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Scientists find evidence of mathematical structures in classic books

James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake has been described as many things, from a masterpiece to unreadable nonsense. But it is also, according to scientists at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Poland, almost indistinguishable in its structure from a purely mathematical multifractal.<p>The academics put more …

Literature

A 69-year-old monk who scientists call the 'world's happiest man' says the secret to being happy takes just 15 minutes a day

Matthieu Ricard, 69, is a Tibetan Buddhist monk originally from France who has been called "the world's happiest man."<p>That's because he participated in a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by a neuroscientist from the University of Wisconsin, Richard Davidson.<p>Davidson hooked up …

Meditation

Texas eighth-grader suspended for rescuing classmate during asthma attack

Anthony Ruelas watched for what seemed like an eternity as his classmate wheezed and gagged in a desperate struggle to breathe.<p>The girl told classmates that she was having an asthma attack, but her teacher refused to let anyone leave the classroom, according to NBC affiliate KCEN. Instead, the …

Crime

Our real Sarah Palin nightmare: We debate sideshows and phony problems — while this very real threat looms undiscussed

While we waste time debating whether science is real, a terrifying biodiversity loss continues under our noses<p>It’s an amazing fact that the contemporary world is marked by a growing number of problems that are genuinely <i>global</i> in scope. Some of these problems even have existential implications for …

Climate Change

Could scientists create dragons using CRISPR gene editing?

<b>The mythical dragon has been associated with Wales for more than a millennium and famously graces the national flag.</b><p>But is it possible dragons could ever exist beyond the pages of Celtic mythology or the celluloid of fantasy film?<p>Academics have suggested in a recent essay the creation of large, …

Genetics

The Art of Living & Dying

This is Philosophy’s Double-edged Sword…<p>“When Plato’s Socrates states in the <i>Phaedo</i> that philosophy is <i>melete thanatou</i> –that is to say, an intense …

The inmate I can’t forget: I thought prison inmates were the dregs of society, until I became one of them

We were sick people struggling with addiction; but Mike paid much more dearly for his choices than I did<p>“Bread and water.” This was dad’s response to my question about what prisoners ate. My childhood inquisitiveness was probably piqued from viewing a cartoon with men in black and white stripes …

Mind

6 Essential Cocktails Everyone Should Know How to Make

If you're serious about your home bar, you should know how to make these six classic cocktails.<p>In a perfect world, we’d all move to London and live in the Chiltern Firehouse hotel. After a long day, we’d breeze home, where a white-jacketed bartender would slide us a deftly mixed Vesper (or …

Buckinghamshire

Why we’re losing foods we love, why it matters, and how we can stop it

The following is an edited excerpt from “Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love” (HarperOne, 2015).<p>The following is about food, but it’s really about love. It’s about that moment when you find yourself savoring something so wholly and intently, you never want to let it go. I thought …

Agriculture

Will America’s 100-Year-Old Female Spy Finally Be Recognized for the Hero She Is?

She worked behind enemy lines—and was captured by the Soviets. But the U.S. never properly gave her full credit for her heroism. After seven decades, …

Ayahuasca: a Possible Cure for Alcoholism and Depression

Brazil is at the forefront of research into ayahuasca as a therapeutic drug.<p>Jorge* is around 60 years old, works a white collar job, has gray hair, married children, and grown grandchildren. People who work with him would never imagine that he participates in religious rituals using a mind altering …

Consciousness

The Roman road from Istanbul to Rome that's still causing problems for the West, 2000 years on

Bettany Hughes travels the 'Via Egnatia', an old Roman road built between Italy and Istanbul and hears of the suffering of dispossessed migrants<p>It was his teeth that I noticed first. The quiet Syrian was the only one in the group who had a smattering of English, so he had been pushed forward to …

Did my black life matter?: When I was roughed up in front of my house, I was surprised by who helped — and who didn’t

In my gentrified neighborhood, a minor scrape escalated, putting me in danger. Why didn’t my black neighbors help?<p>I was 16 when I had my first run-in with police. I was behind the wheel of my ’85 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback with my close friend, and crush, Marisa, on the highway on our way back …

Crime

My 4-year-old thinks she’s Jewish and it’s changed how I see my own faith

The first time my 4-year-old daughter declared her Jewish faith, she was in the middle of her swimming lesson last fall. Her teacher, a kind blond woman with a giant floral back tattoo, was asking her about the looming holidays as they bobbed around the indoor pool.<p>“So, do you celebrate Christmas, …

