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What anti-vaxxers are actually afraid of (it's not all about autism)

University of Pittsburgh researchers identified four major trends fueling the anti-vaxx movement. Using comments originating from a Facebook video, they documented 197 profiles as the basis of their paper. Every major medical institution agrees that vaccines are safe and effective, but the movement persists thanks to false information spread online. None Andrew Wakefield's infamous 1998 study connecting autism with the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine raised skeptical eyebrows shortly ...
Tags: Biology, Medical research, Medicine, Health, Science, Vaccines

Why are so many objects in space shaped like discs?

Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe. Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and dow...
Tags: Space, Cosmos, Universe, Gravity, Science, Astronomy, Planets, Ask an astronomer, Nasa

Apparently even NASA is wrong about which planet is closest to Earth

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter

Think of the closest planet to Earth... Wrong! Think again!

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, so our closest neighbor must be planet two or four, right?Wrong! Neither Venus nor Mars is the right answer. Three scientists ran the numbers. In this YouTube video, one of them explains why our nearest neighbor is... Mercury! Did Musk pick the wrong planet to die on? By 2024, Elon Musk wants to land humans on Mars – the billionaire entrepreneur has said that he himself wants to go to the Red Planet, and even wants to die there (just not on impact, he qui...
Tags: Astronomy, Space, Spacex, Elon Musk, Science, Youtube, Nasa, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Sun, Planets, Mars, Map, Saturn, Jupiter

Scientists reactivate cells from 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth

The team managed to stimulate nucleus-like structures to perform some biological processes, but not cell division.Unless better technology and DNA samples emerge in the future, it's unlikely that scientists will be able to clone a woolly mammoth.Still, studying the DNA of woolly mammoths provides valuable insights into the genetic adaptations that allowed them to survive in unique environments. None A team of Japanese and Russian scientists has successfully "reawakened" cells from a 28,000-year-...
Tags: Japan, Science, Animals, Cnn, Mit, Genetics, Innovation, Yuka, Kei Miyamoto, Akira Iritani, George Church a Harvard, Iritani

NASA’s zero-gravity plane: How astronauts train for microgravity

There is no way to shield astronauts on earth from the effects of gravity. Astronauts train for space by going on an airplane that flies high at an arc so that the force lifts them in the air. However, we can only achieve about a minute's worth of weightlessness this way. NASA researchers have nicknamed this plane the "Vomit Comet."
Tags: Space, Science, Technology, Nasa, Flight, Innovation, Ask an astronomer

Actors show altered brain activity when in character, study finds

Method actors employ an intensive approach to acting that involves staying in character for long periods of time.The recent study asked trained method actors a variety of hypothetical questions under four different scenarios.The results showed changes in brain activity depending on whether actors were in and out of character, including alterations to activity in the prefontal cortex — a key region in terms of self-awareness. None Method actors famously blur the lines between their everyday perso...
Tags: Psychology, Science, Brain, Medical Research, Innovation, Al Pacino, Romeo, Larry King, University Of Liverpool, Centre for Research, Philip Davis

IonQ Path to Thousands of Qubits and Quantum Supremacy

Quantum Supremacy is defined as the point when quantum computers become faster than regular computers. Quantum computers can become thousands of times more powerful when the number of qubits are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Future, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Quantum Computers, Qubits, Trapped Ion, Quantum Supremacy, Ionq

Earth at 2°C hotter will be horrific. Now here’s what 4°C will look like.

