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November 10 2014

Being Shown Pictures of Being Loved May Reduce Brain's Response to Threat


Being shown pictures of others being loved and cared for has been linked to a reduction in the brain's response to threat, according to a recent study.

Researchers from the University of Exeter found that when individuals are briefly presented pictures of others receiving emotional support and affection, the brain's threat monitor, the amygdala, subsequently does not respond to images showing threatening facial expressions or words. This occurred even if the person was not paying attention to the content of the first pictures.

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November 10 2014

Man In 'Snake-Proof' Suit To Be Swallowed Live By An Anaconda On The Discovery Channel


If you thought you’d seen it all – then you’re wrong.

The Discovery Channel has announced an upcoming episode in which a naturalist and filmmaker will don a “snake-proof” suit and allow himself to be swallowed by an anaconda.


Related: Discovery channel urged to drop stunt in which man gets eaten by snake

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November 10 2014

Virus that 'makes humans more stupid' discovered


A virus that infects human brains and makes us more stupid has been discovered, according to scientists in the US.

The algae virus, never before observed in healthy people, was found to affect cognitive functions including visual processing and spatial awareness.

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November 10 2014

If ADHD brains are the most creative, why do we treat it like a disability?


In his 2004 book “Creativity is Forever“, Gary Davis reviewed the creativity literature from 1961 to 2003 and identified 22 reoccurring personality traits of creative people. This included 16 “positive” traits (e.g., independent, risk-taking, high energy, curiosity, humor, artistic, emotional) and 6 “negative” traits (e.g., impulsive, hyperactive, argumentative). In her own review of the creativity literature, Bonnie Cramond found that many of these same traits overlap to a substantial degree with behavioral descriptions of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)– including higher levels of spontaneous idea generation, mind wandering, daydreaming, sensation seeking, energy, and impulsivity.

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November 10 2014

Can Humans and Nature Co-Exist?


Students in classrooms with windows that open out to nature in all its glory may perform better on tests.

This is not fully established science, but Heather Tallis, an ecologist at the Nature Conservancy, is testing the idea in California and other states. She is using satellite data to image the sweeping California landscapes—mountains to deserts to inner cities—in the backyards of randomly chosen schools. And she is correlating the presence of nature to standardized test results. Her hypothesis, which may be disproved, is that students do well when they are surrounded by nature.

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November 10 2014

Insects evolved flight as plants grew taller


Insects developed wings before any other animals so they could keep up with the growing height of land plants, a new study suggests.

The discovery, by an international team of researchers, comes from a massive new analysis of insect genes which has provided the clearest picture yet of how and when insects evolved.

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November 10 2014

Weak Sun Poses Radiation Risk for Mars-Bound Astronauts


Decreasing solar activity could make the journey to Mars and back riskier for astronauts, a new study warns.

The sun's magnetic field acts as a barrier to high-energy galactic cosmic rays, which originate outside the solar system in supernova explosions. The magnetic field is stronger when the sun is more active, deflecting more of this potentially dangerous radiation.

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November 10 2014

3D-printing a lunar base


Could astronauts one day be printing rather than building a base on the Moon? In 2013 ESA, working with industrial partners, proved that 3D printing using lunar material was feasible in principle. Since then, work continues to investigate the technique. The shielding against radiation provided by a 3D-printed block of simulated lunar regolith was measured, providing important inputs for next-stage designss.


Alt: A home of our own - on the MOON: Esa reveals plans for first human settlement outside Earth - and says inflatable base will be made by 3D printing robots

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November 10 2014

As many as half of all stars reside outside of galaxies, study finds


Even stars can get lost in space.

Scientists who shot a rocket up beyond Earth’s atmosphere for a matter of minutes have made a remarkable discovery about the diffuse background light that permeates the universe: As many as half of all stars may have been stripped from their home galaxies and flung into the darkness of the cosmos.

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November 10 2014

Best-Ever View of Alien Planet Birth Caught by Giant Radio Telescope


A huge radio telescope in Chile has captured the best-ever image of planets forming around a distant star, researchers say.

The spectacular view of planet birth, taken by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in northern Chile, shows numerous concentric rings in the disk of dust and gas surrounding HL Tau, a sunlike star found about 450 light-years away from Earth.

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November 10 2014

Stunning Nasa image reveals surface of Saturn's Titan moon


US space agency Nasa has released a stunning image revealing the polar seas on one one of Saturn’s moons alongside sun glints for the first time.

Shot by Nasa’s Cassini spacecraft in late August, the image shows sun light reflecting off Titan's swirling surface.

Titan is the largest of Saturn’s 53 official moons, and is the second largest moon in the Solar System, after Jupiter’s Ganymede.

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November 10 2014

Europe set to make space history with comet landing


One of the biggest gambles in space history comes to a climax on Wednesday when Europe attempts to make the first-ever landing on a comet.

Speeding towards the Sun at 65,000 kilometres (40,600 miles) per hour, a lab called Philae will detach from its mothership Rosetta, heading for a deep-space rendezvous laden with risk.

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November 10 2014

From earphones to jet engines, 3D printing takes off


Many manufacturers are at an early stage of discovering the benefits of 3D printing, but one of the clearest strengths is customization.

At Normal, consumers can use a mobile app to photograph their ear, transmit the shots to the New York startup's 3D printing facility and then receive customized earphones within 48 hours.

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November 10 2014

Bill Gates: Yes, robots really are about to take your jobs


Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates isn’t going to sugarcoat things: The increasing power of automation technology is going to put a lot of people out of work. Business Insider reports that Gates gave a talk at the American Enterprise Institute think tank in Washington, DC this week and said that both governments and businesses need to start preparing for a future where lots of people will be put out of work by software and robots.

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November 10 2014

Ford Police Cruisers Now Tattle When Cops Drive Like Jerks


Everyone’s seen a cop driving like a jerk: Double parking and blocking traffic. Cruising down the highway way beyond the speed limit, with no suspect to run down. Blatantly texting while driving. Pulling the old turn-on-the-siren-just-long-enough-to-run-the-red-light trick. And for anyone who’s fantasized about making a citizen’s arrest of one of their city’s finest, police departments soon will be able to track how their cops are driving, and when they’re behaving badly.

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November 10 2014

That Time When Scientists Zapped Braille Directly Into People's Brains


During the 1970s, while bell-bottoms roamed the earth and The Dark Side of the Moon played on records, scientists were communicating images directly to the brains of blind people. What's more, they were intelligible images.


Related: Entrepreneur, 13, gets Intel funding for low-cost Braille printer

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November 9 2014

Direct brain interface between humans


Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team's initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to transmit the signals from one person's brain over the Internet and use these signals to control the hand motions of another person within a split second of sending that signal.

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