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When will you get your robot butler? When will we first set foot on Mars? These and countless other questions about the future are answered in this amazing chart of where technology is headed in the next 30 years.

via An Interactive Infographic Maps The Future Of Emerging Technology | Co.Exist: World changing ideas and innovation.

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“As children assimilate cultural concepts into their intuitive belief systems—from God to atoms to evolution—they engage in coexistence thinking,” said Cristine Legare, assistant professor of psychology and lead author of the study.

“When they merge supernatural and scientific explanations, they integrate them in a variety of predictable and universal ways.”

via People merge supernatural and scientific beliefs when reasoning with the unknown, study shows.

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“These multi-session adult courses share the latest research on the neuroscience, psychology, and evolution of human behavior. With the help of expert guest speakers, online resources, documentary footage, and in-class projects, students will learn how to be critical consumers of scientific research and news reporting—all in a small, discussion-based setting”
http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/adults/sackler-brain-bench

via Sackler Brain Bench.

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Water, Water, Everywhere

This wind turbine literally pulls 1,000 gallons of drinkable water out of the air.

“Each unit can create 1,000 liters of drinking water using only moisture and powered only by wind. Let me highlight this word : CREATE. All existing solutions (wells, desalination, lakes/rivers pumping, etc.) only treat an existing source of water. Thus, what happens when there is no or no more water available? The WMS1000 can create water when there is no existing source available. That makes a difference. Our technology integrates water creation, water collection, water treatment and water local distribution.  The WMS1000 can produce and distribute water everywhere.”

via Changing Cities: A Wind Turbine That Creates Fresh Water Out of Thin Air – ABC News.

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Ideally, your immune system should operate like an enlightened action hero, meting out inflammation precisely, accurately and with deadly force when necessary, but then quickly returning to a Zen-like calm. Doing so requires an optimal balance of pro- and anti-inflammatory muscle.

In autistic individuals, the immune system fails at this balancing act. Inflammatory signals dominate. Anti-inflammatory ones are inadequate. A state of chronic activation prevails. And the more skewed toward inflammation, the more acute the autistic symptoms.

 

via Immune Disorders and Autism.

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How Many Calories in a Food? You Might Be Surprised



One in three Americans are obese. Processed foods, microbes, one’s immune system, and cooking methods all play a role in how many calories are derived from our food. 

One study found that humans who ate 600 or 800 calorie portions of whole wheat bread (with nuts and seeds on it) and cheddar cheese actually expended twice as much energy, yes two times, in digesting that food as did individuals who consumed the same quantity of white bread and a “processed cheese product.” The end result? The net number of calories the whole food eaters received was ten percent less than the number received by the processed food eaters (because they spent some of their calories during digestion).

via The Hidden Truths About Calories.

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In this 10-minute clip, have a little flavor of David Chalmers, an Australian philosopher specializing in the area of philosophy of mind. Here he asks one of the most intriguing questions: 
Why is there consciousness at all?

via David Chalmers on Consciousness – YouTube.

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