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More than 250 years after Dalibard and Leclerc’s famous experiment, scientists are still trying to answer fundamental questions about lightning


Posted: 9/1/2016 12:18:23 AM   Reads: 343   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Science

Category: Science
If you look in enough places, eventually you’ll find something profoundly strange. That’s been a reliable rule of thumb through the history of science, and last year it proved dramatically true again for astronomer Tabetha Boyajian. While digging through data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope, which has been monitoring 150,000 stars for signs of orbiting planets, she realized that one of these things is not like the others.


Posted: 8/16/2016 3:23:46 PM   Reads: 172   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Space

Category: Space
According to reports, astrophysicists plan to announce they've discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting our nearest neighboring star.


Posted: 8/13/2016 4:23:20 PM   Reads: 228   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Space

Category: Space
All the action was captured live and in color by spacecraft. Here's what it looked like — and what's going on.


Posted: 8/7/2016 9:06:37 PM   Reads: 263   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Space

Category: Space
“The brain is a three dimensional object.” It would seem that this is one of the least controversial facts about the brain, something we can all agree on. But now, in a curious new paper, researchers Arturo Tozzi and James F. Peters suggest that the brain might have an extra dimension.


Posted: 6/11/2016 2:18:46 PM   Reads: 365   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Science

Category: Science
A group of Indian psychiatrists have raised concern over suspicious similarities between three papers published in the Indian Journal of Psychological Medicine (IJPM). Their allegations have just been published, also in the same journal. The authors, Girish Banwari and colleagues, focus on a 2015 paper about the use of the drug modafinil in treating schizophrenia.


Posted: 3/30/2016 12:22:09 PM   Reads: 205   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Conspiracy Theories

Through ingenuity, showmanship and dancing with a bull, José Delgado pioneered the electrical manipulation of our brains.


Posted: 3/21/2016 6:37:58 PM   Reads: 215   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Conspiracy Theories

A model of the universe predicts the universe holds some 700 quintillion planets, but none like Earth.


Posted: 2/23/2016 1:07:30 AM   Reads: 210   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Space

Category: Space
Well? Would you…? This was the question faced by the participants in a rather extraordinary series of studies described in a new paper from Illinois psychologists Randy J. McCarthy and colleagues. In total, 1081 parents with children aged under 18 were presented with an outline of a person, and asked to imagine that it was …


Posted: 2/6/2016 4:24:53 AM   Reads: 308   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Voodoo

Category: Voodoo
Why? Because science is fun. There is no knowledge that is not power.


Posted: 10/14/2011 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 915   Submitted By: spiritech0   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Conspiracy Theories

Mr. Basiago is the founder and president of the Mars Anomaly Research Society, where he digs through pictures of Mars and looks for anything he doesn’t understand, which he then claims is evidence of life on the Red Planet. He evidently has met with some resistance to his claims, because he was forced to send out a press release, which Yahoo! dutifully published. In it, he’s trying to convince the National Geographic Society to publish his nonsense. Reading it is funny, if a little sad:


Posted: 1/8/2009 12:00:00 AM   Reads: 790   Submitted By: 0x6a656666   Source: blogs.discovermagazine.com Category: Mars Anomalies

Category: Mars Anomalies