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EU Sets Britain Tough Divorce Terms, Slams Budget Veto

European Union leaders endorsed stiff divorce terms for Britain on Saturday and warned Britons to have "no illusions" about swiftly securing a new relationship to keep their access to EU markets.<p>At a Brussels summit marked by unusual harmony among the 27 leaders, there was a flash of the …

Earth - Plants can see, hear and smell – and respond

Plants, according to Jack C Schultz, "are just very slow animals".<p>This is not a misunderstanding of basic biology. Schultz is a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri in Columbia, and has spent four decades investigating the interactions between plants and …

A new brain study sheds light on why it can be so hard to change someone's political beliefs

Why we react to inconvenient truths as if they were personal insults.<p>Albert Einstein was one of the most important physicists of all time. His scientific predictions have withstood 100 years of scientific challenges. His thinking fundamentally changed the way we understand the universe. Yet people …

The Brain

The Deadliest Volcano in the United States Just Got Really Weird

Picture a volcanic eruption: fiery lava and smoke billowing skyward as a towering mountain empties its over-pressurized belly of a hot meal. At …

Psychology shows that Democrats and Republicans can’t even agree on objective reality

If you think this year’s election has reached unprecedented levels of partisan acrimony, you’re right.<p>According to a June 2016 Pew Research Center poll, for the first time since 1992, a majority of Democrats and Republicans not only express frustration with each other, but they also claim to live …

Pennsylvania professors agree to contract, end strike

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The union representing striking professors at 14 Pennsylvania state universities reached a tentative contract agreement Friday …

Humans may speak a universal language, say scientists

Humans across the globe may be actually speaking the same language after scientists found that the sounds used to make the words of common objects and ideas are strikingly similar.<p>The discovery challenges the fundamental principles of linguistics, which state that languages grow up independently of …

Linguistics

Is video gaming bad for you? The science for and against

"They're melting your brain". "They're ruining your eyes". "They're turning you into a violent person".<p>The criticisms levelled against video gaming are so common, so ubiquitous, that some can border on clichés. But are these worries founded in actual science?<p>A new study suggests some concerns may …