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Five men with one mission: Keep women in India safe

In India, a sexual assaultoccurs every 22.5 minutes.<p>It's a startling statistic from India's National Crime Records Bureau.<p>"The public doesn't read about most of these incidents in the newspapers," said Manik Mehta, cofounder of startup Leaf Wearables. "But this fact shook us to the core."<p>Mehta and …

India

Ancient crystal suggests life on Earth appeared 4.1 billion years ago

New research suggests life appeared on the planet around 300 million years earlier than previously thought<p>An ancient zircon crystal unearthed in Western Australia may hold evidence that life appeared on the planet 4.1 billion years ago, or about 300 million years earlier than previously thought, …

China's latest building binge: the education factory | Reuters

GUIYANG, China (Reuters) - Three decades ago, Chinese cities began turning rural land into industrial parks to attract foreign investors. Today, a new kind of project is blooming in China’s countryside: the vocational education park.<p>People stand at an entrance to a building inside the campus of the …

China

CITE: The $1 billion city with no residents - CNN Style

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Section 377 and the biases against sexual minorities in India

Ramesh Singh (name changed), a professional in his early thirties, had more than a broken heart to nurse, when his love affair turned sour sometime …

Fidgeting Can Cancel The Negative Health Effects Of Sitting All Day, Study Finds

Sitting all day has been linked with higher rates of heart disease, cancer, hospitalisation and early death.<p>But new research suggests there may be an …

Who owns India’s palaces?

Dholpur Palace.<p>In July, Dholpur Palace found itself in the headlines and not for all the right reasons. The Congress party alleged that Dushyant …

What Your Favorite Music Reveals About Your Brain

If you like R&B but hate heavy metal, a new study explains why—and what it means about the way your mind works.<p>Hate punk rock? Despise country? …

Psychology

The mysterious way your body changes with the weather

Does the damp cause arthritis? Can air pressure shifts bring a headache? Will the temperature influence a baby's sex? David Robson finds some surprising evidence for the folklore.<p>In 2013, neuroscientists reported one of the strangest case reports in the history of medicine: a man who claimed to be …

Particles

Net Neutrality report: Messages to voice-calls, key points in DoT recommendations

Net Neutrality report by Department of Telecommunications (DoT) calls for conforming to the core principle<p>Written by | New Delhi |<p>The Department of …

Net Neutrality

Why do stampedes happen?

<b>New Delhi:</b> At least 29 people were killed in a stampede during a religious bathing festival at Godavari Pushkaram in Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday. The …

Indian state's plans to cull stray dogs hits opposition

<b>(CNN) —</b> A state in India has announced drastic action to deal with its problem of dangerous stray dogs with rabies: culling. But the Animal Welfare Board of India, a statutory board that advises the government, urged the state of Kerala to hold off on euthanizing any dogs.<p>India has a major problem …

India

Revealed: The secret to how parrots talk

Key structural differences in the brains of parrots explain the birds' ability to imitate sounds and human speech<p>Scientists have discovered how parrots talk, as they believe it's down to the wiring in their brains.<p>And the same brain region controls movement which may explain why some parrots …

Birds

Do you have ‘maths anxiety’?

Mental arithmetic can be stressful for many people, causing a lifelong fear of numbers. What makes the brain freeze up when calculating hard sums? David Robson reports.<p>Sweaty palms, a racing pulse, that choking feeling in the back of my throat: nothing sends fear into my heart like the need to …

Mathematics

Ramadan: a guide to the Islamic holy month

The ninth month of the Islamic calendar is when Muslims fast during daylight and when the Qur’an is said to have been revealed to the prophet Muhammad<p>Muslims around the world are preparing for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. From waking up in the early hours for a quick bite and sip of water, to …

Islam

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology

What happened to the women who graduated from IITs in the 90s?

Last year, India passed landmark legislation to fix the abysmal sex ratio in corporate boardrooms—all publicly traded companies needed to put at least one woman on their board. It was a radical law, given that about two-thirds of listed companies in the country had no woman on their boards in June …

India

'The spirits don't like what they did' – Malaysians voice anger at naked prank

Mount Kinabalu locals want tourists – blamed by some for deadly earthquake – to be punished for disrespect, while Dusun tribal priest suggests fine of 10 buffalo<p>Residents in the Malaysian city where a group of tourists are being held after posing naked on the country’s highest mountain have spoken …

Asia

Robotic news writers are faster, but not necessarily better

Robotic news editors promise to save the trouble of picking and writing news stories (and might put people like me out of work), but are they really ready to replace human writers? Yes and no, if you ask <i>NPR</i>. The outlet held a showdown between Automated Insights' WordSmith news generator and a …

Why falling in love is similar to being drunk

A new study suggests that the love hormone oxytocin has similar affects to being drunk<p>Poets, songwriters and authors have written of the intoxicating effect of falling in love.<p>But a new study suggests that the love hormone oxytocin has similar affects to being drunk, and not just the more pleasant …

Love

A five-step guide to not being stupid

Even the smartest people can be fools. David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking.<p>If you ever doubt the idea that the very clever can also be very silly, just remember the time the smartest man in America tried to electrocute a turkey. Benjamin Franklin had been …

Critical Thinking

Be Careful What You Google

The search engine creates a feedback loop that influences the way people see the world, a new study finds.<p>Google is a modern oracle, and a miraculous one at that. It can lead you to the <i>Perfect Strangers</i> theme song lyrics, or to a satellite image of your childhood neighborhood, or to a blueprint for …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Psychology

Why Comfort Food Comforts

A new study looks at the intersection of taste, nostalgia, and loneliness.<p>When the Oxford English Dictionary added a definition for “comfort food” in 1997, it traced the term’s etymology back to a 1977 <i>Washington Post</i> magazine article about Southern cooking: “Along with grits, one of the comfort …

For a More Creative Brain, Travel

How international experiences can open the mind to new ways of thinking<p>There are plenty of things to be gained from going abroad: new friends, new experiences, new stories.<p>But living in another country may come with a less noticeable benefit, too: Some scientists say it can also make you more …

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology

Tim Cook On Apple’s Future: Everything Can Change Except Values

In an exclusive Q&A, the current CEO discusses the Watch, how Steve Jobs informs Apple’s future, and how Apple lives “outside the box.”<p>Fast Company: How does Steve Jobs’s legacy live on at Apple?<p><b>Tim Cook:</b> Steve felt that most people live in a small box. They think they can’t influence or change …

Small, Shrinking Mercury Is a Planetary Space Oddity

Mercury is more than just a dead, roasted chunk of rock. In fact, the solar system’s smallest planet is proving to be surprisingly lively. Well, not in the sense that anything actually lives there, though scientists don’t discount the possibility that some of Mercury’s nooks and crannies could help …

Astronomy

Are Humans Really Headed To Mars Anytime Soon?

With recent news headlines proclaiming that dozens of people have been selected as finalists for a Martian astronaut corps, it might seem like a trip to this alien world might finally be close at hand.<p>But let's have a little reality check. What are the chances that we really will see people on the …

Space Exploration