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Congress’ Summer Fling With Marijuana

How Congress turned on the DEA and embraced weed.<p>It’s not easy being the DEA these days. After an unprecedented losing streak on Capitol Hill, the once-untouchable Drug Enforcement Administration suffered last week what might be considered the ultimate indignity: A Senate panel, for the first time, …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

See How What Makes Us Happy Has Changed Over the Past 80 Years

Psychologists from the University of Bolton in the U.K. have re-created a famous study conducted in the same town almost eight decades ago that …

Weight Loss Doesn't Always Lead to Happiness

Research has shown that dropping pounds doesn't mean higher well-being.<p>To lose weight is to become happier. At least, this is the narrative voiced by countless health gurus, ubiquitous advertisements, and, sometimes, overly blunt friends and relatives.<p>Americans buy in to the weight-loss game with …

Weight Loss

Does Stress Make Us Forgetful? (Is That Why We Can’t Find the Car Keys?)

An expert sorts through the effects of stress on memory, and its troubling relationship to dementia<p>Stress can be memory’s best friend. But when you forget where you put the car keys, stress can also make you feel stupid. One expert, Rajita Sinha, a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale …

Humanity

These 17 Women Changed The Face Of Physics

From discovering pulsars to correcting the optics of the fuzzy Hubble Space Telescope, here are 17 stories of women who made undeniably vital …

Physics

15 Facts About Space That Will Melt Your Mind

Let’s face it, even if you don’t know a huge amount about our universe (there is, after all, still so much to learn about it), it can’t be denied …

Famous Astronomers | List of Great Scientists in Astronomy

Throughout human history, scientists have struggled to understand what they see in the night sky. Famous astronomers — many of them great scientists …

Banned Indian rape documentary debuts in US; Streep attends

NEW YORK (AP) — A rape documentary banned from airing in India received its U.S. premiere at a star-studded event on Monday that included actresses …

Television (India)

Rodent recall: false but happy memories implanted in sleeping mice

Researchers at CRNS in Paris create artificial positive feelings in mouse’s memory for first time during sleep, highlighting possible new treatment for depression<p>Scientists have succeeded in creating false but happy memories in mice, in the first demonstration of memory manipulation during sleep.<p>In …

Demonstration

Oldest Human Fossil Found, Redrawing Family Tree

Discovery pushes back the origin of our genus, Homo, by half a million years.<p>In a rare congruence of new evidence, two fossil jaws cast a fused beam of light on one of the darkest mysteries in human evolution: the origin of our genus <i>Homo</i>. The two lower jaws—one a reconstruction of a pivotal …

The invisible downside of cheating in life

People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them.<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised …

Psychology

How Do We Know Dark Matter Exists?

<i>Dark matter can’t be seen or detected by any of our instruments, so how do we know it really exists?</i><p>Imagine the Universe was a pie, and you were …

Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Scientists studying the difference between human and chimpanzee DNA have found one stretch of human DNA that can make the brains of mice grow significantly bigger.<p>"It's likely to be one of many DNA regions that's critical for controlling how the human brain develops," says Debra Silver, a …

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

Saturn's Rings Have Nothing on This Exoplanet

If you like it then you should have put millions of miles of rings on it.<p>While documentarian Morgan Spurlock may have ruined Supersized meals for the …

Planets orbiting Kepler 444 suggest there’s ancient life in the Milky Way

NASA’s exoplanet hunting Kepler space telescope has encountered a few problems as of late, but there’s still a mountain of data for astronomers to …