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It’s Official: Astronauts Can Grow Potatoes in Martian Soil

It’s Official: Astronauts Can Grow Potatoes in Martian Soil

mag813 March 9, 2017 0

In The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney starts growing a farm on Mars using the potatoes meant for Thanksgiving dinner. As it turns out, this might actually be possible in real life if humans ever

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Thirsty Thursday: New Study Says Getting Drunk Can Actually Improve Your Memory, Umm… What?

Thirsty Thursday: New Study Says Getting Drunk Can Actually Improve Your Memory, Umm… What?

mag813 March 9, 2017 0

Anyone who’s ever woken up bewildered after a night of hard drinking is well aware of alcohol’s relationship with memory. The usual questions — Where am I? How did I get here? Where are

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Why Hearing Proven Facts Still Doesn’t Change People’s Perspectives

Why Hearing Proven Facts Still Doesn’t Change People’s Perspectives

mag813 March 6, 2017 0

Have you ever tried to explain a topic to someone, but they were so strong in their convictions that they refused to accept the facts? You can see this phenomenon play out in all aspects of society:

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How Close Are We to 3D Printing Humanoid Robots?

How Close Are We to 3D Printing Humanoid Robots?

mag813 March 4, 2017 0

With every step we advance in the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI), it seems we can’t help but ask, “Is this something that will bring us closer to ‘Westworld?’” Since it premiered

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Here’s Why Some People Look Like Their Names

Here’s Why Some People Look Like Their Names

mag813 February 28, 2017 0

If you’ve ever caught yourself thinking, “She looks like a Sue,” or “He doesn’t look like a Bob,” a new study may back up your instincts about whether people’s names suit them. In fact,

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Here’s Why Building IKEA Furniture Gives You Anxiety

Here’s Why Building IKEA Furniture Gives You Anxiety

mag813 February 25, 2017 0

Anyone who’s ever thrown their Ikea Färlöv against a wall in a mid-construction rage might have their heritage to blame. According to a new study, spatial anxiety is an independent, diagnostically different feeling separate

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NASA Just Released Travel Posters for Our New Sister Solar System, and They’re Cool as F*ck

NASA Just Released Travel Posters for Our New Sister Solar System, and They’re Cool as F*ck

mag813 February 23, 2017 0

A few hours ago, NASA announced the discovery of a potentially habitable ‘Sister Solar System’ just 39 light-years away – boasting seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1. These planets appear to be

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Creative People Have Better-Connected Brains, Scans Reveal

Creative People Have Better-Connected Brains, Scans Reveal

mag813 February 23, 2017 0

Highly creative people have more neural connections between the left and right sides of their brains, researchers have found, which suggests that creativity could be down to our built-in biology, as well as how

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Our Brains Shrink While We Sleep

Our Brains Shrink While We Sleep

mag813 February 23, 2017 0

Recent studies have shown that our brains “shrink” while we sleep. During sleep, the brain’s synapses, or the connections among neurons, shrink by nearly 20 percent, allowing them to get some rest too and

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NASA Finds Solar System Of 7 Earth-Like Planets With Life Potential

NASA Finds Solar System Of 7 Earth-Like Planets With Life Potential

mag813 February 22, 2017 0

It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, and a particularly pulpy and preposterous one at that. A mere 40 light-years away, there’s a solar system where seven Earth-like planets orbit a

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