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Often at night I can't sleep — the insomnia no doubt caused by the age — and I have satellite, so I went down to the living room, trying to find that on any channel is something innocent. But it turns out that the second, third, fourth hour of the night from the screen, and will mainly bloody corpses. A huge number of these bodies shows the overall view of the gentlemen managers of world television, that without bodies and without death nothing interesting to show is impossible. If the day, though quite rare, can still show some Museum, some Egypt and anything of that sort, some sort of mummy, at night, you can constantly cut each other. This is what we gradually accustomed the TV, and then all wonder why children shoot children why the boy shoots dad and...

A Few years ago among some students and fans of physics the idea of an independent development of questions in this exciting field of knowledge. Was organized a circle of "Lovers of physics." In our circle often had hot disputes on a variety of topics from the field of physics. Was no particular order in these questions. However, once we had remembered the debate, which is against our will, sent the conversation in the direction of a system. We are not noticed for 6 months repeated, and with what pleasure, almost the entire main course of electricity. Our fierce debate started with the fact that someone of the friends said, , finally, unbearable... You keep saying like a parrot: all bodies electrified by friction, and I tell you now, I aelectricity any...

It's pink. When you look out of the car it seems to be right on the road outside of the sidewalk lies a head of a cow. If not for this sudden obsession, it seems that going on the highway in a shopping area of London in a classic English cab. Several hundred of them painted in wild pink, and brought here, in Baku, in anticipation of the European games 2015, a Taxi driver, whose today more passengers than the remaining teeth was undoubtedly a man with a rich life experience, but judging by the terrible shaking in the car, moving along a dirt road on the outskirts of the Azerbaijani capital, its driving experience is unlikely to reach 10 000 hours. the Neuroscientist, armed with a camera fMRI would confirm that we were not lucky with kabminom. The fact that...

Turn waste into a valuable resource can make a highly efficient city 20 Dec 2015 in the Chinese city of Shenzhen has fallen off a mountain of urban waste, killing 69 people and destroying dozens of buildings. The disaster was the physical manifestation of the fact that they are able to do mountains of waste, are depicted in WALL‑E, filmed in 2008,which expresses terrible but the real idea is that debris can accumulate uncontrollably, forcing us out of our habitat. Effective way of transforming existing cities into eco-safe and designed for the long term, the city is preserving, not destroying our Earth, is to decrease all streams of waste and using what remains as a resource. Waste from one process should become raw materials for others. In the world, more...

Alexander Sokolov - Russian scientific journalist and science popularizer. Founder and chief editor of scientific-educational portal Anthropogeny.ru. Let's think: why in the XXI century, the era of the triumph of knowledge and high technology, pseudo-science is not only not going to take the position, but feels great? What is the secret of the indestructibility of this phenomenon? I will try to highlight several reasons. 1. The complexity of modern scientific knowledge and the availability of pseudoscientific ideas Banal truth: science is complex. It is so complicated that if you gets into the hands of the scientific article, the theme of which is beyond the scope of your profession, with some probability, you will understand in the text, only excuses. A...

Too often, when it comes to Tyrannosaurus, and in General any dinosaurs, the main focus falls on one of t-Rex. Among all the dinosaurs he is much more known to the General public, and as a result, virtually every discovery of a new dinosaur (and even many of reginasaurus) as though compared with him. The attractiveness and visibility of the "king tyrant" dinosaur is such that it has become the benchmark for media, regardless of whether any particular story. of Course, the Tyrannosaurus Rex in his own way was remarkably interesting animals, but excessive attention to it as a kind of benchmark for comparison is often unfounded. It was a typical dinosaur no more than aardvarks, lemurs and kangaroos – a typical mammal. He was an animal with features, polished...

Fully automatic production I would Like you to have a guaranteed income of $ 100,000 a year net? How about the same income, but for a three-hour work day one day a week for five years plus a six month vacation every year? Sounds unbelievable? With modern technology, absolutely not. This is not some pipe dream of the twenty-first century. This level is possible to achieve ten years in the United States, if we apply everything we know about automation and computers to create cybernated society. Maybe it will happen not so fast, because this task requires using modern thinking intellectual under the accelerated program. A similar accelerated program applied in the development of the atomic bomb in just over four years. otherwise, it might take thirty years. We...

