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Scientists Grow Hairy Skin in the Lab

Anybody can make skin cells—in fact, you’re doing it right now. But large, transplantable sheets of skin? That’s a bit harder. Still, it’s not …

Solar System

What Is ‘gh’ Doing in So Many English Words?

It’s a blight, a thoroughly tough plight, enough to make you want to fight … or laugh. There are so many ways to pronounce, or <i>not</i> pronounce, the …

Are you a grammar pedant? This might be why | David Shariatmadari

A new study reveals for the first time how different personality types react to spelling errors and grammatical mistakes. It’s all about arousal<p>When you picture a “grammar nazi”, what does that person look like?<p>Are they old or young? Male or female? Professorial or blue-collar?<p>Related: Eight words …

Lumosity's Stumble Reveals How We Think About Thinking

There is no silver bullet for preventing cognitive decline. That doesn’t stop millions of people from playing brain-training games.<p>The ads were pervasive, popping up on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and Google searches. And they were persuasive: Playing Lumosity games would do your brain good.<p>“Can you …

This Video Gives You a Complete Tour of Paris in Just Two Minutes

If you’re dreaming of a trip to Paris but can’t quite make it there now, this video should tide you over. Filmmaker Tyler Fairbank of Light Owl …

Black Mirror

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From alright to zap: an A-Z of horrible words

Is ‘epic fail’ an epic failure, should ‘to hot-desk’ make us hot under the collar, and is ‘like’ to be, like, deplored? A 21st-century guide to good grammar<p><i>Alright</i>, a merged form of <i>all right</i>, has long been trashed in conservative style guides. A typical work of 1939 says firmly: “Never – <i>never</i> – …

Google's $150 Nik Collection of Photo Editing Software Is Now Completely Free

Nik Collection, seven powerful photo editing desktop plug-ins from Google, has dropped its price from $150 to being completely free for …

Grammarly Blog

What would actually happen if we stopped eating so much meat?

If you follow the news about food, you’re no doubt aware that there’s a lot of concern over the impact of eating and raising meat, on both human …

Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

We're About to Witness a Major Development in Safe Nuclear Power

The next generation of clean nuclear power is coming. And as the world struggles to curb the devastating effects of climate change and end its …

Why Ellen Page's New LGBTQ Doc 'Gaycation' Is So Necessary

The actress' series on discrimination around the world unveils a dangerous reality—and a way forward.<p>Imagine that you live in a country where every day, someone like you is murdered, and the average life expectancy in your community is only 30 years old. This is what it's like to be trans in …

The future of the Spanish language is looking a lot more like English

More than 150 academics, novelists, poets, scientists and other experts of language have descended on San Juan, Puerto Rico, this week to debate the future of Spanish — and whether words such as "selfie" will be admitted into the prestigious Diccionario de la Real Academia (Dictionary of the Royal …

Language

Critical thinking suppressed in brains of people who believe in the supernatural

The opposition between religious beliefs and scientific evidence can be explained by difference in brain structures and cognitive activity. …

Researchers turn carbon dioxide into sustainable concrete

Imagine a world with little or no concrete. Would that even be possible? After all, concrete is everywhere -- on our roads, our driveways, in our …

Los Angeles

Sleep suppresses homeostatic rebalancing of brain activity

Neuroscience

Biodegradable algae water bottles provide a green alternative to plastic

Plastic water bottles come with a higher price tag than most people realize, taking up to 1,000 years to decompose in a landfill. The fact that at …

Controversial New Push to Tie Microbes to Alzheimer's Disease

<i>Editor's note: Neurobiologist Ruth Itzhaki has been working in this field for 20-to-25 years, so this article was updated to remove an incorrect</i> …

Dementia

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Infrequent Computer Use May Be An Indicator of Early Cognitive Decline

<b>A new study sheds light on a powerful tool that may detect signs of Alzheimer’s disease before patients show any symptoms of cognitive decline: the</b> …

The Brussels attacks hint at a worrying 'iceberg' theory about terror networks in Europe

The attacks came days after Saleh Abdeslam, a suspect in last year's Paris attacks, was arrested in the Belgian capital, which is also the de facto capital of the European Union.<p>Clint Watts, a senior fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, said on Tuesday …

Year in review: Breakthrough gene editor sparks ethics debate

A revolutionary gene-editing technology made headlines this year as much for the ethical and societal issues it raised as for the scientific …

Genetics

This Technicolor Mutant Zebrafish Is Synthetic Biology's Craziest Creation Yet

It sounds ripped out of the pages of a science fiction novel—or maybe a Lisa Frank catalog—but the genetically modified, brilliantly colored zebra …

This Newly Discovered Alaskan Butterfly Has Antifreeze in Its Blood

Welcome to the family, Oeneis tanana.<p>For the first time in nearly three decades, scientists have discovered a new species of Alaskan butterfly. Dubbed <i>Oeneis tanana,</i> or the Tanana Arctic, the insect may be the only butterfly endemic to Alaska, where it has evolved to survive the state's extreme …

Are these the seven most sustainable cities? - in pictures

Landmarks around the world went dark for Earth Hour this weekend but many cities are making longer term moves towards sustainability. From Hamburg’s coffee pod ban to São Paulo’s ad-free streets – seven cities taking radical steps

Sustainability

World Water Day 2016: Before and after images of Earth's disappearing lakes and seas

World Water Day 2016 will be marked on 22 March. The UN designated day, first marked in 1992 at United Nations Conference on Environment and …