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These 50 American Slang Words Are In Danger Of Disappearing

Let's all go get some larbo and popskull and have ourselves a night.<p>We’re constantly hearing about saving eagles or giant pandas from extinction, but we rarely hear about words.<p>Electric Literature reported on a campaign launched to help preserve a strange, yet wildly entertaining list of …

Nasa: Earth is warming at a pace 'unprecedented in 1,000 years'

Records of temperature that go back far further than 1800s suggest warming of recent decades is out of step with any period over the past millennium<p>The planet is warming at a pace not experienced within the past 1,000 years, at least, making it “very unlikely” that the world will stay within a …

NASA

Mahabharata

The <i>Mahabharata</i> is an ancient Indian epic where the main story revolves around two branches of a family - the Pandavas and Kauravas - who, in the …

HOMO ERECTUS FIRE, TOOLS AND CULTURE

HOMO ERECTUS TOOLS<p><i>Homo erectus</i> was the first to use fire and sophisticated tools. Unlike earlier hominids that developed crude choppers and flakes,</i> …

These Bronze Age Humans Were History's Biggest Weed Dealers

The finest dank the Caucasus had to offer.<p>About 5,000 years ago, a mysterious tribe poured into Europe and Asia from the steppes of modern-day Russia and Ukraine. With them, they brought valuable knowledge of metalworking, horseback riding, and technology such as the wheel.<p>But historians believe …

'Root of all evil' found in the brain by scientists

The part of the brain which switches on before aggressive behaviour is anatomically known as the ventrolateral part of the ventromedial hypothalamus.<p>The ‘root of all evil’ has been discovered by scientists who found that a distinct part of the brain fires up before premeditated nefarious acts are …

'Big Brain' Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps

A single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain …

Evolution

From whong to quingel: the science of funny words | David Shariatmadari

Some made up words, like probble and dolsimp, are more amusing than others. Funniest of all are the likes of clunt, focky and dongl. Why?<p>Without scrolling down, have a think about which word in these pairs you find funnier.

MRI of Mother and Child Shows Love Through The Eyes of Science

MIT neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe captured this stunning MRI image of herself and her child inside a 3 Tesla magnetic resonance imaging scanner, …

Imaging

Our terrorism double standard: After Paris, let’s stop blaming Muslims and take a hard look at ourselves | Salon.com

Demonstrating how right-wing and Islamic extremist logic intersect, ISIS actually favorably cited the black-and-white worldview shared ironically by both former President George W. Bush and his intractable foe, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. ISIS wrote: "As Shaykh Usamah Ibn Ladin said, 'The …

Recognizing the Basic Structure of Language is Not Unique to Human Brain

<b>A team led at Newcastle University, UK, has shed light on the evolutionary roots of language in the brain.</b><p>Publishing in <i>Nature Communications</i>, the …

The Search for the God Algorithm

Tech executives are not generally known for their modest ambitions. Google’s Sergey Brin, for instance, has expressed this vision for his company: …

Machine Learning

The traits that make human beings unique

We’re all just animals… right? Not so fast, says Melissa Hogenboom, a few things make us different from any other species.<p>"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." So said the physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who helped to invent the atomic bomb.<p>The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in …

Chimpanzees

Why Metaphors Beat The Snot Out Of Facts When It Comes To Motivating Action

By Douglas Van Praet5 minute Read<p>Metaphors have long permeated creative expression from cave paintings to commercials. And there’s a good reason that …

Are plants intelligent? New book says yes

A new book, Brilliant Green, argues that not only are plants intelligent and sentient, but that we should consider their rights, especially in the midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction<p>Plants are intelligent. Plants deserve rights. Plants are like the Internet – or more accurately the Internet is like …

Chimpanzees