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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.

The Real Reason The Sound Of Your Own Voice Makes You Cringe

The Real Reason The Sound Of Your Own Voice Makes You Cringe

Psychology, Science

A common explanation is that because we normally hear our own voice while talking, we receive both sound transferred to our ears externally by air conduction and sound transferred internally through our bones. This bone conduction of sound delivers rich low frequencies that are not included in air-conducted vocal sound.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Is Sunscreen The New Margarine?

Is Sunscreen The New Margarine?

Health, Science

A rogue band of researchers argues that what made the people with high vitamin D levels so healthy was not the vitamin itself. Their vitamin D levels were high because they were getting plenty of exposure to the thing that was really responsible for their good health—that big orange ball shining down from above.

The True Toll Of The Chernobyl Disaster

The True Toll Of The Chernobyl Disaster

Health, History, Science

On 26 April 1986 reactor number four at the power plant suffered a catastrophic explosion that exposed the core and threw clouds of radioactive material over the surrounding. Covered up by a secretive Soviet Union at the time, the true number of deaths and illnesses caused by the nuclear accident are only now becoming clear.

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

Explainers, Innovation, Science, Tech

Instead of the bits that today’s network uses, which can only express a value of either 0 or 1, the future quantum internet would utilize qubits of quantum information, which can take on an infinite number of values. A quibit is the unit of information for a quantum computer; it’s like a bit in an ordinary computer.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
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.

Are There Bacteria In Your Brain?

Are There Bacteria In Your Brain?

Science

The brain is protected from the bacterial menagerie of the body by the blood-brain barrier, and is considered a sterile organ. Which made it all the more surprising when Rosalinda Roberts, along with Charlene Farmer and Courtney Walker, realized that the unknown objects in their slides were bacteria.

The Rail Industry’s Secret, Decades-Long Fight Against The Climate

The Rail Industry’s Secret, Decades-Long Fight Against The Climate

Business, Nature, Science

For nearly 30 years, America’s four biggest rail companies—which move the majority of the country’s coal—have spent millions to deny climate science and block climate policy. They have joined or funded groups that attacked individual scientists and rejected reports from major scientific institutions.

Religion Is About Emotion Regulation, And It’s Very Good At It

Religion Is About Emotion Regulation, And It’s Very Good At It

Life, Science

Sigmund Freud argued that we humans are naturally awful creatures – aggressive, narcissistic wolves. We have the civilizing influence of religion to steer us toward charity, compassion and cooperation by a system of carrots and sticks, otherwise known as heaven and hell.

Confused About What To Eat? Science Can Help

Confused About What To Eat? Science Can Help

Food, Health, Science

Potent societal powers create a culture of nutrition confusion that not only obfuscate the truth about diet, they undermine science as a whole. Begin by asking critical questions when digesting diet news. Does the writer have an advanced degree in nutrition, or does she or he have expertise in science journalism?

The Doomsday Invention: Will Artificial Intelligence Bring Us Utopia Or Destruction?

The Doomsday Invention: Will Artificial Intelligence Bring Us Utopia Or Destruction?

Innovation, Long Reads, Science, Tech

Philosopher Nick Bostrom argues that true artificial intelligence, if it is realized, might pose a danger that exceeds every previous threat from technology—even nuclear weapons—and that if its development is not managed carefully humanity risks engineering its own extinction.

The Internet Is Destroying Our Collective Attention Span

The Internet Is Destroying Our Collective Attention Span

Health, Science, Tech

The length of time our “collective attention” is on any given event has grown shorter, and topics become popular and then drop out of public view at an accelerating rate. It’s no surprise if it feels harder and harder to dwell deeply on any topic.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
The Science Of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, And How Rem Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

The Science Of Sleep: Dreaming, Depression, And How Rem Sleep Regulates Negative Emotions

Life, Psychology, Science

Memory is never a precise duplicate of the original… it is a continuing act of creation. Dream images are the product of that creation. They are formed by pattern recognition between some current emotionally valued experience matching the condensed representation of similarly toned memories.

How A Volcanic Eruption Helped Create Modern Scotland

How A Volcanic Eruption Helped Create Modern Scotland

History, Nature, Science

Over seven terrible years in the 1690s, crops failed, farming villages emptied, and severe famine killed up to 15% of the entire population of Scotland. Soon after, the formerly independent nation joined Great Britain. Now, researchers suggest volcanic eruptions thousands of kilometers away may have helped spark this political transformation.

Could Air-Conditioning Fix Climate Change?

Could Air-Conditioning Fix Climate Change?

Innovation, Nature, Science

Air conditioning systems can replace the entire air volume in an office building five or 10 times an hour.  Machines that capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere—a developing fix for climate change—also depend on moving large volumes of air.  So why not save energy by tacking the carbon capture machine onto the air conditioner?

How Scientists Imagined And Built An Undersea Utopia For Humans

How Scientists Imagined And Built An Undersea Utopia For Humans

Architecture, Cities, History, Science

During the late 1960s many believed revolutionary social and political change was imminent, and Jacques Cousteau was no exception. Soon there would be “undersea parliaments and new nations,” he wrote; “poets, architects, and painters would be needed to give expression” to this “new world.”

How Long Will Australia Be Livable?

How Long Will Australia Be Livable?

Nature, Science

As the country suffers through one of its worst droughts on record, and heat waves shatter temperature records not once but twice within the same summer week, some are asking whether Australians can afford to keep returning to the same parched, scorched landscapes.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
3D Printing Ink May Solve The “Toothpaste Problem”

3D Printing Ink May Solve The “Toothpaste Problem”

Innovation, Science

A new kind of ink for 3D printing liquifies when pressed through the nozzle of a 3D printer, but then quickly returns to its original shape, researchers report. The invention paves the way for personalized biomaterial implants, according to new research. As things stand, however, personalized implants remain a long way off.

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.

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.

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.

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

The Time When Zambia Tried To Go To Mars

Science, Videos

Edward Makuka Nkoloso of Zambia had dreams to land Zambians on moon and mars beating the US and USSR in the Space race. He did everything he could with his limited resources to make his dream a reality but could he fulfill his dreams?

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