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New Worst Fear: Alien Hand Syndrome

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God bless British programming for keeping us informed of all the things we need to fear in life. BBC Four’s “The Brain: A Secret History – Broken Brains” features a woman who suffers from a rare disorder known as Alien Hand Syndrome.

After receiving a special operation to control her epilepsy in which the band of nervous fibers connecting the two hemispheres of the brain is cut, Karen Byrne found that her left hand and sometimes her left leg, behaved on it’s own, as if it were possessed. The very brief explanation is that Alien Hand Syndrome is caused by a war going on in her head between the two hemispheres of her brain. Sometimes, Byrne can’t stop slapping herself in the face, to the point of injury, with her possessed hand. Sometimes, her hand does other naughty things. Keep reading »

5 Things You Won’t Believe Math Can Predict

Look, we don’t want to take all of the magic out of life. After all, can “science” and “mathematics” quantify something as mysterious as the beauty of music, or the evil of the human spirit, or the madness of a panicked mob?

Yeah, pretty much. Get enough data, create the best algorithm, and you can get some nice pretty graphs that tell you. Read more …

The Cuteness Of Baby Pandas Can Be Explained By Science

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How do I get this job?!?!  There appears to be a whole field of neuroscience focused on studying why certain animals are cute (aka Cute Studies) and, as NPR helpfully recapped for my pleasure, one of the animals they have explored is baby pandas.

Strap on your squee-belt, because it’s about the get adorable up in here. Keep reading »

How Humans Figured Out The Connection Between Sex And Babies

I’m a big fan of Slate’s “Explainer” column, which enlists experts to answer those questions that boggle the mind. Oh, how this appeals to my inner science geek. Like when they explained why the rich and famous sunbathe topless. The answer: Because they can. Ha! OK, back to the question that caught my attention: How did humans figure out that sex makes babies? Ooh, good one! An abridged version of the answer after the jump. Keep reading »

Hopes And Dreams For Earth’s Twin Planet, KOI

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Last week, NASA scientists predicted that they would discover Earth’s universal twin within a year. Well, they made good on that promise and way early. Wednesday, the Kepler telescope found KOI, short for Kepler Object Interest, a very promising candidate for Earth twindom. Not the name I would have chosen, but I’m not complaining. We have a twin!

There are some minor differences between Earth and KOI. (It’s more of a fraternal twin than an identical one.) While it has a sun that it orbits, far away enough to be fit for human life, it’s about 50 percent larger than Earth and circles its sun in about 242 days instead of 365. Yikes, that means you would age faster. Keep reading »

NASA Is Developing Warp Speed!

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  • Apparently the Milky Way contains 17 billlllllion planets the size of Earth. Billlllllion. [Newser]
  • And NASA is apparently developing warp speed technology – yes, just like on “Star Trek”! — so we can, you know, in theory, explore them. I think it’s time for us to review the tenants of the Prime Directive don’t you? God, this gives me such a nerd boner. I have chosen to illustrate this post with this awesome video of the evolution of the warp drive effect on “Star Trek” to aid NASA in their efforts. [Gizmodo]
  • Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin has posted a new chapter from The Winds of Winter, his upcoming new Song of Fire and Ice book, on his website. [The Mary Sue] 
  • Woot! Check out the first pics of Sam Clafin as Finnick in “Catching Fire,” the “Hunger Games” sequel. Hottie! [Next Movie]
  • A video mashup of all the space helmets worn in film history. [Next Movie]
  • Want to understand your dreams a little better? Start by taking a look at the weird things that influence what you dream… [Cracked]
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