TXxt

28 Flips | 1 Magazine | 426 Likes | 1 Follower | @tx09 | A curious, yet cautious Earthling. Nothing more, nothing less.

Yale experiment to reanimate dead brains promises 'living hell' for humans

A scientific experiment to reanimate dead brains could lead to humans enduring a ‘fate worse than death,’ an ethics lecturer has warned.<p>Last month Yale University announced it had successfully resurrected the brains of more than 100 slaughtered pigs and found that the cells were still healthy.<p>The …

The Brain

12 amazing facts about time zones

With the clocks going forward tonight, Telegraph Travel has uncovered a few oddities on the subject of time zones.<p>1. Greenland is in the same time zone as Britain<p>Despite its location in the middle of the North Atlantic, between Iceland and Canada, a narrow slither of eastern Greenland - the weather …

New Zealand

SSRI Drugs Shown As Better for Youth Anxiety Disorders

New research finds that a particular type of antidepressant medication is more effective for treatment of anxiety among children and teens.<p>Currently, …

24 Cognitive Biases You Need To Stop Making [Infographic]

Cognitive bias occurs when we make subjective assumptions about people or situations based on our own perception of reality. This can lead to …

Poets and artists have as many ‘unusual experiences’ as people with schizophrenia

The idea that creative geniuses might not be entirely sane isn’t exactly new. But just how much do creative types have in common with people …

Why Ravens and Crows Are Earth’s Smartest Birds

Their brains may be tiny, but birds have been known to outsmart children and apes.<p>Until the 21st century, birds were largely dismissed as simpletons. How smart can you be with a brain the size of a nut?<p>And yet the more we study bird intelligence, the more those assumptions are breaking down. …

Washington State

Chinese researchers discovered an agricultural miracle that could feed the planet without destroying it

The study was mammoth. It cost $54 million, and involved some 1,000 researchers and 65,000 local bureaucrats. But academics around the globe are calling the results an agricultural miracle.<p>The project already saved Chinese farmers more than $12.2 billion over 10 years, and in the process may have …

Farming

Scientists are optimistic about finding alien life in the next century. Here’s where they’re looking.

Looking for life in all of the places.<p><i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Jill Tarter, an astronomer and co-founder of the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, said during a presentation on Saturday that she thinks we could find alien life in the next 100 years.<p>“I think that in this …

Paranormal

Mysterious Denisovans interbred with modern humans more than once

<b>(CNN) —</b> Neanderthals, Denisovans and our ancestors were mixing and mingling a long time ago -- and some of our genetics can be traced back to these archaic humans.<p>In Asians, as much as 3% of an individual's DNA may be Neanderthal. For Europeans, it's as much as 2%. A new study has found that our …

Colored Pigments and Complex Tools Suggest Humans Were Trading 100,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Believed

<i>What the heck are these?</i> thought Rick Potts. The Smithsonian paleoanthropologist was looking at a small, round, charcoal-colored lump. The stubby …

Study: Sad, lonely people more likely to be ‘natural’ social psychologists

Who are the best amateur social psychologists? Introverts prone to melancholy, according to a new study by Yale researchers.

Earth's Magnetic Poles Are Overdue For a Switch And We're Not Prepared

The magnetic field is already shifting.<p>Earth's magnetic field is pretty adept at flipping polarity. The poles have swapped, reversing north and …

Earth Science

What Makes a Genius?

Some minds are so exceptional they change the world. We don’t know exactly why these people soar above the rest of us, but science offers us clues.<p><b>The Mütter Museum in Philadelphia</b> houses an array of singular medical specimens. On the lower level the fused livers of 19th-century conjoined twins …

Creativity

Reality Is Not What It Seems by Carlo Rovelli review – physics versus certainty

Carlo Rovelli’s slim poetic meditation <i>Seven Brief Lessons on Physics</i> managed to clarify the troubling uncertainties of Einsteinian relativity, quantum theory and other physical exotica. Less than 80 pages long, it became one of the fastest-selling science books ever, and has now sold a million …

Physics

The Voices in Our Heads

Why do people talk to themselves, and when does it become a problem?<p>“Talking to your yogurt again,” my wife, Pam, said. “And what does the yogurt say?”<p>She had caught me silently talking to myself as we ate breakfast. A conversation was playing in my mind, with a research colleague who questioned …

Look Up! One of 2017's Best Meteor Showers Is Peaking Tonight

2017 is off to an astronomical start.<p>We're only a couple of days into the new year, and 2017 is already putting on one hell of a show for us. This …

Astronomers found evidence for a 'dark' gravitational force that might fix Einstein's most famous theory

Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity predicts so much about the universe at large, including the existence of gravitational lenses or "Einstein rings."<p>And yet his famous equations struggle to fully explain such objects.<p>While general relativity says a strong source of gravity — like the …

Brightest ‘supernova’ ever found may actually be a black hole gobbling up a star

That works, too, I guess<p>In 2015, a group of astronomers spotted one of the brightest and most powerful supernovae ever discovered — a star explosion so luminous that it was poised to reshape our understanding of stellar eruptions. But now, astronomers have taken a closer look at this “supernova” …

By 2030, this is what computers will be able to do

<i>Developments in computing are driving the transformation of entire systems of production, management, and governance. In this interview Justine</i> …

Artificial Intelligence

The Map of Physics: Animation Shows How All the Different Fields in Physics Fit Together

From Newton’s mechanical calculations to Einstein’s general and special relativity to the baffling indeterminacy of quantum mechanics, the discipline …

Can Creativity Be Learned - And Should Normal People Bother?

Teachers have a strong incentive to believe in nurture - that success is made as much as born. The strange exception is creativity, where education …

The Guardian view on the humanities: science doesn’t have all the answers

In Denis Villeneuve’s lyrical sci-fi movie Arrival, a dozen mysterious vessels from an unknown planet appear on Earth. The military sends in the experts: a professor of physics and a professor of linguistics. Their task is to procure the answers to two questions: what do the aliens want? Where are …

Humanities

3tags.org

High-Speed Electrons Have Been Spotted Outside Earth's Magnetic Field, And NASA Can't Explain It

So fast, they break current physics models.<p>In the region of space just outside Earth’s magnetic field, NASA has detected electrons that are being …

Supermoon Forecast: The Moon Hasn't Been This Close in Almost 69 Years

On Monday (Nov. 14) at 6:15 a.m. EST, the moon will arrive at its closest point to the Earth in 2016: a distance of 221,524 miles (356,508 …

Astronomy

How psychologists explain the unique pain of election heartbreak

Watching the 2016 election unfold was more of an emotional roller coaster than I could have ever anticipated. As a Canadian living in Washington, DC, I can’t vote in this country. Yet I’ve been riding on waves of shock and despair.<p>On Tuesday night, I saw some of my American friends who supported …