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Animals more capable of empathy than previously thought, study finds

Researcher found that prairie voles would console one another after experiencing stress<p>A new study has found that prairie voles will console other voles who are feeling stressed - which researchers have described as evidence of empathy.<p>A study team at Emory University set up an experiment where …

Women with high risk of cancer effectively told 'come back when you have tumours'

Private healthcare firms have come under attack for refusing preventive mastectomies to women with the 'Jolie gene' which can mean a cancer risk as high as 90 per cent<p>Private healthcare firms have come under fire for refusing to fund preventive surgery for women found to have the “Jolie gene” which …

Cancer

Mini Object Lesson: No, There Are Not 100 Eskimo Words for "Snow"

That old cliché is a lie. It’s long been discredited, or at least floated back down to earth. For one, English has more than one word for snow—powder, flurry, pack, slush, hail, sleet, ice, black ice, and so on. And for another, the structure of the Eskimo-Aleut languages is more conducive to …

Linguistics

The imminent death of the Cavendish banana and why it affects us all

<b>Buy a banana and it will almost certainly be descended from one plant grown at an English stately home. But now we face losing one of the world's most-loved fruits.</b><p>Sitting in picture-perfect Peak District grounds, Chatsworth House seems an unlikely birthplace for today's global banana industry.<p>But …

Are human beings innately violent? The oldest massacre ever discovered adds more proof

Some had their skulls crushed. Others were struck with arrows in their necks and heads. Among those killed was a pregnant woman with her hands and feet bound.<p>Researchers recently unearthed the 10,000-year-old remains of 27 people near Lake Turkana in northern Kenya and this brutal scene is a …

Asylum seekers made to wear coloured wristbands in Cardiff

Asylum seekers in Cardiff are being issued with brightly coloured wristbands that they must wear at all times, in a move which echoes the “red door” controversy in Middlesbrough and has resulted in their harassment and abuse by members of the public.<p>Newly arrived asylum seekers in the Welsh capital …

Asylum Seekers

Forget the Joker — It looks like 'Suicide Squad' will be all about his sidekick Harley Quinn

Sure, the trailer for the supervillain movie showed a lot of new scenes featuring Jared Leto's Joker; however, after watching the trailer a few times, I'm willing to bet those are all scenes of him in flashbacks.<p>It looks like the Clown Prince of Crime is being used to help bring Harley front and …

Chief Keef one of the most profane music artists: study

There's a profanity for every 20 words in Chief Keef's lyrics, making the controversial Chicago rapper one of the most profane artists among the 361 musicians studied by lyrics site Musixmatch.<p>Chief Keef, who was born Keith Cozart, uses swear words more frequently in his lyrics than the other …

A Major Cause of Unhappiness. Can you guess what it is?

Want to live a happier life and have a more productive work day? Take the scenic route to work. The concrete commute that most city dwellers …

Here’s how movie ticket prices have changed over the past 115 years

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) recently announced the average movie ticket price for 2015 cost $8.43.<p>While that's the average, prices in many areas are much higher. For instance, ticket prices in New York City range from $15 to $20 depending on the format in which you see a film, …

“Star Wars” fans, unite: The only way to fight #WheresRey trends is to stop buying the toys

<b>(Lucasfilm)</b><p>Don’t buy it if Disney’s merchandising teams can’t pledge to stop the “Star Wars” and Marvel gendered-toy insanity<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>January 25, 2016 6:26pm (UTC)<p>After it became apparent that the character of Rey had been excluded from game sets for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” critics …

Feminism

2 Sundance films explore a journalist's on-air suicide

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — When two movies are released at about the same time on the same subject, the topic is often something silly and big and spectacle-filled, like "Armageddon" and "Deep Impact" or "White House Down" and "Olympus Has Fallen."<p>But this year at the Sundance Film Festival, audiences …

There's a major problem with 'The Little Mermaid' and other Disney movies

To modern eyes, the classic trio of Disney princess films -- released in 1937, 1950, and 1959 -- can seem painfully retrograde. Why are characters so obsessed with Snow White's looks? Why doesn't Cinderella have any talents or hobbies? And why doesn't Sleeping Beauty do anything besides get drugged …

