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Superhero Performance? It's All in Your Mind

As so many Americans flock to the multiplex to see Iron Man, Batman, and Captain America, I’m one of few fortunate enough to work with real superheroes every day. Instead of putting together futuristic shiny suits that can fly and shoot missiles and crack jokes all at the same time, my colleagues and I are…

Media Violence and Desensitization Part 2: A Case Study in How News Media Can Get It Wrong

Recently I discussed the common belief that media violence desensitizes viewers to violence and suffering in the real world. As I noted, increasing evidence suggests that this kind of desensitization does not, in fact, happen…at least not the way people often think. Further, there are sound theoretical reasons why fictional media should not desensitize us…

You Guys, There Is An Adorable Heart On The Sun

A giant sunspot has apparently turned on its love light, morphing into the shape of a heart. Known as AR2529, the dazzling area will face Earth for approximately one more week, according to The Washington Post. A sunspot is a region on the sun’s surface that is temporarily cool and dark compared to the surrounding…

Is It Possible To Outrun Your Own Fart?

We’ve learned about the speed of sound and the speed of light, but what about the speed of smell? More specifically, is it possible to outrun a smell? In the video above, the brilliant folks of AsapScience look into this important matter, calculating whether or not it’s possible to crop dust a room without getting…

WATCH: 5 Top Tech Minds Reveal Hopes and Fears About AI

The Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center recently brought a diverse group of neuroscientists and philosophers together with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and programmers to answer a question posed by neuroscientist Antonio Damasio: As developments in artificial intelligence extend or surpass human intelligence, do they challenge the traditional definition of what it means to be human? In…

Our Coffee Addiction Could Destroy Earth’s Tropical Forests

Coffee producers may need a wake-up call. Soaring demand for the caffeinated brew could hasten destructive climate change by encouraging producers to chop down some of the last remaining tropical forests as they struggle to increase yields on existing farmland, according to a report released Thursday by the nonprofit Conservation International. Coffee grows in tropical…

What It's Like To Report From The Front Lines Of The Zika Virus

Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly, a condition where infants are born with smaller-than-normal heads, and other fetal brain defects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday. The World Health Organization is advising pregnant women to avoid the Caribbean and other parts of Latin America, where the mosquito-borne virus is prevalent. As with…