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A hundred walked out of my lecture

by Sue Blackmore<p>I’m still shaken by yesterday’s lecture and its aftermath. Oxford in the 21st century was, I’d fondly assumed, the epitome of …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

What it Means to be a Self-Made Man | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni,</i> <i>co-authors of</i> Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato.<p>Cato the …

40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think

Many people complain about advertisements as an obnoxious way for companies to invade our everyday lives and cram their products down our throats, …

15-Minute Morning Workout Routine | The Art of Manliness

Adrian Peter Schmidt was born in the Alsace-Lorraine region of what is now France in 1872. His genetics and circumstances did not point to a future …

Transcending Complacency on Superintelligent Machines

As the Hollywood blockbuster <i>Transcendence</i> debuts this weekend with Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman and clashing visions for the future of humanity, it's tempting to dismiss the notion of highly intelligent machines as mere science fiction. But this would be a mistake, and potentially our worst mistake …

China’s push to silence dissent won’t erase memory of Tiananmen

Gao Yu was supposed to go to dinner with a friend on April 25. She never arrived. The Chinese journalist, imprisoned after the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, has not been heard from since. Her supporters believe they are unlikely to see her again until before June 4, at the earliest.<p>In a little …

Greased lightning: the nanotechnology in engine oil

Nanotech additives act like minuscule ball bearings to lubricate moving metal surfaces that come into contact inside engines, improving fuel efficiency and reducing wear and tear<p>The Consumer Products Inventory lists over 1,600 products that have been identified by the manufacturer as containing …

The Messy, Messy Relationship Between Income (and Race) and Obesity

Report: One fifth of China's soil contaminated

<b>Almost a fifth of China's soil is contaminated, an official study released by the government has shown.</b><p>Conducted between 2005-2013, it found that 16.1% of China's soil and 19.4% of its arable land showed contamination.<p>The report, by the Environmental Protection Ministry, named cadmium, nickel and …

Pollution

It’s women who suffer most from the marriage penalty

No one likes paying taxes. But this year, some of the biggest losers are married working women, who are being discouraged from working by high …

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

Government approves medical marijuana research

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration handed backers of<p>medical marijuanaa significant victory Friday, opening the way for aUniversity of Arizonaresearcher to examine whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, a move that could lead to broader studies into potential benefits of …

Open source neuroscience tools to help DIY researchers

Today's neuroscientists need expertise in more than just the human brain. They must also be accomplished hardware engineers, capable of building new …

Tiny chip bends light to project simple image - Futurity

A new kind of silicon chip acts as a lens-free projector—and could one day end up in cell phones, say researchers.

Chemistry

Robot arms to help knit replacement human body parts

You might be able to knit a pair of socks, but robots could one day knit you a pair of kidneys. Bioprinters with many arms could coordinate their …

What Americans Don't Know About Science

On a recent survey, just 74 percent of Americans said that the Earth revolves around the sun.<p>Every two years, the National Science Foundation releases a report on the state of science in the U.S. and around the world. It includes survey data for how Americans answer basic scientific questions such …

House Of The Future: How Automation Tech Is Transforming The Home

In the late 2000s, while he was building himself a “green” home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod, went looking for a thermostat, and was unimpressed by the limited features and dated technology he found.<p>Fadell teamed up with former Apple colleague Matt Rogers in …