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Is Your Diet Fighting Depression – or Intensifying It?

We know there's a gut-brain connection, but just how deep does it go? Could we treat depression just by adopting a particular diet?

How a 3-Day Weekend Can Curb Climate Change

Universal Basic Income (UBI) and the movement towards a shorter work week is not just a solution to inequality, but one also aimed at stabilizing the environment.

Explained: How memories are 'pruned' during sleep

The pair of papers suggest that sleep is crucial in order to wipe out memories. Yep – it turns out that, sometimes, it's smart to forget.

How Basic Income Could Unlock Humanity's Altruism and Creativity

Universal Basic Income an expensive system to be sure, but social justice commentator Eva Cox argues that the societal returns will be worth the investment.


Want to Raise a Smart, Young Scientist? Try This

Amazon introduces a monthly STEM toy subscription box aimed at kids – because we're all born curious.

Basic Income Could Be the Safety Net Mistreated Employees Need

A universal basic income (UBI) policy could change how we evaluate the meaning and quality of work in our society.

Here's Why Comparing Executive Order Numbers Is a Waste of Time

Over the course of his presidency, Barack Obama issued a total of 276 executive orders. So, what exactly does that mean?

Is Working Less the Solution to Being "Workless"?

Louise Tarrant argues less work is not weakness, but a sign of prosperity and a necessity to the coming automation.

Elon Musk, DuPont, and HP Call on Trump To Honor the Paris Agreement

More than 630 companies are calling out President-elect Donald Trump in an open letter. It asks him to keep the promises the United States made during the Paris Agreement and move us closer to a low-carbon economy.

Did Global Warming Go on Hiatus for 15 Years?

How did earlier records get it so wrong, and why do scientists believe they're right this time?

How the Heck We'll Pay for a Universal Basic Income

What would it take to adopt a basic income? Frank Stilwell, a Professor Emeritus in Political Economy at the University of Sydney, explains the pros and cons.

It'll Take More Than "Free Money" To Reform Social Welfare

Let's not let the prospect of a little free money stop us from pursuing more progressive regulations and reforms.

The Best Corporate Benefit in 2017? Student Loan Forgiveness

Some companies have set up a progressive program to help their employees pay off their student loans, offering up to $10,000 in assistance over the course of employment.

How Do We Create More Jobs? Shorten the Work Week

It’s time we acknowledge that the 8-hour day isn’t going to work anymore. We need to stop talking about creating more jobs and start talking about shortening the work week.

The Idea of Universal Basic Income Goes Back to the 16th Century

People like Thomas More, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Bertrand Russell have already had many of the arguments we're having about basic income today.


Dr. Elise Klein wants to point out the conversations we’re having around Universal Basic Income (UBI) aren’t new. Great leaders and thinkers Thomas Paine, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Tony Atkinson have already had many of the arguments surrounding UBI, today. Its history bears repeating.

Experts Break Down Why NASA Is One of the Best Places to Work

It's not just the dope suits. A review says leadership plays a huge role at both the agency level and executive branch. 

Let's Cut Out All These “Bullsh*t Jobs,” says Anthropologist David Graeber

It's time we talked about working less. While some argue that we shorten the working week, others favor cutting out pointless, time-filler jobs altogether. 



What Shape Is the Universe?

Our universe is flat, geometrically. But what exactly does "flat" mean?

Stephen Hawking Says We're at a "Dangerous Moment" in History

In between time checks on the Doomsday Clock, Stephen Hawking is here to remind us we are living in dangerous times.

What Corona Can Teach Us About Trickle-Down Economics

In spite of rumors, billionaire Corona beer founder Antonino Fernández's estate will not be distributed among the residents of his home town.

Millions of Muslims March Against ISIL

Millions of Muslims marched to Karbala, Iraq even after suicide bombing and continued threats by ISIL. The Arbaeen pilgrimage continues to be a show of religious freedom.

Elon Musk Has a "Master Plan" – Here's How SolarCity Fits In

Elon Musk has a plan and part of that plan came together when it acquired SolarCity for $2.6 billion. 

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Brian Greene: Is Reality a Computer Simulation?

Are we living in a simulation? Theoretical physicist Brian Greene and Neil deGrasse Tyson walk us through the ideas, which might support this fantastic and unnerving concept. 

Don't Replace Humans with Robots — Allow Humans to Do What Robots Can

SuitX has announced the next generation of workplace human augmentation: a bionic suit that could help enhance productivity within the labor industry and reduce costs.

Edward Snowden’s First Reaction to Trump’s Election Is a Surprising One

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told an audience we should not be "putting too much faith or fear elected officials." This includes Donald Trump.

