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Earth - The unexpected ingredient necessary for life

From microbes to marsupials, life abounds on Earth. But even if you stripped the planet of all its inhabitants, Earth would still "live".<p>Its molten core churns, generating a magnetic field that envelops the planet. Erupting volcanoes spew gases and pave new lands with fresh lava. Earth's surface is …

Earth Science

The Canada experiment: is this the world's first 'postnational' country?

When Justin Trudeau said ‘there is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada’, he was articulating a uniquely Canadian philosophy that some find bewildering, even reckless – but could represent a radical new model of nationhood<p>As 2017 begins, Canada may be the last immigrant nation left standing. …

Canada

Jihadis planning Paris-style gun attacks on British streets, police say

Terrorists wanted to get firearms to launch gun attacks on Britain’s streets in five extremist plots foiled in the last two years, police have revealed, as they admitted that 800 legally owned guns had gone missing.<p>In a rare joint appeal, the National Crime Agency and Scotland Yard’s …

Terrorism

Why Eastern Europe Will be 2017’s Hot Travel Destination

Gazing up at the Eiffel Tower post-baguette, or tossing coins into the Trevi Fountain before devouring bowls of cacio e pepe are dreamy European experiences that will forever inspire flights to Paris and Rome. Beyond such timeless locales, however, curious itinerants are increasingly looking east …

These 10 beautiful Spanish words have no equivalent in English

One of the best things about learning a new language is discovering words with no equivalent in your native tongue. After all, they end up teaching …

Mothers Who Regret Having Children - "I Wish I'd Never Had Kids"

Here's the thing about realizing that you shouldn't have had kids," says Laura*, 37, a journalist based in Los Angeles. "You can't take the decision back."<p>Laura once believed that she wanted to be a mother. She had little direct experience with children—no siblings young enough to need tending to, …

Parenting

I went camping in the trunk of a $145,000 Tesla

As the sun set beyond the long-needle pines and emerald waters of Lake Tahoe, I looked across the campfire and laughed out loud. I was about to go …

The amazing benefits of being bilingual

Most people in the world speak more than one language, suggesting the human brain evolved to work in multiple tongues. If so, asks Gaia Vince, are those of us who speak only one language missing out?<p>In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words …

Language

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One year on Earth seen from a million miles away

In July last year, NASA relayed the very first image taken by its Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (ironically, EPIC for short).<p>The image marked …

Babies’ brains are wired to learn multiple languages at once

Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult and confusing it can be. So when a three-year-old growing up in a bilingual household inserts Spanish words into his English sentences, conventional wisdom assumes that he is confusing the two languages.<p>Research …

Language Learning

Yes, There Is a Key to Happiness (and It's Actually Pretty Simple) | Inc.com

As a species, humans are pretty dissatisfied with ourselves, and nowhere is this more true than in America. Each year, 45 percent of us make New Year's resolutions. We spend some $549 million on self-help books, according to research by Marketdata Enterprises.<p>Millions chase the ideologies of the …

Happiness

A new theory is close to solving one of the greatest mysteries of how life began on Earth

Life on Earth began some 4 billion years ago. But it shouldn’t have.<p>In its lifecycle, at that time, a young star like our sun would have been radiating only about 70% as much energy as now. That would have made the Earth an icy ball. And so there would have been no liquid water to give life an …

Astronomy

Forget what you heard: Hyperloop pods will not be coated in 'vibranium'

You may have seen a news story recently claiming Hyperloop pods will be coated in "vibranium."<p>Vibranium is a fictional substance from the Marvel universe. Here's how the Marvel Database describes it (I've added bolding for emphasis):<p>Vibranium is a rare, naturally occurring meteoric ore with energy …

Hyperloop

2,000 years of evolution has made Britons taller and blonder

A new technique has been used to track changes in the genome of Britons over the last 2,000 years – and we've become taller, blonder and more likely …

Evolution

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Earth is getting greener. Here’s why that’s a problem.

<i>This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>A new study just published in the …

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

How Spicy Food Changes Your Brain And Overall Health

Do you love to eat spicy stuff? What if you could feel great whenever you indulged in a curry or other hot dish, knowing that it was actually giving …

Bright flash of light marks incredible moment life begins when sperm meets egg

Human life begins in bright flash of light as a sperm meets an egg, scientists have shown for the first time, after capturing the astonishing ‘fireworks’ on film.<p>An explosion of tiny sparks erupts from the egg at the exact moment of conception.<p>Scientists had seen the phenomenon occur in other …

From PM to ordinary people, UK commemorates Queen's 90th birthday

<b>London (CNN) —</b> From the Prime Minister to her grandson to those who might be referred to as commoners, the British are paying tribute Thursday to Queen Elizabeth II on her 90th birthday.<p>"Mr. Speaker, we are uniquely blessed in our country," Prime Minister David Cameron said in the House of Commons …

Queen Elizabeth II

How 1 million bilingual babies are supposed to help keep Britain in the E.U.

There are plenty of scenarios about what could happen if Britain leaves the European Union. The International Monetary Fund recently predicted negative repercussions for the global economy. Elsewhere in Europe, governments fear that other nations could follow suit if Britain left.<p>But there could be …

Europe

“Hello, Sweden speaking”: Swedish volunteers are manning a helpline on how to live like them

Gustaf is walking uphill; I can tell because he’s out of breath. We’ve been speaking for a while and I worry for his health—he lives in a remote cabin near the Norwegian border, and his voice sounds like that of an older man. What if he collapses while we’re on the phone? Who will I tell? Other …

Sweden

Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

Michelle Obama

The facts behind the Russian Rambo story

A story has been making the rounds on social media about a young Russian soldier who died heroically fighting ISIS in Syria.<p>The special forces soldier is said to have called in an airstrike on his own position as it was being overrun by ISIS fighters.<p>Some Russian media have been circulating a …

Middle East

9 physics concepts every time travel enthusiast should master

Ask a child how to travel through time and you'll get a simple answer: Use a time machine.<p>Ask a physicist, and suddenly you'll start hearing …

Planet with triple-star system found

A team of researchers working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has announced the finding of a triple-star system—one that also as …