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Wait, What’s That? The Science Behind Why Your Mind Keeps Wandering

If you’re experiencing an attention deficit, you’re far from alone.<p>Try this: Count your exhalations–1, 2, 3–all the way to 10. See if you can get to 10 without thinking about lunch or laundry or deadlines or dates.<p>Unless you’ve trained your attention, it’ll probably start to wander–which, new …

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Gustav Klimt: 1862-1918

Born on July 14, 1862 in Baumgarten, near Vienna, Austria, Gustav Klimt is considered one of the greatest decorative painters of the 20th century. …

FIDO Would Enable Dog-To-Human Communication

The device would benefit the military, the disabled, doctors, and maybe even you!<p>Three researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, including one of the co-creators of Google Glass, are working to develop a new piece of technology attire--for dogs. The project, FIDO (Facilitating …

This Is What Experiencing A Hot Flash Looks Like

Is it hot in here?<p>Ah, the joys of womanhood. When the female body decides that baby-making time is over, many women experience hot flashes--the occasional onset of skin redness, sweating, increased heart rate and in general feeling like you've just been teleported onto the sun's surface. Yet …

Can Dogs Watch TV?

And how do they feel about the season premiere of The Newsroom?<p>A TV channel explicitly aimed at canine viewers launched in Israel earlier this year, following a successful launch here in the States. But can dogs actually see what's happening on a TV?<p>The BBC asked Stanley Coren, professor emeritus …

Tooth Broken Off In Prey's Tail Shows Failed T. Rex Hunt

This bit of tail is the first hard evidence of a T. rex hunt in action<p>Perhaps the young <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> hadn't yet grown enough—either in size or in wile—to bring down the duck-billed dinosaur?<p>A team of U.S. paleontologists have discovered a fossil of a piece of a hadrosaur tail that includes two …

The Popular Science Guide To Neuroscience

What is neuroscience?<p>Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, which includes the brain and the spinal cord. It's a broad term encompassing numerous, more specific disciplines, including cognitive, clinical, and developmental neuroscience.<p>History<p>It has long been accepted that the brain is …

New Shapeshifting Biogel Could Help Heal Aging Spines

Along with cell therapy, the biomaterial could help stop or reverse the loss of material between vertebrae.<p>As we get older, the cushy material that absorbs shock between our spinal vertebrae breaks down, creating back pain and inhibiting our mobility. Injections of more nucleus pulposus (NP) …

New Dinosaur Species Found In Utah Totally Looks Like A Cow

Say hello to Nasutoceratops!<p>Holy cow! Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur, called <i>Nasutoceratops titusi</i>, and it's looking a little bovine.<p>A University of Utah grad student discovered the first specimen in 2006 in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in the …

5 Amazing Antarctic Research Buildings

New designs make suffering through freezing desolation in the name of research actually look okay.<p>It's not easy designing buildings for the harsh conditions of Antarctica: architects have to account for ever-piling snow, freezing cold, and violent winds. A new touring exhibition opening next week,</i> …

How To Argue With The Anti-Vaccine Crazies: A Guide

In honor of Jenny McCarthy's new seat at "The View"<p>Jenny McCarthy—savvy, telegenic, and pulchritudinous—is joining the popular daytime talk show "The View."<p>McCarthy is a strident proponent of not vaccinating kids, as she believes vaccinations made her son autistic. Now, many scientists and science …

How Much Can A Human Body Sweat Before It Runs Out?

Drip, drip, drip<p>It all depends on the size, physical fitness and hydration of the person in question, but it's possible to sweat buckets before heatstroke sets in and we pass out. After all, there are about three million sweat glands on the human body (the highest concentration is on our palms), …

What Pig Carcasses Could Teach Coroners About Human Death

Burying pigs at sea turns out to be a good way to study how human bodies decay.<p>A dead pig is a good proxy for a dead person: It's roughly the size of a human torso, it has no fur, and its gut holds similar bacteria. These parallels mean that injury and decay are comparable in the two species, which …

"Invisibility Wetsuits" Hide You From Sharks While You Swim

Surf's up, dude.<p>The coast of Western Australia has been particularly dangerous place for shark attacks recent years, earning it the distinction of becoming "shark attack capital of the world." Between October 2011 and July 2012, great white sharks killed five people in attacks in the area.<p>In …

Say Hello To The World's Largest Known Virus

Let's hope it's friendly.<p>The viruses that we're most familiar with, like the influenza virus, are small and simple. Influenza is about 100 nanometers across, and has only 13 genes. But scientists are beginning to realize that there's no reason a virus needs to be that small or that simple--and in …

FYI: If A Mosquito Bites Me After I’ve Had A Beer, Can It Get Drunk?

B-b-b-buzzz<p>Shockingly, no major studies have been conducted on this topic. "The implications are, however, profound," says Michael Raupp, an entomologist at the University of Maryland. "Reckless flying, passing out in frosty beer mugs, hitting on crane flies instead of mosquito babes. Frightening!" …

A Florida Man Woke Up In A Motel Room Speaking Only Swedish. Could It Happen To You?

A cheat sheet for the strange case of Michael Boatwright, the 61-year-old who reportedly forgot his native language.<p>Michael Boatwright, a Florida man found unconscious in a California Motel 6 months ago, woke up in a Palm Springs hospital in February speaking exclusively Swedish. News of …

The Week In Numbers: New Dinosaur Discovered, The World's Largest Virus, And More

<b>2014</b>: the year this aerodynamic, flying saucer-like research station is set to open in Antarctica<p><b>15 feet</b>: the length of a new cow-like dinosaur discovered in Utah<p><b>1 week</b>: the time it would take Earth's average global surface temperature to drop below 0 degrees Fahrenheit if the sun went out<p><b>$1,350</b>: …

Amp Your Ride

Charge electronics on the go with a bike-mounted USB hub.<p>I'm a mechanical engineer who loves bicycling. When gas prices soared through the roof in 2009, I rode my bike to save money. I wanted to charge USB devices, such as my phone, during commutes but didn't want to spend $150 (or more) on a …

Who Would Win In A Fight, A Cold-Blooded Dinosaur Or A Warm-Blooded One?

One scientist hits upon a creative way to argue that dinosaurs were endothermic.<p>Were dinosaurs "cold-blooded" or "warm-blooded"? Paleontologists still aren't sure. Now, one environmental scientist has painstakingly gathered the data to answer a related question: Given they were the same size, who …

San Jose State suspends Udacity online classes after students fail final exams.

In January, San Jose State University made a big announcement: It had reached a deal with the startup Udacity to offer college classes for credit …

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