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Thought Leadership

Revealed: The age adults are at their ‘healthiest and happiest’

Happiness may be a subjective emotion but researchers believe they have found the perfect age when we are most content with life.<p>The average Briton is happiest at the age of <b>39</b>, the study says, adding that 30 is when we are at our healthiest.<p>Researchers also looked at the age milestones for peak …

One of World's Longest-Running Experiments Is Buried in a Secret Location in Michigan

The coolest experiment you've never heard of.<p>In 1879, a botanist called William Beal buried 20 glass bottles in a secret spot on the grounds of …

Gardening

Would It Be A Bad Thing to Wipe Out A Species ... If It's A Mosquito?

Mosquitoes have a nasty reputation.<p>The species <i>Aedes aegypti</i>, for example, is currently responsible for spreading the Zika virus through the Americas and also infects humans with dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever.<p>This raises the question: Should there be an effort to get rid of <i>Aedes aegypti</i> …

Public Health

Why AI Can Still Hardly Pass an Eighth Grade Science Test

The Allen AI Science Challenge shows it takes more than an encylopaedic knowledge to reason your way to a correct answer.<p>An artificial intelligence competition that asked AI models to answer eighth-grade science questions announced its winners this week—but it doesn't look like robots will be …

Being bilingual rewires the fundamental structure of your brain

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>It’s well known that being bilingual has cognitive benefits: switching between two languages has been compared to mental gymnastics. But now, research suggests that mastering two languages can fundamentally alter the structure of your brain, rewiring it to work …

Humanity

Do Introverts and Extroverts See Reality Differently?

Do Introverts and Extroverts See Reality Differently? (And What Does This Question Have to Do With Your Relationships?)<p>“Are Extroverts Ruining …

Psychology

Science Says What You Wear Largely Affects How You Think And Behave

“What you wear can influence your thinking and negotiating skills, and even hormone levels and heart rate” – Matthew Hutson<p>We all know that the way …

The hottest year

The hottest year<p>2015 was hot.<br>2016 will likely be hotter.<p>The hottest year<p>2015 was hot.<br>2016 will likely be hotter.<p>In all of recorded history back to …

Global Warming Is Heating Up the Deep Ocean

A new study has found that the world’s oceans are warming at a faster rate and half the increase in global ocean heat since 1865 has occurred in the …

Global Warming

Mediocrity is for white kids: Debates over Asians and the academic “ethnic divide” are about white entitlement, not oppressive immigrant parents

White parents want schools to ease standards—but Asian parents know their kids <em>have</em> to excel to get ahead<p>In the midst of a national debate about the effects of affirmative action, elections for the Harvard Board of Overseers have reinvigorated a discussion about the school's discriminatory …

Home, sweet home: how to combat the ‘indoor pollution’ of scented candles

Air fresheners and cleaning products release chemicals that are harmful in enclosed spaces. But houseplants could help cut the risks<p>The last bits of tinsel are down and the fairy lights are back in hibernation. With the dark, cold nights here for a while, there is no better time to light up those …

Pollution

Science Explains Why Daydreaming Is Good For Your Brain

Daydreaming is always perceived as a bad behavior that lowers productivity. However, a study has found that it can be good for our brain and actually …

The Problem With Rooftop Solar That Nobody Is Talking About

A couple of years ago, Steven Weissman, an energy lawyer at the University of California-­Berkeley, started to shop around for solar panels for his …

This One Study Will Make You Want to Be a Runner

If you’re not a regular pavement pounder, odds are you’ve vowed to start more times than you can count. It’s the one workout that, in addition to countless health benefits and fitness cred, you can do <i>anywhere</i> and costs nothing — save for some new colorful running shoes. But for some, the halo of …

5 Diet Tips I Learned From Channing Tatum's Nutritionist

"I never have a client where my only goal is weight loss. I want them to have more energy and have better skin."<p>"People do resolutions and they're done with them by the end of January," says glowing green human Kimberly Snyder, the nutritionist behind Hollywood hard-bodies like Channing Tatum (and …

11 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine Will Make Your Entire Day More Productive

I don't know anyone who couldn't use a little boost in their energy and self-control.<p>Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 separate studies on energy and self-control. What they found will change the way you start your day.<p>The …

Do impulsive people have less free will?

Before you consciously became aware of your decision to read this article, your brain was already making the necessary preparations to click the link.<p>There are a few crucial milliseconds between the moment when you’re consciously aware of a plan to act, and the moment you take action. This brief …

Consciousness

People reveal the biggest lessons they would tell their younger selves

But sometimes we wonder, if only we could tell our younger selves what we know now, could we perhaps save ourselves from some emotional or physical distress or better prepare ourselves for the future?<p>While time travel has yet to become a reality, sharing what we wish we could tell our younger …

Buyer beware: Solar power may be missing key ingredient

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Want to cut reliance on your fossil-fuel-burning utility, but don't have space for solar panels? Easy, the sales pitch goes, …

Ligers and Tigons, Oh My! Cat Lineage Littered with Interbreeding

Modern-day felines may be the ultimate mutts.<p>Different species of cats mated with each other at several points in history, a new genetic study of …

Cats

Rapid switch to renewable energy can put Paris climate goals within reach

Increasing renewables to 36% of the global energy mix by 2030 would provide about half emissions reductions needed to hold warming to 2C, says International Renewable Energy Agency<p>Countries can deliver on the promises of the historic Paris climate change agreement by rapid scaling up wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

A Documentary About the Psychology of Religious Belief

January 16, 2016 by Hemant Mehta<p>Filmmaker <b>Ben Fama, Jr.</b> just began a Kickstarter to fund his documentary about the psychology of religious belief:<p>When …

Anti-Fracking Activist Case Gives Climate Change Its Day in Court

In September 2014, Abby Brockway sat atop a metal tripod in Everett, Washington, straddling a stretch of train tracks owned by the Burlington …

Trespassing

The Latest Class of NASA Astronauts Is 50% Female

And they're all candidates for Mars.<p>Last year was pretty incredible for space exploration, with (among many other notable achievements) NASA …

Gun-Control Activist Posts ‘F*** Police Officers,’ ‘F*** the NRA’ Rant. One Week Later, She Gets Invited to Meet President Obama. (UPDATED)

In late December, a gun-control activist posted an F-word-laden rant directed at the NRA, lawmakers and police — and about a week later was invited by the White House to meet President Barack Obama.<p>A Facebook page belonging to Amanda Gailey lists her as director of Nebraskans Against Gun Violence …

Have fun with your proxy servers now, because Netflix is shutting them down

One of the most annoying things about Netflix is that it offers different content depending on which of the more than 190 countries in which it’s …

EU scrambles as protests erupt in Poland over government media takeover

Relations between Poland and the European Union’s leaders hit a new low Wednesday, as the bloc’s executives met to investigate Poland’s recent limitations on democracy.<p>The move followed protests last weekend in Warsaw, where tens of thousands of Polish supporters of democracy braved the bitter cold …

‘Genetic testing is a responsibility if you’re having children’

Anne Wojcicki, CEO of California-based personal genetic testing company 23andMe, which enables people to check their DNA, on why she co-founded the project<p>23andMe <b>offers a saliva test to create a DNA profile covering health, traits and ancestry. Have you taken the test yourself?</b><p>My family and I were …

Molecular Biology

Year in review: Breakthrough gene editor sparks ethics debate

A revolutionary gene-editing technology made headlines this year as much for the ethical and societal issues it raised as for the scientific …

Genetics