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Empathetic People Have Physical Differences in Their Brains, Study Finds

New research has opened up questions that it may be possible to lose your empathetic ability over time or that it could even possibly be increased …

No one could describe the color 'blue' until modern times

It's about the way that humans see the world and how until we have a way to describe something, even something so fundamental as a color, we may not even notice that it's there.<p>Until relatively recently in human history, "blue" didn't exist, not in the way we think of it.<p>As the delightful Radiolab …

Linguistics

Turkey joins air strikes against Isil for the first time

Turkish warplanes join allied forces in air strikes on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant<p>Turkish warplanes have for the first time joined raids by the US-led coalition against Islamic State positions in Syria, the foreign ministry said Saturday, after Washington urged Ankara to play a full …

One in 50 people have a rare disorder that prevents them from picturing a beach in their head

For most people this is an easy task, but for a small proportion, it's impossible. Known as "aphantasia," doctors have described for the first time a condition where people can't form mental images in their "mind's eye."<p>It's thought that as many as one in fifty people might have aphantasia. Some …

The Brain

Killing Cecil the lion was no big deal, says Grace Mugabe

The first lady of Zimbabwe has come to the defence of American dentist Walter Palmer saying he did not know the importance of Cecil<p>Grace Mugabe, the controversial first lady of Zimbabwe, has surprised her nation by springing to the defence of Walter Palmer – the American dentist who shot dead Cecil …

Wildlife
LGBTQI

Rhetorical abuse over Iran deal is troubling, Obama tells Jewish groups

President<p>Obamainsisted Friday that he and fellow supporters of theIran nuclear dealhave received more rhetorical abuse than they've dished out in the divisive debate over the agreement.<p>Speaking to two Jewish groups in a live webcast from the White<p>House, Obama said he had to "challenge a little bit …

'In the Mind Fields' and the renewed emphasis on a mindful approach to mental illness

In a 1956 cover story marking the centenary of Sigmund Freud's birth, Time celebrated the Viennese physician as the father of American psychiatry. While the magazine acknowledged that fewer than 10% of the nation's 9,000 psychiatrists were "hard-core analysts," it estimated that at least 70% of …

Lost cities: where to pretend you are Indiana Jones

Unearthing lost cities used to be the preserve of machete-wielding, Indiana Jones types, but advances in technology lie behind the most recent discoveries rather any derring-do in the jungle.<p>One of the most groundbreaking recent finds lay hidden in Honduras’ near-impenetrable La Moskitia rainforest …

Archaeology

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Irritable Bowel Syndrome