Dominic Khoo

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Could The Present Ever Change The Past

In our everyday lives, things seem to happen in a particular order. Things that happen to us seem to be triggered by earlier events. The upset stomach we have in the evening is caused by that third taco we had at lunch. Doing well on a final exam is thanks to studying the entire week before. Our …

Quantum Physics

Aliens Didn't Send That Mysterious Object to Our Solar System After All

Astronomers have found no evidence of radio signals coming from the interstellar asteroid known as ‘Oumuamua.<p>In December, astronomers checked every inch of an interstellar object that had entered our solar system for evidence of artificial technology. They spent weeks pouring over the data, looking …

A linguist explains why it’s okay to say “um” and “uh”

In a study of how people talk in English, the linguist Mark Liberman analyzed a massive database of spoken language and found that one in every sixty words people pronounce is either <i>um</i> or <i>uh.</i> Depending on how fast you talk, this means you are producing two to three of these ‘fillers’ per minute.<p>Why …

Longreads Best of 2017: All of Our No. 1 Story Picks

<i>All through December, we’ll be featuring Longreads’ Best of 2017. Here’s a list of every story that was chosen as No. 1 in our weekly Top 5 email.</i><i>If</i> …

Five myths about bitcoin

By Joseph Bonneau and<p>Steven Goldfeder<p>This month, bitcoin, the digital currency launched by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2009, hit a record price of $17,428.42 per coin. It got its own futures market at a traditional brokerage firm, and it even earned a joke in a recent "Saturday Night Live" sketch. Perhaps …

Bitcoin

Youthquake named Oxford Dictionaries word of the year 2017 – here's what it means

Youthquake has been selected by Oxford Dictionaries as the 2017 word of the year.<p>Never heard of it? You're not alone. But you'll have experienced or …

The search for alien life was just dealt a massive blow

With the incredible number of galaxies that mankind can observe from its tiny little perch here in the Milky Way, we know there are an absolutely …

An Earth-sized world 11 light-years from home may be our next best shot to find alien life

Eleven light-years away, an Earth-sized world orbits a cool, red star, and it may be just right for life.<p>The planet, known as Ross 128b, completes an …

Astronomy

How to sell a country: the booming business of nation branding

These days, every place in the world wants to market its unique identity – and an industry has sprung up to help put them on the map. By Samanth Subramanian<p>Lipetsk is already on the map: right there, on page 23 of the Collins World Atlas, a region of 1.2 million people, dead south from Moscow and …

15 maps that will change the way you see the world

Telegraph Travel has mapped the world in many ways – here are some of the most eye-opening.<p>1. Life expectancy<p>This map shows the world according to life expectancy. The results are depressingly unsurprising. Africa is the only continent that contains nations where the average life expectancy is …

Geography

All blue-eyed people have a single ancestor in common

New research shows that all blue-eyed people share a common ancestor. This person lived more than 6,000 years ago and carried a genetic mutation that has now spread across the world.<p>The exact cause remains to be determined, but scientists do know that eye color began to change long before recorded …

Evolution

What if dinosaurs hadn’t died out?

Imagine a world where an asteroid hadn’t wiped out the dinosaurs. What would have happened afterwards – and how might their presence have affected mammals like us?<p>It was the kind of cataclysm that we can scarcely imagine. When an asteroid 15km-wide (nine miles) slammed into planet Earth 66 million …

Dinosaurs

How to Wake Up Feeling Motivated: 8 Tips

Tips for Implementing an Effective Morning Routine<p>We've all been there. The alarm goes off in the morning and we groggily feel around the nightstand …

Time Management

How Apple Finally Made Siri Sound More Human

The first time Alex Acero saw <i>Her</i>, he watched it like a normal person. The second time, he didn't watch the movie at all. Acero, the Apple executive …

What happened to the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner, and what will replace it?

We’re entering a new age of digital security: Either you use a password, or you are the password.<p>Apple has killed its TouchID fingerprint scanner in favor of a 3D facial scanning technology called FaceID, which the company says can unlock your phone by scanning your face and provides better …

A lot of our ideas about bilingual children are total myths

“What’s that music?” my three-year-old asked as we listened to a song in a foreign language last December.<p>Could my toddler be showing an interest in her Russian heritage? Maybe this would be a chance to tell her about the revered winter holidays of my childhood in St. Petersburg, Russia—calling up …

Strangers know your social class in the first seven words you say, study finds

What we wear and buy are status symbols we can purchase to show off our economic success in the workplace. But a new study shows that there are …

J.K. Rowling's 52 best tweets

It’s no secret that we love J.K. Rowling here at EW — but it’s not just because of the wondrous worlds she’s created in her Harry Potter series or …

Inside the Deadly Pursuit of Unsolved Languages

It sounds like the premise for the <i>Terminator</i> trilogy: Facebook chatbots developed by the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab have invented …

Ancient History

Warring factions are splitting Bitcoin in 2. Here's what you need to know.

The wild world of Bitcoin is about to get a whole lot wilder.<p>On August 1, 2017, the preeminent cryptocurrency is set to break in two. Two warring …

Bitcoin Cash

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Forget Banksy, here are the world's 15 best street artists

Aztec robots invade Caracas, buildings transform into monsters and sharks poke out from highway pillars: all are examples of photographs of …

Streetwear

We still have no idea why humans speak over 7,000 languages

The thatched roof held back the sun’s rays, but it could not keep the tropical heat at bay. As everyone at the research workshop headed outside for a break, small groups splintered off to gather in the shade of coconut trees and enjoy a breeze. I wandered from group to group, joining in the …

How Artsy finally convinced galleries to sell art online

How Artsy finally convinced galleries to sell fine art online<p>For 13 years, the Mike Weiss Gallery was a thriving member of the Chelsea art world, hosting over 100 exhibitions and participating in local group shows. But in October of last year, Weiss and his wife Virginia Martinsen decided to …

The new rules of clean spending - could the 5:2 money diet make you rich?

Last weekend, I set out on a mission to buy nursery essentials for my first-born, who arrives in December. I came home not with babygros and a breast pump, but with six champagne flutes and a Broste Copenhagen salad bowl. Given the dietary limitations surrounding pregnancy, the former was perhaps …

The 7 Most Walkable Cities in Europe

We’ve taken Germany’s S-Bahn in the wrong direction for an hour without noticing, gotten scammed by a taxi driver at Heathrow, and fallen so seasick …

European Travel

Battling burnout: it’s time to abandon the culture of overworking

Burnout is set to get worse, not better, so abandon the culture of overworking and invest in a structured wellbeing programme that can curb …

Teleportation: Photon particles today, humans tomorrow?

<b>Chinese scientists say they have "teleported" a photon particle from the ground to a satellite orbiting 1,400km (870 miles) away.</b><p>For many, however, teleportation evokes something much more exotic. Is a world previously confined to science fiction now becoming reality?<p>Well, sort of. But we are not …

Lessons On Branding From A Company That Has No Brand

You start by trademarking a white box.<p>This week, a new startup called Brandless started selling a mix of household goods and food online with the goal of changing consumption habits and making quality food affordable.<p>As the name suggests, Brandless is trying to emphasize the products it sells …

43 Embarrassing Grammar Mistakes Even Smart People Make

Like it or not, words, spelling, and punctuation can leave a lasting impression on others. But even the most educated people often unknowingly make these common flubs.<p>When someone uses grammar incorrectly do you make an assumption about his or her intelligence or education? Like it or not, words, …

Language