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What are the greatest chords in music history?

The Telegraph's classical music critic Ivan Hewett is presenting a new Radio 4 series on music's five greatest chords. Here he explains more.<p>What a slender, evanescent thing is a musical chord. Just a stack of notes sounded together, a vibration of the air lasting a few seconds at most. Yet as I …

Your Dog Understands What You Say, So Don't Be an Asshole

Dogs understand your tone and your vocab.<p>Everyone knows that saying "good boy!" in a cheerful voice will make any dog wag his tail wildly in excitement, but most dog-owners also have learned that they know certain words no matter the tone (hence why so many have to spell W-A-L-K). And now, science …

The Brain

Smarter brains are blood-thirsty brains - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A University of Adelaide-led project has overturned the theory that the evolution of human intelligence was simply related to the size of the brain — …

Meet Luca, the Ancestor of All Living Things

A surprisingly specific genetic portrait of the ancestor of all living things has been generated by scientists who say that the likeness sheds considerable light on the mystery of how life first emerged on Earth.<p>This venerable ancestor was a single-cell, bacterium-like organism. But it has a grand …

Biology

Bugatti Chiron: Under the skin of the world's fastest hypercar

Thought the Veyron was complex? Wait until you hear about Chiron.<p>Chateau St. Jean is on the outskirts of Molsheim in the Alsace region of France. In the 1920s and 1930s, it was home to Ettore Bugatti, a man who simply wanted to make cool cars that went fast. His dinners at the Chateau were …

Sports Cars

Mars Curiosity Rover Can Now Autonomously Decide What to Laser

Pew pew!<p>Look out Mars, Curiosity now has the authority to laser at will.<p>After nearly four years of sciencing the Red Planet, NASA has announced it will now let the Curiosity rover choose which targets to zap with its laser spectrometer—sans human approval.<p>As part of its science arsenal, the rover …

Mars Rover

Scientists Now Say Alcohol Is a Direct Cause of Seven Forms of Cancer

Analysis of reviews from several international cancer research bodies has found alcohol to be a direct cause of oropharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and breast cancer.<p>We're all aware of the risks associated with certain day-to-day activities. Walking and attempting to compose …

Cancer

The Biggest Shock From Comic-Con Is This Surprise Sequel To ‘The Blair Witch Project’

If you know Burkittsville, Maryland, you know the idea of a horror series set in the area is a fairly silly idea. Watching the original <i>Blair Witch Project</i> makes you believe that it’s a backwoods wonderland of endless forest, spooky locals, and witches. This is far from the suburb of Washington D.C. …

Dwarf planet Ceres’ mysterious bright spot hints at upwelling of salty water

Scientists say the brightest spot on surface of the dwarf planet Ceres has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals they’ve ever seen beyond …

Astronomy

WATCH: This Simple Triangle Will Change The Way You Think About Maths Forever

Because logarithmic notation is bad.<p>Okay, let's get something straight right off the bat - logarithmic notation in maths is bad and doesn't make a …

Mathematics

3 Things You Need to Do to Be More Productive at Work (Backed by Science)

3 things you can do to avoid "completion bias" and tackle the most important tasks first.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a Web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>I want you to play a short game with me. Close your eyes and imagine a long to-do list that lays …

Time Management

Bose has made the only noise-cancelling headphones you should buy

The Massachusetts-based company has put years of money and research into its QuietComfort line of noise-cancelling headphones, and it owns several important patents related to noise cancelling tech.<p>As a result, it's one of the few major audio brands selling headphones on the back of their …

Consumer Tech

BBM Video for Android and iPhone is now out in Asia-Pacific

Most BBM users finally have access to the app's video calling capability. BlackBerry has released the feature for Android and iOS in Asia-Pacific, which is apparently home to its biggest userbase. The company said it made cross-platform video calls available in the US and Canada first, because it …

5 Scientific Ways to Better Your Brain This Weekend | Inc.com

Your brain is your biggest asset. Invest in it.....starting this weekend.<p>Science dictates that rest is crucial to brain function. So many of us power through the weekend, catching up on projects we missed during the week. This can cause burnout / exhaustion, and actually impede creativity.<p>So! I've …

Humanity

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Magic Leap's hotly anticipated 'mixed reality' device could be here sooner than you think

Magic Leap CEO Rony Abovitz announced Thursday at the Business Wired Conference that the secretive company will begin production of its "mixed reality headset" this summer.<p>"I won't tell you when we are shipping, but I will tell you we are turning on the first production line in our factory …

Augmented Reality

Physicists might have just detected a fifth force of nature

But now physicists in Hungary think they might have found evidence of a mysterious fifth force of nature. And, if verified, it would mean we'd need to rethink our understanding of how the universe actually works.<p>Before we get into that, let's go back to those four forces for a second, because …

Physics

The 2016 Song Of The Summer Has Been Predicted By Science - PAPER

If you've spent the spring in red hot suspense over which songs will get stuck in your head, get you bodied, and ultimately erode your sanity over the course of summer, you'll be happy to know that big data already has it all figured out. Music identification app, Shazam, has mined search data from …

Dua Lipa

The health benefits of masturbation

For the Victorians, it was known as self-abuse, and was deemed the cause of most physical and psychological ills. At the height of a moral and …

Vocabulary

Mars is emerging from an ice age that ended about 400,000 years ago

Climate change affects the Red Planet as well<p>Mars is emerging from an ice age, according to a new study. Studying the Martian climate and how it changes over time can help scientists better plan future missions to Mars and even understand climate change here on Earth, the study authors say.<p>Models …

Ice Age

What Are Those Floaty Things in Your Eye? Science Explains

We thought it was just us.<p>If you've ever noticed tiny worm-like shapes or transparent blobs in your field of vision - you know, those things that …

Optical Illusions

Here's Why Some People Get 'Skin Orgasms' From Listening to Music

Those music chills.<p>Have you ever been listening to a great piece of music and felt a chill run up your spine? Or goosebumps tickle your arms and …

Flute