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This Amazing Map Fills a 500-Million Year Gap in Earth's History

Tectonics of our ancient world.<p>Earth is estimated to be around 4.5 billion years old, with life first appearing around 3 billion years ago. To …

The Simple Formula to Improving Your Performance (in Anything)

The formula for improved performance in any aspect of your life is actually quite simple.<p>We are all in search of secrets for the fountain of youth. Whether it's through the $3 billion cosmetic surgery industry, or through the $30 billion fitness industry, we are all seeking hacks that will give us …

Self-improvement

We've Been Wrong About Where the Brain Processes Language for 141 Years

Where word salad is really made.<p>The map of where and how the brain processes speech has been modified again. Researchers from Northwestern University just published a paper in the journal <i>Brain</i> wherein they demonstrate that the famous Wernicke's area, thought to be the center of language …

Humanity

The Untold Story of the Bastille Day Attacker

Last July, France witnessed the creation of a new kind of mass murder when a man steered a giant cargo truck into a crowd and killed 86 people in the beach resort of Nice. The French government quickly announced that the killer was a jihadist inspired by the Islamic State. But as Scott Sayare …

Extremism

Changing the way you think

It’s all too easy to give up on our resolutions, but new research shows that with perseverance we can rewire our brains even in adulthood<p>Many of us may already be struggling with our New Year’s resolutions, but at least we can take comfort in modern neuroscience. Forty years ago, we’d have been …

Late Medieval Christmas was a German Invention

In Late Medieval Germany, Christmas turned into a family event. How did this come about and why?Luthersche Weyhnacht. CD 2016Up until the 15th …

Prince Albert

A 15-minute quiz can give you a scientifically accurate assessment of your personality

But there are indeed differences between people that can be tested.<p>One of the most common, preferred ways psychologists use to measure personality is what's called the "Big Five": extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience.<p><b>Want to skip to the quiz?</b> …

Psychology

Did ‘dark stars’ help form the Universe?

Our vast Universe may have been formed with help of dark matter particles we haven’t been able to observe. The hunt is on to prove they, and the “dark stars” they created, exist.<p>Think of everything we know that exists in the Universe – the huge cosmic furnaces like our Sun. The gas giants that …

Dark Matter

Vanadium-Flow Batteries: The Energy Storage Breakthrough We've Needed

The latest, greatest utility-scale battery storage technology to emerge on the commercial market is the vanadium redox battery, also known as the vanadium flow battery.<p>V-flow batteries are fully containerized, nonflammable, compact, reusable over semi-infinite cycles, discharge 100% of the stored …

Clean Energy

Could Gum Disease Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis?

A type of bacteria found in severe gum disease may trigger many cases of rheumatoid arthritis, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>The bacteria is found in about a third of people, and the researchers found evidence that 47 percent of patients with rheumatoid arthritis had evidence of an infection.<p>It’s …

Arthritis

The Greatest Science Books of 2016

From the sound of spacetime to time travel to the microbiome, by way of polar bears, dogs, and trees.<p>I have long believed that E.B. White’s abiding wisdom on children’s books — <i>“Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down.”</i> — is equally true of …

Books

Why Communication Management Trumps Time Management: Neuroscience shows that popular time management techniques CAUSE procrastination

<i>Communication Trumps Time Management. Photo source pixabay.com</i><p><b>Time management isn't all it's cracked up to be</b><p>Stephen Covey, author of <i>The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People</i>, popularized the concept of time management. At the time, I was so impressed, I even hired a Covey trained facilitator as …

Black holes, gateways to other worlds: New theory says there may be NINE dimensions

Is it possible that Black holes are BRIDGES to OTHER worlds? According to scientists, YES and there are NINE space DIMENSIONS. A new revolutionary …

Physics

Trump-Clinton nasty? Not compared to these campaigns

<b>(CNN) —</b> As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton prepare to square off Monday night in their first debate, the expectations are clear: Political bloodsport in primetime.<p>The 2016 race has been notably nasty, with Trump assuming the attack dog role campaigns have traditionally outsourced to running mates …

