Shell 'Secnarf' Thwaites

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The game theory of life

<i>Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org, whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.</i><p>In what appears to …

What God does to your brain

The controversial science of neurotheology aims to find the answer to an age-old question: why do we believe?<p>When neuroscientist Andrew Newberg scanned the brain of “Kevin”, a staunch <b>atheist,</b> while he was meditating, he made a fascinating discovery. “Compared with the Buddhist monks and Franciscan …

Breast Cancer

How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

Our public media colleagues over at KPCC, Southern California Public Radio, have a fascinating two-part report on the efforts of schools in the Los Angeles area to address the effects of "toxic stress" on student learning.<p>"As researchers work to solve one of the most persistent problems in public …

How To Make A New Planet Home

Three simple steps for an intergalactic exit plan<p>The recipe for creating a habitable planet turns out to be surprisingly simple: Just add water—and atmospheric gases. Mars has both, relics from four billion years ago when the planet was warm and wet. “When it comes to Mars, and only Mars, the …

The Dark Side Of Facebook, Where People Lie, Steal, And Make Millions

"Bro."<p>The message had been sent by someone who wasn't his friend on the social network, someone using the alias "Anthony.*" It was a name Fyk had come to know and dread.<p>Minutes later, the traffic on his website, FunnierPics.net, nosedived. Google Analytics showed the number of active readers drop …