Rebecca Buckman

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The Moral Question That Stanford Asks Its Bioengineering Students

It’s about the capacity to print a human genome.<p>When students in Stanford University’s Introduction to Bioengineering course sit for their final exams, the first question that they have to answer is about our ability to write DNA.<p>Scientists have fully sequenced the genomes of humans, trees, …

Biotechnology

This Dark Matter Theory Could Solve a Celestial Conundrum

For years, dark matter has been behaving badly. The term was first invoked nearly 80 years ago by the astronomer Fritz Zwicky, who realized that some …

Artist publishes spoof photos despite fear of being sued by Trump

Alison Jackson says ‘litigious’ president could have chilling effect on artistic freedom as she publishes book featuring Trump lookalike<p>Artist Alison Jackson has said that she chose to self-publish spoof photographs of Donald Trump as part of a protest against the potentially chilling effect a …

Donald Trump

Visual memory and what Picasso was really seeing

The painter’s recall was exceptional, but he always used it to create something new, says Christine Temple<p>Did an exceptional visual memory give Picasso an edge in his capacity for artistic excellence? Studies show that the drawing ability of children correlates with their visual memory; those who …

These Abstract Paintings Are Made by Slashing Blades Across Canvas

Shannon Finley’s large abstract works vibrate with tension.<p>The future of art will live in the spaces between analog and digital, static and dynamic, and information and memory. Berlin-based artist Shannon Finley’s large paintings, titled <i>Interference</i>, at Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago, highlight …

Digital Art

Comets could have sparked life on Earth as building blocks of DNA found in space

Comets really could have sparked life on Earth, scientists have proven for the first time, after finding key components of cells present on the atmosphere of space rocks.<p>Exerts have long believed that comets and asteroids brought water and amino acids when they crashed into the planet during the …

Space

Twitter May Have Just Doomed Humanity by Trolling an Artificial Intelligence Bot | VICE News

Some bright bulb at Microsoft Research had the clever idea of turning a machine learning program loose on Twitter yesterday to learn how humans interact with each other. Humans, predictably, interacted terribly.<p>Within 24 hours, the Twitter bot @TayandYou had turned spectacularly ugly in the way …

Artificial Intelligence

Chocolate or Sex?

Such difficult choices.<p>A few days ago I published a brief article, Chocolate Brain, which discussed the cognitive benefits of eating chocolate. …

Why Reading Becomes Second Nature To The Human Brain

<i>What are some things that neuroscientists know but most people don’t? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Lidia Stanton, psychologist, on Quora:</b><p>Neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists joke …

Cognitive Science

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Taking Personal Reality Seriously (Including Yours)

In college, a time-honored theme for assigning term papers is to discuss appearance versus reality, which can be applied to questions as diverse as "Is the ghost of Hamlet's father real?" and "What was actually at stake in the Cold War?" But this intriguing topic doesn't usually stick, and when …

Spirituality

Researchers built a robot that can paint as well as Vincent Van Gogh

Researchers from the University of Tubingen have developed an algorithm that allows an artificial neural network of computers to accurately learn how to paint just like famous artists.<p>In June, Google revealed that it had built sophisticated image recognition software that enabled its robots to see …

Machine Learning

15 Simple Brain Hacks to Learn a New Language Fast

Have you ever given up on learning a new language?Maybe you studied Spanish at school, and as much as you wanted to become fluent you just couldn’t …

Language Learning

Scientists Have Found a Mysterious Boiling River Straight Out of Amazonian Legend

Truth really is stranger than fiction.<p>For centuries, Peruvian locals have talked about a river in the Amazon that burns so hot it can kill. According …

A 5-dimensional black hole could break the laws of physics as we know them

The simulation has suggested that if our Universe is made up of five or more dimensions — something that scientists have struggled to confirm or disprove — Einstein's general theory of relativity, the foundation of modern physics, would be wrong.<p>In other words, five-dimensional black holes would …

Physics

Making it up as you go along: how your brain improvises

When your brain becomes ‘quieter’, remarkable things can happen. It’s time to go with the flow<p>Have you ever been at a concert and seen a musician or rapper start to improvise? It can often seem effortless or even magical. Few people can freestyle like Kendrick Lamar and Notorious BIG, or improvise …

Einstein’s musical talent helped propel his scientific breakthroughs

As we marvel at science’s latest extraordinary breakthrough, it’s also an opportunity to ponder what kind of thinker Albert Einstein was.<p>Born two decades before the beginning of the 20th century, what kind of mind was his that could come up with ideas that would have to wait until the second decade …

Flute

I Drilled a Hole in My Own Skull to Stay High Forever

John Doran speaks to Joe Mellen about the importance of expanding your consciousness.<p>"This is the story of how I came to drill a hole in my head to get permanently high."<p>As far as opening lines to memoirs go, they don't come much more compelling than the first sentence in Joe Mellen's 1970 book,</i> …

Vladimir Putin

Record Heat Wouldn't Be Happening Without Human Influence, Study Says

Last year’s record heat marks the latest in a string of more than a decade of hot years. Scientists project 2016 will be even hotter. Record …

Most threats to humans come from science and technology, warns Hawking

Speaking ahead of his BBC Reith Lecture on black holes, Stephen Hawking discusses the danger inherent in progress and the chances of disaster on Earth<p>The human race faces one its most dangerous centuries yet as progress in science and technology becomes an ever greater threat to our existence, …

12 Things to Do in Bali. The Last One is Unbelievable.

It's on everyone's bucket list. Everyone. And for good reason. Just whisper the seductive word "Bali" at a party and witness the dreamy, faraway look in the hearer's eyes. Bali is more than just a destination. It's the epitome of an exotic paradise.<p>An Indonesian island known for lush terraced rice …

The One Poisonous Thing That Really Prevents Success

It's easy to get caught up in thinking that you have a million things to do before you can even start. This is wrong. Flat out wrong. Dead wrong.<p><i>What are some things that hold people back from being successful? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions</i> …

Motivation
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What The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Physics Really Means

It’s been quiet here for a couple of weeks, as I was off visiting family for the holidays and then at a meeting in South Carolina. It’s a New Year though, so let’s ease back into things with a simple and non-controversial topic. Say, the Many-Worlds interpretation of quantum physics.<p>OK, maybe that …

Quantum Mechanics

Our brains can be fooled into healthier eating

Labelling and tax are not the only answers – we must be smarter if we are to tackle the obesity crisis<p>Our experience of being human starts with food. It’s central to the journey that our species took to get here. As we evolved, we began to use tools that were associated with food; either the …

Holistic Medicine

Care worker scheme axed last-minute in spending review

Scheme to develop role of care practitioners and address shortages is scrapped along with projects designed to boost opportunities for women<p>Elderly and social care in the UK: share your experiences<p>A training scheme to create a career ladder for care workers and to address the acute shortage of …

Supercharged system aims to make robots learn faster than ever

A new artificial intelligence startup called Osaro aims to give industrial robots the same turbocharge that DeepMind Technologies gave Atari-playing …

Famous Women Get Real About Menstruation To Combat Period-Shaming

With the help of a few celebrities, Thinx wants to end the stigma surrounding periods.<p>Actresses Sophia Bush, Joy Bryant and Jackie Tohn kept it real while talking about menstruation during the opening of a mini documentary from Thinx, the period-proof underwear company that ran into obstacles when …

Menstruation

Peak period: menstruation acceptance has reached new heights

It’s relief for a lot of us to finally see periods being talked about in a frank, forward-looking way<p>Women’s periods have always had a bad rap. World religions have a history of taboos about menstruation, myths about women’s abilities while hormonal still prevail and American culture has long …