Christopher Brooks

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A new study shows that whales live and learn in their own unique animal culture

A sperm whale’s “click” is the loudest sound produced by any animal—and it has an identifying dialect. In fact, according to a study published in Nature Communications, the whales aren’t born with different vocal chords or a bit of the sea particularly suited to a certain kind of click. They simply …


Why We Speak

An evolutionary biologist argues that humans started talking because they needed to negotiate.<p>Sometime around 120,000 years ago in the desert near Oued Djebbana, in what is modern-day northern Algeria, a human acquired some small seashells. The shells were from a species known as <i>Nassarius</i> …

Quantum Foam: The Universe Might Be Bubbly, But on a Teeny Tiny Scale

The idea of "quantum foam" is that, at the subatomic level, space-time does not move smoothly like it does at a human (or galactic) scale. Instead, …

Farmers in Burma swap opium poppies for coffee crops – in pictures

Farmers in the eastern Burmese state of Shan have begun replacing poppy crops that produce opium with plantations of coffee and rubber, helped by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. All photographs by Nils Larsen


SpaceX announces Hyperloop pod-race competition

Elon Musk, the man behind the futuristic spaceflight company SpaceX, the futuristic electric car company Tesla and, er, the payment company PayPal, is ramping up the focus on his third futuristic transportation obsession: the Hyperloop.<p>Musk is setting up a competition to design a passenger pod to …

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7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people. If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in …


Why Are Some People Better at Drawing than Others?

Since the dawn of human art-making, the divide has been clear: There are people who can effortlessly sketch an object's likeness, and people who …

The Brain

It’s All in Your Head review – enduring mystery of psychosomatic illness

Neurologist Suzanne O’Sullivan’s excellent book reveals that medicine remains as much an art as a science<p>Suzanne O’Sullivan qualified as a doctor in 1991. She is now a consultant at the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. This, her first book, is an account of her experience …

Multiple Sclerosis

Rethinking infidelity ... a talk for anyone who has ever loved | Esther Perel

The first 21 days of a bee’s life | Anand Varma

What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? | Nick Bostrom


Pamela Ronald: The case for engineering our food

Abe Davis: New video technology that reveals an object's hidden properties

Measles and Millennials

The U.S. has a large -- and largely preventable -- problem on its hands: measles. Or perhaps the problem isn’t measles so much as the irrational …

Johnny Manziel asks for privacy as he enters rehab

Off-field lifestyle has drawn criticism Decision supported by Cleveland Browns<p>Johnny Manziel’s rocky start to his NFL career has taken a new twist with the news that the Cleveland Browns quarterback has entered rehab.<p>“Brad Beckworth, a friend and advisor to Manziel and his family, has confirmed …


The FCC will reportedly classify ISP's under Title II

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will propose to regulate Internet Service Providers (ISP) as a public utility under the classification of Title II. This classification would give the FCC the actual power to punish ISP’s if they tried putting forward …


Rich People Are Less Sad—But They Aren't Any Happier Than The Rest Of Us

Life is a little less miserable when you can throw money at your problems.<p>There is a lot of research to suggest that richer people are more satisfied with their lives than poorer people, at least up to a certain point when their most important needs are met. But life satisfaction is different from …


Discovering your inner GPS

The ability of birds to navigate their way back to their nests, often more than thousands of miles each year, is fascinating. Arctic terns, which have the longest migration distance known, travel from their Arctic breeding grounds to overwinter on the Antarctic coast: an annual roundtrip of over …


Game Of Thrones' Most Enduring Fan Theory, Explained

Some fan theories wilt and die while others linger and persist. One <i>Game of Thrones</i> theory—you probably already know which one—just seems too good not …