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Why you should never drink whisky on the rocks

The Thirsty Explorer heads to the Scottish island of Islay where he learns the important differences between malt and whisky – and how to order it in a bar.<p>The first time I tasted Scotch whisky I was a broke student, chugging direct from a £3 bottle, lying outside my tent at the foot of Ben Nevis, …

The hidden psychology of voting

Votes are cast based on rational decisions, right? Not necessarily – we may not be as in control of our preferences as we like to think, writes Zaria Gorvett.<p>It hits the moment you board the train – that unmistakeable tang of stale urine. You take a seat. The passenger opposite sneezes across the …

Psychology

Ten unforgettable Shakespeare lines

Press me! The buttons that lie to you

Does it help to push the buttons on pedestrian crossings, train doors and thermostats? Often the answer is “no”, as Chris Baraniuk discovers.<p>The tube pulls in to a busy station along the London Underground’s Central Line. It is early evening on a Thursday. A gaggle of commuters assembles inside and …

South Africa's xenophobic violence spreads

As locals blame immigrants for hard economic times, xenophobic violence in South Africa is on the rise. CNN's Diana Magnay reports.

Nine psychological reasons why we love lists

The internet is awash with information that’s been sliced and diced into bite-sized chunks. But why do we find it so appealing? Claudia Hammond explores the canny mind tricks behind the buzz.<p><b>1. We know exactly what we’re getting</b><p>Whether it’s the 10 ways your body is disgusting or the 100 greatest …

Why do we have allergies?

Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts make life a misery for millions. But why does our body over-react to seemingly benign intruders? Carl Zimmer reports.<p>For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a …

Immune System

Геймеры обучаются быстрее | hi-news.ru

Видеоигры не только способствуют развитию зрительного восприятия. Они могут также повысить обучаемость мозга. Геймеры демонстрируют повышенную консолидацию памяти на зрительных задачах по сравнению с теми, кто не увлечен видеоиграми. Многие исследования показывают, что с задачами, в которых …

Языковые универсалии

Лингвист Яков Тестелец о «парадоксе шифровальщика», универсальных языковых закономерностях и генеративной грамматике Хомского

The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust

Hidden in an unknown corner of Inner Mongolia is a toxic, nightmarish lake created by our thirst for smartphones, consumer gadgets and green tech, discovers Tim Maughan.<p>From where I'm standing, the city-sized Baogang Steel and Rare Earth complex dominates the horizon, its endless cooling towers and …

Rare Earth

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Can Canada teach the rest of us to be nicer?

Life is hard enough, with plenty of jagged edges and pointy bits. Why not coat it with a glaze of politeness and humility?<p>Every August my family embarks on that great American ritual: the road trip. And we always head north. Canada may not be the most exotic of destinations, but sometimes, exotic …

Canada

Что, если времени просто нет, не было и не будет? | hi-news.ru

Что, если времени нет, все существует в настоящий момент и это фундаментальный принцип Вселенный, который наши ученые до сих пор пытаются понять? Времени не существует, и квантовая теория только подтверждает это? Некоторые вещи ближе к вам во времени, некоторые дальше, точно так же, как в …

Стелла Цейтлин: «Ни одна детская речевая инновация не является случайной

Стелла Цейтлин: «Ни одна детская речевая инновация не является случайной»<p>https://postnauka.ru/talks/44998<p>Интервью с лингвистом о процессе освоения …

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In Alpine villages, Hobbits lurk

With jagged peaks, glacial grottoes and fertile dells of wildflowers, it was Switzerland’s epic landscape – not New Zealand – that inspired JRR Tolkien.<p>No one will believe you are going to Middle Earth. Most visitors arrive in Zurich ready to shop on Bahnhofstrasse and sightsee in the Niederdorf …

What should I absolutely not do when visiting your country?

Local etiquette trips up even the savviest travellers – so Quora respondents weighed in with some of the worst mistakes to make abroad.<p>Common sense goes a long way when it comes to learning a country’s proper etiquette. But even the savviest, most observant travellers can make the occasional …

Europe

Earth’s most otherworldly sites

From Fly Geyser in Nevada to the Gates of Hell in Turkmenistan, few places garner the status of being completely surreal, as if from a different planet.

17 of the Finest Words for Drinking

Definition:<p><i>slang</i> : mildly drunk<p>About the Word:<p>If the number of words that a language has to describe a specific thing somehow reflects on the people …

Language

How performers conquer ‘unplayable’ works

Composers are always testing musicians’ limits – but they always rise to the challenges set. Yesterday’s ‘unplayable’ work can become tomorrow’s concert standard, writes Clemency Burton-Hill.<p>It’s a commonplace that great art comes from great suffering. The recent Oscar-winning movie Whiplash may …

Buildings hidden from the world

Рассказ испанца о новом MacBook с одним портом USB-C стал хитом интернета [видео]

После презентации новых моделей MacBook с дисплеем Retina и одним портом USB-C видеоблогер Армандо Ферейра выпустил шуточный перевод ставшего мемом …

The man who ‘invented’ Impressionism

It’s hard to believe that Monet, Degas and Renoir once faced hostility from the art world. Alastair Sooke reveals how one man changed everything.<p>Few movements in the history of art feel as familiar as Impressionism. Barely a week goes by without Monet and his contemporaries generating headlines for …

Sex, shootouts and solitude: The motel on film

Motels appear frequently on film – and are often hotbeds of seediness and violence. Stephen Smith peeks behind the closed doors of the roadside inn.<p>Music fans have long debated the 1977 Eagles’ hit Hotel California and its paradoxical refrain ‘You can check out anytime you want, but you can never …

Canine competitor 'poisoned' at Crufts: Investigation after dog dies

<b>London (CNN) —</b> An investigation is underway after a canine competitor died the day after taking part in Crufts, one of the world's most prestigious dog shows. An autopsy indicates he was poisoned.<p>Three-year-old Irish setter Thendara Satisfaction -- known to his owners as Jagger -- took second prize …

A glossary for the 21st Century

A new book offers words to make sense of our era. Here, its authors set their work in context before listing ten of the most thought-provoking terms from their glossary, including ‘deselfing’, ‘Detroitus’ and ‘time snack’.<p>In 1967, an unusual-looking book called The Medium is the Massage sold in …

Четыре способа преодолеть вселенское ограничение скорости | hi-news.ru

Когда Альберт Эйнштейн впервые установил, что свет движется с одинаковой скоростью по нашей Вселенной, он, по сути, установил ограничение скорости на 299 792 458 метров в секунду. Но это не конец. На самом деле это только начало. До Эйнштейна масса — атомы, из которых вы, я и все вокруг состоим — и …

Новости фотоиндустрии и фототехники

Новая фотокамера COOLPIX P900, которую сегодня представила компания Nikon, оснащена сверхмощным 83-кратным оптическим зумом, охватывающим фокусные …

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Alice In Wonderland