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These bizarre organisms could represent a new branch on the tree of life

In 2003, Didier Raoult of Aix-Marseille University in France and his colleagues discovered a new kind of virus lurking inside single-celled protozoans.<p>Like other viruses, it couldn't grow on its own, lacking the biochemical machinery to build proteins and genes. Instead, it had to infect host cells …

"Genetic Scissors" Could Completely Eliminate HIV From Cells

A snipping enzyme edits DNA with no mistakes<p>Thanks to the cocktail of drugs that make up antiretroviral therapy, HIV is no longer a death sentence. But there are downsides to antiretroviral therapy—taking the treatment for many years is expensive, increases drug resistance, and could cause adverse …

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One Weird Trick That Makes a Novel Addictive

In January, Adelle Waldman wrote an excellent essay for the New Yorker’s Page Turner blog called “The Ideal Marriage, According to Novels.” In it, …

Selfies Have Killed More People Than Sharks This Year, Reports Show

Humans: still the world’s deadliest predator.<p>According to media reports, at least 12 people have been killed in selfie-related incidents so far in …

Extremism

Evolutionary signals of selection on cognition from the great tit genome and methylome

Article |<p>Open | Published: 25 January 2016<p>Veronika N. Laine<br>• , Toni I. Gossmann<br>• , Kyle M. Schachtschneider<br>• , Colin J. Garroway<br>• , Ole Madsen<br>• , Koen J. F. …

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Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

Ricky Gervais: His 30 funniest, sharpest and rudest insults ever

Hollywood and your precious Golden Globes - brace yourselves. Ricky Gervais is back for a fourth night of constant piss-taking and putdowns. And we …

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions, According to Science

Don't rely on willpower - it won't work.<p>Learn Spanish? Finally quit smoking? Become a better cook? Whatever you've decided to achieve next year, you …

Will Power

The Most Astonishing Photos That Won Awards In 2015

It's been another year of awe-inspiring and goosebump-inducing photography. Take a look at the best of the best.<p><i>National Geographic Traveler</i> Photo Contest 2015<p>The travel arm of the National Geographic Society received more than 17,000 entries, with one image making it to the top spot: a spectacular …

The Best Nature Photographs Of 2015

Mighty and Majestic Beasts and Beguiling Patterns Boast the Best of the Natural World<p><i>Editor’s note: This is the first in Vantage’s six-part series of</i> …

Natural History Museum

57 small things you can do every day to be happier and more successful

1. Assume people have good intentions.<p>Since you can't read minds, you don't really know the "why" behind the "what" that people do. Imputing evil motives to other people's weird behaviors adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation.<p>2. Avoid using …