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Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test

Affluence—not willpower—seems to be what’s behind some kids' capacity to delay gratification.<p>The marshmallow test is one of the most famous pieces of social-science research: Put a marshmallow in front of a child, tell her that she can have a second one if she can go 15 minutes without eating the …

Indiana University

60 years in orbit for 'grapefruit satellite' – the oldest human object in space

Sixty years ago, a grapefruit-sized aluminium sphere with six antennas and some tiny solar cells was launched into Earth orbit. The Vanguard 1 …

As America Changes, Some Anxious Whites Feel Left Behind

Demographic shifts rippling across the nation are fueling fears that their culture and standing are under threat.<p>Even after the coal mines closed and the factory jobs disappeared and the businesses began taking down their signs on Broad Street, even after the population started its steady decline …

Demographics

New Guidelines Redefine Birth Years for Millennials, Gen-X, and 'Post-Millennials'

You hear about Millennials, Generation X, and the Baby Boomers all the time, but it’s not always clear who’s a part of these groups. In fact, all of …

Demographics

People Don't Actually Know Themselves Very Well

Chances are, your coworkers are better at rating some parts of your personality than you are.<p>When Donald Trump tweeted that he was a “very stable genius,” he was accused of lacking self-awareness by journalists and comedians. But the truth is that no one has perfect self-awareness—you probably …

Psychology

The Only Dumbbell Exercises You’ll Ever Need

There are hundreds of ways you can use weights to ramp up your workouts. But many basic moves target just one group of muscles, such as the biceps or …

Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians

There has been a surge in anti-Christian attacks following the election of Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government<p>The strains of Hindi carols have rung out in the Aligarh Church of Ascension every Christmas since 1858. Armed police on the grounds is a more recent tradition.<p>This year the …

India

The Nintendo Switch is winning because it’s ‘good enough’

Graphics aren’t the most important thing<p>Nintendo doesn’t release sales information for non-Nintendo games on the Nintendo Switch, but chatter among indie devs about strong sales has been common since the system launched.<p>According to the sales charts on the system itself on Nov. 22, <i>Rocket League</i> is …

Rocket League

JFK's assassination aided by his bad back, records show

<b>(CNN) —</b> Every November, America remembers the end of Camelot: a shining time of promise led by John F. Kennedy, our nation's youngest elected president, brought to an abrupt and bloody end by Lee Harvey Oswald's second shot, a bullet to the brain.<p>While conspiracy theorists debate who pulled that …

Pain

Bananapocalypse: The race to save the world’s most popular fruit

In a hot, dry field near a place called Humpty Doo in Australia's Northern Territory, scientists are racing to begin an experiment that could determine the future of the world's most popular fruit, the lowly banana.<p>Dodging the occasional crocodile, researchers will soon place into the soil …

Forestry

Cars Without Fake Grilles

If you had to pick the automotive equivalent of Spanx, a pretty safe bet would be fake grilles. They serve a purely aesthetic purpose, and they …

Ford Mustang

NASA's Mission To Saturn Is Over -- But These Facts Will Leave You Breathless For a Lifetime | Inc.com

The mission was named after Christiaan Huygens (1629-1695), a Dutch scientist who is credited for discovering Saturn's rings and its largest moon (Titan), and Giovannia Domenico Cassini (1625-1712), who discovered four satellites of Saturn and the division of the Saturn rings (known as the "Cassini …

Astronomy

Cousin Who Witnessed Emmett Till Abduction Dies At 74

It was Aug. 28, 1955, when 14-year-old Emmett Till was wrenched from his bed by two armed white men in Money, Mississippi, tortured and killed. Sharing that bed with Till was his cousin Simeon Wright, then age 12, who bore witness to what would become a horrifying catalyst in the nascent civil …

What a Total Solar Eclipse Looks Like in 4K, Close-Up, and Real-Time

During the Great American Eclipse, photographer JunHo Oh captured this incredible close-up 4K footage of totality in real time. You can see a great …

Elon Musk publishes 15-page manifesto outlining how to get humanity to Mars

The 15-page paper, published in the journal <i>New Space,</i> and available for free until early July, doesn't offer a great deal of new information that …

