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11 apps that will make you smarter

Despite the constant hand-wringing that smartphones will lead to the downfall of society, there’s mounting evidence that your phone habit may not be so bad after all.<p>In fact, there are ways your phone might actually be good for you.<p>We’ve compiled a list of apps to boost your brainpower, hone your …

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

There May Be Some Hope For Restoring Lost Memories In The Brain

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States -- affecting more than 5 million Americans. Perhaps the most devastating symptom of the disease is its characteristic loss of memory and identity, which can take a heavy psychological and emotional toll on its …

The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

Photograph: Keith Vanderlinde<p>Auroras over the 10-metre telescope and Bicep (background imaging of cosmic extragalactic polarisation) at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The 10-metre South Pole Telescope and Bicep both collect data on cosmic microwave background radiation and black …

Why Lefties Make Less

They've been subtly discriminated against since biblical times, but modern data suggests a significant gap in earnings.<p>There’s a stereotype that left-handed people are clumsier, but that might have something to do with the fact that they live in a world of objects optimized for the right-handed: …

Existence Doubtful: Myth and Reality in the Far, Far South - Photographs and text by Ville Lenkkeri | LensCulture

<i>I asked for a drink in a glass. The request was declined on the grounds that international aviation regulations forbid serving alcohol in a plane while it is not airborne. In return, I refused the steward’s offer of bottled water, as drinking from a plastic cup is no way to watch an aircraft burn</i> …

Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords

Photograph: RIKEN CDB<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/11/26/1417001524832/97ca2784-409e-4ef2-a284-5e7bd4a3cc0f-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: RIKEN …

Man With 34-Year-Old Transplanted Kidney Shares Advice for National Kidney Month

Artist Michael Gaudet always thought his "ticket to immortality" would be as a monumental mural painter. But now, the Canadian thinks his legacy will have to do with kidney transplantation. He's a huge proponent of taking a proactive approach to kidney health since receiving a kidney from his …

The Language of Lying: Animated Primer on How to Detect Deception

Our yearning to discern deception so that we can protect ourselves from abuse, is ancient and almost primal — a marketable commodity for mystics and media manipulators alike. In one of the best explorations of the subject, Sam Harris defined lying as “both a failure of understanding and an …

6 ideas from creative thinkers to shake up your work routine

To improve your ability to think creatively, try one of these changes to your work routine.<p>Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister (TED Talk: …

The Hummingbird Effect: How Galileo Invented Timekeeping and Forever Changed Modern Life

While we appreciate it in the abstract, few of us pause to grasp the miracles of modern life, from artificial light to air conditioning, as <b>Steven Johnson</b> puts it in the excellent <b>How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World</b> (<i>public library</i>), “how amazing it is that we drink water …

'Dating' vs. 'Married': How Text Messages Change Over Time

A lot evolves between the first year of coupledom and the ones that follow—including references to "home," "dinner," and "love."<p>So many loves start with a "hey." A tentative "hey." A hopeful "hey." And more often than ever that "hey" is not spoken, but sent through a text message.<p>That first "hey," …

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10 Recent Music Releases To Listen To That Aren't Taylor Swift

It's getting hard to escape Taylor Swift since the release of <i>1989</i> -- in addition to conquering radio, she's also taken over the entirety of New York City. But even though it seems like whole world is swept up in Swift-mania, the music world has been quietly pumping out some amazing, non-Taylor …

The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Composition

With all of the gorgeous new gadgetry coming out this season, it’s easy to get caught up in the shiny, techy part of photography. (New Nikon D810, …

Landscape Photography

This Woman's Revolutionary Startup Could Change 900,000 Surgeries A Year

If you've ever broken a bone, you know the process to recovery is slow and painful.<p>Now imagine neither splint nor surgery were enough to seal the fracture. Instead, your doctor says you need a bone graft, a procedure that involves taking bone from elsewhere to fill the gap created by your …

Stem Cells

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes.<p>"Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.<p>Simple animals …