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Is It Possible to Smell Weakness? Lemurs Can.

AnimalsWeird & Wild<p>An injured ring-tailed lemur’s personal scent plummets, and others can use that as a signal to swoop in on mates or territory.<p>You can’t bluff a lemur.<p>Humans can put on their “game face” to appear tough, but ring-tailed lemurs use scent to size up their opponents. That means these …

An orange a day slashes risk of failing eyesight, scientists say

Eating an orange every day reduces the risk of deteriorating eyesight by up to 60 per cent, a new study suggests.<p>The 15-year analysis indicated that people who regularly eat oranges are far less likely to develop macular degeneration.<p>Researchers at the Westmead Institute for Medical Research in …

Immune System

The Strange and Curious Case of the Deadly Superbug Yeast

A pathogen that resists almost all of the drugs developed to treat or kill it is moving rapidly across the world, and public health experts are …

Public Health

What is love? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Experts say the western ideal of romantic love is constantly disappointing us. Which is a shame because our culture loves romantic love. It’s an idea that pervades pop music, novels, TV and film. Somewhere out there our perfect match is waiting to meet us, so the theory goes. But maybe love isn’t …

Relationships

Many asteroids might be remnants of five destroyed worlds, scientists say

In the beginning, the solar system was little more than a cloud of dust and gas. Then cold temperatures caused the center of the cloud to collapse, forming the sun. The newborn star lit up with nuclear fusion, sending light and heat out into the spinning circumstellar disk. Soon that material …

Universe

Will we stop speaking and just text?

The young often text more than make calls so is speech itself doomed? Texting may be closer to speech than formal written language, writes James Harbeck.<p>Say this out loud: <i>zomg wtfffffff im going 2 pwn you!!!!1111 lololol</i><p>Well, OK, you can’t. And yet, in its loosely structured live interactivity, …

Language

Scientists Identify a "New Type of Depression"

Scientists want to develop new antidepressant drugs.<p>An estimated half of the 322 million people affected by depression don’t appear to benefit from …

A Renowned Physicist on What Science Can (and Can’t) Teach Us About the Meaning of Life | Heleo

“No matter what new advances science makes, there is still room for religion.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>What Albert Einstein called “the most beautiful</i> …

IQ scores are falling and have been for decades, new study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says.<p>The research suggests that genes aren't what's driving the decline in IQ scores, according to the study, published Monday.<p>Norwegian researchers analyzed the IQ scores of …

IQ

Neil Armstrong gave her a vial of moon dust, she says. She’s suing so NASA won’t take it.

It was a Saturday, and Laura Murray was a 10-year-old girl hanging out with her nanny outside her family’s Cincinnati townhouse. Her mother, giddy with excitement, handed the little girl a small glass vial filled with light-gray dust. It was from the moon, her mother told her.<p>Along with it was a …

U.S. Army

Why Are Some of Africa's Biggest Baobab Trees Dying Off?

Baobab trees — ancient, otherworldly behemoths with bulbous trunks that splinter into a constellation of spindly branches — are some of Africa's most iconic living things.<p>Until late last year, the Platland tree in South Africa, also known as Sunland, was their queen. It was the continent's biggest …

South Africa

Antarctica Is Melting Three Times as Fast as a Decade Ago

Between 60 and 90 percent of the world’s fresh water is frozen in the ice sheets of Antarctica, a continent roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined. If all that ice melted, it would be enough to raise the world’s sea levels by roughly 200 feet.<p>While that won’t happen overnight, …

Antarctica

Twitter advising all 330 million users to change passwords after bug exposed them in plain text

There’s apparently no evidence of any breach or misuse, but you should change your password anyway<p>Twitter is urging all of its more than 330 million users to immediately change their passwords after a bug exposed them in plain text. While Twitter’s investigation showed that there was no evidence …

The 70 must-see lines in James Comey's ABC interview

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Sunday night, James Comey told his side of the story.<p>The former -- and fired -- FBI director sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos Sunday night to talk about his deep concerns about President Donald Trump and to recount a number of now-famous/infamous episodes between the two men. …

Donald Trump

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Biology

Supply chains at risk as pollinators die out

Intensive modern agriculture still relies on wild birds, bees and beasts for pollination. But these species — and whole industrial supply chains that …

How I Stopped Feeling Trapped in a Life I Didn’t Want

<b>“Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities.”</b> <b>~Terry Josephson</b><p>When I was in my early twenties I was lucky …

What happened to good manners — and can we get them back?

Rudeness is contagious, but there are ways to stop its spread.<p>Incivility ... rudeness ... bad manners.<p>Whatever you call it, it's everywhere; courtesy …

Self-help

47 documentaries on Netflix right now that will make you smarter

And with binge-worthy titles like Netflix original "Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond" and Oscar-nominated "Last Men in Aleppo" a click away, you can get a lot of great nonfiction viewing any night of the week.<p>You'll learn a lot more about the world, but don't worry — you'll also be entertained.<p><b>Here are</b> …

The Era of Fiscal Austerity Is Over. Here’s What Big Deficits Mean for the Economy.

The last seven weeks amount to a sea change in United States economic policy. The era of fiscal austerity is over, and the era of big deficits is back. The trillion dollar question is how it will affect the economy.<p>In the short run, expect some of the strongest economic growth the country has …

Economics

The White House's staff turnover, by the numbers

An unusually high rate of staff turnover has characterized the first year of the Trump presidency, reports The New York Times' Peter Baker.<p><b>Why it</b> …

The deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history

A shooting at a high school in Broward County, Florida has now joined the list of America's deadliest mass shootings.<p><b>The big picture:</b> The death tolls …

Guns

Why Congress is hesitant to pass gun control, by the numbers

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The mass shooting at a high school in Florida on Wednesday is the latest in a string of similar tragedies over the last few decades. It has some asking for Congress to tighten gun control measures, which Congress has been hesitant to do in the past. While it's unclear whether …

Guns

After Sandy Hook, More Than 400 People Have Been Shot in Over 200 School Shootings

Since 26 people were killed in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, a nonprofit that tracks school shootings has recorded five a month, on average.

How US gun culture compares with the world in five charts

<b>(CNN) —</b> The United States. Home to liberty, the pursuit of happiness and the most mass shootings in the world.<p>America's unique relationship to gun ownership -- enshrined as a right in its constitution -- is also in the middle of an emotional and divisive debate about the meaning of the Second …

Guns

More than 50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons

The places change, the numbers change, but the choice of weapon remains the same. In the United States, people who want to kill a lot of other people most often do it with guns.<p>Related<p>The number of U.S. mass shootings depends on how you count<p>Public mass shootings account for a tiny fraction of the …

Guns

12 Daily Reminders We Need to Read Every Morning for the Rest of the Year

<i>Where you ultimately end up this year is dependent on your daily attitude and response.</i>This morning one of our course students, Monica—a recovering …

Relaxing Into the Feeling of Being Alive

There’s a practice so simple that many people will discount it as not worthy of trying.<p>They’ll miss out on the transformative power of that very …

Meditation

100 Documentaries Every Guy Must See

Documentaries are created to open the viewers’ eyes to certain issues, most of the time controversial. Sometimes, they are filmed to preserve …

Film Festivals