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Why Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics Is More Important Than That of Poached Eggs

Interview by Richard Marshall.‘<i>I think the scientists who are unhappy with metaphysics generally have a rather narrow view of what metaphysics is –</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

Stephen Hawking Warns That Humanity Has Less Than 1,000 Years Left On Earth

'I think the human race has no future if it doesn’t go to space.'<p>Stephen Hawking has warned that humanity will be wiped out in the next 1,000 years, …

Singularity

Two More Classic Psychology Studies Just Failed The Reproducibility Test

The scientific method in action.<p>For years now, researchers have been warning about a reproducibility crisis in science - the realisation that a lot …

Psychology

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'Smiling' Sun with 'Smiling' Birds

CLAIM<p>A photograph shows three 'smiling' birds next to a 'smiling' sun. See Example( s )<p>EXAMPLES<p>Collected via Reddit, August 2016<p>RATING<p>FALSE<p>ORIGIN<p>A …

Man’s impact on earth so big scientists mark the first new epoch in 11,500 years: the Anthropocene

The world may not feel any different, but – for the first time in more than 11,500 years – we are living in a new epoch, scientists believe.<p>Our …

New kind of virus makes scientists rethink infection

The virus comes in many parts<p>A new kind of virus is making scientists rethink how infection works. This virus, found in mosquitoes, is broken up into several pieces. If the mosquito doesn’t come into contact with at least a few pieces, it won’t get infected.<p>This shakes up our existing knowledge, …

Microbiology

Garmin releases its first luxury smartwatch, the Fenix Chronos

Garmin has just announced the Fenix Chronos, an amazingly elegant smartwatch with all the features of their standard GPS exercise watches – the Vivoactve, for example – with a case and aesthetic that would be at home in a fine watch shop. That’s right: this is the first fancy smartwatch that you …

Wearable Tech

In Tibet, A Long-Banned Buddhist Rite Takes Place, But Not Everyone's Pleased

The Panchen Lama — the second highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama — is performing an important ritual that has not taken place in Tibet for half a century, Chinese state media are reporting this week.<p>In this elaborate, 12-day event, known as the Kalachakra Initiation, some …

Hinduism

A Tesla saved its owners life by using autopilot to get him to the hospital

While autopilot isn’t always used for its intended purpose, or even used correctly for that matter, it’s undeniable that the feature has utility. Joshua Neally probably recognizes this more than most.<p>After the 37-year-old Neally started suffering from piercing pain in his stomach and chest, he …

Tesla

Researchers Find the ‘Holy Grail’ of Soft Robotics

A breakthrough for artificial, robotic muscles.<p>Robots are increasingly able to outperform humans in a variety of mundane tasks (and even in more technical areas like surgery), but for all that efficiency they are still by and large one trick ponies. Most robots are designed to perform one very …

Robotics
Emotional Intelligence

Here's the age you peak at everything throughout life

Life doesn't come with a road map. But that hasn't stopped scientists from wanting to build one.<p>A range of studies examine how our physical and mental traits, ranging from attractiveness to smarts, change as people rack up birthdays.<p>The best news is that no matter how old you are right now, there's …

Nobel Prize

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How Clever Are You Really? Scientists Can Now Accurately Measure Human Intelligence

This could lead to the creation of truly intelligent AI.<p>How clever do you think you are? Normally we would try and define such a benchmark using …

Artificial Intelligence

Scientists Have Discovered Never-Before-Seen Vessels in The Brain

"They'll have to rewrite the textbooks."<p>Scientists in the US have discovered a new series of lymphatic vessels in the body that link the brain to the …

Suck at meditation? You may just be doing it right

For me, successfully meditating has involved letting go of the need to do it well. So what if my mind flits from thumbprint cookies to lyrics by the Au Pairs?<p>I suck at meditating. I’m one of those perennially distracted people who knows they need to meditate, has meditated in the past with some …

Meditation

Demographic History of the Genus Pan Inferred from Whole Mitochondrial Genome Reconstructions | Genome Biology and Evolution | Oxford Academic

Comparison between the complete mitochondrial DNA sequences of Homo and the common chimpanzee based on nonchimeric sequences<p>Mitochondrial portraits …

Conservative Christians Grapple With Whether 'Religious Freedom' Includes Muslims

Religious liberty is a rallying cry for many evangelical voters, and it has been popping up repeatedly throughout this presidential campaign. But in the current political climate, some conservative Christians are struggling with how to apply religious freedom to other faiths — like Islam.<p>Texas Sen. …

Religion

Augmented eternity: scientists aim to let us speak from beyond the grave

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab and Ryerson University in Toronto believe that by applying artificial intelligence to all the data we produce each …

Caribbean

US government warns of blockchain risks

<i>This story was delivered to BI Intelligence "Fintech Briefing" subscribers. To learn more and subscribe, please click here.</i><p>Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), a US government organization, warned that blockchain technology and marketplace lending could present risks to financial stability …

Blockchain

Your brain on the scientific method

Coffee is good for you. Coffee is bad for you. Broccoli prevents cancer. Broccoli causes cancer. We are all familiar with the sense that we are …

Consciousness

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Want a Brain That's 7 Years Younger? Science Says Do This

The brains of people who do this activity appear years younger than their actual age, a new study shows.<p>If you want to feel younger, there's no substitute for healthy living and hitting the gym (though a flattering haircut and a fun night out can't hurt). But what if you want to <i>think</i> younger?<p>Our …

The Brain

Why Uber's Biggest Fear Shouldn't Be Lyft

In the 1990s semiconductor giant Intel (intc) sold the overwhelming majority of microprocessors for personal computers. Its nemesis was Advanced …

Personal Computers

8 skills Google looks for in its managers

In 2001, less than five years after it was founded, Google had already opened its first international office, offered search in 15 different …

World Economic Forum

BREMMER: 'Saudi Arabia is in serious trouble, and they know it'

That at least partly explains the kingdom's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday, after Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran over Saudi Arabia's execution of prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.<p>On Monday, Saudi Arabia moved to cut off all …

South Asia

Where Ideas Actually Come From

A thunderbolt of inspiration? Try again. One entrepreneur describes the long slog that led to his big idea.<p>There’s a popular notion in tech lore of the lone genius who’s struck by a lightning bolt of inspiration and out pops a brilliant product idea, fully formed and crystal clear. Sure, that might …

Wearable Tech