What Happens When You Give Basic Income to the Poor? Canada Is About to Find Out

Canada puts its money where its mouth is and prepares for a 'no strings attached' basic income trial that it hopes will break the cycle of poverty. 

Your Name May Influence How Long You Wait for an Uber or Lyft, MIT Study Finds

A recent study has found "significant evidence of racial discrimination" in ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft. If you’re black, you may be more likely to find your ride canceled or be subjected to longer wait times.

The World Would Be $1.1 Trillion Richer If We Implemented This German System

The future success or failure of the economy is up to the young, and many countries could do better to equip them.

Cambridge Scientists Develop Quintuple-Power Battery Inspired By Gut Bacteria

A UK-Chinese team of scientists have delivered a prototype for a better battery, which could extend the time between smartphone charges – and it's all inspired by our guts.

Is it better to know your social rank, or remain blissfully ignorant?

How does our perception of social status relate to health and success?

Scientists Tackle Foods That Claim to ‘Keep You Fuller for Longer’

We might feel fuller, but eating foods marketed for "fullness" won't prevent us from consuming more calories, even when we're not hungry. 

After 25 Million Years, The Great Barrier Reef Is Dead — Or Is It?

Rowan Jacobsen recently wrote an obituary for one of Earth’s natural wonders: the Great Barrier Reef. “The Great Barrier Reef of Australia passed away in 2016 after a long illness. It was 25 million years old,” he wrote in Outside. But publishing its obituary might be a bit premature.

What Do a Robot's Dreams Look Like? Google Found Out

They may look odd, but it’s all part of Google’s plan to solve a huge issue in machine learning: recognizing objects in images.

5 Scientific Explanations That Fail to Explain the "Alien Megastructure" Star

The mystery behind star KIC 8462852 (aka Tabby Star) continues. Many scientists have proposed ideas but all explanations (so far) seem as unlikely as the Dyson Sphere theory.

Study: Marijuana Use in Early Life May Affect Brain Function, IQ

An America where marijuana is legal could be right around the corner. It's a cross-generational cause that is finally starting to have its day on the ballot.

Who Commits More Murders: Animals or Humans?

Humans are not the most murderous creature on this planet. A recent study has laid out the rates of death and found meerkats to be the most lethal.

Two tips to help you remember people's names

We never forget a face, but that's because humans are evolutionary predisposed.

In the Mood for Cheese? Here's Why You Should Consider Full-Fat Over Reduced-Fat Options

The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition seems to indicate that eating regular-fat cheese has no effect on our bad cholesterol (LDL), but does have a positive effect on our good cholesterol (HDL).

It's Time for this Bumble Bee to Come Under Government Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes a species of bumble bee – the rusty patched bumble bee – should be under federal protection under the Endangered Species Act.


New Research Shows Physical Activity Is a 'Medicine' Against ADHD

A new study shows that addressing the ADHD epidemic may require a dose of physical activity, so kids can refocus and learn effectively in a classroom.

Six Crew Members Emerge from Year-Long Mars Simulation

What kind of person could withstand a trip to Mars and back? NASA and Hi-SEAS is trying to find out.

Why the Pokemon Go Mania May Be Settling, Game Loses 10 Million Daily Active Users

The Pokemon Go craze is finally reaching an equilibrium. The game had a stellar run while it lasted, but over the last few weeks Pokemon Go has seen a steady drop-off in daily active users (DAUs).

Chatbots: The Simple Software That Could Remove Office Tedium

The saying in coding goes: if you have to do a job more than once, automate the task. Bots will one day unburden you from these tasks.

Nikola Tesla predicted drones in 1898

Nikola Tesla predicted drones, but also predicted their awesome power would unite us all. So far, the only weapon to do that was the Atomic Bomb.

Why Does Traffic Jam for No Reason at All?

You know what self-driving cars will help reduce? Phantom traffic jams. You know the ones, where traffic seems to just halt. You see no accidents, no construction, no state trooper—everything has just slowed for what seems like no reason at all.

Move over Perseid, Here Come Shooting Stars On Demand

The Perseid meteor shower is at its peak—a stellar show that occurs every August and can be seen by anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere. But what if we didn't have to wait till August or the next meteor shower--what if we could create our own?

RIP: Rest In Pokemon (Yep, It's OK to Play in Cemeteries)

There are some who feel that cemeteries should be treated as sacred places and should be exempt from the Pokemon experience. There are others who feel that they want to catch a Pokemon right now.

