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A radical new theory proposes that facial expressions are not emotional displays, but “tools for social influence”

Expressing sadness or seeking protection?<i>By</i> Emma YoungYou’re at a ten-pin bowling alley with some friends, you bowl your first ball – and it’s a …

More than 50 years of U.S. mass shootings: The victims, sites, killers and weapons

The places change, the numbers change, but the choice of weapon remains the same. In the United States, people who want to kill a lot of other people most often do it with guns.<p>Related<p>The number of U.S. mass shootings depends on how you count<p>Public mass shootings account for a tiny fraction of the …

FDA approves first blood test for concussion

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a blood test to help detect concussion in adults.<p>The Brain Trauma Indicator test measures two biomarkers: proteins known as UCH-L1 and GFAP that are released upon injury to the brain and pass through the blood-brain …

Photos: To avoid extermination, Native Americans were forced to assimilate

In the 1890s it was considered progressive to “kill the Indian in him, and save the man”<p>“Assimilate or die.” That was the gist of it. As the 19th …

The Most Over-the-Top Tourist Attraction in Every U.S. State, Mapped

The U.S. is home to some of the world’s most popular attractions. From the Big Apple’s Empire State Building, to Seattle’s Space Needle, its cities …

Iconoclast painter Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of Barack Obama will be unveiled tomorrow

After a year working in secrecy, celebrated hip hop portraitist Kehinde Wiley is finally ready to unveil the most important commission of his career: the presidential portrait of Barack Obama.<p>The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery will present Wiley’s opus to the public in a special ceremony in …

Art

Scientists studying psychoactive drugs accidentally proved the self is an illusion

Philosophers and mystics have long contemplated the disconcerting notion that the fixed self is an illusion.Neuroscientists now think they can prove it or, at least, help us glimpse this truth with some help from psilocybin, the psychoactive property in magic mushrooms.<p>Researchers around the world …

Consciousness

The idea that everything from spoons to stones is conscious is gaining academic credibility

Consciousness permeates reality. Rather than being just a unique feature of human subjective experience, it’s the foundation of the universe, present in every particle and all physical matter.<p>This sounds like easily-dismissible bunkum, but as traditional attempts to explain consciousness continue …

Scientists reconstruct face of 9,000 year-old Greek teenager

ATHENS (Reuters) - The last time anyone looked on Dawn's face was 9,000 years ago.<p>Now the teenager can be seen again, after scientists reconstructed her face to show what people looked like in the Mesolithic period, around 7,000 BC. But she doesn't look happy.<p>Dawn is believed to be aged between 15 …

Prehistory

A psychological ailment called 'hikikomori' is imprisoning 500,000 Japanese people in their homes — and it's more of a threat than ever

Hayashi Kyoko started becoming a social recluse when her high school principal started talking about university entrance exams on the first day of school.<p>"The fun high-school life I was looking forward to transformed into nothing more than a period of test preparation," the Japanese native told the …

Despite the Known Threat of White Supremacists Infiltrating Law Enforcement, Only the FBI is Actively Investigating

White Supremacists Infiltrate Law Enforcement with only the FBI Tracking the Threat<p>Imagine a country where the white supremacists don’t have to hide, …

An AI That Makes Fake Videos May Facilitate The End of 'Reality' as We Know It

What are we going to trust?<p>Anyone worried about the ability of artificial intelligences (AI) to mimic reality is likely to be concerned by Nvidia's …

Deep Learning

Boats full of dead people from North Korea keep showing up in Japan — here's why

Dozens of bodies have mysteriously washed up on Japan's shores over the past few weeks — and the evidence suggests they're coming from North Korea.<p>At least 40 corpses from about 15 boats have washed up along Japan's west coast since November, according to figures provided by Japanese authorities …

The Mapping of Massacres

In Australia, historians and artists have turned to cartography to record the widespread killing of Indigenous people.<p>From New York to Cape Town to Sydney, the bronze body doubles of the white men of empire—Columbus, Rhodes, Cook—have lately been pelted with feces, sprayed with graffiti, had their …

