We’ve all lost track of time at one point or another, but astronomers really go all in. Recent studies show they may have overestimated the age of the universe by more than a billion years — a surprising realization that is forcing them to rethink key parts of the scientific story of how we got from the Big Bang to today.
The lost time is especially vexing because, in a universe full of mysteries, its age has been viewed as one of the few near-certainties. By 2013, the European Planck space telescope’s detailed measurements of cosmic radiation seemed to have yielded the final answer: 13.8 billion years old. All that was left to do was to verify that number using independent observations of bright stars in other galaxies.
Then came an unexpected turn of events.
Controversy is swirling around a 15th-century manuscript described as the “world’s most mysterious text” that has long baffled experts but was reportedly recently decoded by a researcher in the U.K.
A survey of thousands of people suggests that mystical experiences positively affect a person’s mental health, regardless of whether they are naturally occurring or a result of psychedelic drugs. New research suggests that having deep religious experiences may significantly improve people’s mental health. Religion …
Neuroscientists have identified a brain circuit that helps break complex decisions down into smaller pieces. The study sheds light on how the brain reasons about probable causes of failure after a hierarchy of decisions.
Self-compassion is becoming an emerging focus for some of the nation’s biggest companies.
It’s not as soft and gentle as people think. Research found that many people spend a lot of time beating themselves up for mistakes, missteps and missed opportunities.
Scientists have just announced that they may have found a way to let you eat as much as you want without having to worry about gaining weight. They connected it with a gene known as RCAN1, the same gene that they disabled in mice whilst experimenting and it allowed them to eat high-fat foods for weeks without gaining weight. Researchers concluded that a similar approach on humans might also work, and they are now developing a pill that they hope could be used to beat obesity.
On April 25, thanks to the newly reopened LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) scientists observed something spectacular: athat suggests a collision between two incredibly dense neutron stars.
The interesting part: The collision most likely took place 500 million years ago.
Listening is the world’s most versatile drug. Administered in the right quantities—and at the right quality—music, podcasts and other forms of culture can supercharge our mood, productivity, fitness routine, and personal relationships—yes, even our sex lives. That’s not just marketing hype from a speaker company. It’s backed by data.