Olivier Charles

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Languages: Why we must save dying tongues

Hundreds of our languages are teetering on the brink of extinction, and as Rachel Nuwer discovers, we may lose more than just words if we allow them to die out.<p>Tom Belt, a native of Oklahoma, didn’t encounter the English language until he began kindergarten. In his home, conversations took place in …

Can synaesthesia be learnt?

Many people see words as colours, smells or sounds, and they swear it boosts their creativity. So could we all tweak our senses to see the world in this way?<p>Olympia Colizoli doesn’t see the world like you. “To me, all time and numbers are arranged in physical space. Days, weeks, months, years, …

The best way to predict the future

A small group of people have a surprising knack for correctly predicting the course of world events – and you could be one of them, says David Robson.<p>Cast your mind back across the turbulent events of recent history. Did you foresee President Obama’s election before he was even elected as a …

How often do men really think about sex?

Do men think about sex every seven seconds? Probably not. But rather than wonder about whether this is true, Tom Stafford asks how on earth you can actually prove it or not.<p>We've all been told that men think about you-know-what far too often – every seven seconds, by some accounts. Most of us have …

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Why do earphone cords always get tangled? Physics

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the science behind an everyday knotty problem, the man who sequenced his baby’s genome before birth and why the internet is a psychology experiment.<p>The pivot<br>Scott Adams | Dilbert | 16 June 2014<br>Notes on start-up culture in Silicon Valley. “The …

Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still

One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.<p>It started as a headache, but soon became much stranger. Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked …

Is the hoverbike about to become reality?

Those childhood dreams of doing the commute on a Star Wars Speeder Bike might be possible if a revolutionary hoverbike design takes off. (Video above has no sound)<p>Getting from A to B is very rarely boring in the world of science fiction – sadly real life is often a let-down in comparison. We do not …

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How pickpockets trick your mind

Pickpockets use much more than sleight of hand, says Caroline Williams, they hack your brain’s weaknesses.<p>My mother has eyes in the back of her head. She also taught me from an early age to be suspicious of strange men, especially when they give you presents. Which makes it all the more surprising …

How our future visions can trap us

Our visions of the future are often influenced by science fiction. But are these brave new worlds creating problems for our descendants?<p>It is difficult to predict what life will be like in the future without relying on the visions from popular science fiction; fantasies of mile-high gleaming …

How to create a comfortable economy class

Airliners tread a fine line between comfort and squeezing in as many passengers as possible to be profitable. How can designers make them more comfortable for the average flier?<p>If you read some of the recent reports about luxury accommodations on airliners, you might be forgiven for thinking that …

The Surprising Factor That Affects How Well You Sleep

While warm weather has a ton of perks, a peaceful slumber may not be one of them.<p>According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, millions of people don't sleep well each night—not only do they find it difficult to initially fall asleep but stay asleep all night long, too. And when it comes to …

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The future of US air travel doesn’t look pretty

I had a terrible travel experience earlier this week, trying to get from New York’s LaGuardia Airport back down the east coast to my home airport in North Carolina. And I wasn’t alone. My misery was due to a massive summer storm front that swept eastward, causing damage and delays from the Ohio …

Modern Hostels -- They Do Exist! -- For the Low-Budget, High-Style Traveler

Forget no-frills lodging; today's new brand of hostels offers cool decor and plenty of perks. Sounds too good to be true? Well, we've got the scoop on hostels that pack a wow factor with upscale amenities, contemporary comforts, prime locations, and good food. Plus, with fun social scenes and …

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Why Microsoft’s New Manifesto Is So Shocking

In January 2012, Steve Ballmer insisted that “nothing is more important at Microsoft than Windows.” The company was in the middle of re-imagining its …

5 celebrity money mistakes we can all learn from

Slide 1 of 7<p>Just because one may be good at making money doesn’t mean he or she necessarily has the savvy to save, invest and grow that money. The …

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Bic Creating Globally Crowdsourced, Finger Written, Eventually Downloadable Font

If you're a manufacturer of writing utensils, but touchscreens are becoming all the rage, what do you design to avoid obsoletion? The obvious answer …

Insider trading has plummeted since the financial crisis. Here's why

A host of market changes has halved the number of deals that traders have taken advantage of, according to analysis from the Financial Conduct Authority<p>Insider trading - attempting to make a profit by trading shares before an announcement has been made public - has dropped sharply in the last four …

The Ugliest Part Of Wall Street Is About To Be Revealed For All The World To See

On Friday morning, Wall Street's biggest banks kicked off earnings with Wells Fargo, but the real action starts Monday when Citigroup reports.<p>Why?<p>Because what everyone will be looking at is investment-bank trading revenue — or the lack thereof — and how it affected Wall Street's bottom line in the …

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Remote-controlled contraceptive microchip could launch by 2018

Fighting over the remote control could soon end up in more than just a channel-hopping battle, if researchers at MIT have their way. In the Bill Gates-funded quest for the next form of contraception, a Massachusetts startup has come up with a small remote-controlled chip, like a digital wifi …