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What Happens To Your Body After You Die?

What Happens To Your Body After You Die?

Explainers Science Videos

Whatever your beliefs, most people seem to agree that the body left behind when we depart this mortal coil is just a heap of bones and flesh. Assuming that nature is left to its own devices, our bodies undergo a fairly standard process of decomposition that can take anywhere from two weeks to two years.

"AlphaGo", Artificial Intelligence Taking On The Chinese Game Go

"AlphaGo", Artificial Intelligence Taking On The Chinese Game Go

Science Tech Videos

With more board configurations than there are atoms in the universe, the ancient Chinese game of Go has long been considered a grand challenge for artificial intelligence. On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match.

Does The Data We Produce Serve Us, Or Vice Versa?

Does The Data We Produce Serve Us, Or Vice Versa?

Health Life Science

Humans generate far more actionable information than is encoded in all of our combined genetic material, and we carry much of it into the future. The data outside of our biological selves—call it the dataome—could actually represent the grander scaffolding for complex life.

How Space Tries To Kill You And Make You Ugly

How Space Tries To Kill You And Make You Ugly

Long Reads Science

Outer space is the most noxious of substances: devoid of air and filled with a soup of deadly particles in the form of high-energy photons and energetic bits of atomic nuclei. The lack of gravity there affects every element of your being, as even the proteins in your body can’t figure out which way is up.

Surprising Ways To Beat Anxiety And Become Mentally Strong – According To Science

Surprising Ways To Beat Anxiety And Become Mentally Strong – According To Science

Health Psychology Science

The way you cope or handle things in life has a direct impact on how much anxiety you experience – tweak the way you’re coping, therefore, and you can lower your anxiety levels. Research shows that if it’s left untreated, anxiety can lead to depression, early death and suicide.

Virginia Mori

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Virginia Mori
How Political Opinions Change

How Political Opinions Change

Explainers Politics Psychology Science

A powerful shaping factor about our social and political worlds is how they are structured by group belonging and identities. For instance, researchers have found that moral and emotion messages on contentious political topics, such as gun-control and climate change, spread more rapidly within rather than between ideologically like-minded networks.

How I Rewired My Brain To Become Fluent In Math

How I Rewired My Brain To Become Fluent In Math

Psychology Science

Having a basic, deep-seated fluency in math and science—not just an “understanding,” is critical. The “fluency” part of me that loved literature and language was also the same part of me that ultimately fell in love with math and science—and transformed and enriched my life.

The Real Story Behind The Myth Of Area 51

The Real Story Behind The Myth Of Area 51

Science World

For decades, Nevada’s Area 51 Air Force facility has represented the eye of a conspiratorial hurricane that swirls around “evidence” that aliens exist and are hiding behind its walls. Books, TV shows, and even massive online “raids” have tried to glimpse beyond its stark signs warning against trespassers.

'Light Is My New Drug': The Actually Convincing Science Of Light Therapy

'Light Is My New Drug': The Actually Convincing Science Of Light Therapy

Health Psychology Science

In recent years, research on light therapy has moved from the fringes of scientific discovery to something closer to the mainstream; its commercial uses are now following the same path, as these devices, once available only in spas, gyms, or dermatologists’ offices, become increasingly affordable for consumers.

Matt Rota

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Matt Rota
How Much The Public Knows About Science, And Why It Matters

How Much The Public Knows About Science, And Why It Matters

Science

A survey finds striking differences in levels of science knowledge by education and by race and ethnicity. About half of whites (48 percent) score high; by comparison, much smaller shares of Hispanics (23 percent) and blacks (9 percent) correctly answer at least nine of the questions.

The Rise Of Junk Science

The Rise Of Junk Science

Long Reads Media Science

Fake publications are corrupting the world of research—and influencing real news. At the most benign level of the junk industry are papers, published in journals with no effective screening process, that are obvious nonsense.

The Key To Good Luck Is An Open Mind

The Key To Good Luck Is An Open Mind

Life Psychology Science

What do these people have that the rest of us don’t? It turns out “ability” is the key word here. Beyond their level of privilege or the circumstances they were born into, the luckiest people may have a specific set of skills that bring chance opportunities their way.

Scientists Found Ancient, Never-Before-Seen Viruses In A Glacier

Scientists Found Ancient, Never-Before-Seen Viruses In A Glacier

Health Nature Science

Researchers have recovered evidence of ancient viruses in the glacier ice, including 28 viral groups that are new to science. As our planet undergoes climate change, these frozen records can inform predictions about which microorganisms will survive, and what the resulting environment will look like.

Korvaa Is The World’s First Headphones “Grown” From Bio-based Materials

Korvaa Is The World’s First Headphones “Grown” From Bio-based Materials

Design Innovation Science Tech

Helsinki-based multidisciplinary design studio Aivan recently unveiled Korvaa, the world’s first headphones made exclusively from microbially grown materials. Created using synbio, Korvaa is the first physical implementation of the technology and marks a potential shift away from a fossil fuel-based economy.

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Science Tech

For almost two decades after becoming world champion in 1985, Garry Kasparov dominated the game with a ferocious style of play and an equally ferocious swagger. In 1997, at the height of his powers, Kasparov was crushed and cowed by an IBM supercomputer called Deep Blue.

The Weird Power Of The Placebo Effect, Explained

The Weird Power Of The Placebo Effect, Explained

Health Science

Placebos seem to have the greatest power over symptoms that lie at the murky boundary between the physical and psychological. Placebos seem to move the needle on pain, nausea, asthma, and phobias, with more inconsistent results for outcomes like smoking, dementia, depression*, obesity, hypertension, insomnia, and anxiety.

Joseph Ford

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Joseph Ford
The Radioactive 'Capital' Of The World

The Radioactive 'Capital' Of The World

Science Videos World

Jachymov, a small uranium mining town in the northwest of the Czech Republic, has been key in the field of radioactivity research. More than a century ago, Marie and Pierre Curie based their revolutionary work on radioactivity on material brought from there.

Data Compression Drives the Internet. Here’s How It Works.

Data Compression Drives the Internet. Here’s How It Works.

Explainers Science Tech

With more than 9 billion gigabytes of information traveling the internet every day, researchers are constantly looking for new ways to compress data into smaller packages. Cutting-edge techniques focus on lossy approaches, which achieve compression by intentionally “losing” information from a transmission.

What Would Happen If Earth Started To Spin Faster?

What Would Happen If Earth Started To Spin Faster?

Nature Science

The equator spins at 1,037 mph, whereas Chicago takes a more leisurely (approximately 750 mph) pace. If we could speed up Earth’s rotation by one mile per hour, the sea level around the equator would rise by a few inches as water migrates there from the poles.

Water-Resistant And Biodegradable Plant-Based Plastic

Water-Resistant And Biodegradable Plant-Based Plastic

Innovation Science

A group of researchers at Japan’s Osaka University has developed an alternative type of plastic which is not only biodegradable in seawater but is also water-resistant under normal use. The plastic is made from cellulose nanofibers and starch, both of which were extracted from plants.

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