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The Recruitment Problem the Military Doesn’t Want to Talk About

It’s not a secret: a surefire way for a presidential contender to get votes is to promise to increase the defense budget. It has worked for nearly …

Military

Woman's Lost Contact Lens Discovered 28 Years Later—in Her Eyelid

It’s every contact lens wearer’s worst nightmare. A lens becomes dislodged and escapes into the depths of your eyelid, where it hides out for years. …

Rare flamingos in England laid eggs for the first time in 15 years — and experts are saying it's because of Europe's heatwave

Rare Andean flamingos in Britain have laid eggs for the first time in 15 years, and experts have credited Europe's recent heat wave.<p>The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust said record-breaking temperatures led six flamingos to lay nine eggs at the Gloucestershire reserve in southwest England.<p>But none of …

Birds

MIT mathematicians solve age-old spaghetti mystery

If you happen to have a box of spaghetti in your pantry, try this experiment: Pull out a single spaghetti stick and hold it at both ends. Now bend it …

MIT

Owning a TV could put a damper on your sex life

Among young people, an invitation to “Netflix and chill” is understood as a euphemistic way to get someone into bed. But a lot of couples interpret “Netflix and chill” quite literally—and a new study suggests that watching TV may have a chilling effect on their sex lives.<p>A new working paper, …

Sex and the City

British post-Brexit sandwiches may be toast

The UK’s exit from the European Union is a high-stakes endeavor for British sandwich lovers— and there are a lot of them.<p>The specter of Brexit is already playing out on the world stage, from prime minister Theresa May’s volatile government to the risk that entire businesses will become illegal …

Sandwiches

Shoppers are buying clothes just for the Instagram pic, and then returning them

Buying clothes for a fancy event, tucking in the tags, and returning them to the store the next day has for years been the strategy of thrifty shoppers. Today, people are doing it just for the ‘gram.<p>According to a survey commissioned by the credit card company Barclaycard, nearly one in 10 UK …

Social Media

Weeks of preparation made this "impossible" shot National Geographic's best travel photo of 2017

National Geographic announced the winner of its popular Travel Photographer of the Year contest this week, awarding Mexican photographer Sergio Tapiro Velasco the top honor. His stunning photo of a lightning bolt crackling over an erupting volcano earned him the first prize. Thanks to Velasco’s …

Travel Photography

What Will Your Customers Buy Next? - MIT Technology Review

For nearly 50 years, Cabela’s has been selling its hunting, fishing, and outdoor gear through mail-order catalogues; it now produces more than 100 …

Customers

Taiwan man rigs bike with 11 phones to play Pokemon Go

<b>If you're going to catch them all, you need to have the right kit.</b><p>Grandfather Chen San-yuan has rigged 11 smart phones on his bicycle to play the augmented reality game, Pokemon Go. He plans to add four more.<p>The Taiwanese man, affectionately known as Uncle Pokemon, learnt about the game from his …

Pokémon

Australian MPs are being trolled by voters requesting a portrait of the Queen

Australian politicians are being inundated by constituents making a "tongue-in-cheek" request.

Queen Elizabeth II

Getting your caffeine fix is cheaper at Starbucks than McDonald’s

Starbucks catches a lot of flak for selling overpriced coffee, but perhaps it shouldn’t. True, a cup of joe there is more expensive than at other chains, but serious coffee addicts are getting their money’s worth. Forget woody aromas, floral notes, and full bodies for a moment, and consider coffee …

Coffee

How to get a world-class education for free on the internet

As crucial as a university degree has become for working in the modern economy, it is not the only route forward into a wildly lucrative and satisfying career—just ask famous dropouts Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg.<p>In the future, a single bachelor’s degree in a …

Online Education

Molecular 'switch' controls how much muscle we build

To the frustration of many gym-goers, some people can build and maintain muscles with little to no effort, while others have to work twice as hard …

Medical Research

A tiny tweak to sugar is about to make the world's sweets a lot healthier

The surprising truth about cake is that it’s astonishingly inefficient.<p>So are lollipops, pies, sticks of gum, and cookies, each an imperfect vehicle used to deliver the sweet sensation people crave. And these foods are loaded with sugar. Lots of it. The average slice of white cake with no frosting …

General Mills

Geometry Has a New Shape. Meet the 'Scutoid.'

