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Stephen Hawking: brain could exist outside body

Stephen Hawking has said he believes brains could exist independently of the body, but that the idea of a conventional afterlife is a fairy tale.<p>Speaking at the premiere of a documentary film about his life, the theoretical physicist said: "I think the brain is like a program in the mind, which is …

Typhoon Usagi batters Philippines and Taiwan

Categorized on Thursday as a “super typhoon” at its peak, Usagi is the strongest cyclone so far in 2013. It’s expected to weaken before striking Hong …

FYI: What Would Happen If Every Element On The Periodic Table Came Into Contact Simultaneously?

There are two ways to go about testing this, neither of which are practical. One requires the energy of dozens of Large Hadron Colliders. The other could yield a cauldron-full of flaming plutonium. Both, however, would probably create carbon monoxide and a pile of rust and salts rather than a cool …

APOD: M1: The Incredible Expanding Crab (2013 Sep 05) Credit & Copyright: Adam Block, Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter, U. Arizona http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130905.html Explanation: The Crab Nebula is cataloged as M1, the first on Charles Messier's famous list of things which are not comets. In fact, the Crab is now known to be a supernova remnant, an expanding cloud of debris from the explosion of a massive star. The violent birth of the Crab was witnessed by astronomers in the year 1054. Roughly 10 light-years across today, the nebula is still expanding at a rate of over 1,000 kilometers per second. Want to watch the Crab Nebula expand? Check out this video (vimeo) animation comparing an image of M1 taken in 1999 at the European Southern Observatory, with this one, taken in 2012 at the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center. Background stars were used to register the two images. The Crab Nebula lies about 6,500 light-years away in the constellation Taurus. http://www.caelumobservatory.com/ http://skycenter.arizona.edu/ http://vimeo.com/71117055 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130905 #APOD

Conspiracy theories: the science behind belief in secret plots

With constant revelations about government surveillance and possible impending war, this must be a fertile time for conspiracy theories.<p>You know when you put the bins out and you realise there's a bag in the corner that you'd forgotten about and you pick it up but it's so old it splits and you are …

What's the point of sleep?

Almost as much as eating food or tormenting the local wildlife, my cats love to sleep. Which is probably why I get on so well with them, because I'm also quite partial to a good nap. The trouble with sleep is that no one's quite sure why we actually do it. But a new paper published in the Journal …

We used an algorithm that simulates the formation of galaxies, replacing stars with scientific papers on the arXiv database<p>Scientists live in a very fast-paced world where hundreds of new papers – each representing months or years of hard work – flash by each day. With such a large volume of …