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Brain Area Found That May Make Humans Unique

Written by on July 25, 2015 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Brain Area Found That May Make Humans Unique

Neuroscientists have identified an area of the brain that might give the human mind its unique abilities, including language. The area lit up in human, but not monkey, brains when they were presented with different types of abstract information.

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New Found Manuscript Could Be Oldest Known Quran Copy

Written by on July 25, 2015 in Archaeology, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
New Found Manuscript Could Be Oldest Known Quran Copy

A 1,500-year-old parchment could be one of the oldest known copies of the Quran, possibly dating back to a time that overlapped with the life of the Prophet Muhammad, according to researchers who recently dated the manuscript fragments. The text underwent radiocarbon dating, which measured the age of the find’s organic materials. Researchers at the University of Birmingham, in the United Kingdom, found that the leaves of parchment date back to A.D. 568 and A.D. 645.

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Mysterious Link Emerges Between Native Americans and People Half a Globe Away

Written by on July 23, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Mysterious Link Emerges Between Native Americans and People Half a Globe Away

This week, two major studies of the DNA of living and ancient people try to settle the big questions about the early settlers: who they were, when they came, and how many waves arrived. But instead of converging on a single consensus picture, the studies, published online in Scienceand Nature, throw up a new mystery: Both detect in modern Native Americans a trace of DNA related to that of native people from Australia and Melanesia.

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Wow! Scientists Demonstrate Robots Showing Self-Awareness (Video)

Written by on July 18, 2015 in Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Wow! Scientists Demonstrate Robots Showing Self-Awareness (Video)

A trio of Nao robots has passed a modified version of the “wise man puzzle” and in so doing have taken another step towards demonstrating self-awareness in robotics.

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Massive Study: Birth Order Has No Meaningful Effect on Personality or IQ

Written by on July 16, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Massive Study: Birth Order Has No Meaningful Effect on Personality or IQ

Birth order study: Researchers have found that the differences between first-borns and ‘later-borns’ are so small that they have no practical relevance.

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Dazzling New Pluto Photos Plus NASA Press Conference

Written by on July 15, 2015 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Dazzling New Pluto Photos Plus NASA Press Conference

One day after its historic flyby of Pluto, NASA’s New Horizons space probe has delivered eye-popping photos of the dwarf planet and its moons.

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Could You Transfer Your Consciousness to Another Body? (Video)

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Futurism & Inspiring Inventions, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Could You Transfer Your Consciousness to Another Body? (Video)

Video Source: AsapSCIENCE With the recent release of the movie, Self/Less, where Ben Kingsley’s wealthy and powerful character transfers his consciousness into the body of a much younger Ryan Reynolds for more longevity, there is a natural curiosity about whether this sort of thing is even remotely plausible. The curious guys at Science Asap explore that […]

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NASA’s Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 1 Comment
NASA’s Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

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We’re Not All Aging at the Same Rate, Researchers Say

Written by on July 9, 2015 in Nature, Sci-Tech, Science with 2 Comments
We’re Not All Aging at the Same Rate, Researchers Say

How long we’ve been on the planet isn’t necessarily reflected in our biological age, an international team of scientists has found. According to a new study, some of us are ageing faster than others, and there can be significant variations in how run-down our bodies become as we develop as adults. The team looked at physiological markers in almost 1,000 38-year-olds, and while most had biological ages that roughly matched the number of birthdays they’d celebrated, some of the test subjects had bodies that appeared to be much younger or older, based on a series of medical examinations.

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Watch The Awesome Chemistry of Fireworks (Video)

Written by on July 4, 2015 in Nature, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Watch The Awesome Chemistry of Fireworks (Video)

Gunpowder is the key ingredient, but as adjunct professor of chemistry John Conkling from Washington College in the US explains in this video, without chemistry, you wouldn’t have burning mixtures and without these you simply can’t have fireworks.

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Why June 30, 2015 Will Get an Extra (“Leap”) Second

Written by on June 30, 2015 in Earth & Space, Sci-Tech, Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Why June 30, 2015 Will Get an Extra (“Leap”) Second

June 30, 2015 will officially be a bit longer than usual because an extra second, or ‘leap’ second, will be added. Here’s why…

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Newfound Brain/Lymph System Link May Lead to Better Health

Written by on June 22, 2015 in Medical Advances, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Newfound Brain/Lymph System Link May Lead to Better Health

Researchers in Finland confirmed a suspected link between the brain and lymphatic system using new imaging technology to answer the question of brain fluid draining into the lymph system without a direct link between the two. The research team at the University of Helsinki said the discovery could be significant for the way brain diseases and disorders are handled.

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Humans’ Built-in GPS is our 3-D Sense of Smell

Humans’ Built-in GPS is our 3-D Sense of Smell

Like homing pigeons, humans have a nose for navigation because our brains are wired to convert smells into spatial information, new research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows. While humans may lack the scent-tracking sophistication of, say, a search-and-rescue dog, we can sniff our way, blindfolded, toward a location whose scent we’ve smelled only once before, according to the UC Berkeley study published today (June 17) in the journal PLOS ONE.

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This Just in: Emotional & Rational Brains ‘physically different’

Written by on June 21, 2015 in Nature, Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
This Just in: Emotional & Rational Brains ‘physically different’

Researchers at Monash University have found physical differences in the brains of people who respond emotionally to others’ feelings, compared to those who respond more rationally, in a study published in the journal NeuroImage. The work, led by Robert Eres from the University’s School of Psychological Sciences, pinpointed correlations between grey matter density and cognitive and affective empathy. The study looked at whether people who have more brain cells in certain areas of the brain are better at different types of empathy.

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Is Happiness In Your Genes?

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Psychology-Psychiatry, Sci-Tech, Science with 0 Comments
Is Happiness In Your Genes?

Why do some people smile more than others? Is the answer in our genes? It turns out, how happy you are may be partly determined by your genes.

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