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Psychology of smiling: can you tell a fake smile from a genuine one?

Psychologist Richard Wiseman has devised a photographic test to check people’s empathy. Do you pass the test?<p>A smile is the universal welcome, the writer Max Eastman once remarked. But how sure can we be that a person’s smile is genuine? The answer is the empathy test, created by psychologist …

Paleontologists Uncover “Super Salamander” Boneyard

Finding fossils takes a combination of skill and luck. You have to be looking in the right place and have some idea of how to distinguish those precious pieces of prehistoric life from all the rock surrounding it. But that’s not all. How the sun hits stone, where your eyes fall along the outcrop, …

Paleontology

This Custom ‘Yeezus’ Bible Replaces Every Mention Of God With Kanye West’s Name

Fixed that for you, King James version.<p>Over a couple thousand years, the Holy Bible’s been through many revisions. None have really taken its meaning to a whole new plateau like this, though. An Etsy user named “Book Of Yeezus” is selling a next-level praise book that replaces mentions of “God” in …

Rap & Hip-Hop

There May Be More Muslims Than Christians In The World By 2070, Pew Study Suggests

(RNS) Muslims will overtake Christians by the end of this century.<p>India, now mostly Hindu, will become the world’s largest Muslim country.<p>The numbers of people with no religious identity will soar in the United States and Europe, but the unaffiliated will lose worldwide market share as Christians …

What's in the Iran deal?

President Barack Obama said that the framework agreement announced Thursday between Iran and six world powers is a “good deal” that will increase Iran’s nuclear breakout time from around two to three months to more than a year.<p>But, of course, the devil’s in the details. Here they are, according to …

South Asia

Sciencespeak: Hyoid

Some of our bones are easy to see. The zygomatic bones that give our cheeks shape, the delicate phalanges of our fingers, and the bony bulbs that are our kneecaps all stand out from beneath the flesh. But the hyoid bone is hidden.<p>Even if you’re looking at a study skeleton in a museum or doctor’s …

Paleontology

Divers find 'priceless' hoard of gold coins off Israel's Mediterranean coast

Record haul of 2,000 coins found in an ancient harbour and belong to era of Fatimid Caliphate which ruled much of the Middle East and North Africa from 909 to 1171<p>Scuba divers have discovered the largest trove of gold coins ever found off Israel’s Mediterranean coast – about 2,000 pieces dating …