Behold a world of microscopic excellence with the 2014 Nikon Small World contest. 40 years running, the competition highlights the amazing world of photography taken under the microscope. Winners are set to be announced October 30th and the competition has received over 1,200 entries from over 79 different countries around the world.
The idea that during sleep our minds shut down from the outside world is ancient and one that is still deeply anchored in our view of sleep today, despite some everyday life experiences and recent scientific discoveries that would tend to prove our brains don’t completely switch off from our environment.
Our entire universe holds a secret that many humans don't even realize or notice. Hidden from plain-view, "fractals" are never-ending complex patterns which are self-similar across varying scales. They are created by "fragmenting" or repeating a certain process over and over in a loop until a design is created. Some notable examples of fractals in nature can be seen in trees, seashells, mountains, hurricanes and even entire galaxies. Whether its generated through computer Mandelbrot Sets or by nature itself, the complexity of these systems can be vast and over-whelming to human perception.
Our generation is practically glued to our gadgets, so it's hard to blame anyone for not finding time to exercise. Even while you're reading this article, you're probably not moving very much. For those of us dealing with the "cloudiness" which comes with depression or stressful days, endorphins are the ultimate hormone to improve your mood and alleviate these symptoms naturally.
During times of stress, the human body often has a difficult time fighting infections or other nasty health issues. That subtle weakness may soon change with a new high-tech gadget which can clear infections and even unknown pathogens from blood.
Online gaming has taken world by storm, but as passions continue to ignite, revenge has become a sad part of it. Referred to as "swatting," players who are often hundreds of miles away from their opponents, find their addresses in phone directories and various services to track down unlisted numbers.
Exploring the uncharted territories of the mind and soul, Psychonautics simply relates the experience users feel during altered states of consciousness. One reaches this mindset through a myriad of tools which range from drug-free techniques to full blown psychedelics and hallucinogens. It doesn't matter whether the ritual is shamanistic involving mystical mushrooms, or you're dropped into a sensory deprivation tank, the overall goal is to gain deeper insights into the human psyche and utilize their altered state of mind for greater perspective.
As plumes of vapor spread across the country, e-cigarettes have seemingly found a home in the lungs of many willing participants. With arguments mounting on both sides of the spectrum, very few answers have been given about the real effects of "water vapor," but one study may have pinned it. According to new research in the journal, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, most experts agree that e-cigarettes are safer than traditional ones, but also bring a variety of new health concerns into the mix.
Could your own skin "know" what it's touching before your brain does? That's exactly what researchers at Umeå University in Sweden have been studying, and the results are interesting to say the least. What they've discovered is that neurons which branch through our skin don't just send signals to the brain they've made contact with an object, but it seems they actually process complex information about the object before surging through the spine. Only after the message has been received in the cerebral cortex region of the brain, does it become processed further.
The human face is incredibly versatile in projecting thought and emotions, including one in particular, the angry face. As a behavior that's remarkably similar despite language barriers or even entire species, the question isn't who displays anger, but why? “The expression is cross-culturally universal, and even congenitally blind children make this same face without ever having seen one,” said lead author Aaron Sell, a lecturer at the School of Criminology at Griffith University in Australia.
Genuine questions about our world may finally be answered if all goes according to plan. Using a fairly complex device called the Holometer or "holographic interferometer," scientists split a laser in two and beam them through a perpendicular path until they reach mirrors which bounce back and recombine with the beam splitter. By analyzing fluctuations or waves in the beams, researchers hope to find "holographic noise" which could probe the very nature of space-time itself.