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Human hibernation: Secrets behind the big sleep

The extreme survival tricks of hibernating animals… and the occasional human… could help us overcome life-threatening injuries, as Frank Swain discovers.<p>Imagine it: you have been rushed into the emergency room and you are dying. Your injuries are too severe for the surgeons to repair in time. Your …

The Buddha on Metaphysics and the Nature of Reality

It is sometimes claimed that the historical Buddha was unconcerned about the nature of reality. For example, the Buddhist author Stephen Batchelor …

Is Consciousness Related to Quantum Physics?

How does the human brain generate our subjective experiences? How does it manifest human consciousness? The general sense that "I" am a "me" that has …

Alice in Quantumland: A Charming Illustrated Allegory of Quantum Mechanics by a CERN Physicist

As a lover of science and of all things <i>Alice in Wonderland</i>, imagine my delight at discovering <b>Alice in Quantumland: An Allegory of Quantum Physics</b> (<i>public library</i>) — an imaginative and unusual 1995 quantum primer by particle physicist <b>Robert Gilmore</b>, who has under his belt experience at Stanford and …

Quantum Physics Made Relatively Simple: A Mini Course from Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Hans Bethe

An émigré from Nazi Germany, Hans Bethe joined Cornell's physics department back in 1935. There, he built a remarkable career for himself. A nuclear …

How does your memory work?

Why don’t you remember names instantly and what’s the best way to improve your powers of recollection? This video explains all.<p>To remember something your brain goes through the following process:<p>First your brain consciously registers the memory, a process called encoding. The reason most people …

The 20 big questions in science

1 What is the universe made of?<p>Astronomers face an embarrassing conundrum: they don’t know what 95% of the universe is made of. Atoms, which form everything we see around us, only account for a measly 5%. Over the past 80 years it has become clear that the substantial remainder is comprised of two …

Neuro-enhancement in the military: far-fetched or an inevitable future?

About five years ago, not long after I started up my research group at Cardiff University, something rather strange happened. One morning I came down to my lab to find the door wide open and a suited man standing in the middle of the room, peering around and scribbling on a clipboard. He told me he …

What Neuroscience Says About The Link Between Creativity And Madness

New research sheds more light on the strong ties between an original mind and a troubled one.<p>The idea that very creative people are also a little crazy has been around since humanity’s earliest days. In ancient Greece, Plato noted the eccentricities of poets and playwrights, and Aristotle saw that …

Forget Prozac, Psychobiotics Are the Future of Psychiatry

For millennia, the human race has sought to combat psychological disorders through the intervention of natural – and eventually synthetic – chemicals. Originally, the sources for these psychoactive substances were the various fruits and flowers, including the Areca tree (betel nut), the poppy …

The Truth About The Left Brain / Right Brain Relationship

Sometimes ideas that originate in science seep out into the broader culture and take on a life of their own. It's still common to hear people referred to as "anal," a Freudian idea that no longer has much currency in contemporary psychology. Ideas like black holes and quantum leaps play a …