B.o.B. is trying to convince everyone that the Earth is flat

<b>Atlanta rapper B.o.B. has had an epiphany.</b><p>He’s never seen the curvature of the Earth, and he knows the horizon is always at eye level, and he’s not …

Flat Earth Society

Here's what's weird about Panic! at the Disco's new No. 1 album

Call it wish fulfillment: With an opening track titled "Victorious," the new album from Panic! at the Disco beat the competition to enter the Billboard 200 this week at No. 1.<p>"Death of a Bachelor," the flamboyant emo band's fifth album, sold 169,000 copies during its first week of availability, …

Firefighter says breastfeeding photo was 'a representation of my Australia'

A volunteer firefighter whose photograph has been shared more than 3,000 times says she did not expect the image of her breastfeeding her two-month-old daughter while in uniform would receive so much attention.<p>Angela Joy, a volunteer with the Tallygaroopna fire brigade in central Victoria, sent the …

Australia

Science Confirms You Like New Things Just Because They're New

Even after New Coke, we assume new = better.<p>Formal studies frequently confirm what everybody already knows. But for science, common knowledge and gut …

Before every class, this teacher takes a moment to make his students feel special

Children learn to love or hate at an early age.I think it's time we actively work towards teaching love and acceptance.Posted by Special Books by …

Teaching

You Can Give A Robot A Paintbrush, But Does It Create Art?

Whether you play an instrument, sing or sculpt, "everyone does some kind of art," Pindar Van Arman says.<p>Van Arman is a painter, but he's also a software designer. He has built a handful of machines and worked on a DARPA challenge team in California to build a self-driving car.<p>His latest project? A …

Our weird sleep pattern might be why we are the top species on the planet

There’s much that we share with our primate ancestors: opposable thumbs, ability to eat many kinds of food, living in large social groups, and so on. Yet, it is perhaps one trait we don’t share with them that has made us the top species of the planet: a weird sleeping pattern.<p>Across populations and …

Are your opinions really your own?

The “wisdom of crowds” doesn’t always apply – sometimes group-think nudges people to make wrong-headed decisions.<p>The downstairs room of a central London pub is not where most psychologists would choose to stage an experiment in decision-making, but for Daniel Richardson it is ideal. A researcher at …

Critical Thinking

The Woman Who Made Science Beautiful

Where others sought separation, Maria Sibylla Merian saw connection.<p><i>Updated on August 2, 2016</i><p>It was silkworms that first captured 13–year–old Maria Sibylla Merian’s attention. She would later graduate to a wider set of creatures, watching caterpillars, pupae, butterflies, and moths for days, weeks, …

Caterpillars

Predicting The Oscars Is Hard. Do You Have The Solution?

Predicting who will win the Oscars is hard.<p>The winners are chosen by a group of about 7,000 people we know very little about — the members of the …

Research team identifies rare dinosaur from Appalachia

An international team of researchers has identified and named a new species of dinosaur that is the most complete, primitive duck-billed dinosaur to …

What journalists get wrong about social science, according to 20 scientists

There's a constant conflict between social scientists and the reporters who cover them. It's derived from "a fundamental tension between the media's desire for novelty and the scientific method," as Sanjay Srivastava, who researches personality at the University of Oregon, tells me.<p>He's right. …

Quantum asymmetry between time and space

Abstract<p>An asymmetry exists between time and space in the sense that physical systems inevitably evolve over time, whereas there is no corresponding …

Quantum Mechanics

Physicists create magnetic state in atomic layers of transition metal oxide

Physicists at the University of Arkansas and their collaborators have created a magnetic state in a few atomic layers of artificially synthesized …

How did we miss Planet 9? — Bob McDonald

While scientists are excited about the latest evidence of a new planet beyond Pluto, actually seeing it will be more difficult than spotting galaxies …

Solar System

David Bowie: 7 Wild Quotes From the 'Station to Station' Era

Saturday marks the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's 1976 masterpiece, <i>Station to Station</i>. Recorded in Los Angeles during vampire hours, the wildly …

David Bowie