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This pair of white dwarfs is spinning out gravitational waves

General relativity predicts white-dwarf binaries can do this, and now one has been found.The binary is a perfect candidate for a massive new gravitational-wave detector being deployed.The new LISA detector is a constellation of three satellites positioned millions of miles apart. Last spring, the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected a gravitational wave produced by the collision of two huge black holes 3 billion years ago. Einstein ha...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Discovery, Physics, Innovation, Universe, Einstein, Ligo, Brown, Lisa, Warren Brown, Cosmos, Mukremin Kilic


4 ways to promote neurogenesis in your brain

Neurogenesis, the birth of neurons from stem cells, happens mostly before we are born - as we are formed in the womb, we are generating most of what we need after birth.After birth, neurogenesis is still possible in two parts of the brain: the olfactory bulb (which is responsible for our sense of smell) and the hippocampus (which is responsible for memory, spatial navigation, and emotional processing). Research from the 1960s proves creating new neurons as adults is possible, and modern-day rese...
Tags: Health, Science, Learning, Biology, Stanford, Aging, Memory, Neuroscience, Brain, Innovation, Evolution, Emotions, Exploration, Senses, Personal Growth, Emory University


5 skills to learn while in self-isolation

During times of crisis an opportunity for learning exists. Given that many of us are stressed, finding ways to alleviate anxiety is important. While the skills you can learn from home are endless, this list offers five timely options. Everyone is processing this moment differently. For the 10 million-plus Americans that have lost their jobs in the past few weeks due to coronavirus-related closures (based on unemployment filings; the number is likely higher), this is a time of great anxiety. I ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Science, Instagram, Virus, Meditation, Brooklyn, Work-life balance, Language, Innovation, Siberia, East Coast, Northern Europe, Derek, Equinox, Don


Researchers create soft, free-wheeling hybrid robot

A team of Stanford researchers created a new type of soft robot that can morph into new shapes and freely move around like an octopus.They call it an "isoperimetric robot": a human-safe soft robot that can grasp and manipulate objects as well as roll around in controllable directions. It's possible that this kind of robot could be used in space travel in the future, because of its malleability and dynamic qualities. Researchers at Stanford University have developed a revolutionary type of r...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Stanford, Future, Robots, Innovation, Stanford University, University of California Santa Barbara, Sean Follmer, Zachary Hammond, Science Robotics, Allison Okamura, Elliot Hawkes, Nathan Usevitch


The future of space travel is starting right now

2020 is off to rocky start, but there are some exciting things happening on the space travel front.Private companies like SpaceX and Boeing have partnered with NASA to get American spacecrafts into space, back to the moon, and onwards to Mars."I think in a hundred years first of all we're going to be celebrating 2020, so 2120 get ready for a big party," says Reisman.
Tags: Travel, Science Fiction, Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Future, Nasa, Physics, Moon, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Exploration, Mars


How to change bad habits and learn new skills

Neuroplasticity is your brain's ability to form new neuronal connections throughout your life. It is possible to change your habits and learn new skills at any age thanks to neuroplasticity. Training your brain to form new connections is beneficial to long-term cognitive health. For a long time, it was believed that your brain was solidified during adolescence. After your teenage years, you are who you are, with no possibility of change. The neuroscience revolution of the 20th century p...
Tags: Science, Learning, Education, Neuroscience, Brain, Innovation, Brussels, Mind, Personal Growth, Gregory Caremans, Institute of Neurocognitivism


Which US Cities Will Have the Largest Coronavirus Outbreaks in April

Which are the US cities that will have the most serious problems with coronavirus COVID-19 after New York? Newark, New Jersey is included with the New York Metro area. Detroit has 1000 cases with... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: New York, Science, Medicine, Future, US, World, Public Health, Cities, United States, Innovation, Disease, Detroit, Predictions, Newark New Jersey, New York Metro, Coronavirus


China Nears Completion of First Commercial Walk-away Safe Nuclear Reactor

Twin HTR-PM reactors will drive a single 210 MWe turbine in China’s high-temperature pebble bed reactor. This new reactor could eventually be mostly factory mass-produced. The higher... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Energy, Science, Technology, China, World, Innovation


Is this the twilight of American culture?

