From bio-weapons to genetically designed humans, there's plenty of controversy surrounding modern day research, yet plenty of curious people willing enough to look beyond. "Are people dying and suffering needlessly because of all these committees and all these rules?" asks Josiah Zayner, a scientist, bio-hacker, and founder of the biotech company The Odin, which supplies low-cost CRISPR kits for the consumer market.
If you thought virtual reality was still years away from becoming mainstream---you're probably right; but at least we can experience shades of this exciting technology now thanks to Youtube.
It wasn't too long ago when the popular streaming site decided to let loose the reigns on 4K content, a crafty move considering how rare content is for 4K TVs. However, with 360 video formats now enabled on a majority of its mobile and web platforms, a whole new world of possibilities are now available...literally.
Graham Hancock is a British writer and journalist who specialises in theories involving ancient civilisations, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths and astronomical/astrological data from the past.
The continent of Africa usually isn't considered by the world to be the most popular tourist destination nor the wealthiest, but many would be surprised at how rich it is in natural resources considering its size.
The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, despite some everyday life experiences and recent scientific discoveries that would tend to prove our brains don’t completely switch off from our environment.
While the Nobel Prizes are 115 years old, rewards for scientific achievement have been around much longer. As early as the 17th century, at the very origins of modern experimental science, promoters of science realized the need for some system of recognition and reward that would provide incentive for advances in the field.
Before the prize, it was the gift that reigned in science. Precursors to modern scientists – the early astronomers, philosophers, physicians, alchemists and engineers – offered wonderful achievements, discoveries, inventions and works of literature or art as gifts to powerful patrons, often royalty. Authors prefaced their publications with extravagant letters of dedication; they might, or they might not, be rewarded with a gift in return. Many of these practitioners worked outside of academe; even those who enjoyed a modest academic salary lacked today’s large institutional funders, beyond the Catholic Church. Gifts from patrons offered a crucial means of support, yet they came with many strings attached.
Curator Gaylord Torrence set an ambitious agenda for The Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky – distill 2,000 years of artistic achievement by Plains Indians, with a particular focus on the changing culture of the last three centuries.
MATTERS OF THE MIND – a series which examines the clinician’s bible for diagnosing mental disorders, the DSM, and the controversy surrounding the forthcoming fifth edition.
There’s an old saying that psychology has two model organisms: the rat and the American college student. As research subjects rats are fine, the problem is that that Americans are, as evolutionary psychologist Joe Henrich and his colleagues recently pointed out, WEIRD. That is, they’re Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich and Democratic. In fact, most westerners are WEIRD, but Americans are the WEIRDest of all.
With this GoPro footage of the Penn State research reactor, you can see the intense blue glow of Cherenkov radiation which occurs when a charged particle (such as an electron) passes through a dielectric medium at a speed greater than the phase velocity of light in that medium.
A Hungarian film titled “Sing” recently won the Oscar for best short film. “Sing” tells the story of young Zsófi, who joins a renowned children’s choir at her elementary school where “everyone is welcome.”