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The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

University of California

16 Hilariously Bad Signs That'll Make You LOL And Facepalm

"This library is now selling free coffee for $1."

Selling

America really did have a Manchurian Candidate in the White House

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>After returning from a tour of some of the war zones in the Middle East — which ended with the Free Iran Gathering 2018 in Paris — I …

Why your body jerks before you fall asleep

If you have ever wondered why people’s arms and legs twitch suddenly as they are drifting off to sleep, our resident psychologist Tom Stafford has the answer.<p>As we give up our bodies to sleep, sudden twitches escape our brains, causing our arms and legs to jerk. Some people are startled by them, …

Sleep

Why you should get a burner phone number, even if you aren't a spy

Apps make it easy to create a second number.<p>The first time you heard of a burner phone—a cheap prepaid mobile intended for temporary use—was probably while watching a crime drama. But an extra cell phone comes in handy even when you operate on the right side of the law.<p>A second number can help you …

Picture Perfect: TV Settings That Deliver the Ultimate Picture Quality

If you recently bought a new television, you’ll notice that things have changed when it comes to out-of-the-box TV settings.<p>It used to be that when …

32 Genius Gadgets Under $40 On Amazon That Are Basically Out Of A Black Mirror Episode

<i>Black Mirror</i> is science fiction, but sometimes it hits pretty close to home — and today’s modern world is actually filled with high-tech devices that …

Forgotten Element Could Redefine Time

A lot can happen in a second; you could meet a stranger, snap your fingers, fall in love, fall asleep, sneeze. But what is a second, really — and is …

More and more people are now keeping their car keys in the microwave - and it's for an excellent reason

The number of cars stolen in the UK last year jumped significantly.<p>According to recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, during 2017 …

12 Things Costco Employees Won’t Tell You

Warehouse clubs are a fantastic way to save money, and brands like Costco have revolutionized the way that consumers shop, both in person and online. …

The 42 Biggest Questions About Life, the Universe, and Everything

In a homage to 'Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,' two physicists explain the biggest unknowns in science. I’ve summed them up as a tweetstorm.<p>In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams’ classic irreverent tour through the universe, a supercomputer named Deep Thought discovers the answer to …

17 British sperm donors have fathered more than 500 children between them, figures show

Seventeen British sperm donors have fathered more than 500 children between them, new figures show.<p>The startling numbers have led to fears that men could be unknowingly passing defective DNA to dozens of youngsters, because currently donors are not screened for faulty genes such as BRCA1/2 which …

Reddit's List of the Most Disturbing Movies of All Time Will Freak You the F*ck Out

In early May, Reddit user Ladyberries posed an interesting question for other people on the site: "What are movies that genuinely disturbed you that don't have rape, violence, cannibalism, or gross images?" Sure, it's easy to get scares out of audiences when blood is being splashed all over the …

Stephen Hawking's Final Theory About Our Universe Has Just Been Published, And It Will Melt Your Brain

His final word on whether multiverses exist.<p>Groundbreaking physicist Stephen Hawking left us one last shimmering piece of brilliance before he died: …

The Difference Between Lust, Infatuation, And Love

I've been in love a few times, been infatuated even more, and in lust more than both of those combined. And, not surprisingly, when I was infatuated, …

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

Here's your taste of the best restaurants and bars in Texas for 2018

Each year, we hold a Texas-sized celebration of two of the things we love most: food and drink. The annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, presented by …

San Antonio

No way out? Aliens on 'Super-Earth' planets may be trapped by gravity

"Super-Earth" planets are giant-size versions of Earth, and some research has suggested that they're more likely to be habitable than Earth-size worlds. But a new study reveals how difficult it would be for any aliens on these exoplanets to explore space.<p>To launch the equivalent of an Apollo moon …

The Complete Timeline of Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies

Here’s every single thing that happened across the all the MCU movies to get you ready for “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers 4”<p><b>The beginning of time:</b> …

Marvel Universe

Mum, 82, who couldn't recognise her own son due to dementia gets memory back - after changing her diet

An 82-year-old dementia sufferer who failed to recognise her own son has incredibly got her memory back after changing her diet.<p>When his mother's …

Here's Why Killing Yourself With Cardio is the Wrong Way to Get in Shape

Want to look better? Forget about the gym.<p>If getting in better shape is something you'd like to do, know this: You'll make more of a dent watching what you eat as opposed to trying to burn calories doing cardio. It's because a person burns roughly 100 calories running one mile, and since you need …

Here's How We Know the Big Bang Happened

At 13.8 billion years ago, our entire observable universe was the size of a peach and had a temperature of over a trillion degrees.<p>That's a pretty …

Universe

Promising cancer drug aces human clinical trials

A new cancer drug known as BLU-667 has moved through phase I human trials, and the results are promising. Taken orally, the drug targets what are …

This chart shows every major technological innovation in the last 150 years — and how they have changed the way we work

LONDON — Humanity is always moving forward with innovation after innovation improving global quality of life.<p>The last 150 years have seen the most remarkable advancement of technology in history. Electric lighting, cars, plastic, the telephone, and television are all less than 150 years old, while …

Innovation

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

The 10 Weirdest Stars in the Milky Way

Our galaxy has more than a few tricks up its sleeves.<p>Carl Sagan once called the Sun an "ordinary, even a mediocre star." Most of the hundred billion or more stars in the Milky Way are humdrum and plain, but over the years astronomers have found plenty of peculiarities. In a universe bound only by …

This Awesome Periodic Table Tells You How to Actually Use All Those Elements

Americium could save your life.<p>Thanks to high school, we've all got a pretty good idea about what's on the periodic table.<p>But whether you're looking …

How Well Do You Know English? The Origin of 'Bite the Bullet' and 15 Other Common Expressions in English

You probably think you know where 'mad as a hatter' is from ... but you're wrong.<p>English is not an easy language to learn. Not only do you have to contend with compound expressions (like "make out" or "turn up"), but you must understand expressions that barely seem tethered to reality.<p>Imagine …

Alice In Wonderland

‘Gluten-Free Water’ Shows Absurdity Of Trend In Labeling What’s Absent

The food labeling craze coupled with banner headlines about the dangers of gluten, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and hormonesare leading to …

Imagine yourself doing the backstroke in one of the 10 largest pools in the world

1 of 11<p>Comparing the size of his pool to Kanye West’s, Drake caused a stir by rapping, “Ye’s pool is nice, mine’s just big is what I’m saying” on</i> …