Want to Boost Memory by 20 Percent? Science Says Do This 1 Simple Activity | Inc.com

If you like to spend your break time with a quick jaunt around the corner to buy a coffee, nobody's judging. But according to science, you might be better off if you took time out of your day to get on a trail and make friends with some trees. That's because time in nature literally changes brain …

The Brain

A Map Showing How Much Time It Takes to Learn Foreign Languages: From Easiest to Hardest

Do you want to speak more languages? Sure, as Sally Struthers used to say so often, we all do. But the requirements of attaining proficiency in any …

Language Learning

A 1965 Study Revealed Sugar Causes Cancer—Why Was There a Cover-Up?

A new paper published in PLOS Biology this week brought to light a controversial 1965 study, funded by the sugar industry, that was never published …

How to Identify the 3 Major Types of Rocks

In geology, pictures of rocks can be used to help you best determine which of the three major types a particular rock belongs to: igneous, …

Earth Science

Rat named after Dorset pub landlord is mankind’s oldest mammal ancestor

As ancestors go, it might not look particularly distinguished, but this toothy rat-like creature is the forefather of us all.<p>Remains of the little nocturnal mammal, which lived 145million years ago, were recently discovered on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, by paleontologists from the University of …

A Grecian Artifact Evokes Tales From the ‘Iliad’ and ‘Odyssey’

Two years ago, archaeologists excavating an ancient grave at Pylos in southwestern Greece pulled out a grime-encrusted object, less than an inch and half long, that looked like some kind of large bead. They put it aside to focus on more prominent items, like gold rings, that also were packed into …

US senator warned that leak of documents exposing offshore tax havens show ‘rapid movement’ toward a group of billionaires controlling the global economy<p>Bernie Sanders has warned that the world is rapidly becoming an “international oligarchy” controlled by a tiny number of billionaires, highlighted …

Bernie Sanders

Rare find at King Solomon's mines: Ancient pregnant woman's remains

The skeleton of a pregnant woman, dating back around 3,200 years, has been found near a temple dedicated to the Egyptian goddess Hathor at a place that was once called King Solomon's Mines, archaeologists recently announced.<p>Located in the Timna Valley in Israel, ancient Egyptians and others in the …

NASA reveals audio recording of what space actually sounds like - and it's very spooky

Just in time for Halloween!<p>In perfect time for Halloween, NASA has just released a rather haunting audio of the sounds of our solar system.<p>The …

Dolphins Just Became The First Wild Animals to Show Traces of Alzheimer's Disease

We did not expect this.<p>If dealing with the ravages of Alzheimer's in humans wasn't enough, the neural disease has now shown up in dolphins, marking …

Psychedelic Drugs Appear to Make People Less Likely to Commit Crimes

But they're still classed as Schedule 1 illicit drugs.<p>Psychedelics have recently made headlines for their potential to treat illnesses such as …

Prehistoric Fossils Dating Back 9.7m Years Could Rewrite History Of Where Humans Came From

'We shall have to start rewriting the history of mankind after today.'<p>A set of fossilised teeth dating back a staggering 9.7 million years could …

20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They're scared.

“If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.”<p>Is American democracy in decline? Should we be worried?<p>On October 6, some of America’s top political scientists gathered at Yale University to answer these questions. And nearly everyone agreed: American democracy is …

Political Science

The Word 'Allah' Has Been Discovered Woven Into Viking Burial Clothes

An amazing discovery.<p>Ancient burial clothes thought to have been woven with typical Viking patterns have, after decades in storage, revealed a …

Archaeology

Tracing Oral Histories to Solve a Longstanding Human-Migration Puzzle

Archaeologists are combining new technology with indigenous knowledge to unravel the mystery of Mesa Verde.<p>The drumming is inescapable. It’s a sound you feel in your gut, like thunder from a summer storm. Its rumble fills the pueblo, resonating off adobe walls, shimmering in the white-hot sun, …

Anthropology