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science | 27 May 14 | Brown University
A new study shows that complex interactions among diet, mitochondrial DNA and nuclear DNA appear to influence lifespan at least as much as single factors alone.
life | 23 May 14 | Marlene Cimons, National Science Foundation, livescience
Darwin “was obsessed with competition,” biologist Bradley Cardinale says, “but we found that one-third of the species of algae we studied actually like each other. It may be that nature has a lot more mutualisms than we ever expected”.
science | 23 May 14 | University of Zurich
Researchers have now shown that the bioactive component in the Mexican magic mushroom, influences the amygdala, thereby weakening the processing of negative stimuli.
culture | 21 May 14 | Dieter Duhm, Reality Sandwich
Both halves of the human being, man and woman, have searched for one another for generations and always missed each other. Is there a solution for the apparent contradiction between free sexuality and marriage?
life | 19 May 14 | Jeff Warren, Psychology Tomorrow
Where human empathy and imagination go, the law eventually follows. Are whales on the verge of a civil-rights movement and, if so, what is the science? What would a “Cetacean Nation” even look like?
life | 14 May 14 | Frank Swain, BBC
If more and more people are living past 100, how much older can we survive to, in theory. And what would it take to achieve this in practice? Ideas and thoughts for prolonging life.
mind | 12 May 14 | Peter Russell, You Tube
One thing we know for sure is that we are aware. Yet this very fact is an anomaly for the current scientific worldview. A talk by Peter Russell.
culture | 7 May 14 | Mohan Matthen, Aeon
In every culture on Earth, people decorate their possessions and themselves, and enjoy visual art. They stare in awe at vast landscapes and the starry sky, and they sing and dance, and make instrumental music. Why? It gives them pleasure.
mind | 5 May 14 | Nathan Heflick, The Conversation
Go ahead and contemplate your own mortality. How does it feel? Would you be surprised to learn that it can potentially improve your mental health to think about your death more often?
culture | 1 May 14 | Barry Levine, VentureBeat
Once, the Internet was the paradigm of decentralized, anonymous, citizen-based, secure communication. Now, mesh networks are being touted for that role.
mind | 1 May 14 | Jeffrey J. Kripal, The Chronicle of Higher Education
How ‘fantastic’ stories unlock the nature of consciousness.
mind | 1 May 14 | Interview: Zoe Helene, Reality Sandwich
A conversation with ethnobotanist and ethnopharmacologist Dennis McKenna. He and his late brother, Terence, began their lifelong curiosity-driven quest for exotic hallucinogens in Amazonian jungles in 1971.
mind | 1 May 14 | Steve Taylor, Psychology Today
There are some good reasons for being open to the idea that telepathy and pre-cognition may genuinely exist.
science | 28 Apr 14 | Carl Zimmer, The New York Times
If you could shrink down to the size of a molecule and fly into a cell, what would you see? In 2006, a team of scientists and illustrators offered a gorgeous answer in the form of a three-minute video called The Inner Life of the Cell.
culture | 25 Apr 14 | Charles Eisenstein, Open Democracy
Substance abuse has less to do with the substance than it has to do with the lives we live. But what has the War on Drugs done to us, and what will follow it?
culture | 23 Apr 14 | Ed Vulliamy, The Observer
At 16 he saw Jimi Hendrix blow the crowd away on the Isle of Wight. Today, at nearly 60, he is still chasing the festival spirit round far-flung fields. Here is Ed Vulliamy’s tale of peace, love and mud.
science | 21 Apr 14 | William Gillis, Instititute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies
The first time I encountered the claim that an anarchistic society would impede scientific progress I was too shocked – and later busy chortling – to sketch out a thorough response.
life | 18 Apr 14 | Hal Hodson, NewScientist
Software has performed the first real-time translation of a dolphin whistle – and better data tools are giving fresh insights into primate communication too.
culture | 15 Apr 14 | J L Schellenberg, Aeon
Thanks to science, most of us accept the deep past – so why are our imagined futures so shallow?
mind | 11 Apr 14 | Thomas B. Roberts, H+ Magazine
When scientists discover the genes that control nerve growth, will they be able to control the production of brain cells? Will the Neurosingularity Project then move from brain repair and enhancement to enlargement or even brain design?
9 Apr 14 | Swinburne University of Technology
Einstein’s skepticism about quantum mechanics were highlighted in a phenomenon known as “spooky action at a distance,” which is the strange way entangled particles stay connected even when separated by large distances.
7 Apr 14 | Interview: Greg Moffitt, Legalise Freedom
A conversation with Tony Wright, discussing his forthcoming book, dealing with “Restoring the Connection Between Neurochemistry and Consciousness.” Part One
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5 Apr 14 | James W. Jesso, Psychedelic Press UK
Not your typical trip report – Last part of four.
1 Apr 14 | Russ Blake, Subtle Energy Research Institute
Free energy is easily one of the hottest topics in the world within alternative news. As stated by Marko Rodin and his volunteers, the Rodin Coil has the ability to completely transform our world given what it is capable of. Video
1 Apr 14 | Peter Russell, Effortless Meditation
Why effort hinders meditation. How to manage thoughts. Introduction to Peter Russell’s new online course. Video.