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It's all a thought experiment


May 26, 2016    5:40 PM ET


Yale physicists have given Schroedinger's famous cat a second box to play in, and the result may help further the quest for reliable quantum computing. Schroedinger's cat is a well-known paradox that applies the concept of superposition in quantum physics to objects encountered in everyday life. The idea is that a cat is placed in a sealed box with a radioactive source and a poison that will be triggered if an atom of the radioactive substance decays. Quantum physics suggests that the cat is both alive and dead ... Read More ...



Carnegie Mellon engineers develop fall-prevention sensors


May 25, 2016    7:30 PM ET


Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall-related trauma. It's understandable, considering these statistics, why the College of Engineering survey found that 54% of 1900 U.S. adults are worried about an older parent falling, and why 81% of respondents expressed an interest in new sensor technology that can anticipate and prevent falls. Read More ...



Egypt


May 25, 2016    8:08 PM ET


A 3,800-year-old ancient Egyptian mummy has been discovered in a necropolis and may have been one of the most important figures in the civilization's history. Archaeologists unearthed the tomb in the necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa in southeastern Egypt and believe it belonged to a woman called 'Lady Sattjeni', a key figure in the Middle Kingdom. They say the body was found in extremely good condition, wrapped in linen and deposited inside two wooden coffins. Read More ...



Circles


May 25, 2016    6:35 PM ET


Throughout history circles have been considered sacred. But how far back do they go? Rings of stalagmites found in a cave in France suggest that our ancient relatives were surprisingly skilled builders. Once illuminated by the flickering fires of prehistoric builders, an array of mysterious stone circles hid in darkness for millennia, tucked into the recesses of a cave in France. Read More ...



Ancient DNA study finds Phoenician from Carthage had European ancestry


May 25, 2016    7:05 PM ET


A research team co-led by a scientist at New Zealand's University of Otago has sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of a 2500-year-old Phoenician dubbed the "Young Man of Byrsa" or "Ariche". This is the first ancient DNA to be obtained from Phoenician remains and the team's analysis shows that the man belonged to a rare European haplogroup - a genetic group with a common ancestor - that likely links his maternal ancestry to locations somewhere on the North Mediterranean coast, most probably on the Iberian Peninsula. Read More ...



Evolution


May 23, 2016    6:10 AM ET


Two hundred and fifty million years ago, life on earth was in a tail-spin - climate change, volcanic eruptions, and rising sea levels contributed to a mass extinction that makes the death of the dinosaurs look like child's play. Marine life got hit hardest - 96% of all marine species went extinct. For a long time, scientists believed that the early marine reptiles that came about after the mass extinction evolved slowly, but the recent discovery of a strange new fossil brings that view into question.


Evolution -- Marine Biology -- Extinction -- Paleontology



Ancient Aliens


May 22, 2016    10:10 PM ET


Ancient Aliens Season 11 has begun with new twists and updated information on old themes


The History Channel is also promoting "Alien Con" an event in Santa Clara, California next fall. Read More ...



Memory


May 23, 2016    7:00 AM ET


Whether it's paying the electric bill or taking the clothes out of the dryer, there are many daily tasks that we fully intend to complete and then promptly forget about. New research suggests that linking these tasks to distinctive cues that we'll encounter at the right place and the right time may help us remember to follow through. There are many ways we can try to remind ourselves to do something in the future - we can set a calendar alert, jot down a quick note, or even use the old-fashioned string-around-the-finger trick. But the problem with many of these strategies is that they don't provide a reminder that will be noticed when we need it most. Read More ...



Kids have "and/or Problem" despite sophisticated reasoning


May 23, 2016    6:36 AM ET


Children seem to interpret disjunction like conjunction. Although it has been claimed children are very different from adults in the interpretation of logical words, the study's larger implication is almost the opposite - namely that the child is otherwise identical to the adult, but there is a very small parameter that distinguishes them. Read more ...



Anxiety and Depression


May 22, 2016    8:08 PM ET


Anxiety and depression are both challenging disorders - to make matters worse, they occur together up to 50% of the time. Depression and anxiety are fundamentally different - depression is based in hopelessness and helplessness, while anxiety is steeped in fear of the uncertain. But even though they're different, they overlap in many ways. Here are five big similarities: Here are five big similarities ...



Having Regrets


May 23, 2016    8:00 AM ET


Do you understand your emotions? They should have evolved through the years. There are many things we regret during our lives but don't hold onto them because they will defeat you in the end. You may still believe that you have free will and your choices are your own but in truth they are all pre-programmed. Read More ...




May 23, 2016    9:06 AM ET


Are humans blue-collar workers trying to make it in a white-collar world or white-collar workers trying to make it in a blue-collar world? Where do you fit in?









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