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The BRAIN Like You've Never Seen It Before!

The most mysterious biological organ in the universe is located right between your ears: your brain -- a non-stop multitasking marvel. Your brain controls your thinking, voluntary behaviors, and critical aspects of your physiology, such as breathing.<p>Although brain research has advanced in recent …

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Major medicine discovery changes everything we thought we knew about the brain

Anatomy and other medicine books will have to be rewritten in order to take into account a major new discovery that could significantly influence …

Australia's closing of Aboriginal communities sparks protests

SYDNEY — Government moves to close remote indigenous communities because of alleged social problems and the cost of maintaining them is triggering a new wave of protests planned for next week across Australia.<p>Western Australia's government said it can no longer afford to subsidize basic services to …

New open access resource will support text mining and natural language processing

Elsevier is providing a corpus that covers breadth of STM content – and a treebank for the research community

The West Bank Battle For Land ... And Water

On Moshav Na'ama, a big Israeli farm in the West Bank inside the wide Jordan Valley, Inon Rosenblum raises fresh herbs for export.<p>He hires Palestinians to work the fields and pack the crops. The farm is 300 feet below sea level, a desert climate where irrigation is mandatory. Rosenblum won't say …

Republicans united against Obama but cannot agree on income inequality

Calls from Governor Chris Christie and former US senator Rick Santorum for party to devote itself to poorer Americans gets cool response in Iowa<p>Conservative Republicans spurned pleas from some potential presidential contenders this weekend for a new appeal to America’s working class, highlighting …

Palestinians open door to negotiation after submitting draft UN resolution

The Palestinians on Wednesday presented a draft UN resolution laying out terms for a final peace deal with Israel but sought to avoid a clash with the US by saying they were open to negotiations on the text.<p>The draft resolution would set a 12-month deadline for wrapping up negotiations on a final …

Does Your Mind Wander? Here’s Why That Can Be Your Greatest Asset

Wandering minds are associated with creativity. Popular wisdom tells you to live in the moment.<p><i>Huh?</i><p>So is it better to be unfocused or focused?<p>Let’s …

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8 Mistakes Our Brains Subconsciously Make Every Day

I was seriously shocked at some of these mistakes in thinking that I subconsciously make <i>all the time</i>. Obviously, none of them are huge, life-threatening mistakes, but they are really surprising and avoiding them could help us to make more rational, sensible decisions.<p>Being aware of the mistakes we …

Forget the Turing test. This is a better way to measure artificial intelligence.

Ever since 1950, one of the most popular measuring sticks of artificial intelligence has been the Turing test — named after mathematician Alan Turing. The idea is that a program with some kind of artificial intelligence should be able to use text-based chatting to convince more than 30 percent of …

Holder Calls For Calm As Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Looms

Attorney General Eric Holder is urging law enforcement officers and protesters to keep the peace as a grand jury decision nears about whether to indict white police officer Darren Wilson for shooting dead a black 18-year-old who was unarmed in Ferguson, Mo.<p>For months, federal officials in …

Gates Foundation mandates open access for all the research it funds

Effective January 17, all research funded in whole or in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation <i>must</i> be published in journals that are …

Obama: 'We are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once too'

Barack Obama used a heartfelt televised address to the nation on Thursday to explain his decision to enact sweeping immigration reforms that will shield from deportation almost five million people currently living in the country illegally.<p>In an emotional broadcast from the White House, the …

Researchers calculate 'hidden' emissions in traded meat

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) that countries release …

Mind Maze

<i>"As humans, we can identify galaxies light years away, we can study particles smaller than an atom. But we still haven’t unlocked the mystery of the</i> …

Big Numbers: Google Challenges Wolfram to Open Up Math

<b>Sage</b>, the free and open source analog to Wolfram Research’s <b>Mathematica</b>, is now <b>SageMathCloud</b>. Thanks to collaboration with Google’s cloud services, …

Pittsburgh restaurant receives death threats in 'anti-Israel messages' furore

A Pittsburgh restaurant which caused a stir by printing what critics called “anti-Israel messages” on its food wrappers has closed after receiving death threats.<p>According to its mission statement Conflict Kitchen, in the collegiate Oakland neighbourhood, “only serves cuisine from countries with …

Report criticizes US over Afghan civilian deaths

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. failed to properly investigate civilian killings, including possible war crimes, which occurred during its …

CNN exclusive: Inside the mind of Hamas' political leader

CNN's Nic Robertson had tough questions for Hamas's political leader.<p>Khaleed Meshaal is known as Hamas' external deal-maker and a fund-raiser from supporters in the region, a role the 58-year-old has held since 2004.<p>Robertson interviewed Meshaal over the weekend in Qatar, where he lives. Here are …

India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …

The Fourier transform lets you have your cake and understand it

Teasing apart the ingredients of a jumble helps scientists to study complex things that change over time or space<p>If there's a mathematical idea that applies itself to almost everything in everyday life but is almost unknown outside the scientific world, the Fourier transform has to be the most …

Plato's Math Errors Mislead Us Still

Plato recently tweeted his 10 biggest mistakes (channeled via Rebecca Goldstein author of <i>Plato at the Googleplex</i>). Two mistakes concern mathematics …

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Pentagon to Cut Army to Pre-World War II Levels

The Pentagon’s proposed 2015 budget will call for a future American Army smaller than any since before World War II, although defense spending …

The “Yoga Mat Chemical” In Bread

Vana Hari is a blogger who writes on food and nutrition issues as the “Food Babe”. She recently launched a campaign against the use of azodicarbonamide, a dough improver, by Subway: “Azodicarbonamide is the same chemical used to make yoga mats, shoe soles, and other rubbery objects. It’s not …

Google Launches Site That Tracks Deforestation in Near Real-Time

Google has announced a new website that monitors deforestation in near real-time. The site, Global Forest Watch, using satellite imagery to detect …