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The Unknowable Enigma of Babies’ Dreams

Infants spend twice as much time in REM sleep as adults—but experts still know little about what happens in their brains during those hours.<p>Infants spend most of their time sleeping, waking up for just a few hours total every day. A lot of growth happens during those spans of shut-eye, though. …

Sleep

Emoji: the first truly global language?

I sent one this morning. My pal texted to say that she was in that most invidious of contemporary social tangles: someone was offering her a Kate Bush spare but she had already committed herself elsewhere. Me, I was busy thinking about emoji. I didn't have time to deal with someone else's heartache …

Jane Austen: Strictly ballroom

In <i>Emma</i>, Jane Austen concedes that it may be just possible to live without dancing. "Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind." But what an empty life! For …

Jane Eyre by Sarah Waters, Margaret Drabble, Jeanette Winterson and others

Sarah Waters, Tessa Hadley, Jeanette Winterson, Margaret Drabble, Esther Freud, Andrew Motion, Maggie O'Farrell, Polly Samson, Helen Dunmore, Blake Morrison, Julie Myerson, Cornelia Parker, John Mullan, Helen Simpson, Polly Teale, Samantha Ellis, Mick Jackson, Joanna Briscoe, Linda Grant, Sarah …

Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science

In recent years, the 10,000-steps-a-day regime has become entrenched in popular culture. You can barely walk down the street without someone stomping past you wearing a FitBit; when Jeremy Hunt was health secretary, he was often pictured with his poking out from his shirtsleeves. It has become a …

Diabetes

Did The Lancet study show all drinking is unsafe? Not quite

Last week a paper claimed to be the definitive study on drinking. The media used headlines like "There's No Safe Amount of Alcohol." But is that …

Alcohol

Franken-algorithms: the deadly consequences of unpredictable code

Facebook would claim they know what’s going on at the micro level … But what happens at the level of the population​? Neil Johnson<p>You have all these pieces of code running on people’s iPhones, and collectively it acts like one multicellular organism George Dyson<p>The 18th of March 2018, was the day …

Mary Shelley

Money really does lead to a more satisfying life

Many previous analyses — including several that I have conducted with my partner, Betsey Stevenson, a fellow University of Michigan economist — have …

Skim reading is the new normal. The effect on society is profound | Maryanne Wolf

The negative effects of screen reading can appear as early as fourth and fifth grade<p>We need to cultivate a new kind of brain<p>Look around on your next plane trip. The iPad is the new pacifier for babies and toddlers. Younger school-aged children read stories on smartphones; older boys don’t read at …

Love Stories

From Frankenstein to Pinocchio: top 10 artificial humans in fiction

The story of man trying to compete with the gods in creating a living being is one of the earliest tales. These narratives about effigies brought to life, homunculi, golems, reanimated corpses and sentient robots invariably end in death and disaster. Still, they profess our sincere hope that if we …

New theory of dark personality reveals the 9 traits of the evil people in your life

Do evil people exist? While the answer to this may depend on your religious background and what you understand “evil” to be, scientists have figured …

Self Control

Award Winning Map Shows a More Accurate World

The familiar world map, we’ve all encountered in school (sans Antarctica), was conceived almost half a millennium ago, in 1569, by cartographer …

Alzheimer’s disease

Nature Medicine | Review Article<p>In this Review, Salter and Stevens discuss the role of microglia in CNS disorders such as autism, neurodegenerative …

Offspring of Neanderthal and Denisovan identified for first time

A small piece of bone found in a cave in Siberia has been identified as the remnant of a child whose mother was a Neanderthal and father was a Denisovan, a mysterious human ancestor that lived in the region.<p>Researchers made the discovery when they examined DNA extracted from the bone and found that …

Humanity

Dark Energy May Be Incompatible With String Theory

A controversial new paper argues that universes with dark energy profiles like ours do not exist in the “landscape” of universes allowed by string …

The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin’s Tree of Life

On Nov. 3, 1977, a new scientific revolution was heralded to the world — but it came cryptically, in slightly confused form. The front page of that day’s New York Times carried a headline: “Scientists Discover a Form of Life That Predates Higher Organisms.” A photograph showed a man named Carl R. …

Atoms

Both low and high-carb diets can raise risk of early death, study finds

Eating either a low-carb diet or a high-carb diet raises the risk of an early death, according to a major new study which will dismay the many people who have ditched the likes of bread, rice and potatoes for weight loss or health reasons.<p>Researchers who pooled the results of eight large studies …

Nutrition

The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p><i>Updated and corrected on September 7, 2018</i><p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport …

Extinction

Drop 'cancer' label to protect patients from over-treatment, researchers say

Ditching the ‘cancer’ label from low-risk conditions could protect many patients from unnecessary aggressive treatment and distress, Australian …

Will computers be able to think? Five books to help us understand AI

The brains of two rats were networked together so that one was able to use information stored in the brain of the other<p>The problem with AI is that while it’s relatively easy to define the “A”, the “I” remains elusive. We don’t know what our own intelligence is, nor how we generate our familiar …

Machine Learning

Panashe Chigumadzi picks the best books about Zimbabwe

History is big business in Zimbabwe. The struggle over the past is really the struggle to define the present and future. As the country prepares for a general election, the shadows of Big Men from Cecil John Rhodes to Emmerson Mnangagwa obscure the histories of ordinary people.<p>No novelist has dealt …

The book that fights sexism with science

When young men and women come up against sexist stereotypes masquerading as science, Angela Saini wants them to be armed with the facts. “I call my book ammunition,” she says of her 288-page prize-winning work <i>Inferior: The True Power of Women and the Science that Shows It</i>. “There are people out …

Feminism

Menopause: nature's way of saying older women aren't sexually attractive?

Sitting at my desk today is a benefit made possible by my mother-in-law. She is taking care of my son, leaving me free to do other work and ideally, in biological terms, have more babies. That, in short, is the leading explanation for why she and other women of her age have evolved to stop having …

Aboriginal archaeological discovery in Kakadu rewrites the history of Australia

"The axes were perfectly preserved, tucked up against the back wall of the shelter as we dug further and further," Professor Clarkson told Fairfax …

From Maus to Tamara Drewe: the 10 graphic novels everyone should read

The recent hoo-ha about the Man Booker prize’s longlisting of a graphic novel for the first time, the chilling, understated Sabrina by Nick Drnaso, may have piqued your interest in exploring this ever-expanding medium further, or perhaps for the first time. Not everyone has grown up reading comics …

This algorithm says I'm aggressive, irresponsible and unattractive. But should we believe it?

But far worse, the algorithm said — with a confidence level of 98 per cent — that my "aggressiveness" level was "high" and my responsibility and …

Evidence of 250 massacres of Indigenous Australians mapped

There have been as many as 500 massacres of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. And mass killings occurred well into the middle of the 20th century, researchers have said.<p>The disturbing revelations were released by the University of Newcastle on Friday as part of the second …

Map of massacres of Indigenous people reveals untold history of Australia, painted in blood

Research based on colonial or settler accounts and Indigenous oral history mark the thousands of first nations people killed by Europeans in frontier wars<p>The first recorded killing happened on 1 September 1794, six years after the First Fleet arrived in Sydney Cove and declared Australia a British …

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? By Jacob Mikanowski<p>On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening …

Trump Administration

Dozens heard Amelia Earhart's final, chilling pleas for help, researchers say

That harrowing scene, the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) believes, was probably one of the final moments of Earhart's …