The current pandemic is exposing deep-seated flaws in our health care and economic systems.Reinhold Niebuhr's 1952 book, The Irony of American History, claims our cultural arrogance works against us. Morris Berman's 2000 book, The Twilight of American Culture, focuses on America's social and economic collapse. A minority of public figures are currently pushing an agenda to "open" America for business as soon as possible. Though few in number, they have a relatively large soapbox, making their ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Europe, UK, Science, Mississippi, Government, China, US, America, Barack Obama, United States, Economic Inequality, Innovation, Philip Roth, Health Care


The growth of an organism rides on a pattern of waves

When an egg cell of almost any sexually reproducing species is fertilized, it sets off a series of waves that ripple across the egg's surface. These waves are produced by billions of activated proteins that surge through the egg's membrane like streams of tiny burrowing sentinels, signaling the egg to start dividing, folding, and dividing again, to form the first cellular seeds of an organism.Now MIT scientists have taken a detailed look at the pattern of these waves, produced on the surface of ...
Tags: Science, Biology, Virginia, Mit, Nature, Oceans, Microbiology, Innovation, Physiology, National Science Foundation, Dunkel, Fakhri, Jörn Dunkel, Thomas D, Nikta Fakhri, Tzer Han Tan Jinghui Liu Pearson Miller


New York Has Over 45,000 Tests So More Infections Were Found

The US has had over 182,000 coronavirus tests and 25,000 confirmed cases. New York has had over 45,000 tests and has over 11,000 confirmed cases. As of the afternoon of March 19, there have been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: New York, Science, Technology, Medicine, US, World, Policy, Public Health, United States, Innovation, Disease, Coronavirus, COVID-19


How to survive social distancing according to science

Social distancing asks us to repress our evolutionary desire for human contact and interaction. Experts worry long periods of the practice will have unforeseen consequences on our mental health. We look at seven ways to help us mitigate social distancing's harmful effects. In response to the COVID-19, government and public health officials have asked us to steer clear of each other. Called "social distancing," the idea is to limit the transmission of the disease by lessening the contact we hav...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Cdc, Relationships, Africa, Happiness, Mental Health, Depression, United States, New York Times, Innovation, Community, Disease, Npr, University of Florida


Ask Sophia the Robot: What can AI teach humans?

Is Sophia the Robot, of Hanson Robotics, conscious? Not quite, she says. Instead, she reflects the consciousness of humans in the same way the moon reflects the light of the sun. While we don't know if humans possess free will, she advises us to act as if we do. We can benefit from this.So, what can humans learn from robots? Artificial intelligence can view the world in a way that's more objective, being present while still able to look toward the future and the past.
Tags: Programming, Science Fiction, Science, Design, Technology, Learning, Identity, Future, Development, Computers, Discovery, Teaching, Meditation, Robots, Innovation, Consciousness


This brain balancing act allows consciousness

Your DMN and DAT neural networks cooperate by staying out of each other's way.FMRI scans reveal a surprising temporal dance.When both systems are at the same activity level, boom, you're unconscious. While consciousness remains "the hard problem" — as in what exactly is it? Where is it? — a new study published in Science Advances sheds surprising light on how the brain switches us from conscious to unconscious states and vice versa. It has something to do with an imbalance between two neural sy...
Tags: Science, Neuroscience, Brain, Medical Research, Testing, Innovation, Shanghai, Consciousness, Wisconsin, Huang, DMN, Human body, Zirui Huang, University of Michigan Medical School Studies


How to develop confidence when you feel worthless, according to science

Low self-esteem can lead you to feel worthless, unlovable, and unwanted. Feelings of low self-esteem have been directly linked to aggression, mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, eating disorders, and a general lower quality of life.By changing some of the things you do every day (how you dress, your posture, how you think of yourself), you can develop more confidence and higher levels of self-worth. What is low self-esteem? Low self-esteem (and a lack of confidence in yourself) ofte...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Identity, Love, Neuroscience, Vulnerability, Mindfulness, Mental Health, Personality, Sociology, Innovation, Emotions, Mind, Ucl, Self


The psychology of shopping addiction

Shopping might be one of the most socially acceptable addictions, but it's still a very powerful one that up to 6% of our population struggles with.Shopping addiction is a predominantly female problem, with around 90% of shopaholics being women. The neurotransmitter dopamine (which is also activated when we indulge in addictive substances such as alcohol or addictive behaviors like gambling) floods our system when we buy new things. What is shopping addiction? According to this American Addict...
Tags: Psychology, Hollywood, Science, Happiness, Neuroscience, Debt, Mental Health, Brain, Depression, Innovation, Addiction, Emotions, Mind, Decision-making, American Addiction Centers, Cognitive Science


