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We qualitatively assessed the performance of this system for remote object ma...

We qualitatively assessed the performance of this system for remote object manipulation and use as a platform to safely study physical human-robot …

Bomb-Damage Maps Reveal London’s World War II Devastation

The German Luftwaffe dropped thousands of bombs on London from 1939 to 1945, killing almost 30,000 people. More than 70,000 buildings were completely demolished, and another 1.7 million were damaged. The extent of the damage to each and every one of these buildings was logged and mapped in near …

14 Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Entering a New Relationship

Failure occurs everyday, in school, jobs, housework, and within families. It is unavoidable, irritating and causes pessimism.<p>While the thought of …

Motivation

15 Essential Books That Will Help You Be More Successful

Do want you to be more successful in both your personal and professional lives?<p>Most of us would obviously answer yes to that question. But merely …

Obama to make historic visit to Hiroshima

By David Nakamura<p>, Reporter<p>President Obama will make a historic trip to Hiroshima, Japan, on May 27, becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bombing.<p>The White House formally announced the visit Tuesday after weeks of speculation that Obama would stop …

Star pupil finds lost Mayan city by studying ancient charts of the night sky from his bedroom

A Canadian schoolboy appears to have discovered a lost Mayan city hidden deep in the jungles of Mexico using a new method of matching stars to the location of temples on earth.<p>William Gadoury, 15, was fascinated by the ancient Central American civilization and spent hours poring over diagrams of …

Study Skills

This 10-Minute Routine Is the Ultimate Mind Cleanse

Add these two little tweaks to your daily routine for much greater clarity and creativity.<p>Your subconscious mind is a whole lot more powerful than you think.<p>Not only does it take care of essential business like keeping you breathing, but quietly, in the background, your subconscious is constantly …

The Best Exercise For Working the “Teardrop” Muscle Above Your Knee

Unless you rock a Speedo, it’s the only quad muscle visible when you wear a bathing suit. Here’s how to define it<p>It’s called your vastus medialus (or VMO), but you may know it better as the “teardrop” muscle.<p>When this section of your lower inner quad is defined, people notice. That’s because it’s …

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Mindfulness

A clinical psychologist shares 7 tips for becoming more mindful

While the benefits of mindfulness have been well-documented for decades, learning to be mindful is paramount for everyone in today's quick-paced, multi-tasking, over-scheduled society — for #WomenWhoWork, it's especially key.<p>Mindfulness is defined as maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our …

Mindfulness

World Water Day 2016: Before and after images of Earth's disappearing lakes and seas

World Water Day 2016 will be marked on 22 March. The UN designated day, first marked in 1992 at United Nations Conference on Environment and …

Coffee reveals itself as an unlikely elixir

For a historically mistrusted drink, coffee is proving to be a healthy addiction. Scientific findings in support of coffee’s nutritional attributes …

The empire the world forgot

Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries, the former regional power of Ani is now an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts.<p><b>An abandoned city of ghosts</b><br>Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani …

Ancient History

BBC Radio 4 - Seriously... - Seriously... - Is Mindfulness Meditation Dangerous?

Is Mindfulness Meditation Dangerous?<p>For a new series of Out of the Ordinary, Jolyon Jenkins investigates whether meditation can do you more harm than good. What has he discovered?<p>Are you sitting comfortably? Close your eyes. Take a few moments to settle down. When you are ready, pay attention to …

Browns waive Johnny Manziel after two rocky years

The Cleveland Browns, as expected, placed quarterback Johnny Manziel on waivers Fridayy, ending a turbulent two-year relationship defined by brief glimpses of on-field potential and numerous off-field incidents that sullied his reputation.<p>Manziel will now be on the waiver wire until 4 p.m. …

The 10 Best Family Board Games of 2017

Try something new on your next game night. These family-tested picks are the best of the year!<p><b>3.</b> <b>Monopoly Ultimate Banking</b><p>Wheelers and dealers will love the upgrades to this Monopoly classic: A battery-powered banking unit scans property and credit cards, transfers money, and keeps track of your …

The superhero of artificial intelligence: can this genius keep it in check?

