The Moon Is Full of Money

Capitalism in space. BY POPE BROCK – ILLUSTRATIONS BY VEDANTI SIKKAJULY Iwas slung in my favorite deck chair, drink in hand, having a gawk at the night sky. Andromeda, Pisces … I trawled the constellations, mind abandoned, still aware in some curve at the back of my brain that the world is coming apart at the seams and we’re all fucked, and enjoying the gentle paradox of it, the clink of the ice in my glass and the slumber of the dog. By and by I found my gaze resting on the moon. There it was, the great provider: breeder … Continue reading The Moon Is Full of Money

“Are they dreaming?” Recent footage shows an octopus changing color while it SLEEPS

by: Edsel Cook (Natural News) Do octopuses experience dreams? A viral video of an octopus changing its color during its slumber brought up interesting questions about the neural activity in its many “brains” during sleep periods. Octopuses can alter the color and texture of their skin in the blink of an eye. Sometimes, they rely on their color-changing capability to conceal themselves from predators and prey alike. Other times, they communicate their intentions to others of their kind through colorful displays. But recent footage of a sleeping octopus showed that the animal could also change color unconsciously. First posted on Twitter in … Continue reading “Are they dreaming?” Recent footage shows an octopus changing color while it SLEEPS

Life ≠ alive

Detail of White Cat (1935-38), by Gertrude Abercrombie. Courtesy the Smithsonian American Art Museum A cat is alive, a sofa is not: that much we know. But a sofa is also part of life. Information theory tells us why Michael Lachmann is a professor at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico. He is interested in the interface between evolution and information, and in particular the origins of life. Sara Walker is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist at Arizona State University, where she is deputy director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, associate director of the ASU-Santa Fe Institute Center … Continue reading Life ≠ alive

Antidepressants linked to dementia: Mental meds may just trade one condition for another

by: Isabelle Z. (Natural News) Antidepressants and antihistamines are among the most common types of medications people take, and they belong to a class of drugs known as anticholinergics. These drugs can treat a variety of health problems, including COPD, asthma, depression, dizziness, gastrointestinal problems, overactive bladder, and the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Although they can be effective, a large new study has shown that if you take them, you might just be trading one problem for another, possibly bigger one: dementia. Although people who suffer from depression may be desperate to get relief from this illness that can have such a negative impact … Continue reading Antidepressants linked to dementia: Mental meds may just trade one condition for another

There’s a New Hidden Danger to Drinking Alcohol — and It Could Be Deadly

Carlos Estrada by Chelsea Szmania The news about the tragic deaths of several American tourists in the Dominican Republic in May 2019 has created an outcry and a media frenzy. As of June 30, there were at least nine deaths with similar circumstances in the past few months. The FBI and Dominican authorities are investigating, and one theory is that alcohol was the cause of these deaths. The FBI has reportedly taken samples of alcohol for testing, and the hotels where some tourists died have removed alcohol from the minibars in the hotel rooms. But the concerns are growing, and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on June 30, 2019, recommended that the Bureau of Alcohol, … Continue reading There’s a New Hidden Danger to Drinking Alcohol — and It Could Be Deadly

The cosmic now

In the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, in 2012. Photo by Olivia Arthur/Magnum Are you here now? Impossible to say. The idea that any group of events can truly happen at once is just an illusion by Anthony Aguirre is a professor of physics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the associate scientific director of the Foundational Questions Institute, a nonprofit organisation that he co-founded and co-runs. His most recent book is Cosmological Koans: A Journey to the Heart of Physical Reality (2019). Edited by Pam Weintraub One afternoon some years ago, I was walking through the snow thinking about other universes. … Continue reading The cosmic now

How Do Pheromones Affect Attraction? Your Scent Is Sending Out Signals You Don’t Even Know About

Andrew Zaeh/Bustle By EMMA MCGOWAN Cats cry when they’re in heat. Baboons’ butts turn bright red when they’re fertile. Cows spend more time standing up and mooing when they’re ready for insemination. But human females don’t have an immediately obvious sign that we’re fertile. There are no red butts or mooing or singing out for partners and, as a result, scientists thought for a long time that humans experience “concealed ovulation.”However, research suggests that there are subtle ways we communicate fertility that we might not even be aware of. One of those ways is through our pheromones. Human pheromones exist in a weird … Continue reading How Do Pheromones Affect Attraction? Your Scent Is Sending Out Signals You Don’t Even Know About