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What does running do to your brain?

Research from Sweden shows how running can defuse at least one important biological stress pathway<p>It may seem obvious – as you push on through a long run, veering wildly between sensations of agony and elation – that running can have a huge effect on your state of mind. It is an intuitive idea that …

The Brain

Researchers Find Herpes Viruses In Brains Marked By Alzheimer's Disease

Two common herpes viruses appear to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.<p>The viruses, best known for causing a distinctive skin rash in young children, are abundant in brain tissue from people with Alzheimer's, a team of scientists reports Thursday in <i>Neuron.</i> The team also found evidence that the …

Dementia

Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Computer scientists have been searching for years for a type of problem that a quantum computer can solve but that any possible future classical …

Quantum Computing

Free-spirited family raised some worries before cliff crash

WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) — They were known as the Hart Tribe, a free-spirited family of two women and their six adopted children who raised their own …

Avid Game Player "Wing Chun"s His Way To Survival After Girlfriend's Sword Attack

In a bizarre piece of news, a sleeping man was recently attacked by his samurai sword-wielding girlfriend, who was reportedly angered by a dating app on his phone and his gaming habits. Despite the injuries he sustained, however, he seems to be feeling pretty positive about the whole situation. …

Understanding quantum computers: The basics

Theoretical physics isn’t the easiest field in science to translate into laymen’s terms. Until recently it’s solely been the domain of geniuses like the late Stephen Hawking and fictional characters such as <i>The Big Bang Theory’s</i> Sheldon Cooper. As companies like Google, IBM, and Intel work to build …

Scientists have established a link between brain damage and religious fundamentalism

A study published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

DNA tests can predict intelligence, scientists show for first time

Intelligence could be measured with a swab of saliva, or drop of blood, after scientists showed for the first time that a person’s IQ can be predicted just by studying their DNA.<p>In the largest ever study looking at the genetic basis for intelligence, researchers at the University of Edinburgh and …

Genetics

Entangled Quantum Particles Can "Communicate" Through Time

<i>Would you rather hear these stories in less than 10 minutes? Listen to our brand new daily podcast here.</i><p>In the world you know, actions have causes …

This Software Works Just as Accurately as Your Lawyer--Only 200 Times Faster

Artificial intelligence startup LawGeex put its software up against a group of lawyers. The results were pretty eye-opening.<p>Watch out, attorneys. The bots are coming--and they're getting good at your job.<p>For some lawyers, contract review takes up a huge chunk of time and it can be extremely tedious.<p>…

Physicists Have Confirmed a Pear-Shaped Nucleus, And It Could Ruin Time Travel Forever

Noooooo.<p>Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental …

Physics

20 Mind-Boggling Facts About Quantum Computing Everyone Should Read

The dream of “quantum computing” – harnessing the power of quantum-level mechanics in order to create computers far faster and more powerful than any available today – came a step closer to reality recently.<p>Microsoft and Google both have just announced that they are expecting to reach key …

Quantum Computing

Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?

Plants don’t get enough credit.<p>They move. You know this. Your houseplant salutes the sun each morning. At night, it returns to center.<p>You probably don’t think much of it. This is simply what plants do: Get light. Photosynthesize. Make food. Live.<p>But what about all the signs of plant intelligence …

Consciousness

You thought quantum mechanics was weird: check out entangled time

In the summer of 1935, the physicists Albert Einstein and Erwin Schrödinger engaged in a rich, multifaceted and sometimes fretful correspondence …

Quantum Physics

The Y chromosome is disappearing – so what will happen to men?

Studies suggest the Y chromosome is on its way out, so what does that mean for the future of the human race?<p>The Y chromosome may be a symbol of …

Aliens could be living on a planet in the TRAPPIST-1 star system, new discovery suggests

Scientists have made a discovery which raises the likelihood of finding alien life on one of the planets orbiting a distant star called …

The extravagant life of Gianluca Vacchi, the Italian millionaire with an 11 million-strong Instagram following who now has his sights set on acting

50-year-old multimillionaire entrepreneur Gianluca Vacchi is not your average Instagram star — he's certainly done things his own way.<p>Having retired from a career in business, the silver-haired, tattooed Italian took social media by a storm last year when a video he posted of himself dancing on …

Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

Mathematics is full of weird number systems that most people have never heard of and would have trouble even conceptualizing. But rational numbers …

Mathematics

Tori Amos Is Still Here

“Men’s stories of experience are an aphrodisiac,” says Tori Amos, dressed in a flowing black dress and sipping tea in a conference room at the …

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

Facebook Shut Down An Artificial Intelligence Program That Developed Its Own Language

Facebook might have accidentally gotten a little closer to answering Phillip K. Dick’s 1968 question of whether androids dream of electric sheep. The social media giant just shut down an artificial intelligence program after it developed its own language and researchers were left trying to figure …

Stephen Hawking's strange law of entropy is making atoms on Earth act like black holes

A bizarre discovery has revealed that cold helium atoms in lab conditions on Earth abide by the same law of entropy that governs the behaviour of …

Everything We Know So Far About The Doctor’s New Companion

Fans of the iconic BBC series <i>Doctor Who</i> are yearning for a trip through time and space right about now, as show teases like the Christmas special and …

A Hobbit-style apartment building rises in Japan

Green roofs for days<p>If hobbit homes were conceived as apartment complexes, they’d look like this new project completed in Takamatsu, Japan by architect Keita Nagata. Built over two and a half years, the five-unit building follows the mountainside site’s hilly terrain, piling one residence over …

Architecture

Original The Legend of Zelda Map Gets Printed In 3D

<i>The Legend of Zelda</i> on NES had a sprawling world by the standards of 1980s console games. While decades ago people used to draw their own maps to try …

Organisms Might Be Quantum Machines

Few of us really understand the weird world of quantum physics – but our bodies might take advantage of quantum properties. If there’s any subject …

How Personality Traits Tip Over Into Mental Illness

Disorders like depression and ADHD may be genetically linked to personality traits.<p>Psychologists are aware that personality can factor into mental health ― for example, perfectionism leading to clinical depression and anxiety disorders ― but the relationship between certain personality traits and …

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is going to decimate middle class jobs

In a column in The Guardian, the world-famous physicist wrote that "the automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative …