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The Architecture of Memory

The Architecture of Memory | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Memorization may seem like a brain-based skill, but it has as much to do with our bodies and our buildings.

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Your brain on the internet: a response to Susan Greenfield

Your brain on the internet: a response to Susan Greenfield | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Neil Levy: Whenever I hear dire predictions concerning the social impact of new technologies, I recall a similar prediction made nearly 2,500 years ago.

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Olympic Physics: Air Density and Bob Beamon's Crazy-Awesome Long Jump

Olympic Physics: Air Density and Bob Beamon's Crazy-Awesome Long Jump | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Our resident physicist looks at a long jump so far beyond those that had come before that even now people debate the factors behind it.

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Social Network Size Linked to Brain Size

Social Network Size Linked to Brain Size | Gavagai | Scoop.it

How and why the volume of the orbital prefrontal cortex is related to the size of social networks.

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Photo shows Mars rover descent

Photo shows Mars rover descent | Gavagai | Scoop.it

An orbiting spacecraft takes a spectacular image of the Curiosity rover descending to the surface of Mars.

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Video: The Minutes Before & After the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover

Video: The Minutes Before & After the Landing of the Mars Curiosity Rover | Gavagai | Scoop.it

If you didn't catch the action live online, you can watch a screen capture of the moments before and after the landing.

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The Positive Power of Negative Thinking

The Positive Power of Negative Thinking | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What if we’re trying too hard to think positive and might do better to reconsider our relationship to 'negative' emotions and situations?

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Philosophical Shock Tactics

Philosophical Shock Tactics | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Why do philosophers sometimes argue for conclusions that are disturbing, even shocking?

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Amartya Sen: What Happened To Europe?

Amartya Sen: What Happened To Europe? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As Europe struggles through its third year of financial crisis, Amartya Sen says problems of democracy and financial management are at the heart of the crisis, and austerity is likely to make the situation worse.

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Curiosity closes in on Mars for high-stakes descent

Curiosity closes in on Mars for high-stakes descent | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The $2.5 billion Mars Science Laboratory rover is closing in on the red planet for a high-stakes plunge to the surface using an untried 'sky crane' technique to ensure a pinpoint landing on the floor of Gale Crater.

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Science on crack: the chemistry of illegal drugs

Science on crack: the chemistry of illegal drugs | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Heroin makes me happy. I’m crazy about cocaine. I’m mad about meth and I love LSD. And not because I’ve ever taken any of these drugs or ever would. No, quite the contrary. What I love about them is the chemistry. Because the effects of these drugs may be dire, but the science is cool.

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John Keegan, Historian Who Put a Face on War, Dies at 78

John Keegan, Historian Who Put a Face on War, Dies at 78 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Mr.Keegan was an Englishman widely considered to be the pre-eminent military historian of his era and the author of more than 20 books, including the masterwork 'The Face of Battle.'

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'The True Blasphemy': Slavoj Žižek on Pussy Riot

'The True Blasphemy': Slavoj Žižek on Pussy Riot | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Pussy Riot members accused of blasphemy and hatred of religion? The answer is easy: the true blasphemy is the state accusation itself, formulating as a crime of religious hatred something which was clearly a political act of protest against the ruling clique.

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Methane-exhaling microbes found in undersea volcanoes reset the limits of life

Methane-exhaling microbes found in undersea volcanoes reset the limits of life | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As unbelievable as it sounds, it's thought that up to a third of all the Earth's organisms by mass live in rocks and sediments. Suffice to say, we know excruciatingly little about the lives and ecology of these highly inaccessible creatures.

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Curiosity's First Color Image of the Martian Landscape

Curiosity's First Color Image of the Martian Landscape | Gavagai | Scoop.it

This view of the landscape to the north of NASA's Mars rover Curiosity was acquired by the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the afternoon of the first day after landing.

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Brain might not stand in the way of free will

Brain might not stand in the way of free will | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A classic experiment that suggests the brain is aware of our urge to act spontaneously before we are might have been misinterpreted.

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First High Resolution View By Curiosity Shows Impressive 3-Mile-Tall Mount Sharp

First High Resolution View By Curiosity Shows Impressive 3-Mile-Tall Mount Sharp | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Here you have it. It's not the super-HD panoramic image that everyone is eagerly waiting for, but this is the first high(ish) resolution image of the 3-mile-high Aeolis Mons, commonly known as Mount Sharp.

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Nasa's Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover successfully lands on Mars | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The US space agency, Nasa, successfully lands its huge new robot rover in a deep crater on the Red Planet.

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Speaking multiple languages can influence children's emotional development

Research from linguistics suggests that when bilingual individuals switch languages, the way they experience emotions changes as well.

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Artificial intelligence – can we keep it in the box?

Artificial intelligence – can we keep it in the box? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

We know how to deal with suspicious packages – as carefully as possible! These days, we let robots take the risk. But what if the robots are the risk? Some commentators argue we should be treating AI (artificial intelligence) as a suspicious package, because it might eventually blow up in our faces. Should we be worried?

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Anything But Human

Anything But Human | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Why I stubbornly continue to believe that I'm a human being - something more than other animals, and more than any computer.

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$5 Million Grant Awarded by Private Foundation to Study Immortality

$5 Million Grant Awarded by Private Foundation to Study Immortality | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The John Templeton Foundation grant to UC Riverside philosopher John Fischer will fund research on aspects of immortality, including near-death experiences and the impact of belief in an afterlife on human behavior.

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Bilingualism ‘can increase mental agility’

Bilingualism ‘can increase mental agility’ | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Bilingual children outperform children who only speak one language in problem-solving skills and creative thinking, according to research led at the University of Strathclyde.

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Scientists vaporize Earth in simulation, practice evil laughs

Scientists vaporize Earth in simulation, practice evil laughs | Gavagai | Scoop.it

We all grow up fantasizing about vaporizing the Earth, but only one of us gets to be the first to make it happen, and trust me, the rest of y'all are running out of time. In lieu of doing the real thing, some planetary scientists at are running Earth vaporizing simulations to help them figure out what alien worlds are made of.

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