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Magic Mushroom Chemical Appears To Physically Change Depressed Brains

Magic mushrooms are a strange drug. They're one part illegal music festival enhancer, one part promising treatment that could have important medical …

Microsoft will shut down Windows App Studio on December 1

Microsoft today announced it is killing off its Windows App Studio service. The free web-based tool, which is designed to let anyone build Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, will be shut down on December 1, 2017.<p>For those who want to keep building Windows Store apps without having to code them …

How to Build an Astrolabe Like John B. McLemore From 'S- Town'

It's the universe in the palm of your hand.<p>John B. McLemore restored antique clocks in Woodstock, Alabama — or Shit Town, as he liked to call it. …

Fabrication

Snapchat update lets you create 'Snapcodes' for any website, including porn

A new Snapchat update rolled out to iOS users Tuesday makes it much easier to share online content within the app. It allows users to create …

Harmony Space wins top prize at MIT Hacking Arts for music learning app that feels like Pokémon GO

In Boston this weekend, software developers, hardware engineers, artists and entrepreneurs gathered for the Hacking Arts 2016 conference and hackathon at MIT.<p>Of twelve finalists, the following teams took top honors.<p>Best All-Around Hack: Harmony Space<br>• Best All-Around Hack, First Runner-Up: Revive<br>• Best …

Augmented Reality

3 states just voted to make marijuana completely legal — here's what it does to your body and brain

Marijuana's official designation as a Schedule 1 drug— something with "no accepted medical use" — means it is pretty tough to study.<p>While nearly half of the US has legalized the drug in some form, its national status has made comprehensive research into the drug's potential benefits (as well as its …

Interactive periodic table finally clues us in to what elements are used for

Looking at the periodic table, most of us have no issues identifying the use of certain elements. Sodium, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and others are no-brainers but what about the less talked about elements.<p>Seriously, do you know what Vanadium is used for? How about Polonium? Of course you don’t. …

Chemistry

World's largest marine park created in Ross Sea in Antarctica in landmark deal

EU and 24 countries sign long-awaited agreement to protect 1.1m sq km of water in Southern Ocean, ensuring that fewer younger fish will be caught<p>A landmark international agreement to create the world’s largest marine park in the Southern Ocean has been brokered in Australia, after five years of …

Scientists explain how happiness makes us less creative

Corporations intent on making employees more engaged and creative are focusing on happiness as the answer. Chief Happiness Officer is an actual job at many companies.<p>But most scientists say that creativity calls on persistence and problem-solving skills, not positivity. Computational scientist Anna …

Creativity

A top Silicon Valley 'budtender' says these bite-sized chocolates are the future of marijuana

Less than 10 years ago, unlabeled, Saran-wrapped pot brownies dominated shelves at marijuana dispensaries. Patients rarely knew how much of the drug they were eating until the high hit.<p>"Every one of us has a story about taking too many edibles," says Brandon Siddall, head budtender at Caliva, a top …

2016 Internet Of Things (IOT), Big Data & Business Intelligence Update

• Sales and strategic planning teams see IoT as the most valuable.<br>• IoT advocates are 3X as likely to consider big data critical to the success of their initiatives & programs.<br>• Amazon and Cloudera are the highest ranked big data distributions followed by Hortonworks and Map/R.<br>• Apache Spark MLib is the …

Big Data

World’s largest flower – which smells like rotting flesh – blooms in Sumatra

The world’s largest flower – the <i>Rafflesia arnoldii</i> – has bloomed in two different locations in the rainforests of Sumatra and is unleashing its famous scent of rotting flesh, the Jakarta Post reports.<p>The giant red flower has made a rare appearance in Taba Penanjung Forest as well as in Tebat Monok …

Rainforests

If You Think Zara Does Not Do Marketing, Think Again.