NASA provides first evidence of “marsquakes”

The spacecraft InSight detected tremors from deep underneath the rust-colored surface of Mars indicating, for the first time ever, that the planet is geologically active. The quakes could potentially give seismologists insights into the interior composition of the planet.The Insight lander also uncovered magnetized rocks "consistent with a past dynamo with Earth-like strength" under the surface of the landing sight. Stirrings detected from deep below the surface of the Red Planet indicate, fo...
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, California, Nasa, Earth, Geology, Innovation, Universe, Planets, Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Nature Communications, Red Planet, Heat Transport, Science News


The next pandemic is inevitable. Are we prepared?

There is no way to completely stop a pandemic from coming, says former United Nations medical officer and a key player in the World Health Organization's (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia, Larry Brilliant. Being prepared and having a good public health infrastructure are necessary to reduce impact.Pandemics like ebola are more likely to start at the edges of poor countries, away from the main hub and away from major cities, but without isolation and containment protocols they c...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Government, Africa, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, United Nations, World Health Organization, Health Care, Humanity, Epidemiology, Pandemic, Global Issues


Mystery virus found with mostly unknown DNA

A virus has been found whose DNA is 90% absolutely unfamiliar.Scientists have no real idea what it developed from, or how.Viruses used to be thought of as simple, jumbles of things — not so much any more. In Lake Pampulha in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte, scientists found an amoeba virus unlike anything seen before. Named after Yara, the mother of waters in Brazilian mythology, 90 percent of the Yaravirus's genome is comprised of genes never before described. Sifting through the publicly...
Tags: Science, France, Water, Virus, Discovery, Genetics, Microbiology, Innovation, Brazil, Microbes, Belo Horizonte, Aix Marseille University, Yara, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Lake Pampulha, Bernard La Scola


Why Trump might soon make (some) scientists very happy

The White House issued its 2021 budget request to Congress on Feb. 10.The request includes deep cuts to many federal science agencies, though it also calls for more funding into certain research, including NASA.The administration could soon mandate that all federally funded research be published without paywalls, a move that many researchers seem to support. The White House sent its 2021 budget request to Congress on Feb. 10, offering a glimpse into how the Trump administration wants to repri...
Tags: Energy, Europe, Politics, Science, Obama, Congress, White House, Usda, Nasa, Public Health, Medical Research, Innovation, Brazil, National Institutes of Health, Homeland Security, Wiley


This cancer treatment gives patients night-vision, and we finally know why

In the early 2000s, it was reported that some cancer patients being treated with chlorin e6 were experiencing enhanced night vision.Using a molecular simulation, researchers discovered that a chlorin e6 injection under infrared light activates vision by changing retinal in the same way that visible light does. Researchers hope that this chemical reaction could one day be harnessed to help treat certain types of blindness and sensitivity to light. In the early 2000s, it was reported that a...
Tags: Science, Biology, France, Cancer, Medical Research, Innovation, Algorithm, Biotech, Biomechanics, CNRS, Molecular Biology, University of Lorraine, Human body, Antonio Monari, Monari


Dad bod & dad brain: how a man's brain changes when he becomes a father

In the first days and weeks of fatherhood, a man's testosterone and cortisol levels decrease and oxytocin, estrogen, and prolactin levels surge, promoting an important bonding experience between a father and his newborn child.One of the most significant changes in a new father's brain is the new neurons that are formed that have been proved to be directly linked to the time spent with their newborn child.This neurogenesis (forming of new neurons in the brain) happens in the areas that are linked...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Learning, Parenting, Biology, Children, Love, Memory, Neuroscience, Empathy, Brain, Genetics, Innovation, Men, Evolution, Emotions


Are physics and astronomy about to experience a cultural shift?

