Put a powerful magnet against the side of your head and it can interfere with the neurons working underneath. The technique is being used to treat severe depression, but it can also produce some nifty party tricks. In this video, a magnet held to left side of New Scientist editor Roger Highfield's skull interrupts his ability to speak a nursery rhyme. But when Highfield sings the same rhyme, there's no effect. That's because the neurons that control speech and the neurons that control singing are in separate parts of the brain. The magnet disabled Highfield's speech centers, but left his ability to sing untouched.
Phil Moriarty looks at an interesting phenomenon called wringing, where it's possible to press two pieces of steel together and make them adhere, without the use of adhesives, magnetism, or other outside forces. It can also be done with precision-milled silicon and glass. In order for this to happen, the material has to be milled… READ THE REST
16 Psyche is a unique asteroid that orbits the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. According to new observations of the 140-mile diameter rock made using the Hubble Space Telescope, the asteroid may consist mostly of iron and nickel that would be worth about $10,000 quadrillion. (Of course having that much of the metals readily available… READ THE REST
One of the most popular questions asked of astronauts is how they use the bathroom in space. That prompted NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy—who just retuned to Earth last week after six months as commander of the International Space Station—to create a video guide to using the, er, Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) as it's officially… READ THE REST
If you've got a central heating and cooling system in your home, it takes little effort to slap on a new smart thermostat and earn an exciting new level of control over your environment. However, if your home's cooling needs are handled by portable or window-mounted air conditioning units, you're often stuck with manually pushing… READ THE REST
When you sit down to try something called Unicorn Jerky, you already know you're straying a bit off the beaten path. However, you can also go in knowing you're in good hands. Since the world is still looking for a steady supply of unicorns, this confection isn't a meat-based jerky product at all. In fact,… READ THE REST
If you need something, it's always good to shop around to find the best price. That's a tenet of shopping that covers buying a new car, a new towel, eggs…virtually anything. And it's no different if you're in the market for cloud storage space. A quick look at some of the biggest, most well-known cloud… READ THE REST