Category: Knowledge

  • True… False…

    People are no better than chance at identifying when someone else is recounting a false or real memory of a crime, according to a new UCL study. Study author Dr Julia Shaw (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences) said: “Everyone thinks that they couldn’t be tricked into believing they have done something they never did, and…

  • Better information. Worst decisions.

    Making everyday decisions seems easy enough. But new research from Stevens Institute of Technology suggests that too much knowledge can lead people to make worse decisions, pointing to a critical gap in our understanding of how new information interacts with prior knowledge and beliefs. Kleinberg and her team, found that when the problem was about…

  • God. Angels. Particles. Lost.

    God. Angels. Particles. Lost.

    A 2017 report of the discovery of a particular kind of Majorana fermion – the chiral Majorana fermion, referred to as the “angel particle” – is likely a false alarm, according to another research. Majorana fermions are enigmatic particles that act as their own antiparticle and were first hypothesized to exist in 1937. They are…

  • Not seeing the tree… 

    Not seeing the tree… 

    Researchers have shown how it is possible that objects stand out less when they are surrounded by similar objects. This surroundings-suppressing effect is caused by feedback from higher visual brain areas. The results of this research are important for a better understanding of the way in which the brain transforms incoming light into a cohesive…

  • New force…

    New force…

    Everything in our Universe is held together or pushed apart by four fundamental forces: gravity, electromagnetism, and two nuclear interactions. Physicists now think they’ve spotted the actions of a fifth physical force emerging from a helium atom. It’s not the first time researchers claim to have caught a glimpse of it, either. A few years…

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