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How a doctor’s words can make you ill

A good bedside manner can help heal the body, but if doctors don’t choose their words carefully, they can also make you unwell.<p>Have you ever visited a doctor, and come away feeling they weren’t much help? Listen to the following audio clip, and you might start to understand why.<p>During a role-play …

Medicine

Why Does Time Move Forward Instead of Backward, Anyway?

The arrow of time—why time goes forward and not backward—is one of the longest-standing and most mind-bending mysteries in physics. Tim Koslowski, a theoretical physicist at the University of New Brunswick, who studies gravity and time and recently made a theoretical breakthrough, explains it to PM.<p>…

Physics

Radical molecular flash memory could store massive amounts of data

Novel molecules could help flash memory move beyond its storage limits, allowing for massive amounts of data to be recorded in small spaces, according to European scientists.<p>Metal-oxide clusters that can retain electrical charge and act as RAM could form a new basis for data cells used in flash …

Nanotech

Harvard cracks DNA storage, crams 700 terabytes of data into a single gram - ExtremeTech

By on August 17, 2012 at 10:22 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>A bioengineer and geneticist at …

Human Genome Project

Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector

<b>Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.</b><p>The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient's bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a …

Project Loon

Trion Nemesis 2000HP Supercar Prototype Production Starts In 2015

Back in April we featured the new Trion Nemesis, which is an American built supercar that aims to take on the Bugatti Veyron and the Koenigsegg …

Sports Cars

Kinect-Equipped Digital Mirror Shows Your Innards

This new installation marries biomedical imaging and Microsoft Kinect technology to show a person’s body–organs and all–as it moves in real time.<p>In the past, we’ve written about the powerful (and potentially embarrassing) accuracy of Microsoft Kinect, but one thing the Kinect couldn’t offer via its …

Augmented Reality

Six new ways to teach children more effectively

Six groundbreaking new projects will aim to discover how neuroscience can help pupils learn more effectively in the classroom. Here are the experiments:<p><b>Learning Counterintutive Concepts, Birkbeck University of London</b><p>Around 9,000 pupils across 100 primary schools in London, the North West and the …

PlayStation TV $99 Games Console Explained (video)

Sony is currently gearing up to launch its new PlayStation TV console later this month on October 14th, 2014 and has this week released a new video …

Smart TV

Smallest possible diamonds form ultra-thin nanothreads

For the first time, scientists have discovered how to produce ultra-thin "diamond nanothreads" that promise extraordinary properties, including …

WATCH: The Chemistry of a Smartphone

Thanks to patent laws and trade secrets, there's precious little information available about what goes into manufacturing your typical smartphone, …

Exercise added to chemo shrinks tumors faster - Futurity

After only two weeks, exercise and chemotherapy shrink tumors in mice more than just chemotherapy alone.

Interview With Charles Duhigg - New Year’s Resolutions Guidebook

<i>I recently had the opportunity to interview Charles Duhigg about how you can use habits to stick to your New Year’s resolutions. Charles is a</i> …

Sleep after learning strengthens connections between brain cells and enhances memory

In study published today in <i>Science</i>, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center show for the first time that sleep after learning encourages the growth …

The best way to win an argument

How do you change someone’s mind if you think you are right and they are wrong? Psychology reveals the last thing to do is the tactic we usually resort to.<p>You are, I'm afraid to say, mistaken. The position you are taking makes no logical sense. Just listen up and I'll be more than happy to …

Psychology

Fitness Motivation on Twitter: "Lean legs workout http://t.co/oULr9fd9lf"

6 workouts that melt fat in under 20 minutes

Workout #1: Escalating density training<p>Pioneered by strength coaches Charles Staley and Robert Dos Remedios, escalating density training involves …

University Challenge: Are these the 20 toughest questions Jeremy Paxman has ever asked?

As Jeremy Paxman hosts the final of University Challenge this Monday, here are 20 of the toughest questions he has asked during his reign as the show's quizmaster. How many can you answer?<p>On Monday night, quiz show devotees will settle down to watch Jeremy Paxman host his 21st University Challenge …

Andrew Lloyd Webber

The creator of 'Second Life' wants to look inside your brain with the Oculus Rift

The creator of <i>Second Life</i> is helping scientists explore your brain. Philip Rosedale has collabored with neuroscientists in California on a system that, as <i>Fast.Company</i> reports, offers a virtual reality tour of "a person’s brain reacting to stimuli in real time." It does this with the help of many …

Want to learn quicker? Use your body

Waving your arms, wriggling your fingers and striding around a room can help you learn faster, says Colin Barras. How does it work?<p>Ever got to grips with a problem? Picked up a new skill? Grasped a difficult concept? The language of learning is full of references to parts of the body outside the …

University of Iowa

Prisoners 'could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours'

Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a 1,000 year sentence, a team of scientists claim<p>Future biotechnology could be used to trick a prisoner's mind into thinking they have served a 1,000 year sentence, a group of scientists have claimed.<p>Philosopher …

Malcolm Gladwell: Tell People What It's Really Like To Be A Doctor

In last week’s article, Malcolm Gladwell dissected and diagnosed American health care.<p>Throughout our interview, he tackled controversial topics from the Affordable Care Act and medical malpractice to the contrasting Canadian health care system and much more. I expected him to dive deep below the …

No More Knife: The Stem-Cell Shortcut To Injury Recovery

Stephan Drake was halfway down a backcountry ski run in Alaska last March, filming with Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia, when he aired over a steep spine onto an unexpected wind crust. The snow grabbed his right ski and Drake felt the unmistakable <i>snap!</i> of his knee ripping apart as he rolled …

Stem Cells

Sound, light and water waves and how scientists worked out the mathematics

What violins have in common with the sea – the wave principle<p>You're reading these words because light waves are bouncing off the letters on the page and into your eyes. The sounds of the rustling paper or beeps of your computer reach your ear via compression waves travelling through the air. Waves …

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …

Real People With Comic-Book Super Powers

1. Rock Crusher<p>Seken Tolebekov, 83, of Kazakhstan, can crush rocks with his bare hands. He started crushing rocks when he was 24.<p>“I think I have some …

Meditation

Supercomputers Calculate Structure Of Bones On The Molecular Level

Bone fibers contain an odd couple of gooey protein and crystallized mineral.<p>Like the best of statesmen, bone is both strong and a little bit flexible. That's because it combines a soft, gel-like substance (collagen) with a stiff, strong one (mineral hydroxyapatite). Now, one team of engineers say …

Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …