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The Senate just voted to kill a policy warning auto lenders about discrimination against minority borrowers

The Senate on Wednesday voted to kill a five-year-old Obama administration policy warning auto lenders not to discriminate against minority borrowers.<p>The legislation, which passed 51 to 47 largely along party lines, is the latest Republican rebuke of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s …

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Trump Alarms Lawmakers With Disparaging Words for Haiti and Africa

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Thursday balked at an immigration deal that would include protections for people from Haiti and some nations in Africa, demanding to know at a White House meeting why he should accept immigrants from “shithole countries” rather than from places like Norway, according …

Immigration

Ancient Human Remains Document Migration From Asia To America

In Alaska, scientists have uncovered something they say is remarkable: the remains of two infants dating back more than 11,000 years.<p>Their discovery is evidence of the earliest wave of migration into the Americas.<p>"It's incredibly rare," says Ben Potter, an archaeologist at the University of Alaska …

Anthropology

13 Science-Backed Signs You're Smarter Than You Realise

Don't underestimate yourself.<p>Everyone wants to be humble. Who me, smart? Nah, I'm just a good test-taker.<p>And anyway, it's kind of crass to go around …

NASA just found 219 possible planets and 10 of them look a lot like Earth

The team behind NASA’s Kepler space telescope has just unveiled 219 potential planets, which kind of makes NASA’s space exploration sound like the most dramatic season of <i>The Bachelor</i> ever. The planet candidates were announced at a press conference on Monday, where scientists said at least 10 of the …

Universe

What Exactly is Reality?

Is the reality we know may simply be an illusion?<p>“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” <br>- Albert Einstein<p>Sometimes when we …

Leonardo Da Vinci

An astronaut shares his incredible perspective of our planet

Excerpt: Hello, is this planet Earth?<p><i>The following images and captions are excerpted from astronaut Tim Peake's book</i> Hello, is this planet Earth?.<p>The aurora over northern Canada. The red hue visible is a result of excited atomic oxygen at higher altitudes and more intense solar activity.<p>–20 January …

Space Exploration

Einstein's key prediction has been observed for the first time

Scientists have observed what Albert Einstein once said was impossible to see — distant starlight bending around a massive star outside our solar …

Physics

Humans, the entire Earth and the sun all exist in a giant void of nothingness

You've probably heard the cliché that humans are just tiny specks in the universe. It might literally be true. A recent study gives more evidence to …

Universe

Oldest human fossils discovered in Morocco

Until now, the story of early modern humans began about 200,000 years ago in East Africa, a cradle where our species was thought to have emerged and …

Humanity
Physics

Selena Gomez Can't Hide Her Love for The Weeknd — or Cheesecake — During an N.Y.C. Date Night

Selena Gomez can’t keep her hands to herself around boyfriend The Weeknd.<p>The couple turned The Weeknd (né Abel Tesfaye)’s concert at the Barclays …

A Star That Vanished Before Astronomers’ Eyes Could Mark The First Time The Birth Of A Black Hole Has Been Directly Witnessed

Astronomers have watched as a massive, dying star was likely reborn as a black hole. It took the combined power of the Large Binocular Telescope …

Black Holes

Sennheiser made a GoPro microphone that captures the sweet sound of your worst wipeouts

The Sennheiser MKE2 is an action microphone made specifically for (and with help from) GoPro. Initially teased all the way back in September of 2016, the $199 MKE2 will finally hit store shelves next week on the 24th. A couple things you should know:<p>The mic is molded into an entire backplate for …

GoPro

Is Dark Matter Hiding Aliens?

In that case, dark matter could contain real complexity, and perhaps it is where all technologically advanced life ends up or where most life has …

Does time and space continue if you fall into a black hole?

One of the biggest problems when studying black holes is that the laws of physics as we know them cease to apply in their deepest regions. Large …

Black Holes

OK, WTF Is a Time Crystal?

Physicists have made a new phase of matter called a time crystal—but what does that even mean?<p>Last month, a team of physicists from UC Berkeley said they'd created a blueprint for a new phase of matter called a time crystal. Their paper, in <i>Physical Review Letters</i>, turned what was once a pretty far …

Quantum Mechanics

Winston Churchill’s essay on alien life found

A newly unearthed article by the great politician reveals that he reasoned like a scientist about the likelihood of extraterrestrials, writes Mario …

Winston Churchill

What is the Fermi Paradox? - ExtremeTech

By on January 18, 2017 at 12:45 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>Ever since scientists began to …

Science Fiction

Something Silent But Deadly Is Killing Galaxies

Across the universe, unsuspecting galaxies are literally getting the life sucked out of them. Though the culprit is still at large, a team of …

Fish

The Man Who's Trying to Kill Dark Matter

For 80 years, scientists have puzzled over the way galaxies and other cosmic structures appear to gravitate toward something they cannot see. This …

Earth's Skies Are Violet, We Just See Them As Blue

Why is the sky blue? It’s a common question asked by children, and the simple answer is that blue light is scattered by our atmosphere more than red light, hence the blue sky. That’s basically true, but then why don’t we see a violet sky?<p>The blue sky we observe depends upon two factors: how …

Universe

Milky Way’s black hole may hurl galactic spitballs our way

<b>GRAPEVINE, TEXAS</b> — The gargantuan black hole at the center of the Milky Way is a little like an unruly kid, hurling spitballs. But unlike a child’s …

Universe

Astronomers have found the source of a deep space radio wave burst for the first time

We finally know the galactic culprit<p>After a decade of bewilderment, astronomers have pinpointed the source of a mysterious blast of radio waves coming from deep outside the Milky Way: a dwarf galaxy located 3 billion light years from Earth. It’s a remarkable first in the study of what has been a …

Universe

The 5 Biggest Questions About the Universe (and How We're Trying To Answer Them)

From the discovery of gravitational waves to locating our nearest Earth-like planetary neighbor, 2016 was a banner year for astronomy. In fact, it’s not only been a good year for space science, but a great few decades. Many of the biggest puzzles in astronomy and cosmology have been solved.<p>Take the …

Universe

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Consciousness

A Planet With Brains? The Peril And Potential Of Self-Aware Geological Change

Recent years have seen a vigorous debate over whether or not we have entered a new epoch of geologic time, the "Anthropocene," characterized by humanity as a new geologic force.<p>Much of this has centered over when this age began. Three candidates for this include: an "Early Anthropocene" many …

Earth Science