Why You Can't Life-Hack Your Way to Losing Weight

Why do so many of us fall for the quick-fixes and dieting fads to lose weight, which only leave us disappointed and a little poorer?

What Causes a Meteor Shower?

The Perseid meteor shower is coming, which may put you in the mindset to wonder “What causes a meteor shower?”

Deep Space Missions May Take a Toll on Astronauts' Hearts

One group of scientists has brought attention to a possible side-effect of these deep-space missions to the moon: heart disease.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Gets a Major Software Update

NASA has given its Mars rover Curiosity the ability to “decide” which rocks to zap with its laser in the recent AEGIS software update.

How to Deceive a Robot

How do you fool a robot? It’s not difficult—machines are only good at what we tell them to do. But even still, many parts of our world may not be “readable” to some robots.

Ozone Hole Could Be Completely Healed by 2050

The atmosphere is on the mend, according to an article published in Science. It took almost 30 years for the ban on ozone-depleting substances to work and scientists are saying the ozone could be completely healed by the middle of the century.

Here's What We Know about Tesla's First Fatal Crash

Tesla announced it’s semi-autonomous Autopilot system was involved in its first deadly crash on May 7, 2016. This marks the first fatality involving an autonomous vehicle. However, this tragedy should not hinder progress.

Some Companies Are Moving toward A "Zero-Email" Office

Email takes up a lot of our time and often results in little real work getting done at the end of the work day. Many enterprises are finding the less it’s used, the less time gets wasted. Productivity goes up and stress goes down.

Scientists Just Grew Edible Plants in Simulated Mars Soil

Chefs may be able to start drafting a menu for Mars-bound astronauts. A group of Dutch scientists have found radishes, peas, rye, and tomatoes may take root in Martian soil.

AI Killswitch: Google's Plan to Stop the Robot Apocalypse

Google’s DeepMind and the Future of Humanity Institute are trying to find a way for human operators to stay in control if artificial intelligence starts acting out. 

Why researchers are teaching robots to feel pain

A group of German researchers are developing a way for robots to process pain. This “artificial robot nervous system” is designed to allow the robots to “feel” and avoid further unwanted stimulus.

The Man Who Inspired the Modular Phone Says Google Should Rethink the Ara

Google has announced final design plans for the first modular smartphone, the project Ara. However, Dave Hakkens, who nurtured this idea for a modular device, isn't happy with the final product.

Boardgames Bring in Huge Money for Kickstarter

Kickstarter loves games. Since the crowdfunding site’s inception in 2009, Kickstarter has successfully raised $444 million for this category alone.

Is Breakfast Really the Most Important Meal of the Day?

Breakfast has been made out to be one of the most important meals of the day. It’s taboo to skip it, because of all the wonderful things researchers say this one meal can do to improve our lives. But is breakfast's pedestal deserved?

Pilot Earbud Translates Languages in Real-Time

Waverly Labs has developed a universal language translator that sits in your ear. It's called the Pilot.

Astronaut Notices Crack in Space Station Window, Takes a Picture

An astronaut looked out the window of the Cupola—an observation nook on the International Space Station (ISS)—and saw a crack in the glass. Imagine floating in space in a pressurized spacecraft and seeing a crack in the thing keeping you safe from the empty void outside.

Why NASA Has Been Shipping Bacteria to the ISS

The International Space Station (ISS) has been playing host to many different kinds of microbes as part of a larger study to figure out how bacteria reacts to a microgravity environment and cosmic radiation.

MIT's Second Skin Makes Wrinkles Disappear

Every cosmetic cream under the sun promises “a more youthful look” with dubious results. But scientists at MIT may have found a way to bottle a face-lifting cream that smooths out wrinkles.

NASA's Planet Hunters Just Made a Huge Announcement

During a live audio conference, NASA announced the discovery of 1,284 confirmed exoplanets as part of a new method outlined in a recent study. This method may help cut down the busywork of finding habitable planets. 

Climate Change Has Caused Five Pacific Islands to Vanish

Five of the Solomon Islands have vanished due to rising sea levels. The effects of climate change will be keeping cartographers busy as our borders continue to shift.

Which State Is Leading the Charge in Solar?

What does solar energy adoption look like across America? The cost of solar panels have gone down significantly, but state incentives maybe what's most helping to drive this solar surge.

Donald Trump's US-Mexico Wall Has Consequences beyond Human Politics

There's been a lot of talk among Republican candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump about completing the United States-Mexico border fence. But completing the wall has consequences outside of human politics.

