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In 1951, Hong Kong psychiatrist Pow-Meng Yap authored an influential paper in the Journal of Mental Sciences on the subject of “peculiar psychiatric disorders”—those that did not fit neatly into the dominant disease-model classification scheme of the time. . .


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The miraculous life of Tatiana and Krista Hogan and what it could reveal about the human brain.
 
 
 
 


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pripyat, ukraine - Tim Seuss - creepiest cities

“Some cities die. The people leave, the streets go quiet, and the isolation takes on the macabre shape of a forlorn ghost-town— crumbling with haunting neglect and urban decay. . .”

 

 

 

 



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SAN FRANCISCO – When faced with a thorny moral dilemma, what people say they would do and what people actually do are two very different things. . .

 



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Canadian athlete Olga Kotelko didn’t start training until the age of 77, and at 91 she is still winning medals and breaking world records.

 

 



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The hand-rickshaw may soon disappear from the streets of Calcutta but not everyone will be sad to see them go, as Judy Swallow reports…

 

 

 

 

 



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bacteria in gut strongly shapes personality

Bacteria in mouse gut affect development and behaviour — BBC News

The teeming trillions of bacteria in the digestive tracts of mice have been shown to affect the animals’ brain development and behaviour.

 



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mind is matter, dream recording device

Dream recording device ‘possible’ — BBC News

Researchers in the US report on progress toward the ability to record and interpret dreams by measuring activity in the brain.

 



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aliens thinking machinesAliens ‘may be thinking machines’ — BBC News

The hunt for aliens should allow for the fact that ETs may be thinking machines rather than like us, a leading researcher says.

 

 



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the finite infiniteUniverse ‘likely to grow forever’ — BBC News

A galactic magnifying glass shows the Universe will probably expand forever, resulting in a slow death

 

 

 

 

 



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does language influenceDoes Language Influence Culture? – WSJ.com

“New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world; a different sense of blame in Japanese and Spanish.”   

 

 

 

 

 



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music of the heavensemerging and decaying Higgs particles sound like
Schoenberg and the Viennese school

 

God particle signal is simulated as sound — BBC News

Scientists simulate the sounds set to be made by sub-atomic particles such as the Higgs boson when they are produced at the LHC.



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unmindfulness of techAttached to Technology and Paying a Price — NY Times

SAN FRANCISCO — When one of the most important e-mail messages of his life landed in his in-box a few years ago, Kord Campbell overlooked it. . .



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