Our world is made up of elegant shapes — there's the square, the rectangle, the sphere, the prism and many more. But sometimes, these shapes don't …

Nature Communications

Crime Author Who Killed People and Used Own Murders to Write Novels Sentenced to Death

An acclaimed Chinese novellist—who murdered four people and used the memory as inspiration for his stories—was sentenced to death yesterday, 23 years …

The case for puns as the most elevated display of wit

Humor me please, and consider the pun. Though some may quibble over the claim, the oft-maligned wordplay is clever and creative, writer James Geary tells Quartz. His upcoming book <i>Wit’s End</i> robustly defends puns and tells the distinguished history of these disrespected witticisms.<p>“Despite its bad …

Henry IV

How to tell when you’re being sold pixie dust instead of data science

When I started my data analytics business several years ago, I quickly encountered what I now refer to as the “magic pixie dust” problem.<p>Pixie dust can manifest itself in many ways. It may be the business owner who is certain he or she is ready to invest in data and yet refuses to accept the price …

Hillary Clinton

Chinese students increasingly return home after studying abroad

Chinese students blanket the world, making up the largest group of foreign students in every popular study-abroad destination, including the US and UK. But a major shift is underway: At the beginning of the century, only one in 10 Chinese students returned to China after studying abroad. In 2017, …

China

Turns out the best sex actually doesn’t come from hot-blooded passion

Spontaneous sex—clandestine encounters, afternoon delights, and one-night stands—is fantastic. But more often than not, the mind-boggling orgasms of this kind of sex are a myth you read about in magazines.<p>The alternative, planned sex, doesn’t sound particularly exciting. Sending a calendar invite …

Personality

Theresa May’s Impossible Choice

With Brexit looming, the Prime Minister is battling Trump, Europe, and her own party.<p>The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, often strikes people as cautious, but her political career has been defined by acts of boldness, often on behalf of unfashionable causes, or in the face of seemingly …

Great Britain

A conservative scholar questions whether the US really has an inequality problem

Scott Winship started his career as a moderate Democrat, believing in progressive solutions to the US’s economic issues. After college, he worked at the liberal community organizing-group ACORN on a campaign to increase the minimum wage.<p>But over time, Winship switched camps. The poverty and …

Income Inequality

Parasite spread by cats drives entrepreneurial brilliance in humans

A parasite spread by cats could be the key to being a successful entrepreneur, scientists have concluded.<p>The discovery suggests there may be a bizarre advantage to being infected by the organism, Toxoplasma gondii.<p>According to the findings, the single-celled parasite worms its way into the brain …

Entrepreneurship

Eleven babies die after Dutch women given Viagra in drug trial

The death of 11 babies born to women who were given Viagra during a drug trial has led to the termination of the experiment – and an anxious wait for other mothers involved.<p>The trial was designed to test whether sildenafil, a medication sold under the brand name Viagra, could help boost babies’ …

High Blood Pressure

Microsoft debuts free quantum computer programming katas

Microsoft yesterday announced the release of Quantum Katas, a self-paced programming project that teaches developers how to write code for quantum computers.<p>Quantum Katas, as the name implies, are coding katas from Microsoft that teach beginning developers the fundamentals of the company’s quantum …

Quantum Computing

A massive study found a link between pregnancy and Alzheimer’s disease

A woman’s reproductive history may influence her risk for dementia later in life, new research suggests.<p>Scientists are desperate to understand what contributes to a person’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Prominent theories have focused vascular disease like high …

Alzheimer's Disease

How Identity Politics Is Harming the Sciences

<i>Universities and other institutions are watering down requirements in order to attract more women and minorities.</i> Identity politics has engulfed the …

People Don’t Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves

The year was 1957, and Pepsi — like many of the youth at that time — was dealing with an identity crisis. Despite efforts from marketers, Pepsi was …

Pepsi

The ability to tag photos turned Facebook into an unstoppable force

With its countless functions and endless river of content, the Facebook of today hardly resembles its early iterations. If the era before the News Feed sounds blissful, you should know what ended it: tagging photos, according to early Facebook employees.<p>An oral history of Facebook’s early days by …

Social Media