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The view from an asteroid 280 million kilometers from Earth is incredible

It sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, but the space agency of Japan successfully landed two small rovers on an asteroid some 280 million kilometers away from earth. If you’re curious to see what the view is like from an asteroid, you have to check out these snapshots.

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  • Quartz
  • Date:09/24/2018

Scientists explored an untouched mountaintop rainforest thanks to Google Earth

You would expect that, by now, humans have found and explored every forest on the planet. But just this year, a team of scientists found an untouched rainforest perched atop a mountain in Mozambique using Google Earth and decided to explore it. What they found on their journey into the untouched forest is awe-inspiring.

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  • The Verge
  • Date:08/30/2018

Why it’s OK that scientists are failing to replicate social science studies

For the past several years, social scientists have been deeply worried about the replicability of their findings. Incredibly influential, textbook findings in psychology — like the “ego depletion” theory of willpower, or the “marshmallow test” — have been bending or breaking under rigorous retests. And the scientists have learned that what they used to consider commonplace methodological practices were really just recipes to generate false positives. This period has been called the “replication crisis” by some. While this is certainly a red flag for science, there’s also a silver lining to the issue of replicability: by learning from failed replications, scientists…

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  • Vox
  • Date:08/29/2018

Here’s what happens when you do brain exercises every day for a year

Brain games are supposed to help boost your cognitive skills, but have you ever taken the time to do them on a daily basis? For the past year, a science journalist did brain exercise every day for a year and tested her results with MRI machines. This is what she got out of it.

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  • Treehugger
  • Date:08/28/2018

Psychedelic drugs: An effective form of treatment for mental illness?

While you never expect to see “magic” mushrooms or ayahuasca scribbled on a doctor’s prescription pad, a number of studies are showing that psychedelic drugs can help treat certain mental health conditions. Take a look at this interview to see why we might be on the brink of a revolution in mental health care.

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  • Vox
  • Date:08/27/2018

Understand the complexity of the brain with these scientific works of art

The beauty of art is that it allows us to gain an understanding of things that may be too difficult to comprehend in scientific terms. In the Netherlands, a neuroscience institute created an art competition that allowed practicing scientists to present their work in creative ways. The work illustrates both the physical complexity of human brains—and the sensitivity of our mental conditions. 

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  • Quartz
  • Date:08/21/2018

20 years in orbit: The best photos ever shot by the International Space Station

Beyond being absolutely vital for some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past two decades, the International Space Station has also proven to be a fantastic platform for photography. As the ISS gets set to celebrate its 20th anniversary, here are some of the best images snapped from humanity’s eye in the sky.

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  • New Atlas
  • Date:08/20/2018

How to effectively get people to embrace change

Researchers commonly thought that the best way to get people to embrace change was making that envisioned change seem more appealing than the present situation. But according to new research, successfully convincing someone to embrace change means emphasizing what will remain the same. By placing the spotlight on what will be preserved, people can become more willing to accept what will change.

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  • Harvard Business Review
  • Date:08/17/2018

A natural reactor in Africa may show us the way to safe nuclear waste disposal

To put it mildly, nuclear waste is extremely difficult to dispose of naturally. Considering that some argue that nuclear energy may serve as a bridge between fossil fuels and renewable energy, finding safe ways to dispose of nuclear waste is absolutely necessary. The key, researchers believe, may be in one of the most intriguing geological formations found on planet Earth, a 2 billion-year-old natural reactor located in Gabon.

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  • Forbes
  • Date:08/16/2018

NASA is shooting a spaceship at the sun to solve this decades-old mystery

For decades, solar physicists have been trying to figure out why the sun’s atmosphere is so much hotter than its surface. Soon we will finally get an answer as NASA prepares to launch a spaceship that will travel within 4 million miles of the sun’s surface—much closer than any spacecraft that has come before it. If you want to see it happen, follow this link.

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  • Vox
  • Date:08/14/2018
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