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13 Sleep Lessons From A Landmark British Sleep Report

New findings reveal alarming data about Britons' sleep and this group of experts is calling for change.<p>A recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that a third of Americans don't get enough sleep. And now, a British report finds that no one is faring any better …

The history of why pi equals 3.14(15926…)

The number represented by pi (π) is used in calculations whenever something round (or nearly so) is involved, such as for circles, spheres, cylinders, cones, and ellipses. Its value is necessary to compute many important quantities about these shapes, such as understanding the relationship between …

Mathematics

The Real Chemistry Of Love - More Of An Obstacle Course Than We Realise

Given that the future of the human race is dependent on our species mating and producing offspring, our neurochemistry seemingly does everything in its power to ensure that it is as difficult as possible for us to find a mate.<p>Sure, purveyors of romantic comedies try and sugar-coat the erratic …

Physicists create first photonic Maxwell's demon

(Phys.org)—Maxwell's demon, a hypothetical being that appears to violate the second law of thermodynamics, has been widely studied since it was first …

This is the most profound explanation I've heard of what it means to detect gravitational waves

Albert Einstein predicted their existence 100 years ago but never believed we'd actually detect the waves. So right now if you hang around physicists, who can't contain their excitement, you're bound to hear some profound scientific poetry.<p>One scientist from the Laser Interferometer …

Gravitational Waves

The waterless toilet that turns your poo into power

UK researchers have created a self-sustaining nano-membrane toilet that could provide a safe alternative to open defecation and public lavatories<p>Human excrement is rife with pathogens, “odorant volatiles” (the chemicals that make it smell) and parasites, but it has something going for it: it’s …

Toilets

Your Brain Is Hardwired to Snap

The same group of neurons could make you a hero—or a rage-filled aggressor.<p>We’ve all been there: Some jerk cuts you off on the highway. You lean on the horn, scream abuse. You want to get out the car and kick the @#$% out of the bozo’s SUV.<p>Road rage is just one example of what neurobiologist …

Penguin Random House

Heterarchy: An Idea Finally Ripe for Its Time

<i>This article was originally published at Stratfor.com.</i><p>While browsing a recent issue of <i>Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology</i>, I came across an essay titled, “Towards a heterarchical approach to biology and cognition,” and my heart soared. “What a strange heart,” you say. “What an odd person …