What's going on that a highly skilled athlete can suddenly and inexplicably lose the fundamentals of fielding? The usual explanation is that these players start to "overthink" their automatic, highly tuned visual and motor skills, and sabotage them in the process. But this has never been proven, nor is it clear just what this means on a basic cognitive level.
Salt -- the delicious alchemy between explosive sodium and the toxic green gas chlorine -- is an essential mineral for biological life and an all-purpose tool for deliciousness.
The newest name-it-and-claim-it-in-space game, a Uwingu/Mars One partnership, invites the public to participate in naming the 500,000 unnamed craters on Mars. Five dollars gets you a small crater; the big bucks buy you more.
The research reported is not just a waste of tens of millions of dollars better spent actually helping our troops; it mischaracterizes them in ways likely to lead to even more over doses of prescribed medication and even more disadvantage in the job market.
Why is a rise in heterosexual people practicing anal sex negative? Regnerus offered no empirical data to support this claim (and no evidence exists that I know of), but nonetheless, somehow this claim is supposed to make the rise of gay marriage be bad.
Transhumanism is an idea that we can transcend mortal definitions of our lives. There are already discussions about uploading consciousness and memory to computer networks to enable the human experience to continue even if only in an incorporeal form.
Paradoxically, as we consider the easy-to-see light in the world, it is the hidden things lurking in the darkness that control much of the destiny of the universe, offers the rebirth of stars and solar systems from its substance, and allows us to see our sun's ineffable halo!
If you've ever been a part of a team in a workplace, you know that coordinating with even a single other person can quickly get, well, complicated. Now imagine having hundreds, even thousands of "teammates," all with a hand in the same project.
I got the chance to talk to filmmaker and futurist Jason Silva about these topics. He suggests that not only should we not be afraid of our bold new world, but we may all already be cyborgs.
Setting aside for a moment the enormous emotional toll of Alzheimer's, the economics are potentially devastating to most countries where lifespan exceeds 80 years.
It may come as a surprise that in modern physics, there exists a scale below which the very notions of length and space cease to exist. This is known as the Planck length, named after the German physicist Max Planck.
We must bridge the gap between the science we value and where we are now. We know that education is the starting place -- improving science education in the schools, and improving access to higher education for all. It's not enough, however.
Of course, we drink alcohol because we like it, but are there deeper evolutionary explanations as to why our brain is so responsive to the stuff?
Creationism is part of the larger crusade within the religious right to make "biblical literalism" Christian doctrine and federal law. To espouse it is to preclude practicing science.
In a few weeks, a powerful new opioid painkiller called Zohydro is expected to hit the market. Zohydro's easily crushed capsules will contain up to 50 milligrams of pure hydrocodone, 10 times more hydrocodone than a regular Vicodin. One capsule will pack enough to kill a child.
This innovative approach to the management of genetic health information better balances the goals of patient health and consumer freedom. Genetic testing is the next frontier of personalized medicine. But it needs a nudge.
At an ocean conference in China last October, renowned American oceanographer Sylvia Earle told participants that "we must think of taking care of the ocean as if our lives depended on it....because they do!"
If your favorite team or player wins on a given day -- especially if it's a landslide win, then it's likely that "momentum" gets thrown around by people previewing the next event. For better or worse, momentum is one of those concepts that's sticky in our heads.
The scientific evidence is now clear. If you want to keep your mind sharp as you age, you need to keep physically active. The explanation has to do with the broad-reaching effects of exercise on the chemistry, physiology and structure of the brain.