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Daydreaming Like a Scientist and other Mind Memes

April 8, 2013, 1:30 PM

1. Don't Let Math Get in the Way of Big Ideas

"Many of the most successful scientists in the world today are mathematically no more than semiliterate." E.O. Wilson shares this professional secret in The Wall Street Journal. But not to worry: "Pioneers in science only rarely make discoveries by extracting ideas from pure mathematics," Wilson writes. So don't let your deficiencies in high level math keep you from entering a career in science. Discoveries come from daydreaming like a scientist. 

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2. Meet PETMAN

The creepy robot of the day award goes to Boston Dynamics, which released this video of its PETMAN robot testing out a chemical protection suit and gas mask.

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3. To Catch an Asteroid

NASA's asteroid-retrieval project is likely a go, as $100 million is expected to be allocated for the project as part of President Barack Obama's federal budget request for 2014. 

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4. Red Meat + Bacteria = Heart Disease

Bacteria in the human digestive track metabolizes carnitine, a compound that is found in red meat, as well as energy drinks. This promotes atherosclerosis, or the clogging of the arteries. 

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5. The Benefits of Psilocybin

The chemical psilocybin is the psychedelic ingredient in magic mushrooms. Professor David Nutt, a professor at Imperial College London, says psilocybin can be used to treat severe depression, and argues for a change in drug laws. 

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