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Scientists Studied What Psychedelics Do to the Brain, And It’s Not What You’ve Been Told. It turns out that psychedelics aren’t just good for turning into an elf and jousting a car. Psychiatrists, psychologists and specialists in addiction and recovery from traumatic experiences have been investigating the use of hallucinogens in treatment programs, and the results indicate that psychedelics actually have practical therapeutic uses. And one drug has proven particularly useful. Repeated studies have found the psychedelic compound found in magic mushrooms, psilocybin, can help people move past major life issues — like beating alcoholism and becoming more empathetic.

The research: One study concluded that controlled exposure to psilocybin could have long-lasting medical and spiritual benefits. Fourteen months later, 94% said their trip on magic mushrooms was one of the five most important moments of their lives. What’s more, the researchers say that those changes in personality are highly atypical, because personalities tend to be pretty set in stone after the age of 25-30.

Buddhist singing bowls could inspire highly efficient solar cells. While the unique shape of Buddhist singing bowls is vital to the creation of their signature sound, a researcher from Australia National University (ANU) has used their design as the inspiration for a new breed of solar cells. In completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Dr Niraj Lal found that just as the bowls cause sound to resonate, miniaturized versions can be made to interact with light in much the same way, inspiring solar cells better able to capture sunlight. Previous research has established that light behaves differently when working at the nanoscale.

Downsizing his bowl-inspired cells to this level, Lal, now working at ANU, was able to demonstrate a device with the ability to capture significantly more light and convert it to electricity. "Current standard solar panels lose a large amount of light-energy as it hits the surface, making the panels’ generation of electricity inefficient," says Niraj. The team's research was published in the IEEE Journal of Photonics. Unexpected stem cell factories found inside teeth. Development is typically thought to be a one-way street. Stem cells produce cells that mature into specific types, such as the neurons and glia that compose nervous systems, but the reverse isn’t supposed to happen. Yet researchers have now discovered nervous system cells transforming back into stem cells in a very surprising place: inside teeth. This unexpected source of stem cells potentially offers scientists a new starting point from which to grow human tissues for therapeutic or research purposes without using embryos.

“More than just applications within dentistry, this finding can have very broad implications,” says developmental biologist Igor Adameyko of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, who led the new work. “These stem cells could be used for regenerating cartilage and bone as well.” New magnetic material could boost electronics. 4 March 2014Last updated at 07:02 ET By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News, Denver Computer hard drives are just one possible application of the new material A highly sensitive magnetic material that could transform computer hard drives and energy storage devices has been discovered.

The metal bilayer needs only a small shift in temperature to dramatically alter its magnetism - a tremendously useful property in electronic engineering. "No other material known to man can do this. It's a huge effect. And we can engineer it," said Ivan Schuller, of the University of California, San Diego. He presented his findings at the American Physical Society meeting in Denver. The material combines thin layers of nickel and vanadium oxide, creating a structure that is surprisingly responsive to heat. "We can control the magnetism in just a narrow range of temperature - without applying a magnetic field.

"At low temperatures, the oxide is an insulator. Another potential use is in electricity networks. Scientists Claim That Quantum Theory Proves Consciousness Moves To Another Universe At Death. Learning Mind| A book titled “Biocentrism: How Life and Consciousness Are the Keys to Understanding the Nature of the Universe“ has stirred up the Internet, because it contained a notion that life does not end when the body dies, and it can last forever. The author of this publication, scientist Dr. Robert Lanza who was voted the 3rd most important scientist alive by the NY Times, has no doubts that this is possible. Beyond time and space Lanza is an expert in regenerative medicine and scientific director of Advanced Cell Technology Company. Before he has been known for his extensive research which dealt with stem cells, he was also famous for several successful experiments on cloning endangered animal species.

But not so long ago, the scientist became involved with physics, quantum mechanics and astrophysics. This explosive mixture has given birth to the new theory of biocentrism, which the professor has been preaching ever since. Multiple worlds The Scientific Explanation For The Soul. New evidence that plants get their energy using quantum entanglement. The fact that biological systems can exploit quantum effects is quite astounding. No it is not, not even remotely.There is literally no possible way that photosynthesis could take place without involving quantum physics. This particular exploit is really neat, of course, but far too much as been made of how mystical or ungraspable quantum physics is. Basic chemistry is defined by quantum physics. Every interaction of two particles or two molecules is the result of the laws of quantum physics.

Make a piece of toast? Quantum physics is what makes it warm up! The distinction being made is that toast-making was just as explicable with continuous waves of energy being absorbed by the bread but that no such classical interpretation is possible for these new photosynthesis observations. Right? Yeah, it's always easy to come in after someone's done the hard research and go "Oh, pff. Or, you can sit back and let people admire how wild our Universe is and just how little we know about it.

