t know anyone — kid or grown-up — who doesn’t delight in watching a fun and foamy explosion of fizz. (You know, like those cool erupting volcanoes you made in science class back in the day.) Well, it turns out those chemistry lessons of years past have a whole lot in common with your favorite …

10 magnificent minimalist GIFs by Florian de Looij

GIF: gif.flrn.nl<p>Here are some of my favorite very simple animations by artist and GIF-master Florian de Looij.<p>More from him: portfolio, and GIF …

What Sounds Can Be Heard In Space? NASA’s Soundcloud Channel Proves The Universe Is Terrifying [Audio]

If you have ever wondered what outer space sounds like, now you can listen for yourself thanks to NASA. NASA’s Soundcloud channel features a …

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

Watch The Funniest Interview Of Stephen Hawking Ever

John Oliver, host of “Last Week Tonight” on HBO, featured Stephen Hawking last summer. The resulting interview was one of the funniest things I have …

The Pill That Kills Your Sex Drive

Antidepressants are everywhere. So are their dire effects on love and sex. Isn't that depressing?<p>Katherine Sharpe will never know what caused her first serious relationship to end. And that still bugs her. What she does know is that over time, her physical desire for the man she dated in college …

Depression

5 Amazing Advances In Brain Research In 2014

2014 was a big year for the brain. As The New York Times declared in February, the next frontier in science is "inside your brain" -- and indeed, some neuroscience research was particularly noteworthy.<p>Though the human brain is still largely a mystery to us, slowly but surely, neuroscientists are …

February 2014

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Science Graphic of the Week: How Magic Mushrooms Rearrange Your Brain

A new way of looking at brain activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects.<p>In recent years, a …

Aromatic Pork and Noodle Soup

4 Servings<p>Active Time: 30 min<p>Total Time: 1 min<p>Vietnamese pho is built on a long-simmered and aromatic stock infused with charred ginger and onion, spices, and fish sauce, ladled over rice noodles and most commonly served with thin slices of beef. This is not that. We borrowed the technique of …

Recipes

Total abs http://t.co/VCfBoIOsuB

<b>Geminid Meteor Shower</b><p>The annual Geminid meteor shower peaks soon. Sadly, the Moon will be near-full brightening the sky for most of the night causing rates to be lower. However, the Geminids will still put on a good show pretty much anywhere that isn’t overcast, so don’t worry. Southern Hemisphere viewers will see lower rates, with the peak being ~40-60 meteors/hour in some locations, so you won’t be missing out as was the case for the Persieds earlier this year. Use the Fluxtimator to estimate …