A student in class last week raised his hand and asked me how Zara is successful without doing marketing. Even though it is early in the semester, I was horrified that I had not yet succeeded in teaching my students what marketing is. As I thought about it some more, my horror calmed down. I know …

What Math Looks Like in the Mind

In a surprise to scientists, it appears blind people process numbers by tapping into a part of their brains that’s reserved for images in sighted individuals.<p>Humans are born to do math, and they have the brain infrastructure to prove it—including a cluster of specialized nerve cells for processing …

Here’s why so many smart people don’t believe in evolution

Does seeing the word "evolution" in a headline make you nervous?<p>It makes me nervous. Climate change may be the most politically charged scientific finding of the modern era, but the charged responses to it are nothing compared to people's forceful responses to evolution.<p>Gallup reports that 64% of …

This is how your brain deals with language while on LSD

Researchers in the United Kingdom now have a better understanding of how the psychedelic drug LSD, also known as acid, affects how the brain …

Consciousness

Google's new app lets anyone do scientific experiments

Google has launched a new Android app to help people perform scientific experiments that they describe as a digital "lab notebook".<p>Science Journal …

Science

Top Underwater Photos from National Geographic Your Shot

A diverse and uniquely beautiful underwater world as captured by the Your Shot community in these winning photographs.<p>It takes patience, enthusiasm, and passion to make images underwater, but it’s worth the effort: The world below the surface is a captivating and magical place.<p>Members of <i>National</i> …

How teenage pregnancy collapsed after birth of social media

Have Facebook and Snapchat helped stop teenagers having sex? New figures show teenage pregnancies plunging to record low since social media explosion<p>Teenage pregnancy rates have almost halved since the birth of social media as a global phenomenon, official figures show.<p>The rate of pregnancies among …

Social Media

10 Brain Myths Busted

It's going to take more than 10 percent of your brain to read this story<p>In the Hollywood action-film <i>Lucy</i>, actor Morgan Freeman—playing a world-renowned neurologist— speaks to a packed auditorium. “It’s estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of their brains’ capacity,” he says. “Imagine if …

Meet the London startup that can show you almost all of the sales on Oxford Street at any time

Love the Sales, launched just 18 months ago, features sale items from over 500 retailers. It sells everything from t-shirts to washing machines, most of which are at reduced prices.<p>The London-based company, which takes a commission on any items sold over its platform, has registered over 3,000 …

Where the World's Most Beautiful People Live

Beauty is many things: in the eye of the beholder; only skin deep; a blessing and a curse. This year, we asked our readers to rate the places around the world with the "most beautiful locals," as they defined it, in the Readers' Choice Awards survey. The results are as fascinating as they are …

Hot Springs

LHC creates liquid from Big Bang

Scientists using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have produced tiny droplets of a state of matter thought to have existed right at the birth of the …

Istanbul Must-Dos

Our experts recommend the top attractions in and around Istanbul—with advice on how to get the most out of your visit.<p><b>Topkapı Sarayı</b><p>Palace of sultans from 15th- to 19th-century; housed thousands of imperial servants. Center of the historic district, overlooking city across Sea of Marmara, Golden …

5 Questions to Ask Whenever You Feel Like Giving Up

The hardest decision you'll ever make is to move on; before you do, answer these 5 questions.<p>As entrepreneurs we believe in our ability to build the future more than anyone else possibly could. In our mind there is never any doubt that what we are creating is needed by the world. That's why we will …

5questions

The world's 50 most Instagrammable pools

Batman to have a new identity: no more Bruce Wayne – and no more cape

DC Comics are to introduce a new character to don Batman’s mask and fight crime in Gotham City<p>It’s the end of the line for Bruce Wayne as DC Comics are to introduce a new character as Batman. Wayne has been the central character of the comic <b>book</b> series – as well as a slew of films and TV shows - …

How light resets your body clock

Scientists have discovered what amounts to a reset button for the internal body clock of mice. They say light triggers a process known as …

Neuroscience

No caper: Bruce Wayne dethroned for armor-wearing Batman

Move over, Bruce Wayne: There's going to be a new Batman fighting crime in Gotham City for DC Comics, and instead of a cape, he'll wear a manga-style …

April 2015