Scientists Suspend Objects in Midair with Sound Waves. Against the flow - What’s behind the decline in blood transfusions? - 2013 SPRING. One day in 2011, an ambulance pulled up to the Stanford emergency room and paramedics unloaded a man in his 30s who had crashed his motorcycle. He was in critical condition: Tests showed dangerously low blood pressure, indicating that around 40 percent of his blood was lost. And an ultrasound revealed that the blood was collecting in his belly, suggesting that one or more of his abdominal organs was the source of the blood loss. Paul Maggio, MD, a trauma surgeon and co-director of critical care medicine at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, sped the patient into the operating room.

But he made sure that the technicians prepping his operating room took the time to set up one key piece of equipment, called an intraoperative cell salvage device, which is now commonly used in trauma cases. The ATM-sized machine spun the blood to separate its components, cleaned it of any debris that had been suctioned up from the abdomen and sent it back out into fresh bags. Changing the routine Going bloodless. Entangled diamonds vibrate together. A pair of diamond crystals has been linked by quantum entanglement. This means that a vibration in the crystals could not be meaningfully assigned to one or other of them: both crystals were simultaneously vibrating and not vibrating. Quantum entanglement — interdependence of quantum states between particles not in physical contact — has been well established between quantum particles such as atoms at ultra-cold temperatures.

But like most quantum effects, it doesn't tend to survive either at room temperature or in objects large enough to see with the naked eye. Diamonds have been linked with quantum entaglement — 'spooky action at a distance'. A team led by Ian Walmsley, a physicist at the University of Oxford, UK, found a way to overcome both those limitations, demonstrating that the weird consequences of quantum theory apply at large scales as well as at very small ones. The work is published today in Science1. An entangled web Photons and phonons But Walmsley is more optimistic. Something from Nothing? A Vacuum Can Yield Flashes of Light. A vacuum might seem like empty space, but scientists have discovered a new way to seemingly get something from that nothingness, such as light. And the finding could ultimately help scientists build incredibly powerful quantum computers or shed light on the earliest moments in the universe's history.

Quantum physics explains that there are limits to how precisely one can know the properties of the most basic units of matter—for instance, one can never absolutely know a particle's position and momentum at the same time. One bizarre consequence of this uncertainty is that a vacuum is never completely empty, but instead buzzes with so-called “virtual particles” that constantly wink into and out of existence. These virtual particles often appear in pairs that near-instantaneously cancel themselves out.

Still, before they vanish, they can have very real effects on their surroundings. The researchers detected photons that matched predictions from the dynamical Casimir effect. Simulations back up theory that Universe is a hologram. Artist's impression by Markus Gann/Shutterstock At a black hole, Albert Einstein's theory of gravity apparently clashes with quantum physics, but that conflict could be solved if the Universe were a holographic projection. A team of physicists has provided some of the clearest evidence yet that our Universe could be just one big projection.

In 1997, theoretical physicist Juan Maldacena proposed1 that an audacious model of the Universe in which gravity arises from infinitesimally thin, vibrating strings could be reinterpreted in terms of well-established physics. The mathematically intricate world of strings, which exist in nine dimensions of space plus one of time, would be merely a hologram: the real action would play out in a simpler, flatter cosmos where there is no gravity. “It seems to be a correct computation,” says Maldacena, who is now at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey and who did not contribute to the team's work. This flame is made of pure water. The energy required for the separation would be offset the energy produced. Just use the electricity and you are done. No need to split the water. This is about making things safer. It's not about the cost. Curse you thermodynamics! Color me skeptical. First, if cost is not an issue where is the commercial application?

"The success of the Safeflame is that they have managed to make it a lot cheaper and also safer than traditional propane and acetylene torches... " As for safety, the numbers on their website calculate out to a .1% annual oxyfuel incident rate. Just what I was thinking! Major biological discovery…inside the Chernobyl reactor?? | Doug's Darkworld. The abandoned town of Pripyat, the Chernobyl reactor in the background. There has been an exciting new biological discovery inside the tomb of the Chernobyl reactor. Like out of some B-grade sci fi movie, a robot sent into the reactor discovered a thick coat of black slime growing on the walls. Since it is highly radioactive in there, scientists didn’t expect to find anything living, let alone thriving. The robot was instructed to obtain samples of the slime, which it did, and upon examination…the slime was even more amazing than was thought at first glance.

This slime, a collection of several fungi actually, was more than just surviving in a radioactive environment, it was actually using gamma radiation as a food source. Samples of these fungi grew significantly faster when exposed to gamma radiation at 500 times the normal background radiation level. Aside from its novelty value, this discovery leads to some interesting speculation and potential research. Like this: Like Loading... Accidental Discovery Dramatically Improves Electrical Conductivity -

First Posted: Nov 17, 2013 11:43 AM EST Accidental discovery dramatically improves electrical conductivity Credit:Didier Descouens Quite by accident, Washington State University researchers have achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light. The effect, which lasted for days after the light was turned off, could dramatically improve the performance of devices like computer chips. WSU doctoral student Marianne Tarun chanced upon the discovery when she noticed that the conductivity of some strontium titanate shot up after it was left out one day.