The best-case scenario of climate change is that world gets just 2°C hotter, which scientists call the "threshold of catastrophe".Why is that the good news? Because if humans don't change course now, the planet is on a trajectory to reach 4°C at the end of this century, which would bring $600 trillion in global climate damages, double the warfare, and a refugee crisis 100x worse than the Syrian exodus.David Wallace-Wells explains what would happen at an 8°C and even 13°C increase. These predict...
Tags: Death, Science, Climate Change, Future, War, Earth, Innovation, Refugees, Fear, Natural Disaster, David Wallace Wells

U.K. Royal Mint honors Stephen Hawking on new 50p coin

Stephen Hawking, cosmologist, theoretical physicist and popular science educator, died on March 14, 2018.The Royal Mint is celebrating his work and life with a collector's coin that's selling for 10 pounds.Hawking's younger son said he imagined his dad reacting to the news with "one of his huge, wide smiles." None The U.K. Royal Mint has issued a 50-pence coin commemorating the late physicist Stephen Hawking, who died nearly one year ago at age 76. The collector's coin, which is selling online f...
Tags: Space, Science, Money, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Tim, Ellis, Cosmos, U K Royal Mint, Lucy Hawking Stephen Hawking, Edwina Ellis, Tim Hawking Stephen

OpenAI Made Super Spam Generator and Now Seeks Investors and Profit

Last month, OpenAI announced that they had made an AI system could be used for next-generation super spam and a tsunami of fake news. They chose to keep the super-spam system secret to prevent misuse... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Deep Learning, Openai

How financial insecurity sinks American IQ scores

Not being able to pay your bills has the functional equivalent of lowering your IQ by 13 points. Many Americans have scarcity mindsets because of their inability to pay their bills. In a scarcity mindset, your functional bandwidth decreases — it influences you to be less generous and less reasonable. The opposite of a mindset of scarcity is a mindset of abundance, which is what many entrepreneurs have. Abundance mindsets tend to build on to themselves if the environment is right. ...
Tags: Psychology, Security, Science, Money, Finance, Neuroscience, Economics, Intelligence, Brain, Innovation, Fear, Universal Basic Income, Andrew Yang,, 16x9

New theories reveal the ferocious T-Rex as… adorable?

Hatchling, four-year-old, and adult models show us new sides of the famous predator. They're part of the T. rex: The Ultimate Predator exhibit running from March 2019 to August 2020. Attention time travelers: You may want to pet the feathered hatchling. Don't. None There's no doubt that the adult Tyrannosaurus Rex was a fearsome predator, with a powerful bite that could cause the head of a victim to explode from sheer force. Of course, much of what we've longed "known" about T. rex is informed...
Tags: New York, Science, History, Museums, Innovation, Dinosaurs, Rex, Visualization, Paleontology, T. Rex, Amnh, Museum of Natural History, American Museum of Natural History AMNH, Mark Norell, Tyrannosaurus, Tyrannosauroidea

Gender equality in STEM is possible. These countries prove it

There should be no shortage of inspirational role models for young girls dreaming of a career in science. Women have been responsible for some of the most important scientific breakthroughs that shaped the modern world, from Marie Curie's discoveries about radiation, to Grace Hopper's groundbreaking work on computer programming, and Barbara McClintock's pioneering approach to genetics.But too often their stories aren't just about the difficulties they faced in cracking some of the toughest probl...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Gender, UK, Science, Germany, Angela Merkel, India, Women, Eu, Unesco, Engineering, Innovation, New Zealand, Argentina, Denmark

China Will Need Free Education and Healthcare to Slow and Reverse Baby Bust

India will pass China’s population level in 2020 or 2021. China had 7 million few babies in 2018 than expected. China only had 15.2 million babies in 2018 versus an expectation of 21-23... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, China, India, Future, World, Innovation, Population, Economic Impact, China Will Need Free Education and Healthcare

Freud is renowned, but his ideas are ill-substantiated

Sigmund Freud stands alongside Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein as one of history's best-known scientists.Despite his claim of creating a new science, Freud's psychoanalysis is unfalsifiable and based on scant empirical evidence.Studies continue to show that Freud's ideas are unfounded, and Freud has come under scrutiny for fabricating his most famous case studies. None Few thinkers are as celebrated as Sigmund Freud, a figure as well-known as Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein. Neurologist an...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Science, Sex, Memory, Bbc, Mental Health, Brain, Vienna, Innovation, Consciousness, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Darwin, Ati

