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Internet Trolls Really Are The Worst People — Science Says So

Sep 23, 14 Internet Trolls Really Are The Worst People — Science Says So

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The comments section of webpages are usually filled with opposing views, stories, and jokes, but the most entertaining comments usually come from the Internet troll, that person who deliberately posts a provocative comment to elicit an argument and disrupt potentially informative conversations. What kind of horrible people would do this? A new study knows exactly who.

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Is Free Will An Illusion Created By Our Brains?

Sep 23, 14 Is Free Will An Illusion Created By Our Brains?

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Scientists have vehemently argued the theory that free will is simply an illusion, and that our brain's activity predicts our behavior before it even happens, sounding eerily similar to Tom Cruise’s movie Minority Report. But the researchers from Georgia State University have a new compelling study that sheds light on the inaccuracies of such a claim.

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NYC Climate Change March Rallies Over 310,000

Sep 22, 14 NYC Climate Change March Rallies Over 310,000

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On a cloud-heavy Sunday morning, hundreds of thousands of people snaked down Manhattan’s west side for a march calling attention to the impact of climate change. Dozens of marching bands, two-story-tall puppets and banners of all kinds flanked a diverse range of marchers.

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We Are Attracted To The Body Odor Of People With The Same Political Beliefs

Sep 21, 14 We Are Attracted To The Body Odor Of People With The Same Political Beliefs

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A new study in the American Journal of Political Science has revealed that people are attracted to others with similar political opinions, purely on the basis of their smell. A possible conclusion is that people who share the same political outlooks get together because they were subconsciously attracted by smell, before politics was even discussed.

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With Deeper Sleep Comes Weirder Dreams

Sep 21, 14 With Deeper Sleep Comes Weirder Dreams

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Many a time we’ve woken up without remembering our dreams from the night before. However, we may recall small slivers of them, or perhaps their general aura. They're usually pretty weird; we’ll wake up after visiting a bizarre city splashed in pastel colors, giant giraffes, and winding staircases. Or maybe that’s just me.

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Zombies And Fake Hands: Why The Uncanny Valley Is So Damn Creepy

Sep 21, 14 Zombies And Fake Hands: Why The Uncanny Valley Is So Damn Creepy

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How do you feel about animatronic hands? What about Big Dog, the four-legged robot developed by Boston Dynamics? What are your thoughts on marionettes? If you’re like most people, all three of these things cause some uneasiness to bubble up in your stomach.

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Tesla’s Rivalry With Edison: Two New Movies Disagree

Thomas Edison is viewed by many people as a scoundrel who stole ideas and sabotaged the work of others, particularly in regard to Nikola Tesla, who is portrayed as a rival. In 2015, two movies, both called Tesla will be released, but both will, it seems, have different views on the fabled rivalry.

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Global Population To Crack 11 Billion By 2100: Is The Earth Ready?

Sep 20, 14 Global Population To Crack 11 Billion By 2100: Is The Earth Ready?

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The world population is probably going to hit 11 billion people by the end of this century, significantly surpassing previous estimates and undermining speculation that human numbers will soon peak and decline, according to a United Nations report.

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Optogenetics Has ‘Completely Changed Neuroscience’

Sep 19, 14 Optogenetics Has ‘Completely Changed Neuroscience’

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One of the hot research techniques these days, "optogenetics," uses gene therapy to deliver light-sensitive proteins to specific cells. Then researchers use light to control the cells. The field got its start in the brain, where scientists have demonstrated the technique by making contented mice fly into a rage — a remarkable, if slightly creepy, achievement. Brian Chow has bigger ambitions than that.

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Texas’ Proposed New Textbooks Offer False Information, Climate Change Denialism

Sep 18, 14 Texas’ Proposed New Textbooks Offer False Information, Climate Change Denialism

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Texas public schools will teach its students from kindergarten through grade 12 false information regarding climate change and ozone depletion if a series of proposed textbooks pass a Texas Board of Education vote in November.

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