Ilisha D'Souza

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Seven ways to appear more intelligent than other people

You don't have to know the entire works of Shakespeare or the square root of Pi to seem highly intelligent<p>There is no fast-track route to wisdom but intelligence, defined as the way that we comprehend, analyse and respond to the world, is a far more malleable concept.<p>Scientists once claimed that …

Why does pot give you the munchies? Blame your brain

Why does smoking marijuana give people the munchies? Yale University researchers got dozens of lab mice stoned in order to find out.<p>Previous scientific studies (and anecdotal evidence) show that when people and animals are exposed to the active ingredients in marijuana they are driven to eat long …

Motorboat-Size Sea Monster Found, Sheds Insight on Evolution

Weird & Wild<p>The 170-million-year-old marine reptile comes from a prehistoric period little known to scientists.<p>Dinosaurs ruled the land during the Jurassic period. But at sea, it was the age of ichthyosaurs—so-called "sea monsters" that looked like a cross between a narrow-nosed crocodile and an …

Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …

Lips

Fling or ring? Men's mating preferences not hard wired: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - From scientific studies to sitcoms, society portrays men as wired to prefer sexual flings and spurn commitment, and evolution wanted it that way.<p>A woman holding a heart-shaped balloon walks with her partner at a residential area for migrant workers on Valentine's Day in Beijing …

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Kindly app lets strangers bond briefly over troubles

I'm hunched over my iPhone, texting with a stranger I know only as "NJ."<p>I'm soliciting career advice. I love my work, I peck out, but sometimes wonder if I should be more strategic, have a grand plan.<p>This conversation is being facilitated by Kindly, a smartphone app that pairs users for anonymous …

Apps

Eight new planets might be capable of hosting life

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're planning on packing up and changing addresses to Kepler-442b or Kepler-438b anytime soon, you can probably put away the moving boxes for now.<p>While the newly discovered exoplanets and their six friends hold the exciting possibility of being capable of supporting life, scientists …

Planets

Microsoft's Next Web Browser Sounds So Much Better Than Internet Explorer — Here’s Everything We Know

"Spartan" will not replace Internet Explorer, ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports, but it will remain an option for Windows 10 users that want it.<p>While Spartan will use some of the same rendering and JavaScript engines as Internet Explorer, not much else is the same.<p>Here's everything we know:<p><b>It's going</b> …

Colliding black holes could warp space-time itself

A team of prominent researchers has discovered what appears to be the start of two massive black holes at the centers of their own galaxies beginning to collide.<p>Such an event should come as no surprise, considering that there are up to 200 billion galaxies in the universe (according to Space.com), …

Tag: Landscaping 101

Landscape Ideas: Garden Design for a Swimming Pool Area<p>by Kier Holmes<p>Swimming Pools: 11 Best Landscape Plants for Water’s Edge<p>by Kier Holmes<p>Lost …

Russia Has A Strange New Law That Bans Transsexuals And Those With Sexual Fetishes From Driving

A new decree signed on December 29 by Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev delineates the conditions that disqualify people from driving, which implicitly includes people with "gender identity disorders" — a category which includes transgender and transsexual people.<p>For the most part, the conditions …

Human Rights

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

Why can’t you tickle yourself?

It’s almost impossible to get a laugh by self-tickling, says David Robson, and the reason why tells us surprising things about the brain and consciousness.<p>If you want to probe some of the great mysteries of the human mind, all you need is a duster and your feet. Sit back, take your shoes and socks …

Mental Disorders

Our Dreaming World

For all the study and attention that dreams have received, its rather remarkable how much we don't know about dreaming -- not only about its purpose, but also about the mechanics in the brain that make dreams happen.<p>Dreaming is a fundamental, seemingly timeless part of the human experience. For …

Sleep

Sleep: How to nap like a pro

We’ve all heard of the merits of power naps, says Tiffanie Wen, but are there good and bad ways to sleep during the day?<p>Growing up, sleep was considered paramount in my family home. My siblings and I didn’t have many house rules – bedtimes were flexible, we had free reign over microwaved TV dinners …

Sleep

Europe's Worst-Case Economic Scenario Has Arrived And There May Be No Way Out

Inflation is turning negative in Europe, and it's not obvious that the continent can do much about it. REUTERS/Thierry Roge The eurozone is in deflation. It's official.<p>Inflation's fall into negative territory was confirmed Wednesday, with consumer prices down -0.2% in December. Analysts have been …

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …