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9 mind-blowing comparisons that put huge numbers into perspective

Comprehending size is one of them.<p>Sure, the Empire State Building is big, but so are the Earth and the solar system. And all of those things are big at wildly different magnitudes.<p>That's where scale models come in handy.<p>Sometimes the only way to understand the world at its extremes is to put it in …

Markets

From Russia, with love: Rare glimpse of tiny mammoth

The world’s only intact mammoth, a preserved baby, arrived from Russia on Friday, representing a triumph of diplomatic, scientific and personal …

Paleontology

Schools harness exercise as a way to boost brain power

When the hip-hop starts pounding and the announcer’s voice crackles through the loudspeaker, 665 students at St. Wilfrid Catholic School know what to …

Schools Are Slow to Learn That Sleep Deprivation Hits Teenagers Hardest

As a pediatrician, I find that there are few topics that parents want to discuss more than sleep. Parents worry about their own sleep deprivation when babies arrive. Later, they worry about their children’s. I almost never encounter patients who are convinced that they’re getting the recommended …

Sleep

Employers looking to hire millennials ask ‘what do they want?’

For older generations, Sterling adds, “success was defined by what our title was.”<p>Similar findings emerged during a two-year study commissioned by …

Drake rocks South by Southwest festival with surprise performance

All was clearly forgiven, however, when Aubrey Drake Graham finally took to the microphone for a hard-edged barrage of material from his recent, …

The Secrets of the Wave Pilots

At 0400, three miles above the Pacific seafloor, the searchlight of a power boat swept through a warm June night last year, looking for a second boat, a sailing canoe. The captain of the canoe, Alson Kelen, potentially the world’s last-ever apprentice in the ancient art of wave-piloting, was trying …

Sailing

Amber-trapped lizard fossils reveal 'lost world'

<b>Lizards locked in amber for 99 million years give a glimpse of a "lost world", say scientists.</b><p>The ancient reptiles are preserved in "superb detail" down to scales of skin, the tip of a tongue and tiny claws.<p>Two of the fossils are related to modern-day chameleons and geckos, revealing how features …

Paleontology

Why People Love Bass

The beat drops and people start nodding their heads. It's a common behavior, so it's easy to disregard. But the reasons why humans respond to a killer beat aren't necessarily obvious.

Behavior

The World Has a Problem: Too Many Young People

AT no point in recorded history has our world been so demographically lopsided, with old people concentrated in rich countries and the young in not-so-rich countries.<p>Much has been made of the challenges of aging societies. But it’s the youth bulge that stands to put greater pressure on the global …

Demographics

This $35,000 gadget makes it possible to watch first-run movies at home

They say that money doesn't buy happiness.<p>But it'll buy you a device that will let you watch movies at home while they're still in theaters.<p>Prima …

The results are in: the NBA managed to cut down on flopping

If you feel like there’s been less flopping from NBA players this season, well, then it turns out you’ve been right.<p>Vlade Divac, in his return to the …

Lance Stephenson

International Women's Day Google Doodle celebrates the remarkable women of the future

LONDON — For International Women's Day this year, Google has looked to the future — rather than the past — for inspiration.<p>Women and girls from …

Bank of Canada

Study: white Southerners in counties that had more slaves are likelier to back Republicans

What drives white Southerners' support for Republicans today? A new study, to be published in the <i>Journal of Politics</i> later this year, suggests it's not only modern issues, education, age, and racial demographics — but also the state of slavery in 1860.<p>The study, from political scientists Avidit …

Political Science

Traumatic Brain Injury: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is damage to the brain caused by an outside force. It is a very common brain condition. In 2010, there were about 2.5 …

Should the sports world ban indigenous team names and logos?

Pop culture critic Jesse Wente spoke out against 'racist' logos this week<p>From Chief Wahoo, former mascot for the Cleveland Indians baseball team, to …

“Nature can surprise us”: There’s a new species of bacteria that eats plastic

There’s an estimated 311 million tons of plastic (pdf) produced every year across the world. There will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050, it’s probably in our food, and will likely leave its mark long after we’re gone.<p>Polyethylene terephthalate (known as PET), which is used for …

Pollution

We Just Discovered Bacteria That Can Eat Our Plastic

The only problem: It’s not very hungry.<p>More than 220 million tons of plastic are produced each year, and despite greater emphasis on recycling programs, much of it gets dumped in landfills and oceans around the world. The U.S., for example, only recycles about 14% of the nearly 33 million tons of …

Why Am I Right-Handed?

<i>The questions kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big places adults forget to explore.</i> …

The Brain

3-D Printing Maps to Help the Blind

To create navigational tools for the visually impaired, a team of engineers is combining a new technology with a very old one.<p>The Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is a state-funded facility that teaches vocational skills to the blind and visually impaired. Old wooden maps …

3D Printing

The secret to happiness? Stop trying to be happy.

We’re safer, richer, healthier—and more miserable—than ever before. What new research reveals about happiness. And how to find it.<p>A few minutes after …

Happiness