Black History

15 Phone Hacks Every Traveler Needs To Know

How to plan for the worst, prevent insane fees, and make the MOST out of your device.<p>You're going to want to keep these three goals in mind:<p>* Have a plan if your phone gets stolen or lost.<p>* Prevent insane roaming fees.<p>* Make the most of your phone's capabilities with offline maps, translators, etc. …

A controversial theory may explain the real reason humans have allergies

For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a hornet nest the size of a football. An angry squadron of insects clamped onto my leg; their stings felt like scorching needles. I swatted the hornets away and ran for help, …

Immunotherapy

Speaking Truth to Power and the Value of Counterpoints: Madeleine Albright’s Surprising Commencement Address

“We should use our opinions to start discussions, not to end them.”<p>As I was preparing to deliver my Annenberg commencement address, restlessness of a very different kind and caliber was taking place on the other side of the country.<p>When Scripps Women’s College announced that former Secretary of …

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Power Of Genes, And The Line Between Biology And Destiny

As researchers work to understand the human genome, many questions remain, including, perhaps, the most fundamental: Just how much of the human experience is determined before we are already born, by our genes, and how much is dependent upon external environmental factors?<p>Oncologist Siddhartha …

Genetics

15 Credit Card Do's and Don'ts

Let this be your credit card user manual<p>A credit card is a tool, much like a hammer or Kanye West.<p>And yet, this useful financial instrument is …

Personal Finance

Top 6 Must-See Sky Events for 2016

Get a sneak peek at the best skywatching sights of the new year.<p>Among other celestial delights, the upcoming year may be best remembered for a planetary disappearing act and a Martian close-up.<p>Mars will be at its biggest and brightest in May, and then in the fall will appear to pass close to a …

Astronomy

The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude

A half-century ago, Gabriel García Márquez, after yet another visit to the pawnshop, sent his now signature novel to his publisher. As Solitude turns 50, Paul Elie interviews Gabo’s longtime agent—just weeks before her death, at 85—and discovers the events that led to a literary revelation.<p>The …

The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

Einstein’s First Proof

On November 26, 1949, Albert Einstein published an essay in the <b>Saturday Review of Literature</b> in which he described two pivotal moments in his childhood. The first involved a compass that his father showed him when he was four or five. Einstein recalled his sense of wonderment that the needle always …

How Britain came to revere Elizabeth II

The steadfast sovereign is the nation's longest-reigning monarch.<p>How Britain came to revere Elizabeth II<p>The steadfast sovereign is the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.<p>Published on September 8, 2015<p>Scholars say the first king of a united England was an Anglo-Saxon warrior named Athelstan, crowned …

Prince Albert

This Face Changes the Human Story. But How?

Scientists have discovered a new species of human ancestor deep in a South African cave, adding a baffling new branch to the family tree.<p>A trove of bones hidden deep within a South African cave represents a new species of human ancestor, scientists announced Thursday in the journal <i>eLife</i><i>.</i> <i>Homo …

Anthropology

17 Colouring Books That Every Grown-Up Needs

Fresh ink.<p>Want some more recommendations? Try these out.

The Battle of Waterloo, as it happened on June 18, 1815

On this 200th anniversary, experience the historic clash of Wellington and Napoleon in real time - just as it unfolded two centuries ago<p><b>• Follow 'live' updates from 200 years ago</b> <b><br>• All times are approximate due to historical uncertainty</b> <b><br>•</b> All pupils should study the Battle of Waterloo<p>END:<p>By the end …

World History

Navigations: Laisvé

It is one of the great regrets of travel: You meet someone on a journey, come to know them intimately in just a few hours, then never see them again. You promise to keep in touch, but it seldom happens. When you return home, your own life takes over, and so does theirs, and the bond begins to …

Siberia