August 20, 2019

Science

"Living longer, staying younger: With greater longevity, the quest to avoid the infirmities of aging is more urgent than ever."

"‘Why is it that no one understands me and everyone likes me?’ Einstein wondered. His appeal lay in his supposed incomprehensibility."

"With these new tests, as in Hans Christian Andersen’s 19th-century tale, a gap yawns between the promise and the reality – and now and then, as in the story, someone says so in the public square."

"Not So Fast on Psychedelic Mushrooms: Psilocybin has a lot of potential as medicine, but we don’t know enough about it yet to legalize it."

"Scientists do basic research for the sake of knowledge. When reminded that that knowledge has costs, they usually offer a utilitarian argument: The benefits to humanity outweigh the harm done to animals, whose lives have less value than human ones."

"The message of the report, like that of so many others, couldn’t be clearer: If we don’t address this enormous environmental problem immediately, we’re doomed."

"...imagine inhabiting a world without such a numbered timeline for ordering current events, memories and future hopes."

"If you dropped a dozen human toddlers on a beautiful Polynesian island with shelter and enough to eat, but no computers, no cell phones, and no metal tools, would they grow up to be like humans..."

"Ticks rising -- In the warming world, ticks thrive in more places than ever before, making Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change..."

"The Race to Develop the Moon: For science, profit, and pride, China, the U.S., and private companies are hunting for resources on the lunar surface."

"As a doctoral student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Eisenberger found it curious that we often describe being rejected in terms of physical pain..."

"Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, believed that miasma, or bad air, caused disease; the cure was clean air. While medicine has made enormous advances, research suggests nature therapy still has value. "

"When the FDA approved [.] a schizophrenia pill that sends a signal to a patient’s doctor when ingested, it was seen not only as a major step forward for the disease but as a new frontier of Internet-connected medicine...."

"We Would Advise You to Hold on Tight While Reading This, but There Might Be Nothing to Hold Onto: Three new scientific approaches suggest the world as we know it doesn’t exist, and we are actually living in a computer simulation."

"A masked figure looms over your recumbent body, wielding power tools and sharp metal instruments, doing things to your mouth you cannot see."

"It’s known that white dreams can occur at any part of the sleep cycle, though they are more likely to occur during non-rapid eye movement, earlier in the night. Sometimes, they are explained as a case of simply forgetting what was being dreamed."

"The future is here, and it’s alive and beating. Scientists at Tel Aviv University have printed the world’s first 3-D heart complete with blood vessels..."

"In Defense of the Blurry Black Hole Photo: This glimpse of the celestial phenomenon is cause for wonder in a light-polluted world saturated with disturbing images."

"This week, anthropologists working in the Philippines unveil new fossils that they say belong to a previously undiscovered species of human relatives. The fossils come from Callao Cave, on the island of Luzon, and are at least 50,000 years old..."

"These outlandish beliefs have been circulating for decades, but archaeologists like Anderson are now mobilizing to counter them. They are taking to Twitter, blogs, podcasts, YouTube, and newspapers to debunk false claims..."

"Dark energy is without a doubt the weirdest thing in the universe.. And it would be nice to know a bit more about it, because if you look ahead on a long enough timescale, dark energy will almost certainly destroy the universe and everything in it."

"The intuitive idea that objects influence each other because they're in physical proximity is soon to become another of those beliefs that turn out to be wrong when we look deeper."

"Pence and Bridenstine have challenged NASA to do better and sought to instill urgency into a human exploration program that has lacked it since the 1960s."

"The geologist and geophysicist Marie Jackson shares Pliny’s admiration for these still-standing structures, and has scoured ancient Roman texts in hopes of uncovering the recipe that makes them so durable."

"IN FEBRUARY 1971, PHYSICISTS AT the National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, began testing the biggest machine in the world: a ring-shaped, 200-billion-electron-volt (BeV) proton synchrotron particle accelerator."

"Acceptance and commitment therapy teaches us how to live a values-driven life even in the face of dark emotions and trauma..."

"Edward himself claims no powers other than to entertain. He once posed as a clairvoyant and wrote a book about his clandestine life as a medium, Psychic Blues."

"The asteroid was vaporized on impact. Its substance, mingling with vaporized Earth rock, formed a fiery plume, which reached halfway to the moon before collapsing in a pillar of incandescent dust."

"Malcham salt cave near Dead Sea finally measured at over 10 km, beating Iran’s 3N Cave; cavers downplay politics of find, saying this was an act of international cooperation..."

"A birth control pill for men has passed initial human safety tests... but doctors at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting were told it could still take a decade to bring it to market."

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