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Dogs vs. Cats: Scientists finally reveal which is smarter

A dog’s bark is only a ruff means of communication. Instead, we should be looking at its wiggles and squirms.<p>Jumping up. Rolling over. Lifting …

Revenge is a dish best served with AI and unicorns: 3 sci-fi reads

Revenge is a dish that’s best served cold, but that doesn’t mean it’s not complicated. These three novels use the imaginative landscapes of science fiction to explore the motivations behind revenge and how the act itself can help (or hurt, as the case may be) a larger cause.<p>“Medusa Uploaded” by …

Science Fiction

Violence, rebellion and sexual exploitation: the darker side of Ancient Rome

The Roman elite may have prided themselves on their dignity and honour, but - as Harry Sidebottom reveals - the ancient city of Rome was a hotbed of …

Why Evangelicals Love Israel

The order of end-time events can vary, but in general they share the view that the Messiah’s return will follow the restoration of Israel as a kind …

Islam - Facts Summary

Islam Facts<p>The word “Islam” means “submission to the will of God.”<br>• Followers of Islam are called Muslims.<br>• Muslims worship one, all-knowing God, who in …

Was Abraham a Murderer?

Archeologists have discovered and published an ancient version of the story in which Isaac actually died.<p>According to one of the most famous Biblical …

The Historical King Arthur

The legends surrounding King Arthur and his knights have charmed and intrigued people for centuries and their popularity continues in the present …

Ancient History

Why and Where Cats Roam

A team of researchers is determined to find out what housecats are up to while they're outdoors cattin' around. The researchers, from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University, have begun an ambitious quest to learn more about the secret life of cats.<p><b>The Cat</b> …

Unviability of Islamic Caliphate: Ethnic Barriers - Part 1

This series of commentaries, <i>Unviability of Islamic Caliphate</i>, will explain that Islamic caliphate in any form, much less in image of the fetishized first caliphate (632-661 C.E.), is an utter impossibility, even though the romance of a unified Muslim <i>ummah</i>, free of foreign occupations, comprised of …

Why Jews Don't Believe In Jesus

One of the most common questions we receive at Aish.com is: "Why don't Jews believe in Jesus?" Let's understand why – not to disparage other …

Why Earth's History Appears So Miraculous

The strange, cosmic reason our evolutionary path will look ever luckier the longer we survive<p>It was hard times for the bomber pilots that floated over Europe, their planes incinerating cities below, like birds of prey. Even as they turned the once-bustling streets beneath to howling firestorms, …

21 Sci-Fi Books To Read After You Watch 'Annihilation'

With the film adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's New Weird novel in theaters, it seems appropriate to give you a list of 21 suggested books to read …

What a Wagging Dog Tail Really Means: New Scientific Data

Science is always providing new information that allows us to interpret the behaviors of dogs, or to reinterpret behaviors which we thought we …

Dialects

The party goes on

Illustration by M. Morgenstern<p><b>Get our daily newsletter</b><p>Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks.<p>Latest stories<p>Brett …

China

Edgar Allan Poe: the master of horror writing

<b>The Murders In The Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe, considered to be the first modern detective story, was published in the USA on April 20, 1841. In this article, first published in January 2009, author Joanne Harris celebrates the psychological complexity of his Gothic tales.</b><p>I first became …

The man who made Shakespeare famous

<i>Fifty years after his death Shakespeare was all but forgotten, his plays dated and derided. It took one actor, and one theatre, to bring him back from the dead</i><p>The 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death is nearly upon us, with a cavalcade of exhibitions, concerts, broadcasts and performances of …

The empire the world forgot

Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries, the former regional power of Ani is now an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts.<p><b>An abandoned city of ghosts</b><br>Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries – from the Byzantines to the Ottomans – the city of Ani …

Ancient History

29 Amazing Literary Magazines You Need To Be Reading

And you thought your reading list was long already...

8 Notable Novels by Twentysomething Women

Few things are as inspiring as a wonderful book written by a hardworking, talented young woman.<p>Sometimes writers need a lifetime to find their voices and tell the stories inside them; other times their words can't be contained. Here, eight award-winning books that were all written by women in their …

Scientists find evidence of mathematical structures in classic books

Researchers at Poland’s Institute of Nuclear Physics found complex ‘fractal’ patterning of sentences in literature, particularly in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, which resemble ‘ideal’ maths seen in nature<p>James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake has been described as many things, from a masterpiece to …

Literature

The Man Who Turned Night Into Day

In the 90s, a team of Russian scientists tried to use a giant space mirror to turn night into day. For a second, they succeeded.<p>Employers have always aimed to maximize worker productivity. Today they might exploit the connectivity of email, smartphones, and Slack to extend the reach of the modern …

Space Exploration

Physicists Must Accept That Some Things Are Unknowable (Synopsis)

“To know that we know what we know, and to know that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.” –<i>Nicolaus Copernicus</i>As we peel back …

Universe

11 Surprising Things That Affect Your Dreams

Here's what's really behind that recent string of random nightmares.<p>You hate how your mother-in-law meddles in your marriage, so it's no shocker when you tell her off in your dream — dreams are, after all, your brain's way of working through unresolved conflicts. But what can explain that recent …

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 …

Top 10 feminist heroes in fiction

<b>Maria Turtschaninoff</b> grew up reading about girls. Strong girls, brave girls, scared girls, feisty girls. Here she reveals her favourite feminist heroes who are more than just role models, from Earthsea to the Moomins.<p>What is a literary feminist hero, exactly? To me, it’s a girl who gets to be …

Startling new finding: 600 million years ago, a biological mishap changed everything

If life is effectively an endless series of photocopies, as DNA is transcribed and passed on from one being to the next, then evolution is the high-stakes game of waiting for the copier to get it wrong.<p>Too wrong, and you’ll live burdened by a maladaptive mutation or genetic disorder. Worse, you …

Biology

A Profound Contradiction of Human Existence

“<i>Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.</i>”<p>“Be not deceived,” Epictetus writes in <i>The Discourses</i>, …

28 Authors on the Books That Changed Their Lives

The right book, it’s said, can change your life. Some books can alter perceptions of the world, or let a reader see life from a perspective they may …

Books

Here's how much work your brain can handle before needing a break

The 8-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach.<p>The 8-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of manual labor …

Time Management

The Closest Star System To Ours Doesn't Have Any Planets (Yet), After All

If you had looked to the skies just 25 years ago, you’d only be able to wonder about planets around other stars. “They must be there,” you’d reason, “since there’s no way our Solar System is unique in all the galaxy.” But where’s the proof? As the case always is in science, it’s in the data you …