Emil Ayvazov

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Here's a list of 100 words scientists really want you to stop misusing

Words and Science<p>Without language, things between humans would get pretty confusing pretty fast. And even though the ways we communicate can be …

Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world

The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human. By Stephen Metcalf<p>Last summer, researchers at the International Monetary Fund settled a long and bitter debate …

Economics

A 100-Year-Old Drug Shows Extremely Promising Results For Treating Autism Symptoms

This could be big.<p>A small, but promising clinical trial in the US has shown that a 100-year-old drug called suramin can measurably improve the …

Jaw-Dropping Study Says Some Human Relative Was in California 130,000 Years Ago

The evidence points to humans — or some relative — invading North America long before we thought.<p>Here's what we know: About 130,000 years ago, near modern-day San Diego, something or someone killed a mastodon. Whatever it was bludgeoned the creature's spine and jaw in a calculated fashion and …

Anthropology

Was the Solar System Previously Home to Another Intelligence?

… and if so, where should we look for evidence?<p>When astronomers talk about the search for life elsewhere in our solar system, they usually talk about microbes, simple and resilient forms of life known to exist in the most extreme temperatures and conditions. Space probes have mapped enough of the …

Universe

What happens to political satire when the real world goes mad? ‘Veep’ is about to find out.

<b>On Nov. 8,</b> as the nation picked its 45th president, Julia Louis-Dreyfus spent the night observing a fake election.<p>The scene, filmed for an upcoming episode of the political comedy “Veep,” unfolded in what was supposed to be a polling station in a post-Soviet republic. Actors dressed as villagers — …

Comedy

Trump’s Made in America Slogan Doesn’t Fit Ivanka’s Clothing Line

Despite President Donald Trump's calls for American companies to manufacture their products in the U.S., shipments of his daughter's branded, Chinese-made dresses have continued to land on U.S. shores since he took office, documents reviewed by NBC News show.<p>Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping …

Donald Trump

The true story behind the deadliest air disaster of all time

<b>Exactly 40 years ago, at Tenerife-North Airport (formerly Los Rodeos), two Boeing 747s - one belonging to KLM, the other to Pan Am - collided on a foggy runway. Five hundred and eighty-three people were killed in what remains the biggest air disaster in history. In this extract from Cockpit</b> …

UD Las Palmas

Researchers Think Portals May Link Our Visible World With The "Dark Sector"

Long ago, physicists identified and categorized the components of the visible universe. Up until recently, 16 particles formed everything in the …

A thousand miles from Moscow: how Putin forged his Russian heartland

He may be reviled in the west but the president was a godsend in the desperate, dying old rustbelt towns<p>Any number of journalists are now scouring the American heartland to find out what they missed in the run-up to the US presidential election. For more than 20 years I’ve done the same in Russia …

Why String Theory Could Be The Key to Uncovering The 'Theory of Everything'

Life, the Universe, and everything.<p>A central goal that modern physicists share is finding a single theory that can explain the entire Universe and …

Scientist finds entanglement instantly gives rise to a wormhole

Quantum entanglement is one of the more bizarre theories to come out of the study of quantum mechanics — so strange, in fact, that Albert Einstein …

Quantum Mechanics

12 things that can make you less attractive, according to science

There are, unfortunately, at least as many easy ways to sabotage your sex appeal, like slouching or crossing your arms in your online-dating photo. Swipe left!<p>Below, we've rounded up some all-too-common traits and behaviors that can make it harder to score a date — only some of which have to do …

Democratic Party

Safe space travel: Protecting alien worlds from earthlings - and vice versa

The discovery of seven new Earth-like planets has risen hope to find extraterrestrial life. During space explorations, though, researchers have to be …

Opinion: Russian politics are as cold as ever

Thousands have taken to the streets. Kremlin critic Ildar Dadin released from prison. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny running for president. Don't …

