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Why the things we choose seem better than the rest - Futurity

Brain research suggests why people often value rewards they choose themselves over rewards they just receive, even when the two are actually …

Smallpox and Anthrax Scandals Cap History of Fumbling Dangerous Materials

The CDC, NIH, and FDA have mishandled hazardous materials, but they aren't alone.<p>It sounds like the setup to an apocalyptic movie about a pandemic. Live samples of the deadly smallpox virus were found in an unused storage room at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Also …

The Science Behind Our Urge To Procrastinate

Cranking out a final paper hours before the deadline. Putting off that trip to the supermarket until the refrigerator shelves are completely barren. Watching one, two, even <i>three</i> more episodes of "Orange Is The New Black" before finally shutting down Netflix and calling it a night.<p>We all …

The ultimate comeback: Bringing the dead back to life

A radical procedure that involves replacing a patient's blood with cold salt water could retrieve people from the brink of death, says David Robson.<p>“When you are at 10C, with no brain activity, no heartbeat, no blood – everyone would agree that you’re dead,” says Peter Rhee at the University of …

Medicine

The Limits of Corporate Citizenship: Why Walgreen Shouldn't Be Allowed to Influence U.S. Politics If It Becomes Swiss

Dozens of big U.S. corporations are considering leaving the United States in order to reduce their tax bills.<p>But they'll be leaving the country only on paper. They'll still do as much business in the U.S. as they were doing before.<p>The only difference is they'll no longer be "American," and won't …

U.S. Politics

How to learn to play piano with a little help from your iPad

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Many music schools that teach piano are very particular about learning to play on a “real” piano. They expect anyone learning …

California's top experiences

From towering redwood forests in foggy Northern California to perfectly sun-kissed surf beaches in the south, this 'Golden State' alongside the Pacific simply begs to be explored.<p>Come for the landscape, stay for the sensational meals, and glimpse the future in the making on America's creative coast.<p>…

California

This fake Craig Federighi Twitter account is fooling thousands of Apple fans

A Twitter account claiming to be run by superstar Apple exec Craig Federighi has been tweeting and retweeting as if it’s run by Hair Force One himself during WWDC. It has amassed more than 14,000 followers in less than two weeks and looks legit at first glance, but don’t be fooled.<p>We’re pretty sure …

Does Porn Cause Brain Shrinkage In Men?

A new study shows a correlation between porn and smaller gray matter volume in the male brain.<p>New research published Wednesday in <i>JAMA Psychiatry</i> …

Dr. House Was Right: Give Patients What They Need, Not What They Want

I’m a big fan of the show <i>House</i>, which ran on the Fox TV network for 8 years and is now on Netflix. Gregory House, masterfully played by actor Hugh Laurie, is a brilliant doctor who diagnoses patients whose bewildering symptoms have stymied other doctors. He’s also unbelievably rude: he insults and …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Brain Clears Away Old Memories To Form New Ones, New Research Shows (VIDEO)

Do you remember your first birthday? How about what you ate for breakfast weeks ago? For most people, such events slip through the sieve of memory, never to be retrieved. Now, the first study of its kind in mice suggests that the brain may clear away that old information in the process of forming …

Scientists create 'alien' life form with artificial genetic code

For the first time, researchers create a new organism based on E. coli that passes along artificially engineered DNA.<p>Scientists made a substantial breakthrough in understanding how to alter the fundamental nature of life, and they did so by creating for the first time a partially artificial life …

Biology

What Exactly Is Quantitative Easing?

When government officials believe they need to “get the economy going again,” they typically spend money on works projects to flood the market with dollars. If that doesn’t work, they cut interest rates so people can borrow more. These actions have largely failed. Many of them have delayed or …

Our godless brains: Emerging science reveals mind-blowing alternatives to a higher power

Science has yet to uncover many mysteries of the mind. But there are more reasons than ever why God isn’t necessary<p>Physics is the mother science. As such, it holds the greatest power for discovering the true nature of the universe and life within it. Physicists these days seem preoccupied with …