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You're terrible at games, but your brain doesn't know how to tell you

If you've played games for years, there's a good chance you've been in this situation: You're running through a level. You miss an easy jump or don't get out of the way of an obvious bullet. Your character dies. Game over. And you're <i>absolutely certain</i> that the game screwed up and didn't register a …

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Effect Of Fracking On Wildlife Is Basically Unknown

The mystery is not eye-opening.<p>Hydraulic fracturing has increased seven-fold across the United States since 2007. Over that time period, scientists' knowledge of the environmental impacts of fracking has not progressed nearly this much. Startlingly little research has looked at biological effects …

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Q&A: The First-Ever Expedition to Turkmenistan's "Door to Hell"

Explorer George Kourounis describes his descent into a fiery, gas-fueled crater.<p>More than four decades ago, a gaping, fiery crater opened up in the desert of northern Turkmenistan (map), likely the result of a drilling mishap.<p>The Darvaza Crater, more commonly known as the Door to Hell, still burns …

Could Giant Viruses Be the Origin of Life on Earth?

The ancestors of modern viruses may have laid the groundwork for cellular life as we know it.<p>Chantal Abergel and Jean-Michel Claverie were used to finding strange viruses.<p>The married virologists at Aix-Marseille University had made a career of it. But pithovirus, which they discovered in 2013 in a …

The secret to the best grilled chicken is...a brick? Here's how you do it

Want a foolproof grilling recipe that will blow your friends away this Fourth of July, even if you’re a novice at the grill? All you need are a few bricks (yes, bricks!) and some basic ingredients to make the juiciest, most crisp-skinned grilled chicken you've ever tasted.<p>“I love grilling chicken …

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The 2-Minute Workout That Works Your Abs From Every Angle

How strong is your core? Find out with this ultimate ab challenge<p>Ripped abs are reason enough to add some core moves to your routine. But a strong torso can also give you the foundation you need to lift more weight with less risk of injury. "Crunches alone won't get the job done, though," says Todd …

5 Applications For Graphene, The 'Wonder Material,' That Could Change The Way We Live

Graphene, the pure carbon material that's just one atom thick and nearly transparent when laid out in sheets, manages to be roughly 200 times stronger than steel, even though it's 60,000 times thinner than Saran Wrap.<p>Graphene is also an excellent conductor of energy, can be synthesized from unique …

The All-New Pushup Circuit That Builds Strong, Massive Shoulders

A great set can make your waist look slimmer, your arms look bigger, and your back look broader. Here's the circuit that will help you build bolder shoulders<p>When it comes to shoulders, the bolder, the better. One of the best ways to build a massive set: Pushups. But we're not talking about pounding …

Mantis Shrimp Vision Is Not As Mindblowing As You’ve Been Told

<b>If you want to pick a favorite animal</b> that will surprise even the quirkiest first date, you can’t go wrong with the mantis shrimp. This foot-long, coral reef-dwelling crustacean has a rainbow tail, and punches its prey so hard and so fast that it creates underwater shockwaves.<p>Pretty cool, eh?<p>But …

The game theory of life

<i>Original story reprinted with permission from Quanta magazine, an editorially independent division of SimonsFoundation.org, whose mission is to enhance public understanding of science by covering research developments and trends in mathematics and the physical and life sciences.</i><p>In what appears to …

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Compact Kitchen Designs For Small Spaces – Everything You Need In One Single Unit

Compact kitchens change the way we look at this particular area of our house. Having a big kitchen with everything you need is what anyone wishes …

Cancer scientists seek to stop radiotherapy's side-effects on 'friendly' gut bacteria

Researchers have launched a pioneering study aimed at finding ways to type individuals according to the bacteria in their guts. The aim is to discover if some people's microbial makeup makes them more susceptible to the side-effects of radiotherapy for bowel, prostate and other cancers.<p>"If we can …

Big Bang's "Smoking Gun" Confirms Early Universe's Exponential Growth

Observations confirm "inflation" of early universe to cosmological sizes in early instant.<p>Surprisingly strong gravitational waves rippled through the fiery aftermath of the Big Bang, astronomers announced Monday, a finding that confirms the cosmos grew to a stunningly vast size in its very first …