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The US government prepares for all sorts of threats, ranging from biowarfare and chemical weapons to volcanoes and wildfires. But none match the specter of a nuclear explosion. A small nuclear weapon on the ground can create a stadium-size fireball, unleash a city-crippling blastwave, and sprinkle radioactive fallout hundreds of miles away.   The good
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In 1987, the music video Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson stunned audiences around the world with a gravity-defying move – leaning forward to a staggering 45 degree angle.    There was some footwear magic happening there, for sure – but a group of neuroscientists have looked at the spine biomechanics behind the technique he performed in concerts
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Picture someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). You’re probably imagining a person who is easily distracted, can barely sit still, and impulsively jumps from topic to topic at a hundred miles an hour.   For some people this is endearing, but for others, someone with ADHD sounds like their worst nightmare. But our preconceptions
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When you hear the term “introvert,” you might imagine someone who’s quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time alone, avoiding social situations. But being an introvert isn’t really anything to do with how much you like spending time with other people. In fact, introverts can have some of the deepest and
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Performing artists who were exposed to abuse, neglect or a dysfunctional family as a child might experience their creative process more intensely, according to a new long-term study that has found a link between the two.   Psychologists at California State University, Northridge, studied 234 professional performers, looking for a reason why mental health disorders
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However long you’ve been alive, chances are you’ve heard a completely incorrect “fact” about the brain. The human brain is notoriously complicated, and despite many advances in modern science, much of the organ remains a mystery.   That’s probably why, when someone hears a rumour about how the brain functions, they spread it – regardless
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This weekend, over 200 Flat-Earthers from all “around” the world gathered in Britain for the nation’s very first Flat Earth Convention. “People are waking up,” said the event organizer Gary John. “We’re seeing an explosion of interest in Flat Earth theories and increasing mistrust of governments.”   Like any good pseudoscience convention, this one was