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Study: Meditation Improves Memory, Attention

Students who did about an hour of "mindfulness training" for eight days subsequently did better on the GRE as well as tests of working memory and mind-wandering.<p>(chez_sugi/flickr)<p>Athletes Perform Better Under Pressure When They Make a Fist With Their Left Hand<br>• Black Children Are Less Likely to Be …

Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation

With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect …

Microsoft Adds Momentum to "Open Science"

"Open access" policies put research in the public domain.<p>Momentum continues to build behind the “open science movement,” propelling the debate over publication of scholarly works and the scientific process itself.<p>Last week, Microsoft Research announced it was adopting a policy that allows it to …

The Science Behind 'Brain Training'

Increasing fluid intelligence has proven beneficial for people diagnosed with ADHD, and selling memory improvement is a big business. Are the claims overheated?<p>In 2002, Torkel Klingberg, a psychologist at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute, published a study involving 14 children with attention deficit …

The Varieties of Scientific Experience: Carl Sagan on Science and Spirituality

I was recently on NPR’s Science Friday to discuss my favorite science books of the year and a listener called in, asking for a recommendation for a good book on science and religion — an excellent question, given the long history of this polarization, which occupied great minds from Galileo to …

An Early Draft of Carl Sagan's Famous 'Pale Blue Dot' Quote

A peek into the evolution of a beloved passage.<p>There is something about Carl Sagan's famous "Pale Blue Dot" passage that is, to me at least, perfect.<p>From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it's different. Consider again that dot. That's …

The War on Reason

Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry. Here's why they're wrong.<p>Aristotle’s definition of man as a rational animal has recently taken quite a beating.<p>Part of the attack comes from neuroscience. Pretty, multicolored fMRI maps make …

Body bacteria: Can your gut bugs make you smarter?

The bacteria in our guts can influence the working of the mind, says Frank Swain. So could they be upgraded to enhance brainpower?<p>I have some startling news: you are not human. At least, by some counts. While you are indeed made up of billions of human cells working in remarkable concert, these are …

Microbiology

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Light skin mutation stems from one ancestor

All instances of a gene mutation that contributes to light skin color in Europeans came from the same chromosome of one person who most likely lived …

Anthropology

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.<p>She says the difference lies in …

Why Strange Lights Sometimes Precede Earthquakes

The science behind pre-earthquake lights.<p>For centuries people have observed strange phenomena before large earthquakes, such as light emanating from ridges and mountaintops. These reports were once dismissed by many scientists, in part because they are often entangled in unscientific theories. For …

Why bacteria with identical genes don’t act alike

Although a population of bacteria may be genetically identical, individual bacteria within that population can act in radically different ways.<p>This …

Biology

Wriggling worm is breakthrough for artificial life

Early efforts to construct an artificial life form in a software model have reached a milestone as a digital worm begins to squirm in the same way that real animals are observed to<p>An ambitious project to recreate an entire roundworm, cell by cell, in a software model has reached a crucial …

Does reading actually change the brain?

After reading a novel, actual changes linger in the brain, at least for a few days, report researchers.<p>Their findings, that reading a novel may cause …

The Brain

The Science Behind Reindeer's Color-Changing Eyes

It's not the magic of Christmas that turns their eyes from gold to blue.<p>Winter in the Arctic is grim—day and night blur together for 24 hour stints without sunlight. Reindeer manage to survive these gloomy weeks thanks to a peculiar adaptation. As the days grow darker, reindeer's eyes turn from …

Could Pot Help Veterans With PTSD? Brain Scientists Say Maybe

<b>Listen · 4:01</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Veterans who smoke marijuana to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder may be onto something. There's growing evidence that pot can affect brain circuits involved in PTSD.<p>Experiments in animals show that tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical that …

Coral surprise shows some are ‘true survivors’

A surprising discovery shows that two coral species previously thought to be one have developed different ways of surviving harsh environments …

Biology

New transistors offer high output at low voltage

A new type of transistor could pave the way for fast computing devices that would use very low energy, including smart sensor networks and implanted …

Nanotech

Stephen Hawking iPad app provides a fun way to teach kids about physics

Ssshh, don’t tell the kids they’re learning physics, just tell them it’s an iPad space game! <i>Stephen Hawking’s Snapshots of the Universe</i> is an iPad app containing a mix of mini-games, videos and text that allows children to discover some of the fundamental principles of physics and space.<p>Based on …

How Facebook's New Machine Brain Will Learn All About You From Your Photos

Facebook poaches an NYU machine learning star to start a new AI lab that may very well end up knowing more about your social life than you do.<p>Facebook users upload 350 million photos onto the social network every day, far beyond the ability of human beings to comprehensively look at, much less …

57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day

<b>57 Ways to Spread Kindness and Brighten a Day</b><p>"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible." ~ Dalai Lama<p>We’ve all had those wonderful moments …

30 Of The Most Powerful Images Ever

A picture is worth a thousand words, but not all pictures are created equal. The pictures we usually feature on Bored Panda can be cute, beautiful, …

Could we harness power from black holes?

It might seem like an absurd idea, but physicists have long pondered whether black holes could one day be tapped for energy, says Phil Ball. But how possible is it?<p>Imagine the scene: highly advanced civilisations get enormous amounts of energy from black holes, be it extracting it from collapsed …

Does Body Language Shape Who You Are?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Spoken And Unspoken.<p><b>About Amy Cuddy's TEDTalk</b><p>Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" can affect our brains, and might even have an impact on our chances for …

Does Language Bring Us Together Or Pull Us Apart?

<i>Part 2 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Spoken And Unspoken.<p><b>About Mark Pagel's TEDTalk</b><p>Biologist Mark Pagel says our complex language system is a piece of "social technology" that allowed early human tribes to access a powerful new tool: cooperation.<p><b>About Mark Pagel</b><p>Mark Pagel is the head of the …

Spoken And Unspoken : TED Radio Hour : NPR

We communicate with each other in all sorts of ways. In this hour, TED speakers reflect on how words and methods of communication affect us, more than you might expect.

Chowing Down On Meat, Dairy Alters Gut Bacteria A Lot, And Quickly

Looks like Harvard University scientists have given us another reason to walk past the cheese platter at holiday parties and reach for the carrot sticks instead: Your gut bacteria will thank you.<p>Switching to a diet packed with meat and cheese — and very few carbohydrates — alters the trillions of …

J Craig Venter sequenced the human genome. Now he wants to convert DNA into a digital signal

J Craig Venter has been a molecular-biology pioneer for two decades. After developing expressed sequence tags in the 90s, he led the private effort …

Forget Solar Panels: This Sun-Powered Light Doesn’t Need Electricity

A simple coating to a building’s windows can redirect incoming sunlight to where it’s needed–say, on a ceiling for an ambient glow or to a desk fixture so you can get to work.<p>Picture a dark, windowless office–the sort of depressing scene where telemarketers sit in cubicles or Peggy Olson first …

Clean Energy