When stars reach the end of their main sequence, they undergo a gravitational collapse, ejecting their outermost layers in a supernova explosion. What remains afterward is a dense, spinning core primarily made up of neutrons (aka. a neutron star), of which only 3000 are known to exist in the Milky Way Galaxy. An even rarer … Continue reading A Magnetar Just Woke Up After Three Years of Silence — Universal-Sci
Image Credit: Johnhain/Pixabay By Matthew Davidson - Phd candidate - Neuroscience of Consciousness, Monash University Do you think that the machine you are reading this story on, right now, has a feeling of “what it is like” to be in its state? What about a pet dog? Does it have a sense of what it’s … Continue reading What makes us conscious?
Image Credit: Predl via flickr Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its science of happiness, human potential and flourishing. It argues that psychologists should not only investigate mental illness but also what makes life worth living. The founding father of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, describes happiness as experiencing … Continue reading TRUE HAPPINESS ISN’T ABOUT BEING HAPPY ALL THE TIME
On her new album Janelle Monáe is shedding her Cindi Mayweather persona.MIKE COPPOLA/VANITY FAIR/GETTY IMAGES Nearly a century ago, the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote one of his most abiding works, “We Wear the Mask.” Much of the poem’s heat springs from its opening stanza, which plays like a confession eager to break free. Of … Continue reading On Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe Breaks Out of Her Android Persona
Getty Images/Peter Dazeley Drinking more than seven glasses of wine or beer was associated with a shorter life in a recent study. Researchers are changing how they study the risks of alcohol — and it’s making drinking look worse. A couple of drinks a day aren’t bad for you and may even be good for … Continue reading It’s time to rethink how much booze may be too much
Photo by Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios Directors Joe and Anthony Russo create a superhero movie where nobody is safe The most definitive overarching issue with the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the lack of stakes. Over the course of the saga’s previous 18 movies, MCU heroes have faced numerous world-ending threats, eking out victories … Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War is stunning, hilarious, and heartbreaking
When my kids were young, we went to Israel and were feasting on a breakfast buffet on a kibbutz (self-sustaining Israeli community). Among the dishes, there was a bowl of deep brown chocolate. Chocolate in the morning? So what (who cares)? We each grabbed a whole bowl full. We looked at each other and I … Continue reading The Etiquette Of Food In Different Languages And Cultures