Bright stars top Christmas trees in Christian homes around much of the world. The faithful sing about the “Star of Wonder” that guided the wise men to a manger in the little town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. They’re commemorating the Star of Bethlehem described by the Evangelist Matthew in the New Testament. Is the star’s biblical description a pious fiction, or does it contain some astronomical truth?
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.
Finding time to reconnect to nature may be difficult, but these three short clips are guaranteed to take only a fraction of your time. Equipped with high-tech cameras to capture magnificent scenery, time-lapse has taken the world by storm and the introduction of 4k technology improves these effects tremendously.
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.
Nature is practically essential to any animal's well-being, but sometimes things don't exactly turn out the way it should. Will, a circus lion, has never experienced the feeling of actual grass or soil due to his life as a performer. For 13 years he was forced to do tricks until he was rescued by Rancho Dos Gnomos and transferred to an animal sanctuary focusing on abused and exploited animals in Brazil.
The media coverage of the terrorist atrocities of Friday November 13 in Paris would seem to promote an almost mythical image of the Islamic State (ISIS). What humanity needs, however, is to demystify ISIS as a criminal organization. And that need is particularly important in my community – the Muslim community.
Any experienced gamer will know most of the titles floating out in the modern world are pretty much all goal-oriented and stories can tend to become linear at times. A new game titled "Wild" hopes to change all of that however with an ever-expanding world full of limitless choices and ways to play.
While 2016 may have been disappointing to some, there still remains quite a few reminders of why we should never doubt humanity's endless potential for good. Perhaps its one of our species most enduring factors when faced with tasks which may seem impossible at first.
Rain Room is an initiative that explores the combination of art with technology by lending users the ability to control the weather. An immersive experience, people are invited into a “cacophonous interior downpour,” in which they are able to walk through a mystical rainstorm without getting wet.
Could your own skin "know" what it's touching before your brain does? That's exactly what researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have been studying, and the results are interesting to say the least. What they've discovered is that neurons which branch through our skin don't just send signals to the brain they've made contact with an object, but it seems they actually process complex information about the object before surging through the spine. Only after the message has been received in the cerebral cortex region of the brain, does it become processed further.
Hampton Creek, a tech-food startup that aims to replace animal products in food with more sustainable plant ones, has recently faced a slew of negative coverage accusing it of classic Silicon Valley hubris and overreach.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that insufficient sleep is a serious public health concern, because it can lead to many immediate dangers such as car crashes as well as long-term health problems like diabetes. The blame for sleep deprivation is often pinned on our fast-paced, 24/7 lifestyle, made possible by electric lighting at all times of day and night.
A programme to teach young children the basics of philosophical thinking in UK schools has been shown to help them progress in maths and reading. A new study evaluated the use of the Philosophy for Children (P4C) programme in which primary school children are guided through discussions of questions such as “Should a healthy heart be donated to a person who has not looked after themselves?” or “Is it acceptable for people to wear their religious symbols at work places?”
The programme is intended to help children become more willing and able to question, reason, construct arguments and collaborate.