In 1992, the neuroscientist Richard Davidson got a challenge from the Dalai Lama. By that point, he’d spent his career asking why people respond to, in his words, “life’s slings and arrows” in different ways. Why are some people more resilient than others in the face of tragedy? And is resilience something you can gain through practice?
The Dalai Lama had a different question for Davidson when he visited the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader at his residence in Dharamsala, India. “He said: ‘You’ve been using the tools of modern neuroscience to study depression, and anxiety, and fear. Why can’t you use those same tools to study kindness and compassion?’ … I did not have a very good answer. I said it was hard.”
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Despite claims this week that comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko may hold alien life, mission scientists think it is unlikely
(Phys.org)—It was a pretty big week for space science as researchers at Vanderbilt University unveiled a new model of cosmic stickiness that favors a “Big Rip” demise of the universe—they have found a way to mathematically bridge the gap between relativity and the classic notion of viscosity. Another team, this one working at Michigan State University, has concluded that we are not alone—but the universe may be less crowded than we think; they found evidence that suggests there might be fewer galaxies out further in the universe than has been thought. Also, astronomers at the University of Manchester are predicting fireworks from a close encounter of the stellar kind as a pulsar moving around a companion star is set to plunge though a disk of gas and dust setting off a burst of emissions.
Super Soldiers: How Tech Is Transforming The Future Of Warfare is in the latest issue of How It Works Magazine on sale now. A stock image of a soldier is pictured.