Inside Teenage Brain: Explaining Risky Behavior

    Florida State University College of Medicine Neuroscientist Pradeep Bhide brought together some of the world’s foremost researchers in a quest to explain why teenagers — boys, in particular — often More »

Death of the computer mouse? Meet the 3DTouch

  When we use a computer mouse, we’re limited to two-dimensional movements. But what if we had the ability to interact with our computers in a three-dimensional fashion? Anh Nguyen and Amy More »

Insect Diversity Is Abundant in GM Maize Fields

The study is described in an article called “Comparative Diversity of Arthropods on Bt Maize and Non-Bt Maize in two Different Cropping Systems in South Africa,” which appears in the February 2014 More »

Why Do Migrating Birds Fly in V-Formation?

The research, led by the Royal Veterinary College, University of London, proves for the first time that birds precisely time when they flap their wings and position themselves in aerodynamic optimal positions, More »

62 Indians shortlisted for one-way Mars trip in 2024

Over 1,000 aspirants, including 62 from India, have been shortlisted for an ambitious private mission to send four men and women on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024 to establish a More »

 

How humans learn to subconsciously connect with their eyes

By decoding the brain activity of infants that were subconsciously exposed to various expressions, an international team of psychologists has demonstrated how humans learn to communicate using their eyes alone.

When it comes to expressing our emotions – intentionally or not – there’s nothing quite like our eyes. Whether we’re experiencing feelings of joy or fear, or a deep sadness or boredom that we can’t help but give away, our eyes are the windows to our souls, and as humans, there’s not a whole lot we can do to change that.

But let’s not lose perspective here, as Alison Gopnik points out at The Washington Post, eyes are really just slightly squishy globes of jelly-goo surrounded in special nerves, fibres and lens cells. They’re incredibly complex organs, yes, but how can they

Simon Beck’s colossal snow art revels in the beauty of mathematics

Celebrated British ‘snow artist’, Simon Beck, has created 175 epic snow drawings over the past decade, and has managed to forge a career out of the unusual artform. Covering an area of around 100 metres by 100 metres, most often in the freshly laid snow of the European Alps, each snowscape requires more than 10 hours work at a time, as Beck walks distances of up to 40 km to complete them.

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This new plastic breaks down in just 3 hours

Plastic is notoriously difficult to get rid of – it’s toxic to melt or burn and when left to its own devices in landfill, can hang around for hundreds of years.

Now scientists have developed a new type of plastic that