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Massive Attack Are Re-Releasing Their Landmark Album In A New Format: DNA

British Trip-Hop group Massive Attack is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their third album in a very special way. Twenty years ago, the Circa/Virgin Records album was the first to be streamed entirely for free online. Now, Mezzanine will be the first LP to be released in strands of synthetic... Read more

Hip-Hop Is Good For The Brain. A New Study Proves It.

As the world's most dominant musical culture, Hip-Hop is permeating more than our earbuds. Generations of people around the world have been raised on Rap music as well as the fashion, dance, clothing and personal choices it inspires — which, in effect, changes the way we think about and move through... Read more

A New Study Shows Which Rappers Are Lyrically Similar & Many Are Very Surprising

As a data scientist, Matt Daniels has channeled much of his skill towards Hip-Hop, providing Heads with exceptionally creative looks at the numbers behind the names. In 2014, he made waves with an interactive graphic which grouped rappers along a scale according to the number of unique words contained in... Read more

Scientists Are Hacking Computers By Converting Malware Into Strands Of DNA

Hacking has become a commonplace characteristic of modern life. The act of using a computer to gain unauthorized access to data has been used over the years for both bad and good, by governments and citizens, with great media attention and completely under the radar. Phishing scams, Anonymous, and Russian... Read more

Preventable Environmental Hazards Are Killing 1.7 Million Kids Each Year

In the first report of its kind, the World Health Organization has published some horrendous statistics: every year, more than one-million children under the age of five are dying as a direct result of hazards in our environment. That figure translates to roughly 25% of all deaths of children in... Read more

Pharrell Williams Says Women Will Lead the Revolution in 2020 (Video)

In what is proving to be a monumental year for African-American visibility in Hollywood, films like The Birth of a Nation and Moonlight exist side-by-side with television shows like Luke Cage and Atlanta. On January 6, Hidden Figures will join those ranks as a significant piece of storytelling in Black... Read more

What Happens When Robots Become Judges? A New Study Examines The Question (Audio)

It's everywhere. From the self check-out aisles at the grocery store to the self-driving vehicles appearing on roadways across the country. Artificial intelligence is moreso the technology of today than it is the technology of the future, but there are still aspects to it we have not quite yet grappled... Read more

Implanting “Wi-Fi” in the Human Brain Could Cure Paralysis Forever

The marriage of cutting-edge technology and medicine has been one of the most important areas of growth for humankind, allowing us to live far longer and healthier lives. But it's also been one of the most controversial areas of human development, as artificial intelligence and robotics continue to change the... Read more

Could All Diseases Be Cured by 2099? A Bold New Initiative Says It’s Possible (Video)

By the end of the 21st century, many of the diseases plaguing the human race could be cured. At least, that's what Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are hoping to achieve through a $3 billion offensive plan the husband and wife are jumpstarting. The audacious healthcare plan is... Read more

A Robot Whose Only Aim is to Cause Humans Pain Now Exists (Video)

Apocalypse Ow is upon us. At the root of all dystopian robot fantasies is the notion that some day, the semi-sentient beings created by man will flip the script and unleash fury on the world as we know it. Luckily, the vast majority of robots in existence today only carry... Read more

This Is Your Brain On Technology…How You’re Getting Jacked

Technology and its relationship to ways of thinking about the world are commonplace and as societies continue to develop newer, stronger, and more effective tools for living, philosophical conversations are never far behind. With things like computers and robots, we worry about the downfall of the sentient being and the... Read more

Unsettling Animal-Human Hybrids Are Being Proposed To Provide Cures for Common Disease (Audio)

The pursuit of wellness knows no bounds. Throughout history, human beings have relied on remarkably innovative (although perhaps not always effective) techniques to address illness - like the ancient Egyptian toothache cure made up of ground mice, the 18th-century treatment of stuttering through cutting off half the tongue, and the use of... Read more

Check Out the Big Brain on Brett: Here’s How Sounds Evolved It (Audio)

Earlier today, NPR aired a segment on its Health program "Shots" during today's "Morning Edition" that explored the role of auditory experiences on the development and evolution of the animal brain. In fact, there is an entire school of scientists devoted to the field, and they are called "acoustic biologists."... Read more

Peep The Words From The Genius. GZA Gives A Teen TED Talk About Hip-Hop Helping His Love Of Science (Video)

GZA has kicked since for 23 years and counting. The Genius, since his days running with Marley Marl and Cold Chillin' Records' Fly Ty Williams, has been an MC who stuffed a lot of information in his verses. Now, since the boom of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA joins the likes... Read more