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The Break-Off Effect

The Virgin Galactic crash made the mechanical risks of space tourism clearer, but the psychological effects of space travel largely remain unknown.<p>At first they thought it was asthma.<p>The fighter squadron’s 37-year-old commander suddenly started refusing to fly at high altitudes because of …

Space Travel

Study proves that we can control each other's brains over the internet

A group of University of Washington researchers showed a year ago that brain-to-brain interfacing is possible in real life. Now, they're back after conducting a more thorough experiment, proving that their initial success wasn't a fluke. This time, the team performed tests using not just one pair, …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Sleep

Hidden code of two great composers deciphered

The propriety of projecting a composer's personal life onto how we hear and perform the music goes through fads. Half a century ago, the Bay Area was home to Apollonian musicologists who prized structural analysis and dismissed biography as gossip.<p>We live now in an era where symphonies are valued …

We listen to sad music to feel nostalgic

If sadness is an unpleasant emotion, then why are we at times so drawn to sad music? By <b>Dan Ruderman</b><p>In a recent study Liila Taruffi and Stefan Koelsch …

'Serial': the new podcast that's already a cult phenomenon

Never has a podcast collected a loyal cult following in such a short amount of time like <i>Serial</i>.<p>The nonfiction series, which unravels a story …

The 16 Wisest Things Men Have Ever Said About Style

From the likes of Cary Grant, Tom Ford, Charles Bukowski, Ralph Lauren, and Charles Dickens<p><b>"Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn."<br>– Gore Vidal, Writer</b><p>"A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgotten …

Men's Fashion

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Columbia University

Larry Page talks about his age-old fight with Steve Jobs over ‘doing too much stuff’

In an interview with the Financial Times, Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page talked about an ongoing debate that he had with Apple’s Steve Jobs: whether their companies were doing too much or too little to affect the lives of their customers.<p>Page, as is evident in Google’s seemingly unending push …

Mind-boggling photos that defy perspective

5 Easy Theses

There’s so much talk about innovation these days that it’s become a buzzword, drained of clear meaning. So when writing a book about the Digital Revolution, I decided to focus on some specific examples of how innovation actually happened in the real world. How did the most imaginative innovators of …

Artificial Intelligence Opens a New Window to the Universe

An astronomer is sometimes pictured as a person standing on the top of a hill, gazing into a telescope aimed at the night sky. That rather romantic scene is now gradually being replaced by images of people sitting inside offices, working on computers.<p>The information revolution did not skip …

The Science of Conquering Your Greatest Fears

Many things scare me: the huge rock at the bottom of Boulder Garden on Colorado’s Gunnison River that has flipped my kayak numerous times; the chutes off the stormy top of the Big Sky tram; sullen men with clubs who lurk in Kenya’s Ngong Hills (I met them a while back).<p>Can a scientist in an …

The Brain

Movie theaters and studios continue to bury their heads in the sand with technology

WhereToMadrid<p>Last week, some of the largest movie theater chains in the US (AMC, Cinemark, Carmike and Regal) and world (Cineworld & Cineplex) refused to show “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2” because the movie was scheduled to be released on Netflix at the same time it hit the theaters. In the …

Televisions

The (Mismatched) Evolution of Man and Its Influence on Injury

The fundamental ethos of natural selection dictates that species optimally adapt to a given environment over time. A present-day demonstration of this evolutionary principle is the pink salmon of Auke Creek, Alaska. This resilient species of fish migrates sooner every year in order to adapt to a …

Groundbreaking Suicide Study

A groundbreaking study will help researchers learn more about ways to treat people experiencing suicidal thoughts. Nearly 20,000 patients will be …

Find out how the 'Saturday Night Live' title sequence was made

<i>Saturday Night Live</i> alters the style of its opening credit sequence and commercial bumpers every few years, making adjustments for cast additions and …

A Century Later, Relics Emerge From a War Frozen in Time

Retreating ice in the Alps sheds new light on high-altitude battle in World War I.<p><i>Greetings from Cercen Pass. It is storming and snow covers the highest peaks. We wait for peace, but the bad weather, the high altitudes ... Peace can only come with our death.</i><p>—from the May 28, 1916, diary of C.D., a …

Ebola: Tracking the Outbreak

The Ebola virus outbreak has infected 21,698 people and caused 8,632 deaths in West Africa since March.<p>Ebola has infected over 24,000 people and caused more than 10,000 deaths in West Africa since March 2014. One year later the outbreak has slowed but new cases continue to be reported each week. No …

New Survey Sheds Light On What People Really Want In A Spouse

For the first time in America, single adults outnumber the married.<p>However, despite the decline in marriage rates, new data from the Pew Research Center found that 53 percent of those adults who have never married still plan to, and an additional 32 percent are considering it.<p>So what's stopping …

Supermarkets Waste Tons Of Food As They Woo Shoppers

Supermarkets and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach.<p>With consumers demanding large displays of unblemished, fresh produce, many retailers end up tossing a mountain of perfectly edible food. Despite efforts to cut …

Detroit official insists that water shutoff plan is 'absolutely working'

Critics of the controversial water shutoff plan are asking a judge to stop shutoffs for six months and order water be restored<p>Detroit authorities defend water shutoff policy in bankruptcy court Detroit: a city in decline – in pictures<p>Tens of thousands of Detroit residents with overdue water bills …

Indonesia tells the United States how to defeat jihadists with soft power

Indonesia, home to the world’s largest population of Muslims, had some words of advice for the United States for defeating the extremist group Islamic State and other like-minded jihadists.<p>“Once ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] can be defeated militarily, we will urgently need to come up with …

Middle East

How Your Eyes Give You Away

If you’ve ever wondered how skilled sales professionals seem to know exactly when to turn on the turbo boosters to get you to make the deal – take a good long look in the mirror. Those two orbs staring back at you show all of your cards. Thanks to a recent study in (wait for it) computational …

Indian spacecraft reaches Mars for less than it cost to make 'Gravity'

Country becomes the first to reach the red planet's orbit on its maiden voyage<p>India is celebrating a major milestone today, after becoming the first country to reach the orbit of Mars on its very first attempt. After launching in November 2013, an Indian spacecraft called Mangalyaan finally reached …

Problem-plagued plane hits ISIS: F-22 goes into combat

The problem-plagued F-22 Raptor took part in its first combat mission Monday night, hitting ISIS targets in Syria. The price tag for those jets, which were in development for decades, is a staggering $412 million each -- triple its expected cost, according to the Government Accountability Office …

The Biology Of Altruism: Good Deeds May Be Rooted In The Brain

Four years ago, Angela Stimpson agreed to donate a kidney to a complete stranger.<p>"The only thing I knew about my recipient was that she was a female and she lived in Bakersfield, Calif.," Stimpson says.<p>It was a true act of altruism — Stimpson risked pain and suffering to help another. So why did …

In Texas Textbooks, Moses Is a Founding Father

The Texas State Board of Education is studying how textbook publishers responded to the state’s ideologically driven guidelines for teaching history. …

The 'OpenTable of After Dark' That's Democratizing the NYC Nightlife Scene

Envision this scenario: You and your friends are planning a big night out at one of the popular clubs or lounges in New York City. You're celebrating a birthday, a promotion, bachelor(ette) party, or just looking to give your normal weekend an extra kick. You head out, buzzed and excited, only to …