From crushed bugs to cow urine: the history of colours – in pictures

A new exhibition in Melbourne curated by paint-maker David Coles tracks the history of over 200 pigments – some deadly, some revolting, and some so rare and expensive they are no longer in circulation. The exhibition also features the strange world of modern colours – those that can only be seen …

Art

Bomb at hospital in Thailand wounds 24: police

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A bomb at a hospital in the Thai capital wounded 24 people on Monday, the third anniversary of a 2014 military coup, the government said, with the army chief blaming groups opposed to the junta.<p>Thai forensic experts carry evidence as they leaves from a site of bomb blast at the …

Almost every speed limit is too low

When lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?”<p>Hearing his question, you might assume that lieutenant Megge is a particularly zealous police officer. The type of person who walks half a city …

‘Immortal’ psychic accidentally stabs himself to death

A psychic medium died after reportedly stabbing himself in the heart during a bungled act to prove his immortality.<p>Theprit Palee, 25, had been …

In emotional service, Jesuits and Georgetown repent for slave trading

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is a chasm, Frederick Douglass wrote in 1845, between Christianity proper and the "slaveholding religion of this land." One is "good, pure and holy," the other corrupt and wicked, the "climax of all misnomers, the boldest of all frauds."<p>"We have men-stealers for ministers, …

Black History

Apple’s GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork apps are now completely free

No Mac or iPhone purchase required<p>Apple is making its GarageBand, iMovie, and iWork (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers) apps totally free for all Mac OS and iOS customers as of today. In late 2013, Apple began offering the software for free to anyone that purchased a new Apple device — either a Mac or …

A city stilled, shocked and then enraged by attack

<b>London (CNN) —</b> The big red buses sit abandoned on the bridge, six of them. Nearby are two black taxicabs, also empty. No passengers, no drivers, no pedestrians.<p>This is not normal. This is the opposite of normal. This is Westminster Bridge, linking Britain's Houses of Parliament to the South Bank, …

Extremism

Man asks friends to send him anywhere in the world — here's what happened

Losing your job is never good, but one man turned his layoff into a life-changing adventure.<p>Alex Strand found himself unemployed in December after his company, the camera maker GoPro, shut down his entire division.<p>The 32-year-old media producer, who lives in San Francisco, knew he’d have to look …

A Farang at Lamnamoon Muay Thai

Fightland Blog<p>Photos by Boom Watthanaya​<p>Isaan, Thailand's northeast region, is the poorest and most under developed part of Thailand. The area's deep-seeded poverty and lack of access causes it to significantly lag behind national averages in terms of GDP and education. Drug and gang violence, …

Thai floods kill 21 and hit rubber production | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Widespread flooding in Thailand’s south has killed 21 people, hit rubber production in the region and shut down infrastructure, officials said on Monday, as the military government increased aid to flood-affected areas.<p>Cars drive through a flooded street at Muang district in …

Thailand considers death penalty for officials convicted of graft | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai officials convicted in corruption cases involving more than 1 billion baht ($28 million) could face the death penalty under a proposal approved on Monday by the military-appointed National Reform Steering Committee.<p>Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha arrives at a …

Currency 'Reform' Under India's Narendra Modi: Wrecking The Economy To Save It?

The biggest international disaster of November 8 might not be the election of Donald Trump as America’s president. It could be Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s destruction of 86 percent of his nation’s currency. Some of his countrymen wonder if he will end up wrecking India’s economy rather …

India

Thai King urges unity in first New Year speech | Reuters

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn called for unity in his first New Year address since taking over from his late father, who was widely seen as a unifying force during decades of turbulence.<p>Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun is seen on a screen as …

Can you correctly name these MotoGP riders?

We’ve lined up some stars past and present. Now you need to correctly identify them.<p>It's time to raid your MotoGP knowledge bank, as we've set you a …

MotoGP

Carrie Fisher, actor best known as Star Wars' Princess Leia, dies aged 60

Carrie Fisher, the actor best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars films and her unflinching self-honesty that contrasted with the artifice of Hollywood celebrity, has died in Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.<p>Hilarious realist: Carrie Fisher was the person everyone would want …

Mental Health