A new report calls for doubling the number of undergrad degrees awarded to black students in physics and astronomy by 2030. In the United States, black students earned a total of 223 bachelor's degrees in physics and just 10 in astronomy in 2018.The report found that unsupportive environments in physics and astronomy departments and systemic financial challenges faced by black students contributed to the underrepresentation of black students. Black students have been systematically excluded fro...
Tags: Astronomy, Science, Education, Race, America, Diversity, Earth, Physics, United States, Innovation, Social Change, American Institute of Physics AIP, American Geophysical Union AGU, American Astronomical Society AAS, Statistical Research Center, Shirley Malcom


Shutting down flat Earthers, Neil deGrasse Tyson style

What is the point of debate when one side the argument is objectively true? There is none. That is, unless the incorrect arguer has the ability to influence the masses. When a relatively famous musician began spewing flat Earth views on social media, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson knew he had to jump in the ring and defend science with science. General belief systems aren't a threat, but it's important to combat incorrect and dangerous views when they have a chance of pervading greater socie...
Tags: Space, Science, Media, Internet, Climate Change, Society, Intelligence, Earth, Innovation, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Speech


500 People Will Get Ten Day Clinical Trial for Antiviral Drug Versus Coronavirus

Doctors in Washington State gave remdesivir (Gilead antiviral drug) to the first coronavirus patient in the United States last week after his condition worsened and pneumonia developed when he’d been... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Medicine, World, United States, Innovation, Washington State, Gilead


Is masturbation the new cold & flu medicine?

Achieving orgasm through masturbation provides a rush of feel-good hormones (such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) and can re-balance our levels of cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone). This helps our immune system function at a higher level. The surge in "feel-good" hormones also promotes a more relaxed and calm state of being, making it easier to achieve restful sleep, which is a critical part in maintaining a high-functioning immune system. Just as bad habits can slow your immune system,...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Medicine, Sex, Germany, Public Health, Innovation, Masturbation, Vaccines, Evers, Human body, Julia Heiman, Kinsey Institute for Research, Gloria Brame, Jennifer Landa


Is masturbation the new cold and flu medicine?

Achieving orgasm through masturbation provides a rush of feel-good hormones (such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin) and can re-balance our levels of cortisol (a stress-inducing hormone). This helps our immune system function at a higher level. The surge in "feel-good" hormones also promotes a more relaxed and calm state of being, making it easier to achieve restful sleep, which is a critical part in maintaining a high-functioning immune system. Just as bad habits can slow your immune system,...
Tags: Health, Science, Biology, Medicine, Sex, Germany, Public Health, Innovation, Masturbation, Vaccines, Evers, Human body, Julia Heiman, Kinsey Institute for Research, Gloria Brame, Jennifer Landa


Meet the ancestry test that can help you live a healthier life

Vitagene offers ancestry details and a full DNA analysis of your health and dietary needs.Vitagene findings offer food choices, supplement recommendations and workout routines tailored specifically to you.The Vitagene DNA Premium Test Kit is now $40 off, just $99.99.Last year, MIT estimated that more than 26 million people had taken an at-home ancestry test. At the trend's current wildly popular pace, the genetic makeup of more than 100 million people could be on file by the end of 2020.While it...
Tags: Health, Food, Science, Fitness, Dna, Mit, Genetics, Innovation, Illness, Personal Growth, Vitagene, Human body


House plants do not purify the air, study shows

A new meta-analysis at Drexel University shows that house plants are not effective for purifying the air of toxins. A 1989 NASA report that claimed indoor plants are purifying was not conducted in realistic living conditions. Indoor plants have positive effects on our mental health, just not in regards to air quality. There are a lot of strange ideas floating around, especially when it comes to purification. The hope that we can be as clean as possible has been with us for millennia. Religions...
Tags: Garden, Facebook, Science, Environment, Nasa, Pollution, Innovation, Plants, Biodiversity, Derek, Drexel University, Cummings, VOCs, Environmental Engineering, Waring, Bryan E Cummings


This tech subscription box can rewire your brain for the better

Creation Crate is a tech subscription box that sends monthly projects, with all the components, right to your door. Each project in the curriculum teaches new lessons in electronics and C++ programming. The projects get more challenging as you learn. Working with your hands changes your brain's neurochemistry to reduce stress and increase learning. It's also a great way to prepare kids for a STEM future. With the subscription box market on the rise, just about anything you could po...
Tags: Science, Design, Technology, Learning, Cbs News, Neuroscience, Computers, Code, Brain, Engineering, Innovation, Electricity, University Of Chicago, Mind, Crawford, Lambert



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