Behold, new research suggests the munchies are real

Researchers noticed a spike in sales of ice cream, cookies, and chips after the legalization of marijuana. They studied 2,000 U.S. counties over the course of a decade, focusing on data from Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.While research is confirming the medical benefits of marijuana, obesity is an unintended consequence of legalization. None Cause and effect. There are many unintended consequences to every action, and actions, as we know, result in the manifestation of other forces, even if ...
Tags: Science, Obesity, California, Washington, Neuroscience, Sociology, Innovation, Addiction, Derek, Don, University of Connecticut, Chong, Baggio, Colorado Oregon, Social Science Research Network, Human body

For second time ever a patient has been cured of HIV, scientists report

The New York Times reports that a team of scientists plan to announce tomorrow that a patient in London has been effectively cured of HIV.The cure reportedly was the result of a bone-marrow transplant that came with a genetic mutation that naturally blocks HIV from spreading throughout the body.This approach isn't quite practical to implement on a large scale, but the knowledge gained from it will likely help scientists develop more scalable approaches. None In 2007, Timothy Ray Brown became the...
Tags: Science, London, China, Berlin, Aids, Hiv, Medical Research, New York Times, Netherlands, Innovation, Times, Seattle, Anthony Fauci, University College London, The Associated Press, Hodgkin

What is the Book of Changes?

The I Ching is the basis for polymath Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz's binary code and subsequently basis of our digital technology. Psychologist Carl Jung used the I Ching to explore notions of synchronicity or "meaningful coincidence." Alan Watts considered the I Ching to be a model that mapped the thinking processes of the human mind.The I Ching or as many Western audiences know it as the Book of Changes, is a book that is thousands of years old. Throughout the years it has served as an all encom...
Tags: Psychology, Science, China, Digital, Computers, Innovation, Philosophy, Mathematics, Watts, Carl Jung, Wen, Taoism, Jung, Leibniz, Wilhelm, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Human-driven climate change meets "gold standard" of scientific certainty

While it's difficult to find people who deny climate change is happening, some still argue that humans are not climate change's primary cause.By applying peer-reviewed statistical methods to 40 years' worth of satellite data, researchers have determined that the evidence of human-driven climate change has passed the gold standard of scientific certainty: the five-sigma level.This threshold is used in particle physics to determine the existence of new particles; now, it's being used to definitive...
Tags: Weather, Science, Climate Change, Environment, Innovation, Anthropocene, University Of Alabama, Reuters, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Huntsville UAH, Santer, Benjamin Santer, Klaus Hasselmann, Hasselmann

Scientists can now turn CO2 in the air into solid coal

A team of scientists used liquid metal and a liquid electrolyte to convert gaseous CO2 into a solid, coal-like substance.Compared to current methods, the new approach could prove to be a more efficient and scalable way to remove carbon from the atmosphere and safely store it.The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says the global community must remove 100 billion to 1 trillion metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by mid-century in order to avoid catastrophic glo...
Tags: Science, Climate Change, Environment, Innovation, Nature Communications, United Nations Intergovernmental Panel, Torben Daeneke, Daeneke, RMIT University in Melbourne Australia, Dorna Esrafilzadeh, RMIT s School of Engineering

What if you were immune to chronic pain? Vaccines could make it happen.

Alzheimer's disease and unintentional deaths (like opioid overdoses and suicides) have been driving down U.S. longevity statistics for three consecutive years – a trend not seen since the Spanish flu pandemic. Our current approach to treating chronic pain is drug-based, but a vaccine-based approach can cut addiction out of the equation. You can vaccinate against pain! Scientists are developing vaccines for migraines and sciatica, which will lower the need for opioids, be cheaper, and make dr...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Drugs, Future, Brain, Medical Research, Innovation, Addiction, Alzheimer's, Mind, Vaccines, Narcotics

