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We Finally Know What The First Ever Flower on Earth Actually Looked Like

Spoiler: a little like a magnolia.<p>Although most species of plants on Earth have flowers, the evolutionary origin of flowers themselves are shrouded …

New Caledonia
Research

Geckos rapidly evolve bigger heads in response to human activity

Life is adept at adapting to changes in the environment – and the environment is changing faster than ever, thanks to us. Evolution is normally …

Biology

Noise helps cells make decisions: Team reveals the importance of genetic noise in development

Random differences between cells early in development could be the key to making different cells in the body, according to new research from a team …

Innovation

New algorithm finds the optimal bond breaking point for single molecules

Recent developments in atomic-force microscopy have enabled researchers to apply mechanical forces to individual molecules to induce chemical …

Chemistry

How dissolving cells reveals cancer secrets | Cosmos

The microscopic structure of tumours has always remained somewhat elusive for biologists. But thanks to a new technique, scientists have, for the …

This Internal 'Master Clock' Could Be in Control of All Our Circadian Rhythms

How the body keeps pace with itself.<p>Scientists studying the pattern of circadian rhythms have found that one central body clock could be controlling …

Neuroscience

Scientists Have Discovered a Brand New Type of Neuron

Meet the "neighbourhood cell".<p>A new type of neuron has been discovered in rats' brains by University of Amsterdam (UvA) researchers that plays a key …

Alzheimer's Disease

The entire female menstrual cycle can now be replicated in a Petri dish

Providing researchers with a platform to study drugs and diseases influenced by these hormones<p>The best way to understand the human body—and the drugs that we put inside it—is to study organs as their cells are thriving, breathing, and multiplying. But you can’t really do that when those organs are …

Biotechnology

The Amazing Ways Your Brain Determines What You See

Perception underpins everything we think, do, believe, know, or love, says neuroscientist Beau Lotto.<p>Terms like “deviant” and “misfit” are normally freighted with negative connotations. But neuroscientist Beau Lotto explains in his new book, <i>Deviate: The Science of Seeing Differently</i>, that it is our …

How A Theory Of Crime And Policing Was Born, And Went Terribly Wrong

In 1969, Philip Zimbardo, a psychologist from Stanford University, ran an interesting field study. He abandoned two cars in two very different places: one in a mostly poor, crime-ridden section of New York City, and the other in a fairly affluent neighborhood of Palo Alto, Calif. Both cars were …

Justice

Is Consciousness in the Physical World? We May Be About to Find Out.

Physicist Lucien Hardy of the Perimeter Institute for Quantum Physics in Canada has an experiment he wants to try. His believes his experiment could …

Quantum Mechanics

Researchers find dozens of genes associated with measures of intelligence | Ars Technica

Lots of genes, but a cumulatively small impact.<p>We don't know a lot about the biological basis of our mental abilities—we can't even consistently …

Genetics

A 3.3-million-year-old fossil with a missing rib tells us a lot about human evolution

Meet Selam, the 2-and-a-half-year-old Australopithecus afarensis child<p>Our spinal column is different from that of apes because — yes, you guessed that right — we walk upright on two feet. But when did our distinctive back structure first evolve? The skeleton of an early human ancestor found in …

University of Chicago

Dow has worst day in 8 months as Trump drama rattles market

Is Wall Street finally getting ready to throw in the towel on President Trump? Perhaps.<p>Stocks fell sharply Wednesday following reports of a memo from former FBI Director James Comey that says Trump asked him to stop the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.<p>The Dow ended …

Stock Markets

Tapper: Trump's self-pity incomprehensible

CNN's Jake Tapper responds to President Trump's claim that he is the worst-treated President in history -- a claim Trump made during a commencement address at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Jake Tapper

Confessions of an Anxious Meditator

Not long after I started meditating, I was persuaded to spend a whole day at it. Let’s just say it wasn’t exactly easy. I soon felt trapped in my own …

Mindfulness
Science Fiction

A neuroscientist explains the radical theory that our free will is just an illusion

Dean Buonomano, a professor at UCLA and author of "Your Brain Is a Time Machine: The Neuroscience and Physics of Time", gives a simple explanation of the theory of eternalism. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><i>It seems that everything in the universe has already happened under eternalism.</i><p><i>In</i> …

Consciousness

Become a Google Drive power user with these 20 tips and tricks

Boost your productivity<p>When Google Docs first appeared more than a decade ago, the idea of software running in a browser was still a strange and unusual one. Since then, the rebranded Google Drive has gone from strength to strength, with millions now relying on the free word processing, …

Google

Life's Origins by Land or Sea? Debate Gets Hot

Debate rages between biologists and chemists over whether life began on land or under the sea. Rachel Brazil looks at the arguments<p>The question ‘How …

Earth Science

Inoculation theory: Using misinformation to fight misinformation

As a psychologist researching misinformation, I focus on reducing its influence. Essentially, my goal is to put myself out of a job.<p>Recent …

Critical Thinking

Acceptance, Gratitude and Celebrating Life

I am writing this on Mother’s Day, 2017, and hope that for those of us who miss our mothers today, and on any and all other days because they have …

Happiness

An Electric Wallpaper That Doubles Up As A Power Source

<b>Wallpaper company</b> Flavor Paper has collaborated with design firm UM Project to combine sounds, lights and motions in a decorative and playful display …

Design

Ways to Recognize and Develop Your Psychic Abilities

Do you question if psychic abilities are real, and truly exist? You may even doubt the validity of intuition. But, chances are, you actually do know, …

Spirituality

La paradoja de los alquileres en Madrid: más caros en Lavapiés que en el barrio de Salamanca

Concretamente, la estimación de precio medio al mes por habitación <b>se sitúa en 481 euros</b>, en el mismo rango que otros barrios, como puede ser el de …

Comiendo a la manera del Quijote

A veces, para ahondar en la vida y costumbres de otros tiempos, no hay como sumergirse en la literatura. Los escritores han manifestado una constante …

Arguments why God (very probably) exists

<i>Note from Editor of The Conversation US: This is a revised version of the original piece. We have done so to make explicit the author’s expertise</i> …

British Philosophy

Density-Functional Theory of the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect

Author(s): Jianyun Zhao, Manisha Thakurathi, Manish Jain, Diptiman Sen, and J. K. JainAn alternative DFT approach on fractional quantum Hall systems …

Physics

Ghost in the Machine? Mysterious 'Sterile' Neutrinos May Not Exist

Proposed elusive subatomic particles that only fleetingly interact with matter through gravity may not exist, at least if new data from a nuclear …