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15 Great Songs You Probably Didn't Hear in 2013

From 15 of the best albums of the year<p><b>Year in and out,</b> we compile a list of tunes that flew under the radar, mostly from underrated or emerging artists. We call that list "The best songs you probably didn't hear this year." We do that in lieu of an obligatory and trite Top 10 Albums of the Year …

Music

How sights, sounds, and touch are mapped onto the brain

<i>Chapter 8 of my book, 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know. Here's the introduction to the book, the chapter about mirror neurons, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience</i>.<p>Summary: The body's surface and certain features of the external world are mapped onto the brain in a …

Congress Gets Assertive With the White House Over Syria

Re­pub­lic­an lead­ers in Con­gress are re­mind­ing the White House to con­sult with Con­gress be­fore au­thor­iz­ing mil­it­ary ac­tion in …

Scientists Say They've Confirmed A New Element

Scientists in Sweden say they have confirmed a new, super-heavy element that was first proposed by Russian scientists in 2004. The element with the atomic number 115 has yet to be named.<p>In a press release, Lund University says a group of international scientists led by physicists from Lund …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Business (Canada)

World leaders to Assad: Let U.N. inspect attack site

World leaders are calling on the Assad regime to allow U.N. inspectors into the site, while Syrian opposition activists say the government is launching a major offensive to retake the area.<p>Syrian government forces are attempting a ground assault on the Damascus suburb of East Ghouta, the site of a …

Syrian activists offer harrowing accounts of alleged chemical attacks

CAIRO -- Syrian opposition activists reached in the suburbs of Damascus provided harrowing accounts of what they said were chemical attacks unleashed by the military early Wednesday.<p>Although descriptions varied, they generally said that the chemical agents were deployed using rockets that landed …

Middle East

Edward Snowden documents show NSA broke privacy rules

<b>The US National Security Agency (NSA) broke privacy rules and overstepped its legal authority thousands of times in the past two years, according to documents leaked by Edward Snowden.</b><p>The incidents resulted in the unauthorised electronic surveillance of US citizens, according to documents published …

Surveillance

Of Neurons And Memories: Inside The 'Secret World Of Sleep'

What happens in our brains while we're asleep? That's one question neuroscientist Penelope Lewis is trying to answer. She directs the Sleep and Memory Lab at the University of Manchester in England. Her new book is <i>The Secret World of Sleep: The Surprising Science of the Mind at Rest</i>.<p>Lewis joins</i> …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Advertisement<p>32 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / StudioSmart<p>A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of …

Equipment failure, human error likely cause of Florida plant blast

A combination of human error and equipment failure might have caused a series of explosions that engulfed a propane plant in flames in Tavares, Fla., late Monday, injuring eight people and forcing evacuations for a half-mile around the scene, authorities said.<p>The explosions began as a fire spread …

New antibiotic that attacks MRSA found in ocean microbe

<b>A completely new and unusual antibiotic compound has been extracted from a marine microorganism found in sediments off the coast of California.</b><p>The discovery of genuinely novel antibiotics is rare, and experts say resistance to the drugs poses a grave threat to human health.<p>US scientists say the new …

Extracted

White House says immigration bill would boost rural communities

WASHINGTON<p>--<p>Immigration legislation<p>pending in<p>Congress<p>would create jobs in rural communities and increase exports of fruits, vegetables and other products, the<p>Obama<p>administration said Monday as it tried turn up the heat on<p>Republican<p>opponents of the bill.<p>In a<p>White Housereport issued Monday, the …

The White House

Convert microscope into billion-pixel imager for $200 - Futurity

CALTECH (US) — Engineers have devised a way to convert a conventional microscope into a …

9 Easy-To-Steal Habits Of The Super Successful

We wish there was a handbook for success, but there isn’t. Here’s the next best thing: a list of ways you can realize your dreams–and be a more productive person in the process.<p>Wouldn’t it be great if success was simple?<p>But it isn’t.<p>There’s no one-size-fits-all answer for success in work and life, …

Trillion Yuan Fled China Banks. You Won't Believe Where It Went

China’s Big Four banks lost 1 trillion yuan in deposits in the first three weeks of this month, with 700 billion yuan leaving in the first week alone. The source of this gruesome news is a <i>Shanghai Securities News</i> report given wide circulation by <i>People’s Daily</i>, the country’s most authoritative media …

It’s Your Moment, Obama. Don’t Blow It.

The president is at last sounding aggressive about progressive policies—namely, that to save the country, we need to save the middle class. It’s not …

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy of an artist

If Leonardo da Vinci’s uncannily accurate studies of the human body had been published in his lifetime, they would have changed the course of science, says Alastair Sooke.<p>One day, probably during the winter of 1507-08, <b>Leonardo da Vinci</b> found himself chatting with an old man in the hospital of Santa …

The Fate Of The Internet Is The Story, Not Edward Snowden

In a way, it doesn't matter why the media lost the scent. What matters is that they did. So as a public service, let us summarise what Snowden has achieved thus far.<p>Without him, we would not know how the National Security Agency (NSA) had been able to access the emails, Facebook accounts and videos …

The World's First Human-Made Nuclear Reactor

Haiti cholera epidemic caused by UN, say experts

<b>A group of international scientists studying a deadly cholera epidemic in Haiti has concluded that peacekeepers from the United Nations were the most likely source of the disease.</b><p>The epidemic, which began in late 2010, has so far claimed over 8,000 lives.<p>The UN formally rejected compensation claims …

Environmental Health

Spanish rail crash: why was train travelling so fast on bend?

As Spain mourned the 80 dead in Europe's worst rail crash this century, questions were being asked about how the train had been able to hit a tight …

False memory planted in mouse's brain

Scientists have implanted a false memory in the brains of mice in an experiment that they hope will shed light on the well-documented phenomenon …

Mapping the Brain in Unprecedented Detail

While the federal government begins a major project to map the brain, scientists are unravel more about how the brain is built and how to treat it.<p><b>At Stanford researchers have developed</b> a technique to make the brain see-through, allowing them to trace individual neurons, and their sometimes …

How Is That Not Killing You?

Income inequality ruined Detroit

One reason it’s filing for bankruptcy: Its wealthy residents have left the inner city to rot<p>One way to view Detroit’s bankruptcy — the largest bankruptcy of any American city — is as a failure of political negotiations over how financial sacrifices should be divided among the city’s creditors, city …

Scientists report newly discovered horned dinosaur unearthed in Utah | Reuters

(Reuters) - A big-nosed dinosaur that may have used its impressive horns as a mate magnet and to ward off competitors has been unearthed in a fossil-rich deposit in southern Utah, scientists said on Wednesday.<p>An artist's version of the newly discovered horned dinosaur Nasutoceratops titusi, …