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A skateboarding helmet with nonfunctional wires attached has nevertheless proven to have a powerful placebo effect – especially among people who describe themselves as spiritual.   Called the “God Helmet,” the device was found to deliver “extraordinary experiences” when participants were invited to try it at a three-day music festival in the Netherlands – but,
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Does your pooch eat poo? If it’s any consolation, he’s in extremely good company. In a new paper, veterinary researchers at University of California at Davis who surveyed thousands of dog owners found 16 percent of pups consume other canines’ faeces “frequently,” having been spotted doing it more than six times by their owners.  
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Over the previous twenty years, the optimistic psychology motion has brightened up psychological analysis with its science of happiness, human potential and flourishing. It argues that psychologists mustn’t solely examine psychological sickness but additionally what makes life worth living. The founding father of optimistic psychology, Martin Seligman, describes happiness as experiencing frequent optimistic feelings, reminiscent
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Hopefully it will not be the tweet that launched 1,000 ships – or nuclear weapons. “North Korean Chief Kim Jong Un simply said that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk always,'” President Donald Trump tweeted on January 2. “Will somebody from his depleted and meals starved regime please inform him that I too have
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In the local people’s tongue, her name means ‘sunrise girl-child’, and even though she only lived for six fleeting weeks, she’s already told scientists more than we ever knew about the very first Native Americans. Sunrise girl-child (“Xach’itee’aanenh T’eede Gaay”) lived some 11,500 years ago in what is now called Alaska, and her ancient DNA
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As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than ever, and those child geniuses who can speak five different languages become our favourite dinnertime conversation, because how do they even do that? But mastering unfamiliar subjects, whether you’re still in school or not, doesn’t have to be so painful. Take
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The most common New Year’s resolutions tend to be vague goals intended to “get your life together” by losing weight, eating healthier food, or exercising more. But most people don’t successfully follow through on their resolutions – largely because they’re so general and non-specific. That’s where science can help. Using specific, science-backed resolutions, you can
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The world of science is unpredictable and ever-changing, but as a team that writes about science day in, day out, we can’t help but notice certain trends in research. So this year – which also happens to be ScienceAlert’s 10th anniversary – we thought we’d try our hand at predicting some of the big science
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You might picture yourself walking through a field, or surrounded by loved ones. Or perhaps making your way down a long, dark tunnel, towards a brilliant, beckoning light. When the end comes, what you experience will be a veiled secret known only to you – but whatever it is, scientists say those closing moments of