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New Lucid Dream Study Reveals Seat of Meta-Consciousness in Brain

Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
New Lucid Dream Study Reveals Seat of Meta-Consciousness in Brain

(Eurekalert) Which areas of the brain help us to perceive our world in a self-reflective manner is difficult to measure. During wakefulness, we are always conscious of ourselves. In sleep, however, we are not. But there are people, known as lucid dreamers, who can become aware of dreaming during sleep.

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New Wikispeed Car Could Cost $10K and Get 100 MPG

Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
New Wikispeed Car Could Cost $10K and Get 100 MPG

Alyssa Danigelis (Discovery News) The Wikispeed C3 stands for Comfortable Commuter Car, and that’s very much been the goal for Seattle-based software consultant turned automotive designer Joe Justice. Several years ago, he and a bunch of volunteers entered the Progressive Insurance X Prize in a bid to win $10 million for the best, safest 100-mpg car. His Wikispeed team didn’t win, but they placed respectably.

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Alcohol – Not Marijuana – is the Gateway Drug, Study Shows

Posted by on July 22, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
Alcohol – Not Marijuana – is the Gateway Drug, Study Shows

(Natural News) For years Americans have been told that marijuana should remain illegal because it is the ultimate “gateway” drug – that is, the drug that most often leads to the abuse of other, more potent drugs. Not so, according to a new study which says alcohol – not marijuana – is the true gateway drug.

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New DARPA Technology Puts Out Flames Using Only Sound [video]

Posted by on July 18, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
New DARPA Technology Puts Out Flames Using Only Sound [video]

Liat Clark (Wired) Darpa is showing off a new system that can put out flames using only sound. It’s part of the U.S. defense agency’s “Instant Fire Suppression” program. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has published the video alongside details of how the technique was achieved in their labs back in December 2011.

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“Big Bang or the Big Bounce?” — New Science Points to a Continuum

Posted by on July 14, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
“Big Bang or the Big Bounce?” — New Science Points to a Continuum

  The Daily Galaxy via CORDIS July 12, 2012 The big bang may not have been the beginning of the universe, but merely the beginning of one of an infinite series of universes. Two fundamental concepts in physics, both of which explain the nature of the Universe in many ways, have been difficult to reconcile […]

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Geneticists Evolve Fruit Flies with the Ability to Count

Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
Geneticists Evolve Fruit Flies with the Ability to Count

A team of geneticists has announced that they have successfully bred fruit flies with the capacity to count. After repeatedly subjecting fruit flies to a stimulus designed to teach numerical skills, the evolutionary geneticists finally hit on a generation of flies that could count — it took 40 tries before the species’ evolution occurred.

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Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

Posted by on July 12, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto

(NASA) A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. The moon is estimated to be irregular in shape and 6 to 15 miles across. It is in a 58,000-mile-diameter circular orbit around Pluto that is assumed to be co-planar with the other satellites in the system.

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Deaf People ‘Feel Touch’ With Hearing Part of Brain

Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Science with 0 Comments
Deaf People ‘Feel Touch’ With Hearing Part of Brain

(LiveScience) Individuals who are born deaf use the “hearing” part of their brain to feel touch and to see objects, suggests new research that highlights the plasticity of the human brain. The new study, detailed online July 11 in The Journal of Neuroscience, shows that deaf people use the so-called auditory cortex to process both touch and visual stimuli much more than hearing individuals do.

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Scientists Control ‘Avatar’ Robot by Thought Over Long Distance [VIDEO]

Posted by on July 10, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Scientists Control ‘Avatar’ Robot by Thought Over Long Distance [VIDEO]

We’ve just come one step closer to making “Avatar” a reality.

(Huffington Post) Scientists with the international Virtual Embodiment and Robotic Re-embodiment project have, for the first time, enabled a person to control a small automaton thousands of miles away using nothing but thoughts.

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Research Shows Worms Live Longer in Space

Posted by on July 9, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Research Shows Worms Live Longer in Space

A number of Caenorhabditis elegans worms were carried aboard a mission to the International Space Station (ISS) and brought back for study. Researchers found reduced activity of five genes in the worms that, when suppressed in the species on Earth, lead to longer lifetimes. The work appears in Scientific Reports.

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‘Unprecedented’ Discovery Could Propel Quantum Computers to Reality

Posted by on July 8, 2012 in Quantum Physics, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
‘Unprecedented’ Discovery Could Propel Quantum Computers to Reality

It’s the holy grail of quantum computing: how to create the key building blocks known as quantum bits — qubits — that exist in a solid-state system at room temperature.

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Cosmology Group Finds Measurable Evidence of Dark Matter Filament

Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
Cosmology Group Finds Measurable Evidence of Dark Matter Filament

As time passes and more research is done, more evidence is compiled supporting the theory that suggests that dark matter is a real thing, even though no direct evidence for its existence has ever been found. Instead, the evidence comes about as measurements of other phenomenon are taken, generally involving gravitational pull on objects in the universe we can see that cannot be explained by other means.

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The Higgs boson ‘God Particle’ discovery explained in the context of conscious cosmology

Posted by on July 6, 2012 in Conscious Living, Science with 0 Comments
The Higgs boson ‘God Particle’ discovery explained in the context of conscious cosmology

Without consciousness, the universe cannot be fully explained, as consciousness is increasingly emerging as a fundamental force impacting the very fabric of reality. This is really, really frustrating for many scientists because, for starters, the majority of them don’t even believe in the existence of consciousness. Stephen Hawking is famous for his rather short-sighted remarks that people are mindless, soulless beings — “biological robots” — and that religion / spirituality is a realm for “people who are afraid of the dark.”

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Science of Fireworks

Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Science of Fireworks

Fireworks, a centuries-old technology, are an iconic symbol of Independence Day celebrations—but they’re also a marvel of modern science and engineering. Read on to discover the science behind the fireworks you’ll see all around the country tonight.

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Sun Fires Off Fourth of July Solar Flares

Posted by on July 4, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 1 Comment
Sun Fires Off Fourth of July Solar Flares

The sun is unleashing some powerful solar flares today (July 4) in an impressive celestial fireworks display just in time for the U.S. Independence Day holiday.

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