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Rare straight lightning over Zimbabwe

No zig-zagging. No branching. A lightning expert said this single, straight bolt of lightning was extremely rare …<p>A friend in Zimbabwe, Peter …

Do You Know Your “Tell?” And the Comfort Food for Your Brain?

<b>My new book about habits, Better Than Before, comes out one week from tomorrow.</b> It's hard to believe that publication day is so close.<p>I don't <i>feel</i> …

IndieGames.com With PLANETER You Can Grow Your Own Planetary System

There aren't a lot of games that make me feel like I could play them forever. But since the moment I stumbled upon Ditto's PLANETER, a new one has …

How Molly Works in the Brain

On a Saturday night last month, 12 students at Wesleyan University in Connecticut were poisoned by “Molly,” a hallucinogenic drug they had taken to …

Psychology

Engine running on frozen carbon dioxide may power mission to Mars

Future missions to Mars may well be powered by carbon dioxide fueled engines, thanks to a recent prototype developed by Northumbria and Edinburgh …

Carbon Dioxide

745 Miles Per Second – White Dwarf Could Travel From The Moon To Earth In 11 Minutes

Gravity is usually an uncompromising force, but not for newly discovered white dwarf star US 708. A team of astronomers in Hawaii have found this …

Talking to ourselves: the science of the little voice in your head

Most of us will be familiar with the experience of silently talking to ourselves in our head. Perhaps you’re at the supermarket and realise that you’ve forgotten to pick up something you needed. “Milk!” you might say to yourself. Or maybe you’ve got an important meeting with your boss later in the …

Why brain scientists crave illegal drugs

<i>This article was taken from the November 2014 issue of WIRED magazine. Be the first to read WIRED's articles in print before they're posted online,</i> …

This is what your brain looks like on magic mushrooms

A new way of looking at brain activity may give insight into how psychedelic drugs produce their consciousness-altering effects.<p>In recent years, a …

How a Rare Vision Condition Helps One Artist See Colors Like Few Can

Concetta Antico of San Diego lives in a world only a small percentage of humanity can see -- she is a tetrachromat. Tetrachromats have a fourth, extra cone class for color vision and while normal people see one million colors, Ms. Antico and a small handful of other women like her identified …

Nvidia announces the Titan X graphics processor, the most powerful GPU available

<i>Click here for all of GamesBeat’s 2015 Game Developers Conference coverage</i>.<p>SAN FRANCISCO — Nvidia smuggles in a treat during Epic’s press conference.<p>At Epic Games’ press conference during the 2015 Game Developers Conference this morning, Nvidia boss Jen-Hsun Huang interrupted Epic founder Tim …

Supercomputers

This Is Why Your Dreams Are So Intense When You Stop Smoking Weed

According to Dr Hans Hamburger, a resurgence of dreams happens because weed suppresses your REM sleep.<p><i>This article was originally published by VICE Netherlands</i><p>Maybe you, like me, decided at some point in your life that you'd had enough of smoking weed for a while. When you did, you probably …

How You Can Utilize Lucid Dreaming To Reach Your Fullest Potential

In our society today dreams tend be overlooked. <b>Dreams deserve more attention than they currently get because they can reveal to us a great deal about</b> …

Why -- and how -- we should legalize psychedelics

One reason for psychedelics to be legalized is to open the gates of consciousness to wider scientific and general investigation, and to get beyond …

The HTC One M9 Is A Sleek Smartphone Built For Photo Addicts

Same shiny aluminum body, much bigger camera<p>If you're always on Instagram, Snapchat, VSCO Cam, or pretty much any other photography app, HTC wants you to put its brand-new smartphone in your pocket.<p>The Taiwan-based phone maker premiered its latest flagship device, the HTC One M9, this weekend here …

Phones

What Would It Be Like to Live on Mars?

The idea of living on Mars has been a staple of science fiction since the 19th century, when American astronomer Percival Lowell speculated that the …

Could IBM’s brain-inspired chip change the way computers are built?

The human brain is a powerful supercomputer, but it consumes very little power.<p>The brain is also excellent at processing information efficiently — billions of neurons are deeply connected to memory areas — which gives us the ability to access the data we need to make a decision, quickly make sense …

Artificial Intelligence

The Eiffel Tower has new wind turbines, and they're beautiful

The Eiffel Tower’s iron-clad frame turned slightly greener last week, with the installation of two new wind turbines along its lower deck. Perched some 400 feet above the ground, atop a ritzy, second-level restaurant, the slender turbines are part of a broader effort to make Paris’ most iconic …

Mind-Controlled Drone Scientists Work On Groundbreaking Flight

A company has successfully flown a mind controlled drone, a step that its scientists say will lead to passenger carrying airplanes steered only by pilots’ brains.<p>In a rather stunning demonstration yesterday, Portuguese business Tekever fitted a special cap to a pilot to measure his brain activity, …

Brainwaves

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This Neuroscientist Says He'll Do a Human Head Transplant Very Soon

An Italian neuroscientist who has been advocating for head transplants now wants to make one actually happen. He'll be announcing a project at a …

Did Smoking Pot Mess Up Your Brain?

Actually, research suggests that the chemicals in marijuana might protect against Alzheimer’s.<p><b>By CHRIS GOLDSTEIN and DEBBIE GALANT</b><p>At some point in …

The professor who 'cured' his cancer with a cocktail of everyday pills and 20 years on remains disease-free

Ben Williams' aggressive brain tumour was treated with conventional therapies - and with a mix of common drugs, including those for acne, insomnia and high blood pressure, as revealed in a new documentary. Could this approach work for others?<p>ONE day, some two decades ago, Ben Williams set out from …

Cancer

How To Train Your Brain For Peak Performance

So if we’ve got at least three brains and two of the three are busy sabotaging us at key moments of stress and performance, what can we do about it?<p>What we’re going to focus on now is the unconscious work that you have to do to keep from giving up leadership automatically in those first few minutes …

Public Speaking

Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Scientists studying the difference between human and chimpanzee DNA have found one stretch of human DNA that can make the brains of mice grow significantly bigger.<p>"It's likely to be one of many DNA regions that's critical for controlling how the human brain develops," says Debra Silver, a …

Genetics

Human DNA enlarges mouse brains

Researchers have increased the size of mouse brains by giving the rodents a piece of human DNA that controls gene activity. The work provides some of …

How The Brain Creates Marijuana-Fueled Munchies

The neuroscience of appetite is totally weird<p>O, Mouse! What have you not done for science? But perhaps this experiment was not as bad as most: In a recent study, an international team of biologists used mice to figure out which brain cells are involved in creating the marijuana munchies.<p>Since …

Neuroscience

Reefer research: cannabis 'munchies' explained by new study

Besides making a bongo drum sound inexplicably magical and enhancing a person’s ability to talk nonsense for extended periods of time, generations of cannabis smokers will recognise the “munchies” as one of the drug’s most reliable side-effects.<p>Now scientists have shown that the insatiable urge to …

Neuroscience