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Scarper, kaput, Blighty: a guide to First World War slang

<i>The slang lexicographer Jonathon Green reviews Words and the First World War by Julian Walker (Bloomsbury)</i><p>In his 1859 Dictionary of Modern Slang, Cant, and Vulgar Words, John Camden Hotten posits among the sources of slang “the congregating together of people […] crowding, and excitement, and …

‘Tis the season … for a holiday supermoon

Supermoon Sunday is at hand, and although some may scoff, the supermoon concept provides a good excuse to take a close look at a celestial sight we …

How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science

I’ve explored the science behind what makes kids happier, what type of parenting works best and what makes for joyful families.<p>But <b>what makes children</b> …

Kids

New York Times Posts Major Federal Climate Change Report Before Trump and Pruitt Can Cook the Books [Updated]

On Monday, the <i>New York Times</i> published a copy of the special science section of the draft 2018 National Climate Assessment, which federal climate …

Climate Change

Love, quantum physics and 'entanglement'

Love. Quantum physics. Completely unrelated, and yet strangely parallel.<p>For one thing, they're both mysterious — we don’t really understand how either one of them works. But they share something else — what scientists call "entanglement."<p>People get entangled with each other when they fall in love, …

Quantum Mechanics

There's new evidence representing the start of the Anthropocene

Israeli researchers claim to have pinpointed the first permanent geological change made by humankind, the moment when humans first altered the …

Anthropology

This Is the Biggest News in Electricity Since the Light Bulb -- Seriously

If the world can generate and store energy from the sun for less than the cost of fossil fuels, it literally changes everything about the energy …

Energy Storage

Thomas Hardy’s lexical landscape

Thomas Hardy, born on 2nd June 1840, grew up in a modest cottage, built by his great-grandfather that overlooked the vast and open heathland of …

Hardy

100 Must-Read Books That Have Been Adapted for Movies and Television

It seems like every time a new book deal is announced lately, there’s almost always news of the screen rights also being sold. When the rights to a …

Books

How Artificial Intelligence will impact professional writing

Professional writing isn’t easy. As a blogger, journalist or reporter, you have to meet several challenges to stay at the top of your trade. You have to stay up to date with the latest developments and at the same time write timely, compelling and unique content.<p>The same goes for scientists, …

Artificial Intelligence

Here's What Real Climate Scientists Have to Say About Global Warming

Too often, the media focus their attention on climate-change deniers, and as a result, when scientists speak with the press, it’s almost always a …

Climate Change

Captured: First 'Image' of the Dark Matter That Holds Universe Together

For decades, scientists have tracked hints of a thread-like structure that ties together galaxies across the universe. Theories, computer models, and …

Dark Matter

The Great Barrier Reef Is In Its Final 'Terminal Stage'

The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps on its final deathbed as it suffers from back to back massive dying events in the past two years. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is one of the great natural wonders of the world, a tremendous display of beauty, biodiversity, and a fragile ecosystem. Now, the reef …

Great Barrier Reef

There’s another story to tell about climate change. And it starts with water

It’s easy for all concerned about air, water and nature to descend into despair as we watch brazen rollbacks of environmental legislation in the US. Just last week, developments included an executive order to rewrite US carbon emissions rules, jeopardising the country’s ability to uphold its Paris …

Fossil Fuels

A Cybersecurity Arsenal That'll Help ‘Protect Your Election’

The rise of cheap digital attacks like phishing and DDoS doesn't just endanger businesses. It also endangers democratic elections around the world, …

Arrival: Linguist behind film talks speaking to aliens and how Donald Trump is affecting language

When it comes to the Best Picture category, the Oscars often ignore science-fiction. Yet, last year, the academy made an exception as Denis …

Clean Technology

Simple ways to improve mood, according to psychologists

Jason Kempin / Staff / Getty Images<p>It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite novel, jotting down some things you're grateful for, or spending some time in nature, there's plenty of …

Happiness

3 Cities Prove Climate Action Works

The climate crisis is a problem caused by humans that can be solved by humans. These three cities are proving it.<p>While a lot of media coverage around …

New York City

The Oceans Are Getting Warmer Faster Than Anyone Realized

Great news, everyone! We’re getting better at measuring the changing temperature of the ocean. Unfortunately, the data shows that they are warming …

College & University

Stephen Hawking: We need a 'world government' to stop the rise of dangerous artificial intelligence

Physicist Stephen Hawking may be a proponent of artificial intelligence, but he has also been outspoken about the potential challenges it creates.<p>In a recent interview, he sounded a similar tone, and offered a solution that conservatives may find hard to accept.<p>Speaking to The Times of London to …

Artificial Intelligence

The Trump administration is doing everything it can to keep a huge climate lawsuit from going to trial

The plaintiffs in the case are 21 kids who now range in age from 9 to 20. They argue that the federal government is violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by failing to prevent climate change despite long-held knowledge of its dangerous consequences.<p>In November 2016, a …

Clean Technology

Watch Bill McKibben Talk Climate Change Battle on 'Real Time'

"The level of complete corruption from the fossil fuel industry that marks this administration is like nothing we've ever seen," environmentalist says<p>…

US media: Trump to cut climate programs at EPA and NOAA

Donald Trump has called for cuts to an agency that monitors the climate, US media report. His administration also seeks to slash programs aimed at …

Clean Technology

‘Paris agreement not enough’ to prevent catastrophic coral bleaching, marine biologists warn

Current targets for reducing damaging greenhouse gas emissions are not enough to prevent catastrophic loss of the world’s coral reefs, marine …

Global Warming
Climate Change

'90%' of advertisers are reviewing their programmatic ad contracts as they look for more transparency

The WFA interviewed 59 of its members, who represent global ad spend of more than $70 billion. Around 16% of their budgets are spent on programmatic advertising, up from 10% in 2014.<p>Transparency in the programmatic advertising market has become a hot topic in recent years, given concerns around …

Transparency

Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Set to Swap Places - And We're Totally Unprepared

When north becomes south.<p>Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field - protecting life from harmful solar radiation by …

Earth Science

15 things that may be hard to do, but could change your life forever

As Quora user Joos Meyer explains in response to the question, "What uncomfortable things such as cold showers can improve your life?" pushing your comfort zone is the key to self-improvement.<p>"I think the best methodology is to every day or week set a task or find a situation that makes you …

Self-help