It’s a truism to say that artists see the world differently from the rest of us, but new research suggests that their brains are structurally different as well. The small study, published in journal NeuroImage, looked at the brain scans of 21 art students and 23 non-artists using a scanning method known as voxel-based morphometry. Comparisons between the two groups showed that the artist has more neural matter in the parts of their brain relating to visual imagery and fine motor control. READ MORE: Artists brains are ‘structurally different’ claims new study
Though researchers have long listened to dolphins whistling and clicking, the diction bewilders the human ear. Using modern microphones, however, scientists can record the full range of frequencies dolphins use to communicate (some beyond human hearing), and computers can mine the data for patterns invisible to us. Recently, the Wild Dolphin Project achieved their first “translation” of a dolphin whistle, but the researchers are cautious about assigning too much meaning to it.
Scientists at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider have discovered, with “overwhelming” certainty, the existence of a new class of subatomic particles, exotic hadrons.
Robert Lanza asserts in his book Biocentrism that life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the true nature of the universe. Just how this occurs, Lanza says, has much to do with the extraordinary effects consciousness has been proven to have in the quantum realm. Since experiments conducted in quantum physics have determined that human observers influence behavior of quantum particles in such a manner that results can be shown of a decision before it is made, Lanza suggests this indicates that life itself is the deciding factor in the “Goldilock’s Universe” we find ourselves living in.
Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have overcome one of the greatest challenges in biology and taken a major step toward being able to grow whole organs and tissues from stem cells. By manipulating the appropriate signaling, the U.Va. researchers have turned embryonic stem cells into a fish embryo, essentially controlling embryonic development.
To increase your chances of fighting flab, new research offers some simple advice: get up early and go outside. People exposed to light at the beginning of the day were likely to have a lower body mass index, according to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE. The relationship between morning light and BMI was independent of how many calories the study participants consumed.
Researchers have found a way to tap the sun not only as a source of power, but also to directly produce the solar energy materials that make this possible.
The multiverse is one of the most divisive topics in physics, and it just became more so. The major announcement last week of evidence for primordial ripples in spacetime has bolstered a cosmological theory called inflation, and with it, some say, the idea that our universe is one of many universes floating like bubbles in a glass of champagne. Critics of the multiverse hypothesis claim that the idea is untestable—barely even science. But with evidence for inflation theory building up, the multiverse debate is coming to a head.
The universe is huge. Travelling at light speed to the nearest star would take more than four years. Venturing to the other side of the galaxy? More than 100,000 years. So what’s an intrepid space traveler to do? One option is a cosmic shortcut called a wormhole, a tunnel through the fabric of space and time that can connect far-flung corners of the universe. Hopping through a wormhole would be incredibly difficult, say scientists, but they have yet to rule it out. So, what would it take in reality, and what exactly is stopping us now?
Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku speaks with RT”s Manuel Rapalo about his latest book ‘The Future of the Mind’ discussing a the how realistic it would be to digitally upload memories and consciousness, telepathy, and why we’re living in the ‘Golden Age’ of studying the human mind. Kaku also talks about the danger of Fukushima and more.
The quest for humans to live forever is elegantly laid out in “The Immortalists,” a new documentary making its away around the film festival circuit. The Immortalists follows the triumphs and tragedies of three years in the lives of William H. Andrews and Aubrey de Grey, two men who prove just as interesting as the work they’re doing. The Immortalists is really a film about death, not life, which is what makes it so fascinating. The goal of Andrews and de Grey is not merely to extend life, but to actually reverse the aging process. “Once we are really truly repairing things as fast as they go wrong, game over,” de Grey says in the film. “We will have the ability to live indefinitely.”
Discovery of an icy “dwarf” world beyond Pluto hints that a much bigger planet may hide even farther out in the dim reaches of the solar system, astronomers suggested on Wednesday.
MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots. These “living materials” combine the advantages of live cells — which respond to their environment, produce complex biological molecules, and span multiple length scales — with the benefits of nonliving materials, which add functions such as conducting electricity or emitting light.
Dr. Michio Kaku explains the evolution of human intelligence. How did we become intelligent? What separated us from the animals? Well there are basically three ingredients — at least three that help to propel us to become intelligent. One is the opposable thumb…