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Are religious people really less smart, on average, than atheists?

Various studies have found that, on average, belief in God is associated with lower scores on IQ tests.<br>Read More

Humanity

Be Worried About Boys, Especially Baby Boys

We often hear that boys need to be toughened up so as not to be sissies. Parent toughness toward babies is celebrated as “not spoiling the baby.” …

Psychology

Study: 44% of bitcoin transactions are for illegal activities

The odds are about one in four that the crypto fanatic in your office is involved in illegal activities. After conducting a study of historical Bitcoin transaction data an Australian research group concluded:<p>We find approximately one-quarter of Bitcoin users and one-half of Bitcoin transactions are …

Black Ember launches the Citadel Collection, an IPX6 rated modular backpack

Backpacks are a dime a dozen normally. You can find one by walking into any department store, but generally cheaper backpacks don’t last long. A backpack’s quality can make or break the experience you have with it. Cheap backpacks are never comfortable, fall apart easily, and never fit enough stuff …

MacBook

Microsoft announces Office 2019, teases new features

Microsoft has announced Office 2019, the next perpetual Office update and the follow-up to the most recent release, Office 2016. Due for release in …

Software

Watch Ken Block Tempt Death Climbing Pikes Peak in a 1,400-HP Mustang

"Climbkhana" may be most daring video yet<p>Back in 2014, Ken Block unveiled one of the most extreme Mustangs ever: a 1965 coupe with 845 hp and all-wheel drive. After driving it for a few years, Block decided that wasn’t enough power. So last year, he and his team added two turbochargers and a …

Malicious code written into DNA infects the computer that reads it

In a mind-boggling world first, a team of biologists and security researchers have successfully infected a computer with a malicious program coded into a strand of DNA.<p>It sounds like science fiction, but I assure you it’s quite real — although you probably don’t have to worry about this particular …

The AI Revolution: The Road to Superintelligence

Nothing will make you appreciate human intelligence like learning about how unbelievably challenging it is to try to create a computer as smart as we …

There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about

We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation <i>ad nauseam</i>. Those disciplined enough to practice regularly are rewarded with increased control over the brainwaves known as alpha rhythms, which leads to better focus and may help ease pain. In addition to calming the mind and body, meditation can …

Meditation

The hottest 50 video games you shouldn't miss in 2017

Back at work, eh? Or is it school? Or perhaps, worst of all, you've had no time off in the past few weeks? Stay cool, ice cold — <i>stay cool</i>.<p>Whether we like it or not, 2017 is already roaring ahead at full steam.<p>And with the ever-present passage of time comes a bounty of brand-new video games. Are you …

Gaming

Nintendo Switch accessories unveiled at CES

Snakebyte’s range ship this spring<p>A Nintendo Switch foldable headset and starter kit, along with a power adapter and extension cable for the NES Classic are on their way this spring from hardware and accessory company Snakebyte.<p>The company detailed its new range of products at CES this week in Las …

These are the best arguments from the 3% of climate scientist 'skeptics.' Really.

When I give a presentation and mention the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming, I’m often asked, “what’s the deal with the other 3%?”. These are the publishing climate scientists who argue that something other than humans is responsible for the majority of global warming, although …

Climate Change

How the Power to Control Objects With Our Minds Stopped Being Science Fiction

The recent announcement that a young paralysed man in Ohio in the US named Ian Burkhart managed to regain the use of his fingers after having a chip …

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo Finishes Final Tournament Match With A Win

After a close fifth matchup<p>After a close final match, Google's AlphaGo has defeated world champion Lee Se-dol in Google DeepMind's Go tournament. This leaves the final tournament score at 4-1 in favor of AlphaGo. The overall outcome was decided during the third match, when AlphaGo won the three …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists still haven't solved mystery of memory

<b>Understanding memory</b> — Memory is losing its mystery.… A man’s brain contains some 10 billion neurons…. How are new memories established in cells, if …

The enormous power of the unconscious brain

A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become.<p>If you don’t think the act of stacking and shuffling a set of cups could boggle your mind, watch the video below. In it, neuroscientist David Eagleman …

Consciousness

The Banner Saga Is Just Fine On Console

It’s been two years since <i>The Banner Saga</i> was released on PC and mobile. This week, it’s out on PS4 and Xbox One, and if you haven’t played it yet, …

The 50 Best '90s Movies Ever Made, Ranked

Bullet time. DiCaprio. Tarantino. These are just some of the gifts Hollywood's run of '90s movies gave us.<p>The decade was pretty much "Year One" for several actors-turned-huge stars (think Brad Pitt); it also delivered two of the best movies in the history of time. Sure, not all of the decade's …

Movies

Earth's water was present when our planet formed, not added by comets or asteroids - Science News - ABC News

Earth's water was present when the planet was formed, not added later by comets or asteroids, according to a new study of ancient rocks from deep …

Astronomy

Google just released new AI software that can learn faster

Google is ignoring everything the Terminator franchise taught us and is releasing "TensorFlow", open-source software that helps computers learn quicker than ever before. The software is a branch of artificial intelligence called "machine learning," tech that has already found a home in Google …

First children are often cleverer than their siblings, study finds

A study from Leipzig University found that each successive sibling has a lower IQ than the last - and it's to do with upbringing, not biology<p>The eldest child generally has the highest IQ, according to a study from the University of Leipzig - and every successive child in the family has a lower IQ …

Siblings

Microsoft Reveals New Band 2, Lumia Phones, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book

At a media event today, Microsoft announced a handful of new products and several updates to existing products coming from the company in 2015 and beyond. Topics for today's event included the Microsoft Band 2, Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones, Microsoft Surface Pro 4, and the all-new Surface …

Surface Pro 4

Optimism and Anxiety Change the Structure of Your Brain

A fascinating new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has identified that healthy adults who have a larger orbitofrontal cortex …

Gene Intensifies Mental Impact of Life Events, for Better or Worse

People with a particular type of gene are more deeply affected by their life experiences, whether good or bad, according to a new study by …

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

NASA And MegaBots Team Up To Build Giant Fighting Robots

And defeat the giant fighting robots of Japan<p>You might have seen MegaBots in the pages of Popular Science’s August issue. The company, headed by engineers Gui Cavalcanti and Matt Oehrlein, creates giant fighting robots. Its first prototype, the Mk. II, is 15 feet tall, lumbers along at just under 3 …

Robotics

Fall TV 2015

We know your precious TV watching schedule is already crowded and your DVR is at 91% and that Netflix queue is gettin' a little cray. It's a beautiful time to be alive when it comes to entertainment, but it can be downright overwhelming. Now's the time of year where you can give fresh programming a …

TV

Ryan Reynolds Loves His Swords In New 'Deadpool' Red-Band Trailer

This movie needs to get into our eye holes now.<p>After making a very R-rated splash at Comic-Con this year, Ryan Reynolds debuted the new red band trailer for "Deadpool" on "Conan" Tuesday and it is everything fans could want.<p>Marvel's "Merc With the Mouth" is full of his trademark quips in the new …

Comics