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Man and dog: Ancient genetics study reveals complex history

Much of the diversity seen in modern dog populations was already present around the time the last Ice Age had ended 11,000 years ago, a global study of ancient DNA revealed Thursday. The paper, published in Science, showed how our … Continue reading

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Could Happy Endings Mess Up Your Brain’s Decision-Making?

Tiziana Celine | The Science Times Humans are hard-wired to prefer memories with a ‘happy ending.’ However, the effects of past decision-making experience can have an impact on the next decisions. Research suggests that our best interests depend on decisions … Continue reading

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Physicist: The Entire Universe Might Be a Neural Network

“The idea is definitely crazy, but if it is crazy enough to be true? That remains to be seen.” Victor Tangermann | futurism.com It’s not every day that we come across a paper that attempts to redefine reality. But in … Continue reading

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Why Your Brain Loves Conspiracy Theories

Who believes and why, and whether conspiracism is really getting way worse Robert Roy Britt | medium.com Wild and seemingly crazy conspiracy theories can spring from any stressful or disruptive event or phenomenon, as people seek tangible explanations for the … Continue reading

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The Pandemic Is Taking a Heavy Toll on Our Mental Health, Study Finds

An interesting survey study published in September of 2020 examined the prevalence of depression symptoms among US adults during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic compared with before the pandemic. – cPaul Ettman, Abdalla et al. | jamanetwork.com Prevalence of … Continue reading

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So, Do Ya Have Any Plans for After November 2nd?

In Canada, a Lotto 649 ticket holder has an approximately .000071428 % chance of winning the big draw prize. 2018 VP₁ is an Apollo near-Earth asteroid roughly 2 meters in diameter. It has a 0.41% chance of impacting Earth on … Continue reading

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How the Pandemic Defeated America

A tour-de-force article by Ed Yong in the Atlantic: Ed Yong: “COVID‑19 is an assault on America’s body, and a referendum on the ideas that animate its culture. Recovery is possible, but it demands radical introspection. America would be wise … Continue reading

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Dogs understand praise the same way humans do.

Read there rest here: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/08/dogs-praise-brains-human-language/?fbclid=IwAR0FjMK-DWGFFclrk_pPLMt02Fy0fLW9Re92ROE4KohJ3MEX_fzsUyFW7jU

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This simple explainer tackles the complexity of quantum computing

This will change everything! Today’s computers use bits—a stream of electrical or optical pulses representing 1s or 0s. Everything from your tweets and e-mails to your iTunes songs and YouTube videos are essentially long strings of these binary digits. Quantum computers, on the … Continue reading

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How Stupid Are Dogs, Really?

1982: Flashback to Dr. Henrich Bauer’s Animal Psychology class at Concordia (Loyola Campus). We are lectured that anthropomorphizing dogs is wrong under any circumstance and that true empathy is not possible in animals other than humans. Blah, blah, blah. He … Continue reading

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Astrophysicists unveil biggest-ever 3D map of Universe

Space Daily Astrophysicists on Monday published the largest-ever 3D map of the Universe, the result of an analysis of more than four million galaxies and ultra-bright, energy-packed quasars. The efforts of hundreds of scientists from around 30 institutions worldwide have … Continue reading

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How the American Idiot Made America Unlivable

America is a Poor Country Now, in Ways that are Likely to be Permanent Article by Umair Haque @ Eudaimonia&Co. (Oh dear…) – cPaul New Zealand declared victory over Coronavirus yesterday. “Team New Zealand,” as Kiwis refer to themselves, celebrated having … Continue reading

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4 mysterious objects spotted in deep space are unlike anything ever seen

Mara Johnson-Groh | LiveScience There’s something unusual lurking out in the depths of space: Astronomers have discovered four faint objects that at radio wavelengths are highly circular and brighter along their edges. And they’re unlike any class of astronomical object … Continue reading

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The Role of Cognitive Dissonance During the Pandemic

The minute we make any decision—I think COVID-19 is serious; no, I’m sure it is a hoax—we begin to justify the wisdom of our choice and find reasons to dismiss the alternative. Elliot Aronson and Carol Tavris | The Atlantic … Continue reading

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