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Traumatic Memory Study Reveals How Our Darkest Fears Can Be Rewritten

They may not have to plague us forever.<p>Deep-seated fears, like the memory of a death or war-time trauma, can be crippling. They’re also notoriously …

The Brain

Some Lizards Have Green Blood That Should Kill Them And It's a Scientific Mystery

Evolution is weird.<p>If you were to see certain New Guinea skinks lose their tails, you'd notice that their blood isn't the usual red colour we're used …

There's Mounting Evidence The African Continent Is Splitting in Two

A huge crack has appeared in Kenya, and it's growing.<p>A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western …

Geology

Almost 'fully-formed' human brain grown in lab

A nearly fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time ever, according to scientists from Ohio State University -- though …

Neurophilosophy

Does a Quantum Equation Govern Some of the Universe's Large Structures?

Researchers who want to predict the behavior of systems governed by quantum mechanics—an electron in an atom, say, or a photon of light traveling …

Quantum Mechanics

Getting to the Root of the Problem: Stem Cells Are Revealing New Secrets about Mental Illness

Millions of Americans who suffer from bipolar disorder depend on lithium. The medication has been prescribed for half a century to help stabilize …

Neuroscience

How This 1 Protein Is Deteriorating Your Brain (and How Scientists Plan to Stop It)

Two types of treatments could offer protection against the VCAM1 protein in the future.<p>While you might associate protein mainly with packing on muscle and getting ripped, different types of proteins do all kinds of positive jobs in the body--they can transport atoms and molecules through you, work …

Medicine

Scientists have found that shampoo is a source of the same dangerous form of air pollution made by cars

We've known for a long time that traffic fumes are very bad for our health. But according to new research, there are other sources of pollution that should also be a concern.<p>A new study, published in the journal Science, has found that household products such as shampoo, oven cleaner, and deodorant …

Newly Discovered Super-Earth Give Clues On How Planets Form

In a constellation 100 light years away, Carnegie astronomers discover largest super-earth to date<p>In the Pisces constellation, 100 light-years away, …

Universe

We Just Got More Details on How The Moon Left Earth 4 Billion Years Ago

It was a crazy breakup.<p>That orbiting lump of rock we call the Moon is thought to have been formed by a giant object smashing into Earth's crust, and …

Leaky atmosphere linked to lightweight planet

The Red Planet's low gravity and lack of magnetic field makes its outermost atmosphere an easy target to be swept away by the solar wind, but new …

Lightning nearly struck this kid. What happened?

It seemed harmless enough, playing in the rain with an umbrella under an overflowing rain gutter. The thunderstorm was passing, and the worst of it was over. Then lightning struck—very narrowly missing the kid outside. It was so close that, in the video taken that day, it looks like he was directly …

Being Outdoors May Change the Way Your Brain Works, Study Says

Getting outside may not only change your perspective — it could actually alter the way your brain works in some unexpected ways, according to a small …

The Brain

Elon Musk Explains Why SpaceX Prefers Smaller Rocket Engines - ExtremeTech

By on February 9, 2018 at 8:43 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>The successful launch of SpaceX’s …

Neuroscience Says This Kind of Lighting Can Reduce Brainpower by 30 Percent

"Dim lights are producing dimwits," says the study's author.<p>Think about the environment in which you're reading this.<p>Specifically, how's the lighting?<p>I ask because a new laboratory study out of Michigan State University suggests that working in dim lighting can "change the brain's structure and …

Neuroscience

This Deep-Sea Creature Lays Its Eggs on Hydrothermal Vents—A First

The Pacific white skate lay its eggs on superheated hydrothermal vents, and then may wait more than four years for the eggs to hatch.<p>The world’s most patient mom may be a deep-sea octopus that tends her eggs for nearly 4.5 years. But now, there may be a new contender for her throne.<p>Scientists have …

Geoengineering: 5 Ways Science Wants To Alter the Climate

Aside from those who identify as climate change deniers, most of humankind is generally concerned about global warming. Some scientists think that …

Elon Musk has launched Falcon Heavy, but how long does it take to get to Mars?

Ever wondered how long it would take to get to Mars?<p>With Elon Musk's successful launch of the world's most powerful rocket – SpaceX's Falcon Heavy – on February 6, humans journeying to Mars looks increasingly likely.<p>The problem is that there's an immense distance between Earth and Mars, which means …

We Can Now Harvest Electricity From Earth's Heat Using Quantum Tunnelling

Wow.<p>Researchers have come up with a way we could harvest energy from Earth by turning excess infrared radiation and waste heat into electricity we …

Here's what will happen to the Tesla that SpaceX shot into space

Experts predict smooth sailing — and, ultimately, salvage.<p>The Tesla Roadster that rode SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket into space Tuesday afternoon seems poised to overshoot its mark, with company CEO Elon Musk tweeting a diagram showing that the car's current trajectory will take it beyond Mars and …

Roadsters

Why our sun is growing dim

BY 2050, our Sun is expected to be unusually cool.<p>It’s what scientists have termed a ‘grand minimum’ — a particularly low point in what is otherwise …

Why the Flu Kills Young, Otherwise Healthy People

As one of the worst flu seasons in years continues to sicken people across the U.S., one of its most striking aspects are the untimely deaths it’s …

Public Health

What's the Speed of Dark Matter?

Based on physicists’ measurements, most of the mass in the universe is actually taken up by dark matter. Whatever this stuff is, we can see its …

Dark Matter

Holy Crap These Leech Cocoons Are Incredible

Nature’s beauty can originate from the most unlikely places. Take leech cocoons, the sacks in which leeches lay their eggs. They have an incredible …

Microscopy

Honeybees Help Farmers, But They Don't Help The Environment

Honeybees are amazing and adorable, and they suffer when people spray pesticides or mow down wildflowers. We've heard plenty in recent years about collapsing bee colonies.<p>So Jonas Geldmann, at the University of Cambridge, says he understands how the honeybee became a symbol of environmental …

Ecology

Astronomers Say Giant Disco Ball in Space Is Bad for Science

This past Sunday, rocket startup Rocket Lab launched a three-foot-wide mirror ball into orbit. Called “Humanity Star,” it’s supposed to remind us …

Universe

We Could Soon Get Lasers Powerful Enough to Literally Rip Emptiness Apart

This is intense.<p>Lasers powerful enough to tear the fabric of matter itself are being developed in a special laboratory in China, potentially giving …

Researchers Find Missing Link to Make Computers That Mimic the Brain

The key to a new era of computer.<p>Computer scientists have long tried to figure out just how to make machines mimic the incredible efficiency of the …

Singularity

Three 'super-Earths' orbiting a cool dwarf star discovered

Using NASA's prolonged Kepler mission, known as K2, astronomers have found three new "super-Earth" exoplanets. The newly detected alien worlds orbit …

Foldscope is a real microscope that’s made of paper

One year for Christmas, I received a Tasco microscope set. I loved that thing. It came in a wooden box that had tweezers, eye droppers, glass slides, …