With his company DeepMind, Londoner Demis Hassabis is leading Google’s project to build software more powerful than the human brain. But what will this mean for the future of humankind?<p>Demis Hassabis has a modest demeanour and an unassuming countenance, but he is deadly serious when he tells me he …

Artificial Intelligence

Picture of cat wearing "cone of shame" goes viral

Albert’s bad day becomes an Internet sensation<p>A Persian cat called Albert has become an Internet sensation with his reaction to having a protective cone fitted getting 1.8 million views on the photo-sharing website, Imgur.<p>It was a situation which will be all too familiar to cat owners.<p>Albert had …

Science says these 5 things happen to couples who have been together a long time

It also changes you.<p>More importantly, close relationships may spark an entirely different way of thinking and acting, something Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of "Powers of Two," chalks up to having a "shared mind."<p>So, how do you and your significant other stack up? Check out these signs psychologists …

Relationships

Inside A Doctor's Mind At The End Of His Life

Dr. Paul Kalanithi was preparing to wrap up his medical residency in neurosurgery when, in 2013, a CT scan revealed tumors throughout his body. He had stage 4 lung cancer.<p>In his last two years of life, he continued caring for patients. He and his wife became parents. And Kalanithi, a gifted writer, …

Medicine

Stress is shrinking your brain, but you can rebuild it

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>We all know that living under stressful conditions has serious emotional, even physical, consequences. So why do we have so much trouble taking action to reduce our stress levels and improve our lives?<p>Researchers at Yale University …

The 25 most ruthless leaders of all time

But while we can argue the validity and virtue of certain political agendas, the callous methods by which some leaders attain their goals are less up to interpretation.<p>After all, no matter how a historian tries to spin it, ordering a tower to be constructed out of live men stacked and cemented …

World History

A British politician just called Donald Trump a racist

During the debate, which had been triggered by a huge petition, Labour MP Rupa Huq asked fellow Labour MP Tulip Siddiq whether she was aware that Trump was racist, homophobic, and misogynistic.<p>Here's what she said, the added emphasis is our.<p>I thank my honourable friend [Tulip Siddiw] for giving …

Donald Trump

10 Harsh But True Illustrations that Show Our Changed Society

Let’s face it. We are living in a digital age, and there is absolutely no turning back. One of the biggest influences on society these days is social …

2 research-backed ways to charm everyone you meet

Someone who is happy for you, wants the best for you and delights in your successes. Right?<p>And research agrees: <i>Being happy for people during their good times is more important than how we deal with the bad:</i><p>What really makes couples bond? How they handle the good times, not the bad.<br>• What about …

Schadenfreude

Humorously Relatable Illustrations Display the Reality of Living with Anxiety and Depression

British illustrator Gemma Correll combines art and humor to cope with the depression and anxiety disorder she's dealt with throughout her life. Globally, 1 out of every 13 people are affected by anxiety (the most common form of mental illness) and depression impacts an estimated 350 million …

Here's Why Scientists Are Giving Tiny Glasses To Insects

Have you ever seen a praying mantis look so chic?<p>Researchers are equipping praying mantises with stylish 3D shades -- and not just for fun.<p>The tiny glasses were used in a study published in the journal Scientific Reports on Thursday to analyze 3D vision in mantises, and to explore how they use …

How black and white cats get their patchy fur - and why it could help explain health defects

Research suggests distinctive piebald patterns on cats, horses and mice are caused by cells dividing too slowly in the womb<p>Black and white cats get their distinctive colouring because of the way their cells develop in the womb, research suggests.<p>Scientists said cats with a two-tone coat do not have …

Medical Conditions

13 of the best best science books of 2015

To help sort through 2015's books, the <i>Science News</i> staff offers its must-read picks, many of which have been previously reviewed in the magazine.<p>Read those reviews at the links below or in our Editor's Pick: Favorite books of 2015.

Books

50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2015

A flock of sheep walk in the haze in a Beijing suburb, China, Jan. 15, 2015.<br>Lintao Zhang—Getty Images<p>1 of 50<p>There are few things more enjoyable and …