Shinto Monks Have Been Recording Climate Data for 600 Years

Hundreds of years before climate change was a topic of discussion, monks and merchants kept records when lakes and rivers froze-over in the winter. These records show how the Industrial Revolution was a major turning point in altering the Earth's climate.

Climate Feedback Keeps Mainstream Media in Check, Seeks Funding on IndieGoGo

Climate Feedback has been busy correcting reporting on climate change inaccuracies within the mainstream media. Now the site is looking to expand its efforts as a watchdog for scientific reporting by asking for funding through IndieGoGo.

Dinosaurs Were Already Doomed before the Asteroid Hit

The asteroid that hit the now-Yucatan Peninsula allowed the dinosaurs a more memorable end, but they were already doomed says a study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Meteorologists Aren't Happy about AccuWeather's 90-Day Forecasts

Any forecast attempting to predict the weather beyond seven to 10 days isn't credible, say meteorologists. This hasn't stopped AccuWeather from rolling out a 90-day forecast feature.

Rutger Bregman's 'Utopia for Realists' Shows Us Why We Deserve Universal Basic Income

If you're looking for the blueprint for a better tomorrow, you'll find it in Rutger Bregman's Utopia for Realists. Its premise is simple: we should adopt a universal basic income plan for all citizens, work less, and open up our borders.

Fossil Fuels Could Be History in 10 Years, Says Researcher

Fossil fuels could be phased-out in 10 years, according to a study done by Professor Benjamin Sovacool. History shows us strong government support coupled with a shift in consumer preferences driven by incentives will help us get there faster.

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs May Break Ground on the City of the Future

What will the city of the future look like? Alphabet's Sidewalk labs plans to find out. The company will soon present plans to Alphabet CEO Larry Page for building a techno-utopia from the ground up.

Indigo Is Researching Microbes So We Can Feed the next Billion People

You may not have heard, but agriculture is about to undergo a truly organic revolution. Indigo is one of many agriculture businesses that's researching how microbes can help increase crop yields even as our climate changes.

Why We Have Different Blood Types

How did human blood types evolve to what they are today? Some scientists believe it was our first defense against disease.

5 Exercises to Help Boost Creativity, Divergent Thinking

Where do our best ideas come from? As it turns out, science says there are a number of ways to help prime the brain for divergent thinking. If you've hit a creative roadblock, here are a few ways to get the ideas flowing.

How to Survive an Extinction Event with Therapsid Lystrosaurus

How does life bounce-back after an extinction-level event? Researchers are studying how the therapsid Lystrosaurus survived through one of the "Big Five" extinction events. It may help scientists predict how Earth will bounce-back from the mass extinction we're witnessing today.

WhatsApp Just Made Encrypted Messaging Popular

WhatsApp has joined Telegram, TextSecure, and many other secure messaging apps, enabling end-to-end encryption when sending texts and multimedia messages. An encrypted messenger has become the one of the most popular ways to communicate.

A Siberian Unicorn Skull Was Found in Kazakhstan

The skull of a “Siberian unicorn” (Elasmotherium sibiricum) was found in the Pavlodar Priirtysh Region of Kazakhstan. A study from the American Journal of Applied Science believes this could proved evidence to show the creature roamed the Earth longer than previously thought. 

Climate Scientists Warn of Superstorms in the next Few Decades

Climate scientists warn the effects of global warming will cause storms to become more violent and sea levels to rise, and researchers predicts this will happen in the next 50 years.

Facebook, Alphabet's Stratosphereic Internet Crafts Enter Uncharted Regulatory Territory

Alphabet and Facebook are working get two-thirds of the world online by beaming internet down from unmanned crafts flying in the stratosphere. But before Alphabet and Facebook can execute its programs, these companies may have to get over some regulatory hurdles.

Ikea's Indoor Garden Has Consumers Assembling Their Own Salads

It's important to know where your food comes from. Ikea has made an easy way to grow your own salad through the power of hydroponics. No dirt or backyard required.

Japanese AI Writes a Novel, Nearly Wins Literary Award

Writers beware, an AI-written novel just made it past the first round of screening for a national literary prize in Japan. The novel this program co-authored is titled, The Day A Computer Writes A Novel.

Standing Desks Are "Just Fashionable and Not Proven Good for Your Health"

Sitting for eight hours a day is bad for our health, this we know. But there's not enough evidence to prove standing is any better for our wellbeing, according to one meta-analysis.

The Bios Incube Lets Loved Ones Live on as a Tree

Bios Urn gives people the choice to leave a sustainable and meaningful impact on our world when we pass—a tree instead of a tombstone. However, not everyone has a backyard available, which is why the company developed Bios Incube.