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India has a new caste for native English speakers only

Sometime around 2012 or 2013, my daughters stopped speaking in Konkani, our mother tongue. It isn’t entirely clear what provoked it, perhaps it was a teacher at their Mumbai school encouraging students to speak more English at home. Or perhaps it was something else. It doesn’t matter.<p>What did …


10 Australian Scifi Movies You Need to Watch

When someone says “Australian science fiction movie,” thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to <i>Mad Max</i>—if not George Miller’s insanely influential …

Science Fiction

The Best Movies of 2017 (So Far)

<i>This list has been updated to include October releases.</i><p>This year has already seen one attempt at crowning a best film go awry, but we won’t be …

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8 TED talks that will change how you think about human psychology

Some of the talks deal with happiness and success, and others with memory and motivation. But all of them provide an important window into what makes us tick.<p>Here are a handful to get you better-acquainted with the organ between your ears.


Is the internet killing our brains?

Throughout history, people have always worried about new technologies. The fear that the human brain cannot cope with the onslaught of information made possible by the latest development was first voiced in response to the printing press, back in the sixteenth century. Swap “printing press” for …

The Brain

16 Wikipedia Pages That Will Change The Way You See The Universe

Robot proteins, immortality, Martian rocks falling from the sky, catastrophic eruptions, and reverse evolution! What more could you ask for?

Earth Science

How To Become A Genius

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence.<p>You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re smarter than the average American, according to a study from YouGov. Yet when it comes to IQ, …

25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Want to expand your mind? A little bit of effort every day goes a long way.<p>In the Quora thread, “What would you do to be a little smarter every …

Interactive book apps – 10 of the best

In the early days of Apple’s iPad, there was a gallon of hype around the potential for interactive book apps. When many of the early, expensive-to-develop examples flopped on the App Store, the hype ebbed away.<p>Even so, a number of developers, publishers and authors have continued plugging away at …


Secrets to Success From Elon Musk, Steve Martin and Mike Bloomberg

What are the secrets to success? Well, successful people work hard. But you work hard too, right?<p>And if you keep working harder and harder you’re …


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What stress does to your brain

New research examines the myriad ways chronic stress and anxiety can damage your long-term health<p>Thor Benson<p>August 15, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on ATTN:.<p>Stress can be a dangerous enemy for the brain. In fact, it can have serious effects on your brain's ability to operate …

The Brain

Do you genes determine your entire life?

Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis were separated as one-month-olds, adopted by different families and reunited at age 39. When University of …


Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …


EXCLUSIVE: 49 Extraordinary Vintage Portraits of Hollywood's Most Famous Faces

These new photos of Ethan Hawke, Jason Segel, and other notable attendees at Sundance Film Festival capture what they might have looked like in the 19th century.<p>These new photos of Ethan Hawke, Jason Segel, James Franco, and other notable attendees at Sundance Film Festival capture what they might …


30 Romantic Movies To Stream This Month

It's February, and you know what that means. Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and it may seem like all anyone is talking about is love, …


Rare And 'Horrific': Frilled Shark Startles Fishermen In Australia

Normally, we wouldn't call something a living fossil. But the name seems tailor-made for the frilled shark, whose roots are traced to 80 million years ago. Its prehistoric origins are obvious in its primitive body; nearly all of the rare animal's closest relatives are long extinct.<p>In the most …


How to curb hunger pangs with your mind

There may be a simple way to lose weight using only the power of thought. You just have to know how, says David Robson.<p>Eric Robinson has a surprising tool for weight loss. It’s something we all have, but perhaps don’t use it as much as we’d like: our memory.<p>Dieters often feel that they are waging …


The Best Mobile Apps Of 2014

Have all these apps downloaded? If not, you should!<p>There are a lot more to mobile apps than just Angry Birds. The best apps of 2014 are rethinking the way we consume news, socialize, create and consume art, call for help, comprehend scientific principles, and of course, approach our daily work. …

Our deepest darkest fears turned into terrifying cartoons

We all have deep dark fears that are almost always irrational and probably rooted from our childhood and most likely festered when we were alone and …

15 best designed Android apps of 2014

Every year, developers and designers take bold moves to see what they can do and the winners are us, the users. It was a wild year in terms of Android apps design as we saw a number of great apps that challenged the best of the best when it comes to design. Let’s take a look at the 15 best designed …