Russia releases Dadin, Amnesty prisoner of conscience

Russia has released an opposition activist after a court quashed his sentence. Ildar Dadin had been declared a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty …

The Newly Discovered TRAPPIST-1 Star System Was Hiding In Elite: Dangerous All Along

Our Last Hope: Inter-Stellar Migration

Somewhere on one of the newly-discovered planets orbiting the star known as Trappist-1, there are life forms that have worked out how to live …

Einstein’s Last Great Unproven Theory May Well Be Resolved Tomorrow

We are about 99.9999 percent sure gravitational waves have been detected. GET HYPE.<p>A century after Albert Einstein first predicted the existence of gravitational waves, scientists may have finally nabbed the first direct detection of them. At least, that's the word on the street since the Laser …

Physics

The 'unpatriotic' post on Facebook that meant I finally had to flee Russia

I was already used to abuse, but my post about a Russian military plane crash sparked a frightening campaign against me<p>I can tell you what political harassment feels like in Putin’s Russia. Like many dissidents I am used toabuse, but a recent campaign against me was so personal, so scary, that I …

Nolan Peterson: Is This How World War III Starts?

<i>This article first appeared on The Daily Signal.</i><p>KIEV, Ukraine—It’s cold, and I’m alone. I walk along Khreshchatyk, this city’s main boulevard. The …

OCD-like behavior linked to genetic mutation, study finds

A new Northwestern Medicine study found evidence suggesting how neural dysfunction in a certain region of the brain can lead to obsessive and …

Killer, kleptocrat, genius, spy: the many myths of Vladimir Putin

Russia’s role in Trump’s election has led to a boom in Putinology. But do all these theories say more about us than Putin?<p>Vladimir Putin, you may have noticed, is everywhere. He has soldiers in Ukraine and Syria, troublemakers in the Baltics and Finland, and a hand in elections from the Czech …

A newly discovered Churchill essay on aliens is a timely reminder of the dangers facing life on Earth

If the British prime minister was seeking solace in the prospect of life beyond our war-torn planet, would the discovery of a plethora of exoplanets aid or hinder such comfort?<p>The 11-page article - Are We Alone in the Universe? - has sat in the US National Churchill Museum archives in Fulton, …

Universe

Scientists Are About to Switch on a Telescope That Could Photograph a Black Hole's Event Horizon

We're about to peer into the abyss.<p>Black holes are among the most fascinating objects in the known Universe. But despite the fact that they're …

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 review – when anything was possible

Royal Academy, London From singing peasants to Soviet mugshots, history shapes everything in this momentous show<p>Lenin, dead at 53, appears in monumental close-up in an open red coffin. The queuing mourners, also painted on the spot, are diminutive by comparison. Six years later, in 1930, he is …

NATO says it's seen a sharp rise in Russian fake news since the Kremlin seized Crimea

There is increasing concern among senior NATO and European Union officials over Russia's ability to use television and the Internet to spread what they say is fake news.<p>The defense alliance of 28 democracies says it has recorded more than a score of Russian myths in the last two years which it has …

Russia

An end to bromance: Russia’s in love with Trump, right? Not as much as you think

No more love story: Vladimir Putin’s government has no illusions about Donald Trump, and doesn’t trust him<p>Donald Trump loves Russia and Russia loves Donald Trump. Right?<p>Not so fast.<p>The reporting on Russia’s reaction to (and alleged role in) Trump’s victory has been simplified and one-dimensional. …

Litvinenko's widow cautions Trump over relations with Putin

Alexander Litvinenko's widow warns the White House against cozying up to Russian leader Vladimir Putin. A British inquiry found Putin likely approved …

Russian treachery is extreme and it is everywhere

Vladimir Putin’s worldwide influence is pernicious. Dare Theresa May confront it?<p>Nationalism always breaks its promises because nationalists hate enemies <i>in</i> their countries more than they hate the enemies <i>of</i> their countries. Millions of American conservatives proved it when they voted for Donald …