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Why you should get a burner phone number, even if you aren't a spy

Apps make it easy to create a second number.<p>The first time you heard of a burner phone—a cheap prepaid mobile intended for temporary use—was probably while watching a crime drama. But an extra cell phone comes in handy even when you operate on the right side of the law.<p>A second number can help you …

Apps

Many Psychedelics Share This Common Trait — And It Will Literally Change The Way You Think

This helps explain why they are increasingly seen as a valuable treatment for psychiatric disorders such as depression, anxiety, and addiction.New …

Neuroscience

If I Die, Do All My Quantum Selves Die, Too?

We hope you are either very clever or very high for this oneThe reality you think you’re living in isn’t what you think it is.That’s according to …

Quantum Mechanics

Albert Einstein Could Be Just as Cruel as He Was Brilliant

The physicist was recently revealed to be a closeted racist.<p>Albert Einstein is synonymous with genius, and his legacy is omnipresent. He’s …

Albert Einstein

These Gravity-Defying Hills Are One of The Strangest Natural Phenomena We've Seen

Where cars drift uphill.<p>Scattered across the world are a number of bewildering 'mystery spots' that appear to defy gravity - places where cars seem …

Physics

How to Protect Yourself and Your Canine From Dog Flu

Your furry, squirrel-stalking, peanut butter-huffing hound is your best friend. But he might also be riddled with a new type of virus that can cause …

Dogs

Scientists Identify a "New Type of Depression"

Scientists want to develop new antidepressant drugs.<p>An estimated half of the 322 million people affected by depression don’t appear to benefit from …

Neuroscience

This CO2 machine could transform the way we fight climate change

We feast on fossil fuels to power our cars, trains, manufacturing plants and cities, but our reliance on them means we continue to flood our atmosphere with carbon dioxide now reaching levels higher than ever before.<p>What if we could directly capture CO2 from the atmosphere and turn that into …

British Columbia

Why More White Americans Are Opposing Government Welfare Programs

A new study shows that since 2008, more white people in the United States oppose welfare programs, in part because of increasing "racial resentment."<p>One of the reasons for this opposition, according to the report, is white Americans' perceptions that they might be losing their financial and social …

Political Science

The Strange link Between Human mind and Quantum Physics

Nobody understands what consciousness is or how it works. Nobody understands quantum mechanics either. Could that be more than coincidence?<p>“I cannot …

Quantum Physics

Did Michael Pollan Kill God?

Michael Pollan had enlightenment envy.<p>Unlike most patients in clinical trials of psilocybin, when Pollan ate a magic mushroom, he wasn’t terrified by …

Consciousness

Researchers Can Now Estimate the Magma Underneath Yellowstone's Supervolcano

Arr! There she blows!<p>Do you ever think about how there’s a supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park that could explode at any second and …

Geology

A debate over plant consciousness is forcing us to confront the limitations of the human mind

The inner life of plants arouses the passions of even the mildest-mannered naturalists. A debate over plant consciousness and intelligence has raged in scientific circles for well over a century—at least since Charles Darwin observed in 1880 that stressed-out flora can’t rest.<p>There’s no doubt that …

Consciousness

Coming to Grips with the Implications of Quantum Mechanics

The question is no longer whether quantum theory is correct, but what it means

Quantum Physics

Scientists Are Hinting at The Existence of a Strange New Type of Particle

Say hello to di-Omega.<p>Using one of the most powerful computers in the world to perform complex simulations, scientists have predicted a new type of …

Physics

Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!)

A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There's a lot going on: social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period.<p>Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood, but in the last two decades, …

Middle School

'Why It Took Me Two Years To Realise I Was In An Abusive Relationship'

24-year-old Chloe* thought that because her partner never hit her, he hadn't done anything bad enough to make her leave.<p><b>'I met Adam* through mutual friends on New Year’s Eve, and we instantly clicked. We lived 129 miles away from each other, but that didn’t stop us desperately wanting to be</b> …

Why we need to figure out a theory of consciousness

Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last …

The Scientific Case for Two Spaces After a Period

A new study proves that half of people are correct. The other is also correct.<p>This is a time of much division. Families and communities are splintered by polarizing narratives. Outrage surrounds geopolitical discourse—so much so that anxiety often becomes a sort of white noise, making it …

Text-To-Speech

What Is Consciousness?

INNOVATIONS IN<p>Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers.<p>Christof Koch<p>Christof Koch is chief scientist and …

Major Breakthrough for Lesotho Cancer Patients

Lesotho Minister of Health Nkaku Kabi says the government has over the years focused more on the HIV/AIDS crisis and overlooked cancer which is a …

Cancer-killing viruses show promise — and draw billion-dollar investment

NEWS<p>Encouraging trial results spur interest from researchers and drug giants.<p>Heidi Ledford<p>Search for this author in:<p>Pub Med<br>• Nature.com<br>• Google …

NASA Technology Uncovers Never-Before-Seen Text on Dead Sea Scrolls

They raise the possibility of a "still unknown manuscript."<p>In 1947, in a cave one mile west of the Dead Sea, a Bedouin shepherd stumbled upon large …

Philip Ball’s Beyond Weird is a whirlwind tour of the strangeness of quantum physics

Quantum physics is less about particles and waves, uncertainty and fuzziness, than information: about what can be known and how.<p>“If I could tell you …

A High Schooler Has Upended a Fundamental Chemistry Theory

Time to rethink everything you learned about carbon.<p>You may not remember much from high school chemistry, but you probably recall learning the …

44 Depression-Linked Genes Identified in the Largest Risk Factor Study Yet

All humans carry the genetic risk factors for depression to some degree.<p>Major depressive disorder is a common, potentially debilitating illness that …

Technology on Flipboard Just Got Even Better

One of the most read categories on Flipboard is technology, and today it’s becoming an even more essential destination for tech insiders, professionals and enthusiasts, thanks to a major injection of new content, a faster way to browse the day’s news, a way to share articles with your team, and …

A New Meta-Analysis Says Smoking Marijuana Doesn’t Have Much Of An Impact On Cognitive Functioning

A group of researchers at University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine conducted a review of 69 studies on cannabis-use and cognitive …

Scientists just stored the hottest album from 1998 in literal DNA

A, T, G, and C are the 0s and 1s of living things. Unlike the code stored in silicon, data stored in DNA won’t degrade for thousands of years. And …

Stunning Video From Cell-Exploring Camera Just Made 'Magic School Bus' Real

"All my life I’ve dreamed of seeing this."<p>Any kid who ever paged through <i>The Magic School Bus</i> at their school’s book fair or watched the animated show …