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Monday, 01 September 2014
It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research...
Monday, 01 September 2014
Some Apple iPhone users are aware that Siri, the smartphone's digital assistant, can make appointments and check the weather, but it cannot book a flight or make reservations at your favorite...
Monday, 01 September 2014
Using magnetic fields, technique can detect parasite’s waste products in infected blood cells. Over the past several decades, malaria diagnosis has changed very little. After taking a blood sample...
Monday, 01 September 2014
When we learn, we associate a sensory experience either with other stimuli or with a certain type of behaviour. The neurons in the cerebral cortex that transmit the information modify the synaptic...
Sunday, 31 August 2014
The Platopus makes a good point about compatibilism (the view that some worthwhile kind of free will is compatible with the standard deterministic account of the world given by physics). One...
Sunday, 31 August 2014
NASA is ready to move forward with the development of the Space Launch System—an advanced heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide an entirely new national capability for human exploration beyond...

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Citizen science is booming in Australia, revealing previously unknown features of the continent and saving governments a ton of money. “There’s a nationwide trend towards scientific reporting by...