- The true purpose of the world's great prehistoric sites were to act as vast repositories for cultural knowledge, argues Australian oral history researcher.
- Did Daesh inadvertently uncover the secret to the lost 'Hanging Gardens of Babylon'?
- Is there a link between creative genius and psychopathology?
- The brain has more than 100 times higher computational capacity than previously thought, say UCLA scientists.
- Brain hackers seeking peak performance use risky chemical cocktails.
- Drugs in the Bible.
- In India, authorities are turning a blind eye to the sale of cannabis due to the plant's role in Hindu mythology.
- Scientists discuss 50 years of research into the survival of consciousness beyond death.
- Death and burial in Venice: what does the floating city do with its dead?
- Quantum money.
- Expert says orbiting space colonies are just 20 years away.
- The four coolest concepts NASA just bankrolled to solve spaceflight challenges.
- The autonomous future of warfare looks a lot like Pokémon Go.
- Inside the anti-science forces of the Internet.
- The Financial Times speaks to "the world's foremost cryptozoologist", Loren Coleman.
- First fluorescent frog found.
- Image of the Day: Saturn's moon Pan looks like cosmic ravioli. (Bonus link: animated gif of Pan .)
Quote of the Day:
You have to remember we brought back a picture of the Earth as it is 240,000 miles away. And the fact is, it gives you a different perspective of the Earth when you see it as three-dimensional between the sun and the moon...
You have to really kind of think about our own existence here in the universe. You realise that people often say, ‘I hope to go to heaven when I die,'. In reality, if you think about it, you go to heaven when you’re born.