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Why "Liberal" Men Can Be Misogynists In Their Personal Lives

A year ago, almost to the day, Louis C.K. went on the <i>Conan O'Brien Show</i> to sing Hillary Clinton's praises. "She's really talented, super-smart; I'd …

Initial Coin Offerings Go Mainstream: Omise and Kik Announce Cryptocurrency Sales

Initial coin offerings have officially gone mainstream. The Asian fintech startup Omise announced Wednesday a plan to raise $19 million with a …

It’s amazing how much taller people are now than they were 100 years ago

People in most of the world have gotten significantly taller over the last century.<p>A network of health scientists known as the Non-Communicable Diseases Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC), published a study in the journal eLife in 2016 that analyzed height changes around the world. The team …

Amazing

A former Navy SEAL commander explains the surprising way he trained his troops to respond to failure

During his deployment in Iraq in 2006, Jocko Willink oversaw about 100 people as the commander of US Navy SEAL Team 3 Task Unit Bruiser.<p>In an episode of his podcast, Willink explained that he developed a habit that could annoy his troops but also serve as a real motivator.<p>From the podcast:<p>"One of …

Military

4 reasons why people ignore facts and believe fake news

The new year has brought us the apparently new phenomena of fake news and alternative facts, in which black is white, up is down, and reality is up for grabs.<p>The inauguration crowds were the largest ever. No, that was not a "falsehood," proclaimed by Kellyanne Conway as she defended Sean Spicer's …

Critical Thinking

Everything you need to add beautiful editable maps to your PowerPoint slides

If you study or work sooner or later you will have to make a PowerPoint presentation. No matter if you work in a mapping industry, you want to …

Maps

Higher Metacognition is probably what separates Geniuses from the rest

Metacognition is “thinking about thinking”, or “knowing about knowing”. It comes from the root word “meta”, meaning beyond. It can take many forms; …

University College London

Death by GPS: are satnavs changing our brains?

We increasingly rely on GPS to get from A to B. But what happens if we’re led catastrophically astray – and are we losing our sense of direction?<p>One early morning in March 2011, Albert Chretien and his wife, Rita, loaded their Chevrolet Astro van and drove away from their home in Penticton, British …

This man had no idea his mind is ‘blind’ until last week

Imagine realising that you’ve spent your whole life unable to visualise anything in your mind. Helen Thomson speaks to a 42-year-old man whose internal world is pictureless.<p>Close your eyes and visualise the face of the person you love the most. The colour of their eyes, the texture of their hair, …

The Brain

'NASA images show giant hole at North Pole leading to hollow Earth' conspiracy theorists claim

These images reveal NASA is hiding a huge hole leading directly to the centre of the Earth, conspiracy theorists have claimed.<p>The “devastating” …

More evidence: Solar farms can increase biodiversity

Any time I write about solar farms promoting increased biodiversity, somebody somewhere will call BS. However, a new study from the UK's Solar Trade …

These are the questions you should always ask during a job interview

The questions YOU ask during a job interview are just as important as the answers you give.<p>Knowing which questions to ask at a job interview can be …

London, reimagined: alternative tube maps – in pictures

As London prepares to vote for a new mayor, explore some surprising angles on the city – from life expectancy to cost of living – in alternative underground maps

Data Visualization

Earth - The real reasons nothing can ever go faster than light

It was September 2011 and physicist Antonio Ereditato had just shocked the world.<p>The announcement he had made promised to overturn our understanding of the Universe. If the data gathered by 160 scientists working on the OPERA project were correct, the unthinkable had been observed.<p>Particles – in …

Physics

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A tale of two brains is more fiction than fact

The famous opening sentence in Charles Dickens' 1859 novel, <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>, 'It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age …

We’ve changed a life-giving nutrient into a deadly pollutant. How can we change it back?

Coastal dead zones, global warming, excess algae blooms, acid rain, ocean acidification, smog, impaired drinking water quality, an expanding ozone …

Farming

Climate change 'most existential crisis civilisation has known', says DiCaprio

Backstage at the Academy Awards, the winner of the best actor Oscar explanded on his impassioned acceptance speech<p>Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar on Sunday, after being nominated four times previously. The actor was expected to win after dominating the best actor race all season, winning a …

Women have more empathy, but do even we care any more?

People are becoming more self-centred, says new research. The shocking death of Louise Wolstenholme suggests this may be true<p>Psychopaths don’t yawn. They might yawn when they’re tired, or bored, or when the conversation switches to a subject that isn’t linked to them, but when other people yawn, …

This Hypnotizing Illustration Depicts the Whole Known Universe

This is the universe as we know it, if not exactly to scale.<p>What's it like to gaze through a telescope into the heavens? It's a little something like this illustration, which shows the entire observable universe ranked from most distant in the outer part of the circle to our own solar system in the …

Astrophysics

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These Stone Etchings Might Depict a Prehistoric Campsite

Humans might have had architectural inclinations as far back as the Paleolithic era. According to a study in the journal <i>PLOS ONE</i>, researchers have …

TV binging, exercise skipping linked to poor cognitive function | Ars Technica

Bad habits early in life may affect brain power later, researchers suggest.<p>Passing on the gym to snuggle on the couch and binge watch whole seasons …

Binge Watching as a Young Adult Linked to Cognitive Impairment: Study

Sitting around watching TV and not doing any physical activity as a young adult may be linked to lower brain functioning even earlier than scientists …