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Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.<p>If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could …

Psychology
World Health Organization

The seven ways to have a near-death experience

Seeing a light and a tunnel may be the popular perception of death, but as Rachel Nuwer discovers, reports are emerging of many other strange experiences.<p>In 2011, Mr A, a 57-year-old social worker from England, was admitted to Southampton General Hospital after collapsing at work. Medical personnel …

Consciousness

Cancer: The mysterious miracle cases inspiring doctors

A few patients have made rare and unexpected recoveries leaving doctors scratching their heads, says David Robson. Can these cases provide vital clues for tackling cancer?<p>It was a case that baffled everyone involved. The 74-year-old woman had initially been troubled by a rash that wouldn’t go away. …

Cancer

There's New Evidence About How Life on Earth Began

How did life on Earth start? Did it emerge from the primordial ooze as is popularly believed, or did it land here from a comet or some other …

Research

The Eclipse May Have Been Crappy but What It Told Us About Our Future Is Great

Today, a solar eclipse had a slight chance of fucking up the UK power grid—and that's a really great thing because it means that we're slowly starting to wean ourselves off oil.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>"Under a clear morning sky on the March 20, 2015, some 35,000 MW of solar …

Oil & Gas Industry

How Cuba Could Help Prevent Lung Cancer In The U.S.

Cigars aren't the island nation's only export<p>For the U.S., reestablishing diplomatic relations with Cuba means more than imports of the world’s best cigars—it could mean a better way to stop their damage. Cuban scientists spent decades developing a lung cancer vaccine, called Cimavax. Now …

The philosopher who studies the experience of coffee

Is coffee much deeper than it appears? David Robson meets a philosopher who certainly thinks so – he's attempting to use the drink to probe the human mind.<p>It’s like I’m drinking the dying embers of a log-fire – smoky and tinged with the tang of creosote. As I concentrate harder, I notice its …

Coffee

Cincinnati Scientists Find A Way To Heal The Body Using Electricity

Cincinnati scientists may have found a way to use electricity to help our bodies quickly heal from injury and wounds.<p>Their experiment works on the …

Particles
North London

Gun killings fell by 40 percent after Connecticut passed this law

In the early ’90s, gang shootings gripped Connecticut. Bystanders, including a 7-year-old girl, were getting gunned down in drive-bys. “The state is becoming a shooting gallery, and the public wants action,” an editorial in the Hartford Courant said at the time.<p>So in the summer of 1994, lawmakers …

Guns

Angelina – and Shiloh! – Bond with a 12-Year-Old Refugee in Lebanon

It’s a special mother-daughter trip for Angelina Jolie Pitt and 9-year-old Shiloh. The mom of six brought her daughter to Lebanon on Friday to spend …

Why Oil Prices Went Down So Far So Fast

The reasons oil prices started sliding in June were hiding in plain sight: growth in U.S. production, sputtering demand from Europe and China, …

Is poker a game of skill, or a game of luck?

Last week, researchers claimed to have developed a poker-playing computer program that is nearly unbeatable. What are the implications for the old debate about whether poker is a game of skill or luck?<p>As a spectator sport, poker traditionally isn’t the most engaging thing to watch. I realised this …

Artificial Intelligence

When Minimum-Wage Hikes Hit a San Francisco Comic-Book Store

‘I’m hearing from a lot of customers, ‘I voted for that, and I didn’t realize it would affect you.’”<p>So says Brian Hibbs, owner and operator of Comix …

San Francisco

Gas prices 'way beyond' where oil rebound should have them: BMO

Gas prices are up by more than a third since the start of the year, a figure much higher than one would expect based on the slight rebound in oil …

Oil

15 hotels that used to be prisons

Some have been completely transformed, but if you take a closer look, you can still see remnants of their fascinating and frightening pasts.<p>Others, however, have chosen to leave a large part of their buildings in original conditions.<p>From Boston's chic Liberty Hotel to the spooky iron-clad corridors …

Hospitality

Top 10 Island Beaches For Unplugging

<i>By The Editors of Condé Nast Traveler</i><p>There are beaches for partying, beaches for swimming, and beaches for doing absolutely nothing at all. If you're after the latter, we've got you covered. These are the best beaches for relaxing, according to Condé Nast Traveler readers.<p><b>10. Banana Bay, St. Kitts</b> …

Beaches