This Headband May Make You Smarter

This Headband May Make You Smarter

Researchers have figured out a way to “wake up” the brain during learning tasks. A team of psychologists at Vanderbilt University have recently published an article in the Journal of Neuroscience that offers their findings into research which examined prompted electrical currents in the brain and the effects on learning speed. A wearable device resembling a headband was produced for the study, and had an added feature – it can actually make the wearer smarter, even control their learning speed, with the onset of mild electrical stimulation to certain regions. The researchers wanted to further understand the natural response that occurs… read more

NASA Plans Europa Mission To Search For Life

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As we wrote two years ago, Jupiter’s moon Europa may actually be the best place in our solar system to seek out extraterrestrial life. It’s largely believed that the moon has an entire underwater ecosystem, ripe with the sort of conditions needed to support life, even if only on a bacterial level. A mission several years ago had been denied due to under funding, but renewed pushes seem to have been effective in swaying the minds that hold the money. So why should we detour money from the planned Mars mission and funnel it into this pipe-dream? For starters, it’s… read more

Melting Permafrost Could Release A Super Virus

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Recently, a giant virus was discovered in Siberian permafrost. The virus in question had been frozen for nearly 30,000 years, but had come to light when its frosty cocoon melted. Luckily, the virus strain — Pithovirus sibericum – is not harmful to humans. Giant viruses were discovered 10 years ago in the U.K. What differentiates them from regular viruses is the fact that they can be viewed under visible light microscopes, which is a terrifying prospect. When scientists revived the giant virus from the Siberian permafrost, it caused an infection, meaning it had been perfectly preserved under the ice. Researchers worry… read more

Stronger Than Metal — Spider Silk Nears Debut

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There aren’t a ton of elements with properties stronger than metal, so prepare to meet an unlikely competitor in the market — spider silk. You probably wouldn’t expect to see spider silk on the list of future replacements for metal, and you wouldn’t be alone in your disbelief. It’s a relatively new concept, but one that has many lasting and important meanings for the manufacturing world. Spider silk is naturally resilient, and 25 times stronger than steel. It’s extremely difficult to farm spiders, though, which is why it’s taken researchers so long to reach this milestone in their journey to… read more

Graphene Paint: A solar wonder

Graphene Paint

A little while ago, we wrote about the potential new uses for ‘Graphene’; a natural element similar to silicon in its uses. Today we’re showcasing the possibilities for graphene paint. Basically, graphene is a light, efficient, and cost-effective alternative to silicon and other such elements. It’s planned uses include solar farms, vehicles, and electronics. Graphene paint opens the door to wonderful possibilities, and makes it widely available to the public, rather than just commercial/industrial uses. For now, graphene paint won’t be available until some time in the future. Still, scientists are very optimistic about the development and conversion of paint. Since graphene… read more

Five Amazing Science Videos From List 25

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Tired of scrolling through your Facebook/Twitter feeds? Have you read everything from the front page of Reddit and are waiting for new content to make its way to the top? Perhaps you’re not in the mood to play the “What Should I Watch On Netflix” game at the moment. If this sounds like you, then perhaps you’ll enjoy these short and sweet videos that’ll send some science your way from List 25. 25 Unsolved Scientific Mysteries That Will Leave You Scratching Your Head Do you ever wonder why you need sleep? Why you dream? And just what is that “Dark… read more

Stress And The Body

The Effects of Stress On The Body

Stress doesn’t always announce itself. Though we all know what it’s like to occasionally feel stressed out, ongoing stress can actually store in the body and present itself in an array of symptoms. An inability to concentrate, recurrent headaches and insomnia can all be signs of stress, but sometimes they are not recognized as stress induced. Letting symptoms repeatedly continue without intervention can lead to other issues, like heart disease, high blood pressure and a host of other health problems. This infographic from HeartMath provides a summary of how stress can irritate the body: Many health studies have looked into how stress affects… read more

Discovery of Water on Exoplanets

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As Earth’s population grows in number and our natural resources dwindle, the day will come when our planet is officially too small for human expansion. If we haven’t discovered a way of leaving the solar system by that time, we may be in serious trouble. Of course, we’re planning on colonizing Mars in the next few decades, but the process of Terraforming, or turning it into an Earth-like planet, will take hundreds, if not thousands, of years. So how do we determine which planets in the night sky are capable of carrying water? It may seem downright impossible to look… read more

People Power, Literally

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Have you ever wondered what your workspace will look like in the future? The electronic devices at your desk may not be powered by solar energy or other technology. You may become the source of power for your workspace. The thesis project of a Swedish student Eddi Törnberg, titled “Unplugged”, is looking at how to make use of the energy generated by millions of people as they sit and work in the office. It is inspired by Harriet Beecher Stowes quote “Human nature is above all things lazy” so Tornberg has looked at how to ensure all your movements and daily activities are not going to waste,… read more

Google Preparing Big Plans For The Future

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The “Do No Evil” company has been on a record buying spree these past few months, purchasing billions of dollars worth of companies, startups, patents, and more, which is causing quite a few head-scratches in Silicon Valley. Perhaps the biggest indicator of how Google plans on moving forward in the near future was the hiring of futurist Ray Kurzweil last year, which made him their new Director of Engineering. Kurzweil has been one of the biggest propagators of “The Singularity” — a moment in the future when humanity and technology merge in one fashion or another, irreversibly changing our way… read more