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The universe may be a billion years younger than we thought. Scientists are scrambling to figure out why.

New research suggests that the Big Bang that birthed the cosmos occurred 12.5 billion years ago.

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.

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Voynich manuscript mystery continues as experts question whether ‘alien’ code has really been cracked

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.

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God can `save’ you – literally, scientists find

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 …

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How we make complex decisions: Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that helps break decisions down into smaller pieces

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.

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Science of Happiness: Giving yourself a break will make you happier, experts say

Researchers use science to create a road map to self-compassion

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.

Source: Science of Happiness: Giving yourself a break will make you happier, experts say

New Discovery Could Allows You To Eat As Much And Whatever You Want Without Gaining Weight

Researchers have discovered a drug that can let you binge without having to face the consequences.

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.

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Scientists just observed a crash between two neutron stars

It happened over 500 million years ago, but we just felt it happen here on Earth.

On April 25, thanks to the newly reopened LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) scientists observed something spectacular: a ripple in space-time that suggests a collision between two incredibly dense neutron stars.

The interesting part: The collision most likely took place 500 million years ago.

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The Science of Listening: How Brilliant Sound Makes for Better Living

Listening is the world’s most versatile drug. This isn’t just hype of the sort you might expect from a sound experience brand. It’s backed by science.

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.

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