At first, she and her fellow researchers thought the sample was contaminated, but a series of experiments showed the effect was from light. Like Us on Facebook "It came by accident," said Tarun. And while other researchers have created persistent photoconductivity in other materials, this is the most dramatic display of the phenomenon. Wireless Device Converts “Lost” Energy into Electric Power | Duke Pratt School of Engineering. A microwave metamaterial with integrated power harvesting functionality. Why Hot Water Freezes Faster Than Cold—Physicists Solve the Mpemba Effect — Editor's Picks. Water may be one of the most abundant compounds on Earth, but it is also one of more mysterious.

For example, like most liquids it becomes denser as it cools. But unlike them, it reaches a state of maximum density at 4°C and then becomes less dense before it freezes. In solid form, it is less dense still, which is why standard ice floats on water. That’s one reason why life on Earth has flourished— if ice were denser than water, lakes and oceans would freeze from the bottom up, almost certainly preventing the kind of chemistry that makes life possible. Then there is the strange Mpemba effect, named after a Tanzanian student who discovered that a hot ice cream mix freezes faster than a cold mix in cookery classes in the early 1960s. The Mpemba effect is the observation that warm water freezes more quickly than cold water. None of these explanations are entirely convincing, which is why the true explanation is still up for grabs.

What’s so odd about the bonds in water? Voila! Nuclear fusion milestone passed at US lab. 7 October 2013Last updated at 17:25 ET By Paul Rincon Science Editor, BBC News website The achievement is the first of its kind anywhere in the world Researchers at a US lab have passed a crucial milestone on the way to their ultimate goal of achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy. But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion. NIF, based at Livermore in California, uses 192 beams from the world's most powerful laser to heat and compress a small pellet of hydrogen fuel to the point where nuclear fusion reactions take place. This is a step short of the lab's stated goal of "ignition", where nuclear fusion generates as much energy as the lasers supply. Continue reading the main story Nuclear fusion at NIF. Liquid Magnet: Stirred, not Shaken. You are what you drink: St Pete scientists crack Chinese Olympic secret — RT Sport.

Silver makes antibiotics thousands of times more effective. Shape of a room 'heard' by acoustic echoes. How Removing Trees Can Kill You. 'Mach c'? Scientists observe sound traveling faster than the speed of light. Fighting fire with blasts of electricity. Charge your mobile phone with formic acid? First-ever high-resolution images of a molecule as it breaks and reforms chemical bonds. Infinite-capacity wireless vortex beams carry 2.5 terabits per second. Beautiful physics: Tying knots in light. Student science experiment finds plants won't grow near Wi-Fi router. Principia Scientific Intl | New Discovery: NASA Study Proves Carbon Dioxide Cools Atmosphere. New method for producing clean hydrogen. Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs.

Your Body's Best Time for Everything. Vitamin C Slays TB Bacteria. Live Wires. Physicists twist water into knots. Investigating the fundamentals of spin dynamics using resonance phenomena. Scientists snap a picture of DNA’s double helix for the very first time. An Arbor Embolism? Why Trees Die In Drought. Surface structure controls liquid spreading. A new probe for spintronics. Taming mavericks: Researchers use synthetic magnetism to control light. Scientists Uncover Invisible Motion in Video. The Sharp Shape of Frozen Water. New phase of water could dominate the interiors of Uranus and Neptune. Finally, a Mathematically Accurate Way to Predict the Behavior of ... Bubbles - Megan Garber. Sperm Captured in 3D for the First Time Reveals Corkscrew Swimming Patterns.

Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial design - Ask Nature - the Biomimicry Design Portal: biomimetics, architecture, biology, innovation inspired by nature, industrial desi. Beyond 'absolute zero' temperatures get hotter. Oil and water: An icy interaction when oil chains are short, but steamy when chains are long.

Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic effect of light could make it possible. Fit brass fixtures to cut superbugs, say scientists. Owls' ability to fly in acoustic stealth provides clues to mitigating conventional aircraft noise. Is dark energy static or dynamic? Screen Daily reviews “The Believers” The Believers | Review. The 48th Chicago International Film Festival announces the winners of its competitions. Exclusive: The scientists who turned fresh air into petrol - Home News - UK. Cover Photo — 19 October 2012, 338 (6105) A thermodynamic model of sliding friction | AIP Advances. 109, 154302 (2012): Electric-Field-Induced Friction Reduction and Control. Negative friction surprises researchers.

New experimental findings challenge theory of electromagnetism. One material, two types of magnetism. Database of Periodic Tables. Atomic bond types discernible in single-molecule images. The seat of meta-consciousness in the brain. Why Music Gives You The Chills. Enlightenment: Is Science Ready to Take it Seriously? by Jeff WarrenPsychology Tomorrow Magazine. Big Bang Was Actually a Phase Change: New Theory.