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Octopus research shows that consciousness isn’t what makes humans special

Whether or not octopuses should be viewed as charming or terrifying very much depends on your personal perspective. But it’s hard to deny their intelligence.<p>Octopuses can squirt water at an annoyingly bright bulb until it short-circuits. They can tell humans apart (even those who are wearing the …

Consciousness

RTG NSF Postdoctoral Positions

The Dynamics, Probability and PDE group at Cornell invites applications for postdoc positions (Visiting Assistant Professors) beginning July 1, 2018. …

College & University

Forget Amadeus: the real tragedy behind Mozart’s final act

Rupert Christiansen looks beyond the myths portrayed on stage and screen to find out what really happened in the last year of Mozart’s life<p>Most of the indelible myths about Mozart – perpetuated by Peter Shaffer’s hugely popular play and film Amadeus – focus on the final year of his life, 1791. The …

Piano

Scientists struggle to stay grounded after possible gravitational wave signal

Not for the first time, the world of physics is abuzz with rumours that gravitational waves have been detected by scientists in the US.<p>Lawrence Krauss, a cosmologist at Arizona State university, tweeted that he had received independent confirmation of a rumour that has been in circulation for …

Physics

Bone discovery suggests a mysterious ancient species of human lived alongside our ancestors

An ancient femur found in a Chinese cave is unlike any bone formerly discovered, suggesting it belonged to a previously unknown human species that lived alongside modern man just 14,000 years ago.<p>The distinctive shape of the bone indicates that the species would have walked differently from humans …

Anthropology

Photo highlights of the day, New Year's Day dippers and divers

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including a 12-gun salute and fire in Dubai

New Year's Day

French call for new warning as Mein Kampf copyright expires

As the copyright restriction on Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf is lifted on January 1, 2016, French lawyers have called for a new compulsory introduction explaining its historical context to the book, which can now be legally published by anyone.<p>In France, Mein Kampf was never banned by the French …

Mein Kampf

Israel bans novel on Arab-Jewish love story

Israel's Ministry of Education has banned a novel that portrays a romantic relationship between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man on the grounds …

Scientists have uncovered exactly what makes a photo memorable

How can any photographer take an image that will never be forgotten? For starters, quit taking nature photos, whether it’s a sunset, mountain range, lake or ocean. Those images are among the least distinctive, according to an MIT algorithm trained to recognize memorable photographs nearly as well …

Pablo Picasso

Another year, another death of a gang rape victim in India

On New Year's Eve, just as many of us were looking forward to toasting the end of the year with wine, family and friends, a 16-year-old girl died in Kolkata, India after reporting two brutal gang rapes. It first appeared that she had taken her own life given the sustained threats and abuse she had …

France ranked 3rd deadliest country for journalists after Charlie Hebdo attack

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least 110 journalists around the world were killed over the past year, according to a new report that warns of "the increasingly deliberate use of violence" against reporters.<p>The study by the monitoring group Reporters Without Borders reports that at least 67 of the journalists were …

Journalism

In Myanmar, a young Rohingya dreams of leaving despite foiled boat journey

He was small for his age — still a boy, really, with spiked hair and pimples speckled across his cheeks. He looked even smaller in a pair of oversize flip-flops, curling his toes so they didn't slip off.<p>School was never his thing. Back before his home was bulldozed and he was displaced in his own …

Asia

When Good Science Fiction Fans Go Bad

Author: Geek's Guide to the Galaxy. Geek's Guide to the Galaxy Culture<p>Date of Publication: 12.26.15.<p>Time of Publication: 9:00 am. 9:00 am<p>Ray Palmer …

This helpful infographic shows the chemistry behind diamond rings

Diamonds might purportedly be 'a girl's best friend', but they're also quite interesting from a chemical perspective.<p>You could be forgiven for thinking that there's not a whole lot to them; after all, they're simply one of the possible forms of carbon, formed at high pressure beneath the Earth's …

'GOD' for Atheists (and an Expanded, Scientific Definition of God for Everyone Else)

As many celebrate the Christmas season and the coming of a New Year, maybe there's a way we can, indeed, bring atheists and theists and the disparate factions and religions together on our little planet.<p>And, instead of focusing on the old definitions of "God", that many reject, or on how …

The Absurdity Of The Market For Onions In India

Or perhaps that should be the absurdity of the market for onions in and out of India. For we’ve a lovely example of the manner in which overly bureaucratic regulation of trade simply doesn’t work, doesn’t work in that it causes the very things that people want to curb, wild price swings. The Indian …

Economics

The Christmas Revolution

BECAUSE the Christmas story has been told so often for so long, it’s easy even for Christians to forget how revolutionary Jesus’ birth was. The idea that God would become human and dwell among us, in circumstances both humble and humiliating, shattered previous assumptions. It was through this …

Faith

A purported new mathematics proof is impenetrable – now what?

What happens when someone claims to have proved a famous conjecture? Well, it depends. When a paper is submitted, the journal editor will pass it off …

How the Ancient Practice of Harvesting Edible Bird's Nests Is Facing Some Very Modern Challenges

Balancing on a bamboo platform suspended dozens of meters up in the Madai cave in Malaysian Borneo, a man vigorously tears cup-shaped protrusions off …

Sorry conservatives: You lost the “war” on Christmas!

Bill O’Reilly and co. have been fighting a feverish war to defend the sanctity of… a pagan festival? (Yup)<p>After my divorce, my children spent every other Christmas Day away from home. Those off years were hard for me. When I remarried, my new wife dragged me out to play blackjack at a Reno casino …