When the Bitcoin cryptocurrency reached its greatest levels of hype starting in 2011 and continuing through its 2013 valuation peak, its most ardent supporters hailed its appeal to investors and even claimed its potential to usurp and replace traditional, government-backed...
Scientists can now observe the brains of lab animals in microscopic detail as the animals go about some action. A technique called two-photon imaging, in particular, allows neuroscientists to watch thousands of neurons working in concert to encode information.
This month is Mensa Membership Month. To celebrate its 69th year, Mensa is offering 50 percent off testing for the entire month of October. That's just $20 to discover a whole group of people who think just like you! One in 50 people...
It is a cornerstone of theoretical linguistics: the principle of arbitrariness, according to which the form of a word doesn't tell you anything about its meaning. Yet evidence is accumulating that natural languages do in fact feature several non-arbitrary ways to link form...
The idea that humans can learn during slumber dates back at least to biblical times, when God gave Jacob a glimpse of his destiny in a dream of angels climbing a ladder to heaven. But the first person to make...
For years, scientists have known that Mars has ice locked away within its rusty exterior. More elusive, though, is figuring out how much of that water is actually sloshing around in liquid form. Now, NASA scientists have found compelling evidence that liquid water —...
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