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Which countries are voyaging to Mars this decade?

Space agencies have successfully sent three spacecraft to Mars this year.The independent missions occurred at around the same time because Earth and Mars were particularly close to each other last summer, providing an opportune time to launch.SpaceX says it hopes to send a crewed mission to Mars by 2026, while the U.S. and China aim to land humans on...

How Apple and Nike have branded your brain

Effective branding can not only change how you feel about a company, it can actually change how your brain is wired.Our new series "Your Brain on Money," created in partnership with Million Stories, recently explored the surprising ways brands can affect our behavior.Brands aren't going away. But you can make smarter decisions by slowing down and asking...

How Apple and Nike have branded your brain

Powerful branding can not only change how you feel about a company, it can actually change how your brain is wired."We love to think of ourselves as rational. That's not how it works," says UPenn professor Americus Reed II about our habits (both conscious and subconscious) of paying more for items based primarily on the brand name. Effective marketing...

CT scans of shark intestines find Nikola Tesla’s one-way valve

For the first time, scientists developed 3D scans of shark intestines to learn how they digest what they eat.The scans reveal an intestinal structure that looks awfully familiar — it looks like a Tesla valve.The structure may allow sharks to better survive long breaks between feasts.Considering how much sharks are feared by humans, it is a bit of a...

Zoo ethics: free-range prisons or centers for global conservation?

Zoos present a dilemma. On the one hand, they benefit conservation and research; on the other hand, placing animals (particularly intelligent ones) in captivity is ethically questionable.The more we learn about animals — especially how advanced or intelligent they are — the louder the debate will grow surrounding their captivity.Could zoos of the future...

Hack your brain for better problem solving

This article was originally published on Big Think Edge.Problem-solving skills are in demand. Every job posting lists them under must-have qualifications, and every job candidate claims to possess them, par excellence. Young entrepreneurs make solutions to social and global problems the heart of their mission statements, while parents and teachers push...

How AI learned to paint like Rembrandt

In 1715, Amsterdam's Town Hall sliced off all four outer edges of Rembrandt's priceless masterpiece so that it would fit on a wall.Neural networks were used to fill in the missing pieces.An unprecedented collaboration between man and machine is now on display at the Rijksmuseum.Robert Erdmann, a senior scientist working for the Rijksmuseum, cannot help...

Pragmatism: How Americans define truth

Pragmatism is an American philosophical movement that originated as a rebuke to abstract European philosophy. The pragmatic theory of truth argues that truth and reality only can be understood in their relation to how things work in the real world.The trouble is that the theory devalues the term "truth," such that it only applies to one particular moment...

Why so gassy? Mysterious methane detected on Saturn’s moon

A new study looked to understand the source of methane on Saturn's moon Enceladus.The scientists used computer models with data from the Cassini spacecraft.The explanation could lie in alien organisms or non-biological processes.Something is producing an overabundance of methane in the ocean hidden under the ice of Saturn's moon Enceladus. A new study...

CRISPR therapy cures first genetic disorder inside the body

This article was originally published by our sister site, Freethink.For the first time, researchers appear to have effectively treated a genetic disorder by directly injecting a CRISPR therapy into patients' bloodstreams — overcoming one of the biggest hurdles to curing diseases with the gene editing technology.The therapy appears to be astonishingly...

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