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Brain scans highlight a hidden, "higher" state of consciousness

Reaching a higher state of consciousness is a concept you're more likely to hear a spiritualist spout than a scientist, but now neuroscientists at …

Consciousness

From Sea To Shining Sea, A Solar System 'Road Trip' With Astronaut Chris Hadfield

With the sun at Long Island and Pluto on the Santa Monica pier, the journey is "kind of startling and extremely memorable."<p>Sure, we sort of all know some of the names of the planets in our solar system, and sure, we kind of know what many of those planets look like, right? But have you ever …

Climate 420 Million Years Ago Poised for Comeback

Starting in the next century, atmospheric carbon levels could begin to approach those of hundreds of millions of years ago, and have their warming …

Climate

Can scientists rejuvenate an aging brain with a protein found in umbilical cord blood?

What old brains need is a shot of young blood — and the younger the better.<p>It may sound like a metaphor employed by a randy octogenarian. But new research on mice suggests it can be taken quite literally.<p>Writing in the journal Nature, Stanford University anti-aging researchers reported Wednesday …

APNewsBreak: Baby orca! Last killer whale born at SeaWorld

MIAMI (AP) — The last orca has been born in captivity at a SeaWorld park in San Antonio, Texas, just over a year after the theme park decided to stop …

A Shopping Guide for Science Nerds

Let your geek flag fly!<p>Earth Day 2017 will go down in history. On April 22nd, thousands of scientists and their supporters will march in Washington, DC and in more than 420 cities around the globe in what is expected to be the world’s largest public demonstration in the name of science. Meanwhile, …

EPA

Why Are Some Mice (and People) Monogamous? A Study Points to Genes

The oldfield mouse doesn’t seem extraordinary. With soulful black eyes and tiny teacup ears, the rodent lives a humdrum life scurrying about meadows and beaches in the Southeast.<p>But field biologists have long known that when it comes to sex and family life, this mouse is remarkable: Peromyscus …

Consciousness Is Made of Atoms, Too - Facts So Romantic

<i>In “A Stroll Through the Worlds of Animals and Men,” published in 1934, the Estonian biologist Jakob von Uexküll attempted to show that every animal</i> …

Hungry young star seen munching down on a ‘space hamburger’ for the first time

When a star is born, it needs a healthy diet of gas and dust to grow up into a big, powerful star like our Sun. Now, for the first time, scientists have directly observed a protostar going through this early “feeding” process. The discovery, published today in <i>Science Advances</i>, settles an old debate …

Scientists Are Making Horrible Red-Eye Mutant Wasps Because Why the Hell Not

Listen, scientists. I appreciate what you do, and boy I sure do love that evidence-based pursuit of knowledge, but did you have to make mutant wasps? …

Giant shipworm loses its shell and invades our nightmares

While most of us would cringe at finding something that looks like an extra long bizarre black worm squirming in the mud, scientists are thrilled they finally tracked down the elusive giant shipworm -- scientifically named Kuphus polythalamia.<p>Though it might look like a long worm, the shipworm is …

You Might Be Genetically Predisposed to Procrastination

Procrastination evolved as a survival mechanism to avoid conflict, but you can change course.<p>If you like to put things off or surf the internet instead of getting work done, you might be able to blame your ancestors. Procrastination and laziness are based in our genetics, and you can be predisposed …

Biology

Which body part hurts the most when stung by a bee? A scientist put himself through a torturous experiment to find out

Pain is notoriously subjective — some people can take more of it than others.<p>But we need to measure pain, so scientists have derived scales that are generally considered valid ways of assessing how much one thing hurts compared to another.<p>When entomologist Justin Schmidt created the "Schmidt Pain …

Venomous fish have evolved many ways to inflict pain

Biologist Leo Smith held an unusual job while an undergraduate student in San Diego. Twice a year, he tagged along on a chartered boat with elderly …

Science hero Neil deGrasse Tyson delivers his most inspiring message yet

Scientific discovery has transformed the world, bringing us life-saving medicine, globe-trotting transportation, and the powerful, tiny computer …

Science

South Indian frog oozes molecule that inexplicably decimates flu viruses

The compound seems nontoxic, but it would be useful to know how it works.<p>From the slimy backs of a South Indian frog comes a new way to blast …

Blue whale devours massive krill patch in a single gulp; rare video

Blue whale makes a krill patch disappear.The blue whale is the planets largest creature, measuring to about 100 feet and weighing as much as 200 …

Whales

53 movies you need to see in your lifetime

Television might be on an upswing, but nothing will ever replace movies. In the past century that they've been around, they're given us unforgettable stories and characters.<p>Here are 53 movies everyone should watch in their lifetimes. They're a mix of movies to see when you're growing up, stone-cold …

Blood From Human Umbilical Cords Can Rejuvenate Old Mouse Brains

Several studies now suggest that young plasma has revitalizing properties—and with results this intriguing, it’s no wonder there is drama brewing among the scientists involved.<p>When a baby is born, the now-useless umbilical cord is usually thrown away. But sometimes, it finds renewed purpose. …

Baby goats ditch sweaters for PJs and we are totally here for it

Cute little goats in sweaters seem to have been popping up quite frequently and we're not mad about it. In fact, we'll take any goat-in-sweater …

25 'Harry Potter' Memes More Epic Than the Savior Himself

The most magical memes on the internet.<p>If Hogwarts students had access to the internet, there’s no doubt they’d love memes just as much as everyone …

Harry Potter

This Giant RC Truck Is the Barbie Jeep's $5,000 Off-Roading Cousin

As everyone from Texas already knows, bigger is always better, be it a giant steak or a remote control pickup truck that’s six and a half-feet long, …

Off-roading

Up Close and Personal With the World’s Most Artistic Mollusks

Deep sea “carrier snails” painstakingly turn their shells into tiny dioramas.<p>Step into the Zymoglyphic Museum in Portland, Oregon, and you’re …

Nature

Original Alien returning to theaters ahead of Alien: Covenant

With its claustrophobic thrills and return to a horror feel, next month’s <i>Alien: Covenant</i> looks to bring back elements of Ridley Scott’s original 1979</i> …

Twentieth Century-Fox

17 Science-Backed Habits That Will Improve Your Sleep (and Make You Fall Asleep Faster)

Did you know blowing bubbles helps? Yes, really.<p>Sleep is hard, especially in a world where people spend their time busy and stressed.<p>But not sleeping, in addition to making you less efficient and more stressed, is terrible for your health.<p>Americans currently average 6.8 hours of sleep per night, …

University of Maryland

Cannabis Companies Find More Customers That Want Less THC

The standard dose or serving of marijuana is 10mg of THC, and edible products like cookies, chocolates and mints are labeled so users can know how much they are consuming. But it’s tricky with cannabis according to Eileen Namanny, marketing manager of The Goodship a maker of cannabis-infused …

If You Want to Be Truly Happy, Stop Worrying About These 24 Things in Your Life

We are each responsible for our own happiness.<p>If you want to be happy you have to find the things that make you unhappy.<p>If you want to move forward, there are always things you need to let go of first. It's a process that shouldn't happen just once a year. Taking stock should be an ongoing …

Happiness