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Brain Scans Hint at How Humans Got So Smart

It all starts with the brainpower of our ancestors.<p><b>By Shelby Putt, Indiana University</b><p>How did humans get to be so smart, and when did this happen? To …

The Brain
Anthropology

Exploring the Strange Pleasures of Cockaigne, a Medieval Peasant’s Dream World

The birds fly right into your mouth, and there isn’t animal poop everywhere!<p>A 16th-century vision of Cockaigne as a land of shameful laziness and …

The Rise of Science Fiction from Pulp Mags to Cyberpunk

Since the days of Mary Shelley, Jules Verne, and H. G. Wells, science fiction has not just helped define and shape the course of literature but …

The Kindle Effect

Consider the metamorphosis of self-publishing. For decades it was dismissed as the desperate refuge of authors rejected by publishing houses, …

Writing

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 7 Best Fantasy Books for the Holiday Season

Whether you're looking for a last minute holiday gift or want a story for yourself, here's fantasy that isn't grimdark.<p>Thanks to the popularity of</i> …

Books

Genetic editing could rob world of creative geniuses like Thomas Edison or Tennessee Williams

Genetic editing to cure future generations of disease and mental disorders could rob the world of the creative geniuses who have transformed society, it has been claimed.<p>Next year, the first large trials will begin in the US and China to tweak the genes of patients suffering from cancer - a …

Ageing process may be reversible, scientists claim

New form of gene therapy shown to produce rejuvenating effect in mice, although scientists say human clinical applications are decade away<p>Wrinkles, grey hair and niggling aches are normally regarded as an inevitable part of growing older, but now scientists claim that the ageing process may be …

Aging

The Best Self-Published Books of 2016

Every year readers are faced with "best of" lists of books, from outlets ranging from "GoodReads Choice" to NPR. And every year they all pretty much feature the same titles (this year they include Colson Whitehead's THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, Stephanie Danler's SWEETBITTER, Michael Chabon's …

Books

7 Tips For Self-Publishing Your Novel And Getting It Into The Hands Of Readers

So. You've decided to give up your social life and do NaNoWriMo. Or you've spent every moment of your free time for the last ten years working on …

Humans may dream of traveling to Mars, but our bodies aren’t built for it

Reports of a new space race tell of<p>NASA’s plan to send astronauts to Mars in the 2030s and SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk’s ambition to get private explorers there first. This race, however, can’t be won with either’s current technology, regardless of their spending or commitment.<p>The barrier is …

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For some in middle class, Trump plan would mean tax increase

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump's proposals would modestly cut income taxes for most middle-class Americans. But for nearly 8 million families — including a majority of single-parent households — the opposite would occur: They'd pay more.<p>Most married couples with three or more …

Donald Trump

Gene-editing, religion and one scientist's quest to reconcile the two

RANDALLSTOWN, Md. — Is the human genome sacred? Does editing it violate the idea that we’re made in God’s image or, perhaps worse, allow us to “play …

An MIT Scientist Claims That This Pill Is the Fountain of Youth

I recently received in the mail a small cardboard box, solidly constructed and colored a subtle metallic gray, from the future. ELYSIUM HEALTH was …

The eight scientific breakthroughs set to revolutionise our future

Science is the scaffolding on which innovation is built. From quantum computers to 3D-printed organs, genetic tweaking and super-strong materials, …

Proxima Centauri

Human lifespan has hit its natural limit, research suggests

Although more people reach old age each year, the ceiling for the human lifespan appears to be stuck at around 115 years, study indicates<p>Humans are unlikely to ever blow out more than 125 candles on their birthday cake, according to research that suggests that our lifespan has already hit its …

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Nasa just made all its research available online for free

Care to learn more about 400-foot tsunamis on Mars? Now you can, after Nasa announced it is making all its publicly funded research available online …

A novel approach to reading books: Guest editorial

In the ongoing war for our attention, books are losing. Badly.<p>That's not new. It's well-known that most people prefer TV shows to tomes. The U.S. …

The Self-Published Scifi Sensation Zenith Is the Latest eBook to Make the Jump to Physical Media

As a self-published ebook <i>Zenith</i>, the first chapter in an ongoing scifi series called <i>The Androma Saga</i>, is already a <i>New York Times</i> best-seller. Now, …

5 Things This Self-Published Author Did to Sell Over 20,000 Books With Almost No Money

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This story was originally published 7/21/2016 and has been updated.</i><p>Two years ago, I self-published my first science fiction novel, <i>Where the Hell is Tesla?</i>, and sold 10,000 copies in the first twelve months. (It has since gone on to sell …

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B&N to Sell Self-Published Books In Stores

The big news about Barnes & Noble is that after twenty years of battling with Amazon they have finally made a competitive move that Amazon cannot …

Researchers Spotted Something Very Strange in the Sands of Mars

No, it’s not aliens writing messages in the sand. But there <i>is</i> something weird happening on Mars’ surface—and it’s something that hasn’t been seen …

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