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9 Philosophical Thought Experiments That Will Keep You Up at Night

Sometimes, the best way to illustrate a complicated philosophical concept is by framing it as a story or situation. Here are nine such thought …

American Philosophy

These are the hardest things to get used to when living in space, according to astronauts

Above a door on a platform standing 200 feet in the air that connects to the NASA space shuttle that ferries astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS), there's a sign that holds some serious significance for astronauts. It reads: "Last bathroom on Earth."<p>Living on the $100 billion space …

Space Science

8 Signs You Have A Strong Personality That Might Scare Some People

When people encounter someone with a strong personality, they don’t understand the kind of person they are dealing with.<p>Some people think you …

Self-help

What happens when you die: 5 facts you didn’t know about death

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes, as Benjamin Franklin famously wrote. Few of us find taxes exciting, but <i>death</i> …

The strange psychology of pain relief medicine

<b>The manufacturer of a leading brand of painkiller has been accused of misleading customers in Australia. But how do people choose over-the-counter pain relief?</b><p>There's a whole range of Nurofen products. There are Nurofen capsules, caplets and "meltlets". Some are marketed to treat specific problems …

Biomedicine

Calculus is Not as Hard as you Think

“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.”<i> Albert Einstein</i>Our journey begins with a fictitious character whom we shall call …

Mathematics

Why Agnosticism Probably Doesn't Mean What You Think It Means

Agnostics are often characterized as ambivalent or wishy-washy fence sitters who refuse to make up their minds. But there's much more to agnosticism …

Bertrand Russell

Can a Plant Remember? This One Seems to—Here’s the Evidence

There’s this plant I’ve heard about that had a really bad afternoon a few years ago. It was in its pot bothering nobody and then, suddenly, it fell. Not once, but 56 times. (I’ll explain in a minute.) But it’s a plant. Things happen to plants, and as far as I know, they go on as before. They don’t …

Botany

5 Things You Should Never Say in an Argument (and What to Try Instead)

“Calm down!“<br>“You’re just being crazy!“<br>“That's ridiculous!”<p>Chances are you've heard—or uttered—one of these phrases during the height of an …

10 Daily Habits of the Most Confident People

Stay motivated and confident in 2016.<p>I'm not here to patronize you. We know if you walk with better posture, force a fake smile, or get a new haircut you can trick your brain and boost your self-confidence. Perhaps for 20 minutes you'll think you're the next Richard Branson.<p>I'm here to tell you …

Richard Branson

Space Rocks Delivered One-Two Punch to Ancient Earth

SAN FRANCISCO<p>Scientists link a rare, double impact crater in central Sweden to a 470-million-year-old cataclysm in the asteroid belt.<p>Around 470 million years ago, what is now central Sweden was covered in a shallow, ancient sea inhabited by tiny, plankton-like organisms. The placid scene would soon …

Astronomy