Friday, October 17, 2014


Curious Signal Hints at Dark Matter

A team of researchers have found what appears to be a signature of 'axions,' predicted dark matter particle candidates, something that has been a puzzle to science for years.
- Royal Astronomical Society

Vegetative Patients Show Glimmers of Consciousness

Scientists have uncovered hidden signatures in the brains of people in vegetative states that suggest they may actually be aware of what is going on around them, but unable to communicate.
- BBC News

Are Male Brains Wired to Ignore Food for Sex?

Researchers have shown that male brains – at least in nematodes – will suppress the ability to locate food in order to instead focus on finding a mate
- University of Rochester

Scientists Find Ancient Mountains That Fed Early Life

Researchers have uncovered evidence for a huge mountain range that sustained an explosion of life on Earth 600 million years ago
- Heritage Daily

Probing the Past

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have made what may be the most reliable distance measurement yet of an object that existed in the Universe's formative years.
- Science Codex

Thursday October 16, 2014

Heroes Act First, Think Later

Yale University psychologist David Rand's new study examines acts of extreme altruism. 
- New York Magazine

Saturn Moon May Have 'Life-Friendly' Underground Ocean

Scientists believe Mimas may have a thin global ocean buried miles beneath its icy surface, raising the prospect of another "life-friendly" habitat in the solar system.
- Reuters

Wednesday October 15, 2014

Archaeologists Discover Bronze Remains of Iron Age Chariot →

A team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester has unearthed a hoard of rare bronze fittings from a 2nd or 3rd century B.C. chariot which appears to have been buried as a religious offering.
- Science Codex

Ancient Fossils Confirmed Among Our Strangest Cousins →

More than 100 years since they were first discovered, researchers have identified some of the world's most bizarre fossils as distant relatives of humans.
- The University of Adelaide

Climate Change Could Alter the Defense Landscape →

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants the Defense Department to be prepared for rising sea levels.
- Federal Times

Tuesday October 14, 2014

An Interview With John Cacioppo →

John explains his research and some paradoxical behaviors of the lonely.
- Cafe

Cosmos as Masterpiece →

In Cosmigraphics, our changing pictures of space through time.
- The New York Times

Brain’s Reward Center Does More Than Manage Rewards →

When a reward follows an action, that action gets reinforced, and we’re more likely to take that action in the future.
- Pacific Standard

Monday October 13, 2014

Learn to Make Stone-Age Tools to Help Study the Origins of Language →

A team of researchers are going to monitor modern subjects as they learn how to make Stone Age-style hand axes to see if there's a link to how we process language.
- Wired

Our Problematic Belief in the Magical, Mystical Negro →

New research finds white Americans are more likely to attribute superhuman attributes to blacks than to their fellow whites.
- Pacific Standard