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Study Finds Correlation Between Fiscal Conservatism And Big Biceps

Does physical strength lead to conservative beliefs?<p>A new study in the journal <i>Psychological Science</i> took a look at the relationship between physical strength and political beliefs. More specifically, the study sought to answer a question: is there any correlation between "fighting ability" and …

FYI: Can A Bionic Eye See As Well As A Human Eye?

It's the difference between a grainy black-and-white film and HD.<p>Previously blind patients who receive the recently FDA-approved Argus II bionic eye system will regain some degree of functional sight. The retinal implant technology, developed and distributed by Second Sight, can improve quality of …

South Pole Lab Detects Elusive Deep-Space Neutrinos For The First Time

After two years of searching, the icy observatory has finally found evidence of the high-energy particles, which may have come from a distant black hole or supernova.<p>It looks like the IceCube Observatory neutrino detector at the South Pole has found what it was looking for just two years after …

Candy Totally Won't Make You Fat, Says Study Funded By Big Candy

It's cool to eat as much candy as you want, you guys, no problem, just live off the stuff.<p>Good news, guys! Candy isn't going to make you fat or kill you or anything negative at all! Feast on M&M's like an 8-year-old on Halloween, because you're totally good on this one.<p>Says a study funded by the …

Number Of Published Cancer Studies That Can't Be Reproduced Is Shockingly High

Half of cancer scientists have failed to reproduce the findings of other researchers, according to an anonymous survey.<p>In an anonymous survey taken by scientists at a prestigious cancer center, more than half of the respondents said they'd failed to reproduce published scientific findings at least …

Cold Fusion Machine Gets Third-Party Verification, Inventor Says

The E-Cat strikes again.<p>A well-known promoter of cold fusion technology—who's been demonstrating his latest invention here and there over the past two years—has announced that an independent third party has verified his machine works. That is, it creates a large amount of energy in the form of …

Megapixels: A Parasitic Worm Infects An Ant

In the jungles of Belize last January, entomologist Alex Wild noticed something odd about the trap-jaw ants passing through his outdoor insect photography class: They all had shrunken heads and swollen abdomens. A day after making the observation, Wild and his students came upon an ant with a worm …

NASA Invests In 3-D Food Printer For Mars Missions

Making pizza out of insect meal, instantly<p>It would take a lot of food to get astronauts to Mars, but what if they could get whatever they wanted at the push of a button?<p>NASA is funding an ambitious 3-D printing food project that wants to make that happen, <i>Quartz</i> reports. The space agency's handing …

IBM's Watson Is Bringing "Cognitive Computing" to Customer Service

It will be powering smartphone apps by the end of the year too.<p>IBM's Watson computing platform made a name for itself on Jeopardy, but its incremental roll-out into the real world has been no less impressive. It has worked in finance at Citi helping to assess risk and at Memorial Sloan-Kettering …

Headset Zaps Video Gamers' Brains For Better Reflexes

For when you just HAVE to beat everyone at Call of Duty.<p>Foc.us is a company that makes headsets for gamers. Those headsets, starting to ship in July, send electricity through your brain. This is their pitch:<p>Overclock your brain using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) to increase the …

Synthetic Biologists Engineer A Custom Flu Vaccine In A Week

A synthetic biology method proves its chops.<p>A copy of the genetic code of an H7N9 avian flu—similar to, but not exactly the same as the flu that has killed 36 people in China—arrived in a lab in Boston Easter Sunday, 2011. By Saturday, scientists had made a vaccine against it, the Boston Globe …

These Self-Assembling Nanoflowers Are As Beautiful As They Are Tiny

Harvard researchers grew these lovely microscopic gardens using delicate chemical reactions.<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>A nanorose may not smell as sweet as an organic one, but the red petals on this micron-scale flower are unquestionably just as beautiful. At Harvard University, materials …

Strange Dark Matter Interactions Could Create Galactic Disks and Dark Light

A small percentage of the dark matter in our universe might be able to interact with itself through an as-of-yet unknown dark force, forming dark …

Scientists Train People To Not Be Jerks

To be excellent to one another, just try out some Buddhist meditation.<p>If you're kind of a jerk, but at least concerned about your jerk-ness, take heart: researchers say they've shown it's possible to increase compassion in adults.<p>The University of Wisconsin-Madison actually has a whole department …

This quick visual test predicts IQ - Futurity

U. ROCHESTER (US) — A brief test of a person’s ability to filter out visual …

The Mind Unleashed

The Week In Numbers: Fire In Space, The First Cloned Human Embryo, And More

<b>1,350 light-years</b>: the distance to a "fiery ribbon" stretching across the Orion Nebula, captured recently by a submillimeter-wavelength camera inside Chile's Atacama Pathfinder Experiment telescope. The ribbon is actually a glow given off by cold interstellar dust at wavelengths too long for human …