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Beam is an Android-powered projector that fits into a light socket

We’ve certainly seen some awesome projectors in the tech world lately, but none quite like this. The Beam smart projector is powered by your Android device, and has a ton of functionality like waking you up in the morning with the latest news, showing you your social updates when you come home, and …

Gear & Gadgets

Shelf Life: Six ways to prepare a coelacanth | @GrrlScientist

How do you preserve a fish so researchers can study it for hundreds of years into the future? This video shows six different methods used by the American Museum of Natural history to preserve its coelacanth specimens for research.<p>Coelacanths originally appeared in the fossil record between 415-360 …

Aros Smart Air Conditioner

Developed by GE with Quirky, Aros is an air conditioner that adapts to your schedule and budget. Control it from anywhere via a mobile app. It can …

Did Ancient Aliens Build Giant Stone Boxes in Egypt?

As usual, the answer to every headline question is, "probably not," but I'll leave this for you to decide.<p>My good friend Dr. Steven Novella sent me this video in the hopes that we might talk about it on this week's Skeptics' Guide to the Universe (which we do - look for our discussion to come out …

Unlocking the hidden secrets inside our brains

Why the coming years will witness exciting new discoveries about our brains – from creating better tools to probe the mind deeper to creating smart nanobots.<p>The human brain is the most complex part of our body. The 1.4kg mass of one hundred billion neurons has a mind boggling potential to control …

The Brain

How to tell you are a good liar in five seconds

A clever trick for testing the truthfulness of your nearest and dearest<p>Ever wondered if you friends, family or work colleagues are telling you little white lies?<p>Here's a handy way to test them. All you need is five seconds and a bit of hand-eye coordination - you can even try it out on …

Chemists use newt toxin to ‘see’ pain in a living animal

By studying newts, scientists have found a way to tag and take images of the location where pain is generated in living rats.<p>The work began in the …

Stanford University

Ask Anything: What Does Water Taste Like?

H2-oh-so-tasty<p>For thousands of years, philosophers claimed that water had no flavor. It’s the baseline for the sense of taste, they said—a starting point and null condition. What water is to tongues, darkness is to eyes and silence is to ears. “The natural substance water per se tends to be …

How speech sounds activate the brain

Researchers Watch As Our Brains Turn Sounds Into Words

Researchers are a bit closer to understanding one of the brain's greatest accomplishments: making sense out of spoken language.<p>An area of the brain that interprets speech contains cells that respond to the dozen or so basic units of sound we use to form words, according to a team from the …

New therapies offer bright hope against the darkness of depression

The numbers are staggering: Almost 7% of the U.S. adult population — about 17.6 million people — is diagnosed with depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that depression costs 200 million lost workdays each …

Potential Cure For Peanut Allergy Successful In Test

88 percent of kids in this study were able to eat 5 peanuts after the treatment.<p>A peanut allergy is not just annoying; it can be deadly. But there may be some hope for this affliction, the most common severe food allergy.<p>In a new study, researchers gave 85 kids a tiny amount of peanut protein, and …

See The World Through The Eyes Of A Cat

An awesome, disorienting look at kitty vision.<p>What does the world look like through a cat's eyes? The basic structure of feline eyes is pretty similar to what humans have, but cats' vision has adapted to very different purposes, so the world they see looks familiar, but isn't quite the same as …

Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …