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How I Got Delightfully High On Legal Mushrooms

Ever since Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon’s eccentric but oddly compelling food diary went viral — and people finally started taking Goop …

Mind

Videos: How Much Money Would It Cost To Build A Gaming PC As Powerful As The Xbox One X?

This new video from GamingBolt looks at how much it would cost to build a gaming PC as powerful as the Xbox One X. The Xbox One X is set to become …

Gaming

This Dutch startup turns plants into batteries

Imagine a lamp. Any lamp. Now imagine having to water it.<p>Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers created Living Light: plants that double as lights. Or lights that double as plants – whichever way you prefer looking at it. The lights run on electricity generated by bacteria in the soil.<p>Here’s how it …

Particle Physics

Neuroscientist explains how your brain hallucinates your conscious reality

In this recently released TED Talk, neuroscientist Anil Seth explains the intricacies of human consciousness and how we all are constantly …

Consciousness

Here's Why Today's Decision On Who Invented CRISPR Matters

In a brief, one-sentence decision on Wednesday, the US patent office handed the patent for the gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to the Broad …

Must Read Books for Beginners on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence

Introduction<p>Machine Learning has granted incredible power to humans. The power to run tasks in automated manner, the power to make our lives …

Machine Learning

This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations

Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if …

Pharmacogenetics: What It Is and Why You Need to Know

<b>Changing the Future of Health Care</b><p>When the human genetic code was cracked about 10 years ago,it brought with it the expectation of immediate application to human disease. Pronouncements that there would soon be a cure for cancer and heart diseaes, now that we knew the genes causing them were …

Genetics

This Comic Book Is The Geeky, Feminist Answer To Bad Dating Advice

"I think there are always such silly ideas out there of women being mysterious creatures when it's usually quite the opposite,” comic book publisher Hope Nicholson says. “Most of us are quite open and willing to chat and share our stories.”<p>It’s this belief that propelled Nicholson to collect a …

Relationships

Demonii refuses to be censored despite pressure to axe hashes

Demonii, one of the largest BitTorrent trackers on the Web recently had to ban over 10,000 torrent hashes because of copyright-infringements.<p>This is despite not actually offering torrents for download itself. Deomnii connects you to people who share their files on other sites like The Pirate …

As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water. Not water from a hurricane or a tsunami, but purified drinking water — 2.1 trillion gallons of it.<p>That's the amount of water that researchers estimate is lost each year in this country because of aging and leaky pipes, broken water mains and faulty …

Majorana particles - Fundamentally confusing

A completely new type of particle is observed for the first time. What does that mean, fundamentally?<p>You could define particle physics as the quest to discover the fundamental constituents of nature, and to understand how they interact. The so-called “Standard Model” of physics contains a list of …

Newly discovered particle is both matter and antimatter at the same time

You probably think of matter and antimatter as mortal enemies, since their equivalent particles (such as protons and antiprotons) normally destroy each other on contact. However, there are now hints that the two might get along just fine in the right circumstances. Researchers claim to have …

Seek thermal camera brings heat vision to your Android phone

As smartphone cameras continue to advance we are seeing increasing megapixels, the abilities to take better night shots, 4K recording, optical image stabilization and many other improvements in the area of pictures and video. But what about more off-the-wall features like heat vision? Although no …

Android Phones

Seek Thermal’s new smartphone camera-app combo lets you ‘see’ the heat

It’s safe to assume that most people have yet to devote a single thought to thermal imaging — and there’s a good reason for that. Up until now, that rarified technology has been the exclusive (and expensive) province of law enforcement, firefighters, contractors, boating pros and the military. But …

Will Free Online Courses Ever Replace a College Education?

Two years into their existence, MOOCs haven't stolen students away from brick-and-mortar universities. Instead, they've become a genre of their own.<p>It’s 10:44 am on a Tuesday, and I’m lounging at home in my pajamas, sipping chamomile tea. I am, at the same time, taking a class at Harvard. Professor …

Controversial Torrent Site The Pirate Bay Just Made It Easier To Download Movies On Your Phone

But starting this week, users can now search through that endless trove of pirated content directly on their smartphones and tablets now that Pirate Bay has launched a mobile-friendly version of its website.<p>Called "The Mobile Bay," the mobile-optimized Pirate Bay offers the full search capabilities …

Google Play

Summer reading list: nonfiction

<i>Being a compendium of some of my most popular nonfiction reviews from the past year, from Capital in the 21st Century to The Divide</i><p><b>Emergency</b> …

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century

I've been writing about Piketty's work for more than a year, as the first inklings of his French-language publications began to trickle into the …

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.14.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s a question that’s perplexed …

27 Tips for Mastering Anything

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>What does it take to become a master at your craft? Is genius innate, or can it be learned?<p>In his book, "<i>Mastery</i>," Robert Greene draws from the latest research, interviews modern masters, and examines the lives of former greats like Albert Einstein, …

Creativity

E. Coli Contaminates Portland, Ore., Tap Water

All of Portland, Ore., was told Friday to boil its tap water after the city found E. coli in water samples.<p>An alert sent to people who live in the city and nearby warned that they "should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice for at least one minute. Ice or …

E.coli

Filtering A New Idea: A Book That's Educational And 'Drinkable'

From the outside, "The Drinkable Book" looks like a normal book. It's about an inch or two thick, with 20 pages. But these pages do a lot more than convey information. Each page also serves as a water filter, a valuable tool for preventing waterborne illness in the developing world. Globally, about …

Anonymous OS reportedly used by Snowden reaches version 1.0

Tails, which leaves no trace of Internet activity on computers, was reportedly used by the NSA whistle-blower in discussions with journalists.<p>The operating system reportedly favored by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to keep his conversations with journalists secret has graduated to 1.0 status.<p>…

Privacy

Sailor Moon Crystal Has A Release Date And Inner Senshi Designs Revealed

The remake of the most beloved ’90s magical girl anime is <i>almost here</i> and my odango are tingling just thinking about it. The <i>Bishoujo Senshi Sailor</i> …

8-Bit Philosophy, A New Web Series Exploring Philosophy Using Graphics From Retro Video Games

8-Bit Philosophy is a new web series from Napkin Note Productions that explores and explains philosophy through the use of graphics from retro video …

Retrogaming

Prescribing Mushrooms for Anxiety

A New York University research team is using hallucinogenic experiences to help patients come to terms with their mortality.<p>“Some of the things I’m about to say might not make sense,” began O.M., a 22-year-old cancer survivor. He had the far-off look in his eyes that I recognized from so many of …

Google initiative will lease solar panels to consumers

Google has just announced another major investment in renewable energy -- not to power its own vast data centers this time, but rather to bring cheaper electricity to the homes of ordinary Americans. Alongside solar cell manufacturer SunPower, the internet giant is starting a $250 million fund …

A lamp is spying on New Yorkers and tweeting their conversations

<i>Wired</i> tells the story of two artists, Kyle McDonald and Brian House, who wanted to experiment with surveillance. The pair installed simple Wi-Fi-enabled recording devices in lamps at McDonalds, a library, a bedroom, a bank, and in New York's Washington Square Park. The recordings are sent to …