Carlos Zevallos

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10. We'll Discover More "Earths"

If you were even remotely paying attention in 2015, you might have noticed that it was a pretty good year for science. From the waters of Mars to the …

One of the most popular TED talks ever about 'power-posing' might be grounded in scientific myth

As practicing statisticians who work in social science, we have a dark secret to reveal: Some of the most glamorous, popular claims in the field are nothing but tabloid fodder. The weakest work with the boldest claims often attracts the most publicity, helped by promotion from newspapers, …

Here's How Two Giant, Gravity-Powered Water Tunnels Could Protect California From Drought

Science in action.<p>California's current drought crisis isn't going away any time soon, and state authorities have cast their nets far and wide looking …

Human evolution, biomimicry and more go on display

<b>Now open</b><p>This new, permanent display marches through 7 million years of hominid history; highlights include a 3.5-million-year-old tooth from …

Biomimicry

Why bingeing on health foods won’t boost your immune system

There are only two ways the human body can deal with the invading pathogens and infections that can cause colds and other illnesses – and neither involves vitamins or ‘superfoods’ that claim to offer protection<p>Walk through the aisles of any health food shop and you’ll see pots of echinacea or zinc …

Wellness

Rapid spread of Zika virus in the Americas raises alarm

The latest virus to break out of the tropics may be the most frightening.<p>Zika virus, which has already blazed across Brazil and pressed northward …

These 4 Cosmic Phenomena Travel Faster Than The Speed of Light

Breaking the light barrier.<p>When Albert Einstein first predicted that light travels the same speed everywhere in our Universe, he essentially stamped …

Norovirus and the anatomy of a scientific discovery

“A virus,” wrote the celebrated immunologist Peter Medawar, “is a piece of bad news wrapped in protein.”<p>The bad news from norovirus, one of the main preoccupations of my research group, is that you will soon be scuttling to the toilet for two days of misery. Its other name – winter vomiting bug – …

Biology

What Are the Three Ways to Train Your Brain to Be Happy?

You can train your mind to be unhappy and you can train it to be happy.<p>Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like …

Spaced repetition: a hack to make your brain store information

Using spaced repetition as a study technique is effective because you are deliberately hacking the way your brain works<p>Late night dates with a 600-page textbook and a multipack of Red Bull are a familiar encounter for many people. Whether in school, university or work, we all find ourselves in …

Neurophilosophy

Year in review: Fluke extinction surprises lab

A die-off of bacteria that had been growing for thousands of generations in a carefully controlled lab experiment offered an evolutionary lesson this …

'Power Over Wi-Fi' named one of the year's game-changing technologies

University of Washington engineers have developed a novel technology that uses a Wi-Fi router—a source of ubiquitous but untapped energy in indoor …

Turning Taste On and Off

<b>New study proves that sense of taste is hardwired in the brain, independent of learning or experience.</b><p>Most people probably think that we perceive the …

Neuroscience

6 Rules for Touching Humans, Based on Science

Hugs, handshakes, butt pats: Touching among humans is, well, a touchy subject. As kids we were taught that there’s good and bad touches—and it only …

Anthropology

White House agrees to give Congress a say on Iran deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bowing to pressure from Republicans and his own party, President Barack Obama on Tuesday relented to a compromise empowering …

The White House

And Then There Was One

Across China, where new developments are keeping pace with the rapidly growing economy, reports continue to surface of so-called "nail houses." These properties, standing alone amid the ruins of other buildings, belong to owners who have stood their ground and resisted demolition. Defiant property …

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

Is the Placebo Effect in Your DNA?

Some people feel better after dummy treatments, while others feel no difference unless the drugs are real. A new paper argues that the difference may come down to genetics.<p>The first real, physical proof of the placebo effect came in 1978. Running a study on patients who had recently had their …

Scientists use light to make mice asocial - Futurity

The discovery of a "see-saw circuit" could have implications for understanding neural circuit dysfunctions that underlie autism in humans.

Neuroscience

If Only Your Commute Looked Like THIS

"Dancers are storytellers. They're trained to capture passion with their bodies," New York City-based photographer Jordan Matter writes in the …

Commuting

A nude sculpture so small it's 'walking on hair' - CNN Style

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Art

48 Of The Most Beautiful Lines Of Poetry

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."<p>2. From "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop:<p>"It's evident<p>the art of losing's not too hard to master,<p>though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster."<p>Suggested by Nekesa M., via Facebook<p>3. From "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman:<p>"I bequeath myself to the …

Literature

President Obama: Our fight against violent extremism

The United States has made significant gains against terrorism. We've decimated the core al Qaeda leadership, strengthened homeland security and worked to prevent another large-scale attack like 9/11.<p>At the same time, the threat has evolved. The al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen actively plots against …

Al-Qaeda

Noise vs. Nature: How We're Upsetting America's Soundscapes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Shhh! Our noise is taking the luster off America's natural wonders, and it's affecting the wildlife as well. That's according to researchers at the National Park Service and elsewhere who study natural soundscapes to gauge how they're affected by human activity.<p>"Both noise and …

National Parks

Teen Dads Pass Mutations to Their Kids

Here’s another reason to discourage teen sex: teenage fathers pass along six times as many genetic mutations to their kids as do teenage mothers.<p>Researchers who looked at the DNA of more than 24,000 parents and their children found that when the father was 20 or younger, the children had many more …

Genetics

Man-made DNA can now store data for millions of years

Image copyright The Cancer Genome Atlas.Swiss scientists have discovered encasing DNA in glass and chilling it down can preserve data encoded in it …

Extracted

Alzheimer's researchers find molecule that delays onset of disease

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have identified a crucial molecule that could put the brakes on the damage to the brain<p>The onset of Alzheimer’s disease could be delayed by a molecule that occurs naturally in humans, research suggests.<p>The study in mice showed that the “housekeeping” …

Dementia