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25 minutes of meditating eases stress - Futurity

Even brief sessions of mindfulness meditation—25 minutes for three consecutive days—can help people cope with stressful situations.

Animals experience a full range of emotions, according to new research

After years of back and forth, new research suggests animals do have thoughts and emotions<p>The theory on animal behavior for most of history was this: people think and feel; other animals do not. It's only in recent years that there's been a sea change in the field of animal cognition, where, …

Scientists figured out how shrooms open your mind

It’s one thing to say that psychedelic mushrooms "open your mind," but it’s another entirely to demonstrate its dream-like effects in a scientific study. Yet, that’s what one group of researchers appear to have achieved in a study published today in <i>Human Brain Mapping</i>.<p>In the experiment, researchers …

Record-breaking magnet crams three tons of force into the size of a golf ball

University of Cambridge scientists have broken a decade-old superconducting record by packing a 17.6 Tesla magnetic field into a golf ball-sized hunk of crystal -- equivalent to about three tons of force. The team used high-temperature superconductors that work at minus 320 degrees F or so -- not …

Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Neanderthals clubbed their way to the top of an ancient food chain, slaying caribou and mammoths. But a peek inside their prehistoric poop reveals that the meat-loving early humans may have also enjoyed some salad on the side.<p>Researchers excavating a site in southern Spain where Neanderthals lived …

Baby eagle on webcam is allowed to die: That's today's reality

Baby eagles die. It's nature. But when it occurs on a webcam, it becomes personal. Over the weekend, a chick in a camera-monitored nest in Maine perished, and those watching knew that it was coming.<p>The parents seemed to have abandoned the nest, which held two eaglets. There were calls by the public …

Birds

Newfound Alien Planet 'Gliese 832c' May Be Able To Support Life

A newfound alien world might be able to support life — and it's just a stone's throw from Earth in the cosmic scheme of things.<p>An international team of astronomers has discovered an exoplanet in the star Gliese 832's "habitable zone" — the just-right range of distances that could allow liquid water …

This giant robot is designed to let you juggle cars (for real)

Ex-NASA engineer has a dream to let anyone control a robot that throws VW Beetles into the air<p>Science fiction is filled with giant robots that people can control like extensions of their own bodies. Dan Granett wants to build one for real, as <i>Gizmodo</i> originally reported. Granett, a former technician …

Physicist suggests speed of light might be slower than thought

(Phys.org) —Physicist James Franson of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County has captured the attention of the physics community by posting an …

Tofu Ingredient Could Lead to Cheaper Way of Making Solar Cells

What do solar panels and tofu have in common? Not much yet, but that could be about to change. U.K. scientists have found that magnesium chloride, a common chemical used as a bath salt and as a coagulant in the production of tofu, can replace cadmium chloride, a key component in the process used to …

Solar Panels

Stem cell treatment for horses to be trialled on humans

<b>"No-one has ever put a stem cell into a human Achilles tendon before in the UK," says Andy Goldberg, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.</b><p>But all of that is about to change.<p>Dr Goldberg is leading the first trial of a new treatment which has been working …

Cell Biology

Brain games that could pay off in retirement

We all know that exercise helps keep our hearts healthy, but what keeps our brains in top form? Researchers are working overtime to answer this …

This Glove Makes You Beethoven

“Have you ever seen the Matrix?” Thad Starner excitedly asks me over the phone. “There’s that scene where they need to fly a helicopter and Trinity just says, “hang on” and then uploads the instructions to her brain. That’s the future of what I’m doing.”<p>What started as a wearable experiment for the …

Achilles' heel to lower defenses of antibiotic-resistant bacteria found

The discovery of antibiotics is one of the most important breakthroughs of the 20th century. But their effectiveness and low cost has led to their …

The next version of Android will enhance battery life, speed up apps

Several months ago, Google added an experimental runtime option to speed up apps in Android 4.4 KitKat. A runtime, for the record, supports the apps running on your device -- without it they'd be nothing but piles of useless code. Called ART (short for Android Runtime), that same mode will become …

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.14.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s a question that’s perplexed …

Cracking the Brain’s Codes - MIT Technology Review

In <i>What Is Life?</i> (1944), one of the fundamental questions the physicist Erwin Schrödinger posed was whether there was some sort of “hereditary …

One step to solar-cell efficiency: Researchers' chemical process may improve manufacturing

Rice University scientists have created a one-step process for producing highly efficient materials that let the maximum amount of sunlight reach a …

How eating broccoli could help protect us from air pollution

New research suggests a compound in the vegetable might cause us to expel toxic chemicals<p>The average adult inhales over 3,000 gallons of air every day. That's a lot of air, and in these smoggy times, it's a given that it contains toxic substances that we'd rather keep outside of our bodies.<p>One such …

Laptops and phones in class drag down everyone's grades - Futurity

Even the smartest college students suffer academically when they use the internet in class for non-academic purposes, new research finds

College & University

Woman films herself having a stroke

After being misdiagnosed with stress, Stacey Yepes took this video selfie which helped doctors correctly diagnose that she was having a mini-stroke<p>When Stacey Yepes felt the side of her face beginning to go numb, the first thing she did was a little unusual. In the long run it may well have saved …

Medicine

Q&A: Creating Global Wi-Fi--With Balloons

How Mike Cassidy of Google's Project Loon wants to get internet airborne.<p>Mike Cassidy works at Google X, the company’s self-described <i>moonshot factory,</i> as the leader of Project Loon. His team’s goal is to deploy a global network of thousands of Wi-Fi–connected balloons that will provide affordable …

A single broken gene slashes your heart attack risk

Two new studies have identified mutations that could have a big impact on cardiovascular disease<p>When cholesterol accumulates inside blood vessels, they sometimes burst into clots that block the flow of blood to a person's brain. This is what we call a stroke. But even though doctors have understood …

How mapping the human proteome reveals new insights into our bodies

Professor Kathryn Lilley explains the science behind recent progress in working out when and where our proteins are made<p>Researchers recently announced that they had created an inventory of all the proteins in the human body – proteins that are encoded by the genome. We ask expert Professor Kathryn …

Google Donates $100,000 to Help Kids Build Games Consoles

Google’s education arm has donated $100,000 towards a joint project between Code Club and Technology Will Save Us which allows children to build and programme their own games console for just £60, thereby teaching them early essential skills for a potential lifetime in technology.<p>Announced today, …

How the Universe Works: Stephen Hawking’s Theory of Everything, Animated in 150 Seconds

Legendary theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is among the greatest scientific minds in human history. In this charming animation for <i>The Guardian’</i>s <i>MadeSimple</i> series, UK-based animation studio Scriberia — who also made the wonderful trailer for Oliver Burkeman’s <i>Antidote</i> — condenses …

Our humming brains help us learn rapidly

Our brain’s ability to rapidly interpret and analyse new information may lie in the musical hum of our brainwaves.<p>We continuously take in information …

The Brain