Parenting

World’s toughest animal has tons of foreign DNA - Futurity

Scientists were shocked to find tons of foreign DNA in the genome of tardigrades, the only animal known to survive the extreme environment of outer …

Why We All Need to Give Up on Work-Life Balance Once and for All

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What’s the deal with work-life balance?<p>It seems everywhere we look, there are articles and books and videos that tell us how we can achieve this ever-elusive idea. We’re told that if we just find the right daily planner and set some …

Work-life Balance

Prisoners crush Harvard’s debate team, and our ideas about criminals

Last month, a debate team of three inmates with violent criminal records defeated a team of three Harvard University undergraduates.<p>It sounds like an …

The Pope Throws Down for Religious Freedom

On Saturday, standing before Independence Hall, Francis sounded similar to the most passionate religious-liberty defenders on the American right.<p>Add this to the list of greatest improvised metaphors of all time: On Saturday, the pope stood before Independence Hall in Philadelphia and defended the …

Religion

This free online encyclopedia has achieved what Wikipedia can only dream of

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy may be the most interesting website on the internet. Not because of the content—which includes fascinating entries on everything from ambiguity to zombies—but because of the site itself.<p>Its creators have solved one of the internet’s fundamental problems: How …

Humanities

The Syrian War Has Prompted the First Ever Withdrawal From the Doomsday Seed Vault

The devastating impact of the conflict in Syria has forced a doomsday seed vault buried deep in the Arctic to allow withdrawal of seed deposits for …

Syrian Civil War

Mystery Of Amazonian Tribe's Head Shapes Solved

Culture may trigger rapid evolution of various human features, suggests new research into the marital practices of a tribe from the Brazilian …

South America

The whisky astronauts took into space is back, and it tastes unexpectedly different

Astronauts and alcohol don’t mix, the American space agency ruled in 1972 (pdf). That, however, hasn’t meant there is no alcohol aboard the International Space Station (ISS).<p>Everything from beer to wine has made its way to way to space, and the Russians have even enjoyed a sip or two of cognac. On …

Ice Cream

British 12-year-old smarter than Einstein, Hawking

<b>(CNN) —</b> A 12-year-old girl who had an inkling she might be quite clever has taken a test and proved she was absolutely right.<p>Lydia Sebastian achieved the top score of 162 on Mensa's Cattell III B paper, suggesting she has a higher IQ than well-known geniuses Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking.<p>The …

Genius

Stonehenge discovery 'immense' says lead archeologist – video

Speaking on the BBC’s Today programme on Radio 4, the University of Bradford’s professor Vincent Gaffney, the leading archeologist on the discovery, explains the significance and scale of Durrington Walls, near Stonehenge. Archeologists have discovered the remnants of a huge stone monument two …

Archaeology

Huge ritual monument found hidden near Stonehenge

The super-henge of Durrington Walls has been hiding a secret for thousands of years: a row of 90 massive standing stones<p>A huge ritual monument which dates from the time of Stonehenge has been discovered hidden under the bank of a nearby stone-age enclosure.<p>Durrington Walls, a roundish ‘super-henge’ …

Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you’ve never heard of that affects millions

One in 50 of us is a victim, left feeling like a robot – and yet even doctors have to Google it. Now one sufferer is intent on helping millions out of their torment<p>Jane Charlton was not herself when she woke one day in April 2002, but it was more terrifying than any ordinary morning grogginess – …

Mental Health

What Your Genetic Blueprint Says About You: The Rise of Epigenetics

Health care and medicine is living through a major transformation. We're entering into a new era of medicine where prevention precedes treatment. Now this idea, believe it or not, is quite new. Of course, prevention is always the ideal, but sadly the health care sector has been programmed to curing …

Genetics

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Neuroscience

The Surprising Thing I Learned From Studying My Brain With Meditation Technology For 7 Days

I’ve been meditating since I was 14 years old<p>It’s one of my most cherished daily rituals. And with good reason. As of 2015, over 1400 studies credit …

Hidden history revealed in Ermenek

KARAMAN - Anadolu Agency<p>AA Photos<p>Best known for coal, the ground beneath the southern Anatolian district of Ermenek is continuing to reveal priceless …