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science | 19 may 15 | Michael Slezak, New Scientist
Giant magnetic spirals in the sky could explain why there is something rather than nothing in the universe, according to an analysis of data from NASA’s Fermi space telescope.
mind | 15 may 15 | The School of Life
‘Higher consciousness’ sounds mystical and possibly irritating. It shouldn’t. It just captures how we see things when we go beyond our own egos. Video.
eco | 13 may 15 | Giles Constantine, Eye On Latin America
Colombia proposes an ambitious plan that would establish the world’s largest ‘ecological corridor’, protecting vast swathes of Amazon rainforest stretching from the Andes to the Atlantic coast.
science | 11 may 15 | Jochen Gartz, Georg Wiedemann, Drug Testing and Analysis
Discovery of a new caerulescent Psilocybe mushroom in Germany. Paper.
mind | 7 may 15 | Bernardo Kastrup, Reality Sandwich
One of the most important ideas discussed in Bernardo Kastrup’s book Brief Peeks Beyond
, is the notion that empirical reality – all things we see, hear, touch, smell and taste – can be understood as a nervous system.
science | 1 may 15 | Rick Searle, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
The “anthropic principle” makes the claim that not just life, but life of ever growing complexity and intelligence is not just likely, but the inevitable
result of the laws of nature.
life | 27 apr 15 | Michael Hanlon, Aeon
We are doomed. Our best efforts to reproduce, to conserve, protect and survive will, in the end, come to nought. It is only a matter of time before our Universe goes black, cold and dies. Must this be the end of the road for life?
mind | 21 apr 15 | Vice Mexico
In search of Bufo alvarius – a species that contains a very high dosage of the powerful hallucinogen 5-MEO-DMT in its body – with Dr. Octavio Rettig Hinojosa.
eco | 17 apr 15 | American Institute of Biological Sciences, ScienceDaily
Could a dose of nature be just what the doctor ordered? There is a well-established link between time spent in nature and better human health.
life | 17 apr 15 | Chris Riotta, Elite Daily
People who curse all the time are hotter, confident and less stressed.
science | 13 apr 15 | Hayley Richardson, Newsweek
Psychedelic drugs like MDMA and Psilocybin are as safe as riding a bike or playing soccer, and bans against them are “inconsistent with human rights”.
eco | 13 apr 15 | Adele Peters, Co.Exist
Urban planners are finally recognizing that streets should be designed for people, not careening hunks of deadly metal.
science | 7 apr 15 | Melanie Moran, Vanderbilt University
In a recent brain imaging study researchers discovered global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness.
life | 7 apr 15 | Amanda Froelich, True Activist
According to a new UN report, “A global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty, and the worst impacts of climate change.”
science | 1 apr | Ollie Gillman, Daily Mail
Pathways between our Milky Way and 100’000 other far away galaxies have been revealed by scientists after a 10-year quest into the unknown.
mind | 1 apr | Interview: Jason Silva, YouTube
A chat with author Erik Davis about the intersectionality of technology, the human imagination and the phenomenon Davies coined “Techgnosis.”
culture | 27 mar 15 | Interview: Jeremy D. Johnson, Reality Sandwich
A conversation with R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell about their new book, Transcendence
, exploring the shared trippy history between psychedelic counterculture and the technological dreams of transhumanism.
science | 27 mar 15 | Jon Turney, Aeon
As technological choices become ever more complex, design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want.
science | 23 mar 15 | Edward Frenkel, The New York Times
Is there a fixed reality apart from our various observations of it? Or is reality nothing more than a kaleidoscope of infinite possibilities? Experimental research supports the latter scenario.
mind | 23 mar 15 | Gregory Sams, YouTube
Why is viewing a solar eclipse such an exciting and inspiring event? Author and social pioneer Gregory Sams looks at our local star through ancient lenses, adding a new dimension to our understanding of the heavens.
science | 17 mar 15 | Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American
Nature has revealed peculiar mathematical objects that connect order and chaos. A pulsating star in the constellation Lyra generates a unique fractal pattern that hints at unknown stellar processes.
life | 17 mar 15 | Yuval Noah Harari, Daniel Kahneman, Edge
“Once you really solve a problem like direct brain-computer interface … when brains and computers can interact directly, that’s it, that’s the end of history, that’s the end of biology as we know it.” A conversation.
science | 17 mar 15 | Ivan Amato, Quanta Magazine
Inside the cell’s nucleus, the double helix folds up in myriad loops and twists. The quest to unravel this structure is revealing the subtle genetic orchestration of all life on Earth.
mind | 17 mar 15 | Vanderbilt University, ScienceDaily
Neuroscientists explore areas of the brain responsible for the recollection of memories so rich in detail regarding the time and place of an original experience that it is much like traveling through time.
eco | 11 mar 15 | Matt Mellen, Ecohustler, Positive News
Global connectivity means we now have the means, motive and opportunity to radically reorganise society to enable citizens to thrive within an abundant biosphere.