Science & Technology

Consciousness is not in the brain

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Most neuroscientists, philosophers of the mind and science journalists feel the time is near when we will be able to explain the mystery of human consciousness in terms of the activity of the brain. There is, however, a vocal minority of neurosceptics who contest this orthodoxy. Among them are those …

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Global cyber war: New ‘miniFlame’ virus detected

A new cyber espionage program linked to the notorious Flame and Gauss malware has been detected by Russia’s Kaspersky Lab. The anti-virus giant’s chief warns that global cyber warfare is in “full swing” and will probably escalate in 2013. The virus, dubbed miniFlame, and also known as SPE, has already …

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Global warming stopped 16 years ago

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A report quietly published by the UK meteorological department has revealed that global warming stopped 16 years ago with no discernible rise in aggregate global temperature, Daily Mail reported on Sunday. The data, compiled from more than 3,000 measuring points on land and sea, noted that the “plateau” or “pause” in global warming …

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Nobel laureate leaves US cancer research project over corporate hijacking

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At least seven scientists resigned in protest this week from Texas’ embattled $3 billion cancer-fighting program, claiming the agency created with the backing of the governor and cancer survivor Lance Armstrong is charting a new “politically-driven” path that puts commercial interests before science. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of …

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SOPA the computer virus terrorizes file-sharers

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Security experts are cautioning computer users that they could be targeted by a malicious SOPA “ransomware” virus that rekindles the witch-hunt targeting information sharing introduced last year by congressional lawmakers. Hackers have brought the failed Stop Online Piracy Act back to center stage, this time by distributing a virus that …

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Google accused of spying on Gmail users

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Google isn’t exactly a stranger to allegations that they invade the privacy of their customers, but now the search engine is being asked to explain itself in court over accusations that they snoop through messages sent through its Gmail service. Representatives from Google are asking a federal judge to dismiss …

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Afterlife exists says top brain surgeon

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A prominent scientist who had previously dismissed the possibility of the afterlife says he has reconsidered his belief after experiencing an out of body experience which has convinced him that heaven exists. Dr Eben Alexander, a Harvard-educated neurosurgeon, fell into a coma for seven days in 2008 after contracting meningitis. …

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Astronomers find diamond planet twice the size of Earth

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Forget a diamond the size of the Ritz – astronomers have discovered a planet partly made out of diamond, and at an incredible 40 light years away from Earth, it is visible to the naked eye. While visually appealing, with no atmosphere and temperatures reaching 1,648 degrees Celsius it’s hardly …

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