How To Quit Smoking

Researchers may have discovered the best way to quit smoking yet: Taking magic mushrooms

By on September 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM.

Researchers may have discovered the best way to quit smoking yet: Taking magic mushrooms

We’ve heard all kinds of crazy ways to quit smoking but none of them have ever come close to sounding this trippy. Bloomberg reports that a new study published in The Journal of Psychopharmacology this week found that smokers who had long had trouble quitting their habit managed to remain smoke-free for six months using a highly unorthodox method: Consuming the active ingredient in magic mushrooms. More →

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Graphene Flexible Display Video Demo

The first functional graphene-based flexible display has been produced

By on September 5, 2014 at 9:30 PM.

The first functional graphene-based flexible display has been produced

Graphene has been called a “magical” material that may hold the key to better electronic gadgets, both when it comes to device durability but also electrical abilities, as various research teams are figuring new ways to put the astonishing material to good use. Reports have so far detailed longer-lasting batteries based on graphene, significantly improved wireless data speeds using antennas made of the material, while some people are interested in using it for better sound, but it looks like graphene can also be used to build flexible displays. More →

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Best Ice Bucket Challenge Videos

Man dumps liquid nitrogen on his head in most dangerous Ice Bucket Challenge video yet

By on September 1, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Man dumps liquid nitrogen on his head in most dangerous Ice Bucket Challenge video yet

The band members of Spinal Tap always talked about “the fine line between stupid and clever,” and that’s about all we can think of while watching this latest Ice Bucket Challenge video produced by chemist Muhammad Qureshi, who decided to one-up everyone else who has taken the challenge so far by pouring liquid nitrogen all over his head. More →

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Hal Finney Cryonically Frozen

Former Bitcoin coder and ALS patient is now being cryonically frozen

By on September 1, 2014 at 8:00 AM.

Former Bitcoin coder and ALS patient is now being cryonically frozen

Renowned cryptographer Hal Finney, known for his work on PGP encryption software and on early Bitcoin development, has passed away on Thursday following a five-year battle with ALS – a terrible disease that’s currently enjoying a viral funding campaign thanks to the “Ice Bucket Challenge” meme – but the programmer hoped that one day technology will heal him. According to Wired, Finney has become an early adopter of a kind of tech that’s only seen in movies, human cryopreservation. More →

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Stephen Hawking Ice Bucket Challenge

Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ video yet

By on August 28, 2014 at 2:02 PM.

Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ video yet

No one is more aware of how hard it is to live with ALS than Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous physicist who has been suffering from an ALS-related condition for decades now. Because of this, we knew it was only a matter of time before we saw Hawking pop up in an “Ice Bucket Challenge” video of his own to help raise funds for finding a cure for ALS. More →

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Is The Universe A Simulation

We are about to find out if our universe really is a hologram

By on August 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

We are about to find out if our universe really is a hologram

What could be the most important scientific experiment of our lifetime is about to begin. The so-called Holometer Experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory aims to determine whether our perception of a three-dimensional universe is just an illusion. Do we actually live on a 2D plane, as a holographic projection? There is a well-established theory that states we are indeed living in a hologram, with a pixel size of about 10 trillion trillion times smaller than an atom. This has certain implications, some of which are quite sinister, even unspeakably horrific. More →

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Why Should Pot Be Legal

Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot

By on August 26, 2014 at 9:15 PM.

Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot

We’ve learned about a couple of good medical benefits to marijuana this year and now it seems there’s another one: Using medicinal marijuana makes it less likely that you’ll become hooked on painkillers. CNN reports that a new study published this in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal finds that states that have legalized medicinal marijuana have significantly fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses. More →

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Cutest Animal Pictures Insects

Not all insects are revolting – in fact, these pictures show some of them are downright cute

By on August 25, 2014 at 6:15 PM.

Not all insects are revolting – in fact, these pictures show some of them are downright cute

As part of our mission to occasionally take a break from tech and inform you about the wonders of science and nature, we direct your attention to a new photo gallery posted over at Dose that shows some of the world’s most adorable looking insects… or at the very least, insects that just happen to look adorable when photographed at certain angles and under certain lighting conditions. More →

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Why Do Jellyfish Stings Hurt

Amazing microscopic slow-motion video shows you exactly why jellyfish hurt so much

By on August 18, 2014 at 10:15 PM.

Amazing microscopic slow-motion video shows you exactly why jellyfish hurt so much

Have you ever been stung by a jellyfish and wondered to yourself how a mindless blob of tentacled sea goo possibly hurt you that much? A new video posted by SmarterEveryDay explains how jellyfishes’ tentacles are equipped with organelles called nematocysts that extend whenever they come into contact with something else and inject venom directly into it. More →

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Amazing X-ray GIFs

Human skeletons come to life in these amazing X-ray GIFs

By on August 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM.

Human skeletons come to life in these amazing X-ray GIFs

As doctors transition into the digital age, they are finding new ways to communicate with their patients. One project, commissioned by Dr. Noah Weiss, had designer Cameron Drake take raw X-ray video footage and create GIFs that the doctor could use on his website. If you visit Weiss Orthopaedics online, you will see a drop-down menu labeled “Hurt?” There are five different options: shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand, knee and foot & ankle. Each page contains an enormous X-ray GIF of the body part in motion. More →

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How To Save Smartphone Battery

Ingenious new smartphone prototype can be charged using only sound waves

By on August 14, 2014 at 8:05 AM.

Ingenious new smartphone prototype can be charged using only sound waves

Tired of being on the go and having to search for an outlet you can use to recharge your phone? If researchers at Nokia and at the Queen Mary University of London are successful in their new joint endeavor, you might never have to think of hugging the wall while charging your phone ever again. More →

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Supermoon Best Pictures Gallery

You need to check out these beautiful pictures of last night’s incredible ‘supermoon’

By on August 11, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

You need to check out these beautiful pictures of last night’s incredible ‘supermoon’

We’re due to get one more “blood moon” occurrence later this year but last night we were treated to a lunar phenomenon that doesn’t look quite so apocalyptic. The so-called “supermoon,” which occurs when the moon comes closest to the Earth during its regular orbit, lit up night skies around the world on Sunday evening and the BBC has collected a series of pictures from across the globe that show off just how amazing this astronomical phenomena looked. More →

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