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March 27 2015

What Magicians Can Teach Us About The Art Of Manipulation


When Jay Olson was a 5-year-old living in Vancouver, British Columbia, a magician pulled a coin from his ear and sparked a lifelong fascination with magic.

Now a 28-year-old professional magician and a psychiatry graduate student at McGill University, Olson has recently conducted experiments using magic tricks to show how people's perceptions and choices can be manipulated.

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March 27 2015

Crossing your fingers might reduce pain, says study


UCL scientists find that crossing the fingers can confuse the way the brain processes sensations - reducing pain in some cases

Next time you hit your finger with a ill-judged strike of the hammer, cross your fingers.


Related: Why some people have trouble telling left from right (and why it’s so important)

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March 27 2015

We recognise words like we do faces


Experienced readers recognise whole words in much the same way we recognise a face, according to scientists who have observed the changes in brain scans that occur as a new word is added to our 'visual dictionary'.

The work might lead to better ways to teach reading to people with hearing difficulties or dyslexia, say the authors, from Georgetown University Medical Centre, Washington, D.C, USA, writing in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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March 27 2015

Virtual noses keep real-world VR sickness at bay


As the new wave of virtual reality headsets barrel ever closer to consumer reality, the effects of "simulator sickness" on a significant portion of the population remain a concern. A group of researchers at Purdue University say they've found an easy way to mitigate this effect by adding one bit of reality that most VR simulations leave out: a virtual nose sitting persistently at the corners of your vision.

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March 27 2015

A Team of Biohackers Has Figured Out How to Inject Your Eyeballs With Night Vision


In "people becoming superhuman" news, a small independent research group has figured out how to give humans night vision, allowing them to see over 50 meters in the dark for a short time.

Science for the Masses, a group of biohackers based a couple hours north of Los Angeles in Tehachapi, California, theorized they could enhance healthy eyesight enough that it would induce night vision. To do this, the group used a kind of chlorophyll analog called Chlorin e6 (or Ce6), which is found in some deep-sea fish and is used as an occasional method to treat night blindness.

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March 27 2015

Dark matter is ghostly and non-interactive


A new study of colliding galaxy clusters has found that dark matter doesn't even interact with itself.

The findings reported in the journal Science, mean some existing dark matter models - which give the mysterious substance properties similar to normal matter - will need to be revised.

"We have concluded that dark matter is most probably not interacting, so it exists in its ghostly state without interacting," says the study's lead author Dr David Harvey of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

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March 27 2015

New Evidence May Identify Mystery Object at Milky Way Galaxy's Core


New observations may finally reveal the identity of a mystery object circling around the monster black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy — or not.

Known to many as "G2," the unidentified object could be a cloud of gas, or it could be a star, depending on who you ask. Discovered in 2011, G2 captured the attention of scientists because it was on its way to making a tight swing around the black hole — potentially providing the dark monster with a snack. You can see a video of G2's movement here.

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March 27 2015

Nasa is giving the moon its own moon, to keep Earth safe and prepare for mission to Mars


Nasa will use a robotic arm to grab a boulder and send it into orbit around the moon, giving it its own moon, allowing astronauts to study the rock as it flies around the Earth.

The Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will also allow Nasa to demonstrate many of the technologies that will carry humans to Mars.


Alt: Nasa plans mission to land on asteroid and explore deep space

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March 27 2015

Moon's Iron Core May Reveal Solar System Secrets with X-Ray Scan


Deep beneath the surface of the moon lies an iron heart that scientists are probing in a new study: By using X-rays to scan the kind of iron probably found in the moon's core, scientists may gain better estimates of the core's size and composition.

Studying this unique kind of iron, and subjecting to incredible temperatures and pressures similar to those in the heart of a moon or planet, these findings could also help model the interior of small rocky planets such as Mars and Mercury, researchers added.

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March 27 2015

A new spin on Saturn's peculiar rotation


The precise measurement of Saturn's rotation has presented a great challenge to scientists, as different parts of this sweltering ball of hydrogen and helium rotate at different speeds whereas its rotation axis and magnetic pole are aligned. A new method leads to a new determination of Saturn's rotation period and offers insight into the internal structure of the planet, its weather patterns, and the way it formed.

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March 27 2015

Did Mars once have a nitrogen cycle? Scientists find fixed nitrogen in Martian sediments


Scientists have found fixed forms of nitrogen in Mars. This suggests that there may have been a nitrogen cycle sometime in Mars' past. The detection has been verified through analyses of samples taken at three different points on Mars. Analyses are made by the instrument SAM (Sample Analysis on Mars) on board the unmanned rover Curiosity located on Mars.

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March 27 2015

Water may have struck this Mars crater twice


A new geologic history of the flow of water in Jezero crater near Mars’ equator says interesting things about how the red planet operated nearly four billion years ago, scientists say.

“We can say that this one really well-exposed location makes a strong case for at least two periods of water-related activity in Mars’ history,” says Tim Goudge, a graduate student at Brown University.

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March 26 2015

Ancient Martian lake system records two water-related events


Researchers from Brown University have completed a new analysis of an ancient Martian lake system in Jezero Crater, near the planet's equator. The study finds that the onslaught of water that filled the crater was one of at least two separate periods of water activity in the region surrounding Jezero.

"We can say that this one really well-exposed location makes a strong case for at least two periods of water-related activity in Mars' history,".

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March 26 2015

Using 19th Century Technology to Time Travel to the Stars


In the late 19th century, astronomers developed the technique of capturing telescopic images of stars and galaxies on glass photographic plates. This allowed them to study the night sky in detail. Over 500,000 glass plate images taken from 1885 to 1992 are part of the Plate Stacks Collection of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), and is is the largest of its kind in the world.

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March 26 2015

Complex genetic ancestry of Americans uncovered


By comparing the genes of current-day North and South Americans with African and European populations, an Oxford University study has found the genetic fingerprints of the slave trade and colonisation that shaped migrations to the Americas hundreds of years ago.

The study published in Nature Communications found that: *While Spaniards provide the majority of European ancestry in continental American Hispanic/Latino populations, the most common European genetic source in African-Americans and Barbadians comes from Great Britain

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March 26 2015

Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought


Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.

Scientists reached the conclusion after showing that almost every man alive can trace his origins to one common male ancestor who lived about 250,000 years ago. The discovery that so-called “genetic Adam”, lived about 100,000 years more recently than previously understood suggests that humans must have been genetically diverging at a more rapid rate than thought.


Related: Big toe’s big foot holds evolutionary key

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March 26 2015

We Get Infected By Other People’s Emotions – And That’s a Good Thing


One day in October 2010, at a school in the Gaibandha district of northwest Bangladesh, a pupil noticed that the label on a packet of crackers she was eating had darkened. Fearing the crackers were contaminated – “the devil’s deed”, as she put it – she almost immediately fell ill, complaining of heartburn, headache and severe abdominal pain.

The condition quickly spread among her fellow pupils, and later to other schools in the area.

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