One-time, universal flu vaccine may be on horizon, Australian researchers say

Scientists have discovered immune cells that can fight all different kinds of the flu virus.Depending on a patient's immune system, one shot could cover someone for 10 years or potentially life.This breakthrough could save thousands worldwide.A new treatment shows promise in becoming a one-time flu vaccine. In a recent study conducted by Professor Katherine Kedzierska at the University of Melbourne, researchers discovered a set of immune cells that have the ability to fight off all forms of th...
Tags: Health, Science, Medicine, Cdc, Medical Research, Innovation, Vaccination, Influenza, Sickness, University of Melbourne, Katherine Kedzierska, Kedzierska

CRISPR-edited babies born in China may have enhanced brain functions

In November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui reported that he'd used the CRISPR tool to edit the embryos of two girls.He deleted a gene called CCR5, which allows humans to contract HIV, the virus which causes AIDS.In addition to blocking AIDS, deleting this gene might also have positive effects on memory and cognition. Still, virtually all scientists say we're not ready to use gene-editing technology on babies. None The controversial decision to genetically edit the embryos of two girls born in Chi...
Tags: Science, China, Genetics, Medical Research, Innovation, Philosophy, Morality, UC Berkeley, Crispr, National Academy of Sciences, Silva, Jennifer Doudna, University of California Los Angeles, MIT Technology Review, Doudna, He Jiankui

World’s largest bee, thought to be extinct, found in Indonesia

The giant bee was first discovered in 1859, but since has only officially sighted once.An international team of researchers set out to rediscover the bee in January. Determining exactly when a species is extinct is difficult, especially for small animals like insects. None In 1859, while exploring the remote island of Bacan in the North Moluccas, Indonesia, the renowned naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace made an astounding discovery: the Megachile pluto — the world's largest bee. Wallace described...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Ebay, Animals, Environment, Bbc, Conservation, Innovation, American Museum of Natural History, Bolt, Wallace, National Audubon Society, Alfred Russel Wallace, Audubon, Robin Moore, Global Wildlife Conservation

This is why microwaved grapes produce flashes of plasma

Two grape halves heated in a microwave produce light-emitting ionized gas, or plasma. The grapes collect and trap microwaves whose energy eventually bursts outward. The discovery could lead to passive microwave antennas. None One of the internet's favorite mysteries has been what happens to an everyday grape nearly split in halves and put in a microwave: After about five seconds the grape produces a dramatic flash of plasma. Here's what it looks like. Has this mystery been keeping you up at ni...
Tags: Energy, Science, Technology, Discovery, Chemistry, Physics, Materials, Innovation, Microwave, Grapes, National Academy of Sciences

Avoiding Civil War 2.0 With Better Options

There are fears that the US will have a hot civil war. There is currently what has been described as a cold civil war. This is where we have entrenched more political elites and media using social... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Politics, Science, Technology, News, Future, US, War, World, United States, Innovation, Predictions

7 of the most popular science books of all time

Chaos theory, evolution and the cosmos make for an eye-opening read. Carl Sagan paints a sagacious picture of humanity's place in the universe.Great scientists give us a glimpse into their minds and their theories.Scientists have been sleuthing through the mysteries and secrets of the universe since humankind first started asking questions. Just what is going on in this grand amphitheater of reality? The courageous and curious sometimes leave their ivory towers to translate their arcane works ...
Tags: Books, Science, Scotland, Time, Earth, Physics, Innovation, Literature, Stephen Hawking, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Dyson, Richard Dawkins, Einstein, Carl Sagan, Darwin

Why eating ice cream is linked to shark attacks

Ice cream consumption is actually linked to shark attacks. But the relationship is correlative, not causal. It's pretty stunning how media outlets skip over this important detail. None Soda and ice cream are linked to violence. What the what? And people have concluded from data that smoking, chocolate, and curly fries are good for you. Why the when?I'll explain -- but also go much further and show you… wait for it… that figuring out why such things are true doesn't even matter at all for driving...
Tags: Facebook, Science, New York City, Journalism, Data, Bbc, Computers, Code, Innovation, Statistics, Algorithm, University Of California, Prediction

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