For Millennia, people have gazed up at the night sky and dreamed of traveling to the stars. Now, when they visited the moon and lived in orbit at the space station, it seems that humanity is inevitably going: to Mars, to other places in the Solar system and beyond. This dream is in many cultures, and on its implementation working space agencies around the world. But we know that space is dangerous. During any space flight, the astronauts are faced with severe cold, microgravity, lack of atmosphere and strong radiation. Still it seemed to be only a small technical problem that can be solved, as well as some risk, which is ready to go bold space travelers. However, my colleagues and I have conducted a new study which found that cosmic rays can be more...

Hotel Hilbert Our young couple were absent for more than two months. Returning to the island, they immediately went to the Wizard. — the return! — said the Wizard. — So you want to know anything about infinity? — you Have a good memory, ' replied Annabelle. — well, Well — didn't argue a Wizard. — The first thing we need to do is carefully define our terms. What exactly do you mean by "infinite"? — For me it means there is no end, — said Alexander. — I would say the same thing, ' said Annabelle. Is not quite satisfactory, ' said the Wizard. — The circle has no beginning and no end, and yet you would not say that it is infinite: it has only a finite length, although it contains an infinite number of points. I want to talk about infinity in the strict sense...

Scottish whiskey manufacturer Thomas Dewar once said: “the Mind is like a parachute. Functions only when open.” And the newspaper publisher New York Times Arthur Hays Sulzberger said, “Well, when the mind is open, but not so much that the brains fell out”. of Course, the Dewar, and Sulzberger were both right. The great American physicist Carl Sagan joined their point of view in his lecture in Pasadena in 1987, explaining how science should treat new ideas: it seems to Me that you want to find a delicate balance between two contradictory needs: extremely skeptical examination of all hypotheses that we presented, and at the same time, a maximum of openness to new ideas. If you are just skeptic, new ideas you do not get up. You will never learn anything new...

Many of the once revolutionary discoveries of Noam Chomsky in linguistics, including the concept of how we learn languages, now have to make room. For nearly half a century, linguistics was dominated by the idea of a famous Professor of mit Noam Chomsky about the fact that our brain learns the grammar of a kind of inherent in him from birth mental patterns. Recently, however, scientists and linguists cognitivist one by one abandon the theory of universal grammar Chomsky, after a number of recent studies of various languages, including a study of the ways in which young children learn to understand their native language and speak it, refuted his concept. In these studies expressed a fundamentally different view, according to which to learn your first...

Why do people pretend to know something? Why confidence is so often proportional to the ignorance? Steven has Broken, a Professor of cognitive science at brown University, has some interesting answers. "We tend to maintain a sense of self-righteousness, simply no other way", he said. In the book "The Illusion of Knowledge: Why We Never Think Alone" Broken focused his research on judgment, decision-making processes and reasoning. He is particularly interested in what is called "the illusion of profound knowledge" — so cognitivity call our tendency to overestimate the level of understanding of the world. According to Broken, we do it because they rely on other mental abilities. "the Decisions we make, opinions are formed, judgments that we make — it all very...

Bee sting has a great educational value. Garth nix Today, when we think about the toxic substances that first come to mind are synthetic compounds. But to get to know the toxins created a man first, you should consider natural poisons. These substances are divided into two main groups: first enter the body by contact between host and victim (most poisons of vegetable origin), and the second entered through stings or teeth of animals. On Earth there are over 400 000 species of plants, containing a tremendous variety of organic substances. It is not surprising that some plants contain substances toxic to animals or humans who want to eat them. Indeed, even those plants that we think are harmless, can contain toxins: they can be found either in the parts of...

Scientist Roger Smith (name changed) never aspired to fame. But a few years ago, published in the journal Science important announcement is the opening, decided to avoid journalists. Suddenly his work was written everywhere, including the New York Times. He was invited to speak at the prestigious "conference of ideas", and he realized that he has the gift to speak to a wide audience about science in simple language. His speech at the TED conference gathered hundreds of thousands of views online. However, the growing popularity brought with it an unexpected complexity. Although Smith continued to conduct high level research and the prestigious professional journals regularly publish their results, some of his colleagues in the scientific community began to...

Fungus Cordyceps turns the ant into a zombie As capturing the brain can happen in real life? Turns out it is able to mother nature. Consider the real-life examples. not Funny mushrooms the Life of insects is very heavy, but they are more likely to suffer from seizures of the brain. The truth is, zombism not new to those who study insects. It is very real and very common. So common that you will find the word "zombism" in professional entomological journals (entomology – the science of insects). Take the fungus Cordyceps. For a relatively simple organism is no more difficult than the usual mushroom – Cordyceps is very smart: he knows how to capture the minds of insects. Those who are familiar with video games, "One of us", know the essence. A person infected...