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Michael Pollan: Can Psychedelics Save the World?

Most people know Michael Pollan as a food writer. His 2006 book, <i>The Omnivore's Dilemma</i>, is widely credited with helping spark the modern food …

Psychedelia

Ancient Rome’s Collapse Is Written Into Arctic Ice

Scientists can finally track the civilization’s economic booms and recessions—thanks to the exhaust of its massive coin-making operation, preserved for centuries in Greenland’s ice sheet.<p>On March 15, some time ago, several dozen famous politicians—sturdy men, duly elected senators who claimed to …

Ancient History

Scientists declare octopi life from another world

Evidence of the octopus evolution show it would have happened too quickly to have begun here on Earth. Published in the <i>Progress in Biophysics and</i> …

Google just slashed the price on its massive storage plans with Google One upgrade

Google's storage plans are getting cheaper.<p>The company has launched a new storage plan called Google One, which offers significantly better deals …

Mega black hole could devour the Sun

Australian researchers have discovered the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe which is swallowing up the surrounding cosmos.<p>The astronomers from the Australian National University (ANU) described it as a monster that devours a mass equivalent to our sun every two days.<p>The astronomers …

AI And The Third Wave Of Silicon Processors

The semiconductor industry is currently caught in the middle of what I call the third great wave of silicon development for processing data. This time, the surge in investment is driven by the rising hype and promising future of artificial intelligence, which relies on machine learning techniques …

Machine Learning

Tesla Autopilot was engaged during 60 MPH crash, driver tells police

<i>By Mary Papenfuss</i><p>The Tesla Autopilot system was engaged when a Tesla Model S sedan was crushed as it rammed into a stopped truck at 60 MPH in Utah last week, the driver has told police. The driver luckily escaped with only a broken foot, though the car suffered extensive damage.<p>When interviewed by …

A massive, 'semi-infinite' trove of rare-earth metals has been found in Japan

Researchers have found hundreds of years' worth of critical rare-earth metals beneath Japanese waters — enough to supply to the world on a …

Rare Earth

This battery advance could make electric vehicles far cheaper - MIT Technology Review

For the last seven years, a startup based in Alameda, California, has quietly worked on a novel anode material that promises to significantly boost …

Clean Energy

How Do Eels Generate Electricity In Water Without Electrocuting Themselves?

<i>How do electric eels generate electricity in water without being a danger to themselves? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world</i>.<p><b>Answer by David Rosen, Physicist retired from the Army Research</b> …

Space Image of the Day Gallery (February 2018)

Image of the Day Archives<p>Credit: NASA, ESA and Orsola De Marco (Macquarie University)<p>For older Image of the Day pictures, please visit the Image of …

Are we ready for the deadly heat waves of the future?

As heat waves become more common, cities try to respond.

Now, there’s an injectable bandage that stops bleeding, speeds healing

An injectable bandage fabricated from a seaweed-derived gel that is used in cooking can stop bleeding and promote wound healing, according to …

Boys dig up prehistoric mastodon fossil in Mississippi

BOVINA, Miss. Three boys unearthed a fossil that could be nearly 100,000 years old all while playing near their backyard in a plowed area. 12-year-old Caid Sellers along with his 10-year-old brother Shawn Sellers and cousin Michael Mahalitc, discovered an ancient mastodon jawbone during their …

U.S. Military Hopes To Save Injured Soldiers by Copying Tardigrades

If you're fascinated with nature's oddities, you might already know about tardigrades, a phylum that includes more than 1,200 species of eight-legged …

170 million-year-old dinosaur tracks discovered on Scottish island

If you haven't heard of the Isle of Skye, imagine Middle Earth meets Jurassic Park.<p>On Tuesday, researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Staffin …

Scientists Identify Protein That Could Let Birds See Magnetic Fields

Birds probably know quantum physics better than many humans—it just comes to them innately.<p>To help them navigate long distances across the globe, …

Elon Musk's next SpaceX rocket could blast off 100 times

Believe it or not, all the SpaceX rockets you've seen making those impressive landings the past few years are something like the beta version of the Falcon 9 rocket. We may get to see the final version at work later this month, when the real revolution in space flight will begin.<p>Over the past week, …

Space Travel

Viking seafarers may have navigated with legendary crystals

For centuries, Viking seafarers ruled the North Atlantic, braving open seas peppered with icebergs to travel thousands of kilometers to their …

The universe could end the same way it started — with a big bang

The world could end as abruptly as it began, warn experts.<p>All it would theoretically take is for a fundamental particle — the Higgs boson — to become …

Geologists now have evidence Africa is physically splitting into two continents

A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western Kenya. The tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the area.<p>The Earth is an ever-changing planet, even though in …

New research sheds light on Neanderthals' distinctive features

With their prominent noses, protruding faces and swept-back cheekbones, Neanderthals were nothing if not striking. Now researchers say they have unpicked why our big-browed cousins had such distinctive features.<p>Previous research has suggested a number of possible explanations for Neanderthals’ …

Humanity

Mini Brains Just Got Creepier—They’re Growing Their Own Veins

The first human brain balls—aka cortical spheroids, aka neural organoids—agglomerated into existence just a few short years ago. In the beginning, …

Actual things you can do to bridge the orgasm gap in your own bedroom

Your sexual partner just jubilantly crossed the finish line, but you're still running a race with no end in sight. It's frustrating. And, for an …

This is what a scientist wears to keep warm in -40°F

Ryan Knapp works at the Mount Washington Observatory, where the wind chill can drop below -70 degrees.<p>Ryan Knapp is a senior staff meteorologist and weather observer at the Mount Washington Observatory in White Mountains, New Hampshire. When we talked on the phone, the temperature at the …

The Navy keeps encountering mysterious UFOs — and no one can figure out what they are

"I can tell you, I think it was not from this world," retired US Navy pilot Commander David Fravor told ABC News in an interview in December 2017.<p>"I'm not crazy, haven't been drinking. It was — after 18 years of flying, I've seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this …

The father of the world wide web is one disappointed dad

Today is the World Wide Web's 29th birthday, and to celebrate the occasion, its creator has told us how bad it's become. In an open letter appearing in <i>The Guardian</i>, Tim Berners-Lee painted a bleak picture of the current internet -- one dominated by a handful of colossal platforms that have …

Internet

Can you outwit a hacker?

Sifting through your email messages to sort the legitimate from the malicious can require an overwhelming amount of time and energy. Busy IT departments may not have the scope and bandwidth to scrutinize a company’s entire email traffic. Yet, the infiltration of even one malicious email has the …

Cybersecurity

Porsche unveils its insanely fast Tesla Model X rival

Porsche continues to target Tesla. After taking a swipe at the Model S, X and 3 maker last week, the German automaker just surprised us in Geneva with the Mission E Cross Turismo SUV (even though Porsche calls it a CUV, a cross utility vehicle). Watch out Model X.<p>Gallery: Porsche Cross Tourismo …

Tesla

The Bloody Pirate Life of One of the Ocean’s Most Elusive Creatures

A rare sighting hints that giant squid use a devious technique to get food.<p>When the current dragged the giant squid toward a Spanish beach in October 2016, the creature was already near death. Wounded and suffocating, she stayed alive in the shallows—far from the deep, frigid ocean she came …

Zoology