Sean van der Westhuizen

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Revealed: the science behind teenage laziness

They may lie in, act selfishly and take risks, but research by a leading neuroscientist suggests that adolescents may be right when they say nobody understands them<p>Teenagers really get a bad time,’ says Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. ‘It is amazing how it seems to be totally acceptable – even …

Parenting

Did the Big Bang create a parallel universe where time goes backwards?

Radical new research suggests that at the same time the Big Bang created our universe, another where time goes in the opposite direction was also born<p>A scientific breakthrough could redefine how the universe is understood.<p>Radical new research led by a British scientist has suggested that there may …

Dark Matter

Is The Human Species Still Evolving?

Bill Nye The Science Guy speculates on the future of mankind<p>Is there a <i>Homo superius</i> just around the next corner, waiting to take our place? Let’s think about what it would take: If we were to give rise to a new species, something would have to happen to us to create a bottleneck or isolated place …

Evolution

Your Creativity Might Be Stifled By Your Expertise

It's great to be an expert, right? Of course it is. But is it possible that your expertise is actually undermining your ability to think creatively and be open to new ideas? Recent research has revealed that this is exactly what can happen.<p>Innovation--by definition--includes an element of newness. …

Management

Scientists Have Discovered an On/Off Switch For Ageing Cells

Image: mopic/Shutterstock<p>In our bodies, our cells are constantly dividing in order to replenish our lungs, skin, liver and other organs. But most …

Crops Grow On Fake Moon And Mars Soil

That means future space colonizers may be able to farm their own food using local dirt.<p>If humans ever set up permanent bases on the Moon or Mars, we'll need to be able to grow our own food there. To find out whether that’s actually possible, a team of scientists in the Netherlands planted 14 plant …

Farming

Measure Backward, Not Forward

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>We often measure our progress by looking forward. We set goals. We plan …

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Singularity

Antiperspirants May Alter Your Armpit Bacteria—But For Better Or Worse?

It's enough to make you break out in a cold sweat: a provocative new study suggests that the antiperspirants we use to keep from smelling bad could theoretically make us smell worse.<p>Say what?<p>According to the small-scale study, antiperspirants and deodorants alike can alter the community of bacteria …

What happens to the excreted drugs you flush down the toilet?

Doctors should take into account the ‘downstream’ effects on the environment when they prescribe drugs, suggests a scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency<p>Let’s talk about urine. We don’t usually give it much thought, but there’s a fair chance that yours contains traces of one of the …

Children ‘do not have innate ability in English or maths’

Academics from Oxford, UCL and King's College dispel the myth that children are either good at writing or sums, concluding that both traits are controlled by the same genes<p>The idea that children are either good with numbers or words has been exposed as a myth in a new study that finds both traits …

The Sleep Schedules Of 27 Of History’s Greatest Minds

The science of sleep and its glorious effects on creativity, productivity, and sanity gets a lot of press these days. That said, the sleep habits of some of your favorite writers, musicians, and artists may surprise you a little.<p>The bedtimes and rising times of history’s greatest minds are …

Are 'Lucky Streaks' Real? Science Says Yes

Bettors are more likely to win once they're on a winning streak, for a precisely ironic reason.<p>Maybe you're not a gambler, but you probably have a grasp of the concept of a "hot hand" or a lucky streak. I've wondered before--is this a real phenomenon? My own experience suggests it could be, but one …

These Beautiful Graphics Reveal The Chemistry Of Everyday Foods

Literally everything around us is made up of chemicals. That includes all foods. And the different kinds of chemicals they contain give the stuff we eat their flavors, colors, and smells.<p>On the blog Compound Interest, a chemist and teacher in the United Kingdom has illustrated the chemistry behind …

10 Phrases Great Speakers Never Say | Inc.com

While it's really hard to immediately win over a crowd, it's really easy for a speaker to lose the room within the first few minutes of a presentation.<p>To make sure you don't lose your audience, here's Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, serial entrepreneur and founder of TwitterCounter and The Next Web, …

Public Speaking

Rare byproduct of marine bacteria kills cancer cells by snipping their DNA

(Phys.org) —Yale University researchers have determined how a scarce molecule produced by marine bacteria can kill cancer cells, paving the way for …

Chemtrail Conspiracy Theory Finally Exposed

Imagine you are the leader of a powerful country. Let's call it the Bunited Spates of Flamerica. Your people are becoming unruly and generally suspicious, and some of them are starting to unravel the complex plots your government has enacted over the years, like that time you pretended to go to the …

Cancer Cells Tamed By Trip To Outer Space

Low-grav experiments may point the way toward more effective treatments on Earth<p>Low gravity may inhibit the growth and spread of thyroid cancer cells. In newly published research, experimental biologists describe the responses of thyroid cancer cell cultures to 22 seconds of simulated microgravity …

Plants Trick Flies Into Sex, Making Subsequent Relationship Awkward

"Whoa, yeah. So, all right. I have a meeting. Early?"<p>In this week's important science news, flies are found to essentially be wasted college students making bad decisions. Researchers from Stellenbosch University in South Africa studying the habits of bee flies showed that species of orchids and …

Big Pic: A Sound System That's Loud Enough To Kill

Toot toot<p>This looks a bit like a giant ear canal, but in a way, it's the opposite. It's the largest horn in the most powerful sound system in Europe. The system's maximum output, according to the European Space Agency, would kill any human exposed to it.<p>The horn is part of the European Space …

When Doing Good Means You're Bad

Want to know a sure way to be seen as immoral, unethical and unlikable? Raise $1 million for charity. Want to know how to have people think a lot …

Doctorow Ruminates On How A 'Brain' Becomes A Mind

<b>Listen · 6:42</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>When does our brain become our mind? Our heart? How does it become us, whatever we are? And how do we live with memories when they begin to burst inside?<p>E.L. Doctorow's new novel is called <i>Andrew's Brain</i>, and it plunges inside the brain of a man who …

Scientists Discover a Jewel at the Heart of Quantum Physics

Physicists reported this week the discovery of a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and …

What Happened On Easter Island — A New (Even Scarier) Scenario

We all know the story, or think we do.<p>Let me tell it the old way, then the new way. See which worries you most.<p>First version: Easter Island is a small 63-square-mile patch of land — more than a thousand miles from the next inhabited spot in the Pacific Ocean. In A.D. 1200 (or thereabouts), a small …

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What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Why we can 'see' the house that looks like Hitler

From seeing shapes in clouds to hearing Bing Crosby in a blizzard of static, we're all prone to finding things that aren't there. And there's a name for it: apophenia<p>The Latvian psychologist Konstantins Raudive spent the summer of 1965 trying to contact the dead. Every day, with careful precision, …