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Millennial generation turning their backs on sex in highest numbers since the 1920s

Millennials are less likely to have had sex than any other generation since the 1920s with a marked rise in the proportion of people embracing …

A Unified Theory of Randomness

Researchers have uncovered deep connections among different types of random objects, illuminating hidden geometric structures.<p>Standard geometric …

Mathematics

Our brains use 4 steps to solve math problems — and the discovery might change education

Ever wondered how your mind deals with complex sums and multiplications?<p>A new study has imaged how the brain's activity levels change while taking on serious math problems, and reveals for the first time that there are four distinct neural stages involved in coming up with a solution.<p>Two different …

Mathematics

Watch wall-walking spiderbots weave ‘impossible’ structures with carbon fiber

Normally, the notion of setting a pair of spiderbots free in your house would seem alarming. But if you knew that they were weaving you a strange and mathematical hammock while you were gone? Suddenly that fear turns to wonder — and eventually, a nap.<p>The Mobile Robotic Fabrication System for …

Surveying the Lives of Americans, Through the Windows of Their Parked Cars

Each state has its own laws placing limits on the tinting of car windows. The concerns of these regulations are policing and privacy, but their language is photographic: <i>visibility, film, reflection, light, transmittance</i>. “I began to understand that the car window was the frame, and that in some way …

Modern Physics Questions If There are Extra Dimensions Humans Can't Perceive

It’s an <b>idea</b> that goes way, <b>way back</b>, at least to Aristotle, and likely further. It’s the idea that there are <b>more dimensions</b> than the <b>three</b> we perceive:</b> …

Quantum Mechanics

9 Innovations That Could Become the Next “Big Thing”

Halfway into 2016, it is clear that we are living in a new era of innovation. Beyond Silicon Valley, corporations and startup hubs worldwide are …

What a Chess Grandmaster Can Teach You About Solving Problems

Have a complex problem? International chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley suggests trying this.<p>How do <i>you</i> go about solving problems?<p>My father grew up playing chess in his native Philippines, where the game is hugely popular. He became fairly skilled, and even won a few tournaments after immigrating to …

Learning

The San Andreas Fault Is On The Brink Of A Devastating Earthquake

In earthquake prediction, geologists work in probability distributions rather than absolute terms. Consensus is growing, however, of the likelihood of a large and devastating earthquake to strike California. Why are scientists beginning to worry? The San Andreas Fault hasn’t produced a big …

San Andreas Fault

These animals are helping to reveal the biological origins of rhythm

For Irena Schulz, one of those moments happened on an otherwise ordinary day in August, 2007.<p>Schulz lived in Schererville, Ind., where she managed a sanctuary for abandoned parrots.<p>A man named Dane Spudic came by with a young male Eleonora cockatoo called Snowball — a striking creature with …

Neuroscience

Vanished! The Surprising Things Missing From Ancient Art

When you look back across the history of art, things go missing. Interesting things.<p>For example, it seems ancient people didn’t have a word to describe the color of the sky. The “b” word—blue? They didn’t use it. That’s the argument, anyway.<p>A couple of years ago, one of my colleagues at <i>Radiolab</i> (a …

Art

Grow A Bacterial Zoo In A Bottle

How to build your own Winogradsky column<p>In the 1880s, Russian microbiologist Sergei Winogradsky sealed pond water, mud, and nutrients in a clear tube. The column gave rise to a diverse mix of pond bacteria, which organized into layers based on their energy sources: carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, or …

Biology

Street kids, poverty and fortitude: Photographer Mary Ellen Mark's stirring last project

In 1983, photographer Mary Ellen Mark went to Seattle to chronicle the plight of the city's street kids in a story for Life magazine. On that journey, she met Erin Blackwell, a young teen with a hard stare. The slight yet fierce young woman was nicknamed "<p>Tiny." Just 14, she was a runaway working …

Parenting

Snapshots: Saint Étienne's urban doodler with a sense of humour

The street artist known as Oak Oak uses the urban elements of his home town of Saint-Étienne, an old industrial town in France, to create humorous, site-specific art. “What I like about street art is that you can find somewhere to draw anywhere and it is a surprise for the people who find it,” he …

Street Art

5 ways to make money with your phone

You don't like to think about it, but between the up-front cost and the monthly contract payments, your phone costs you a fair bit of money. What you might not realize is that it can make you money, too.<p>You won’t get rich, but you can pay for a few trips to Starbucks. Here’s how to get started.<p><b>1.</b> …

eCommerce