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DNA testing by University of Canberra forensics lab to make molecular sketches of crime suspects

A Canberra forensic laboratory will be the first in Australia to test the ancestry of crime scene DNA, opening up a world of potentially predicting a …

Genetics

Could Zika be the next HIV?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Thirty-five years ago, alert physicians in the United States spotted a new disease, caused by a virus that had been in circulation, unnoticed, for decades in people, and millennia in monkeys.<p>The virus had hit pay dirt, racing through the gay sexual revolution where one man might have sex …

Public Health

Your college major reveals a lot about your personality

According to the first review of studies that compare college majors and personality traits, there may have been a real reason for that.<p>It turns out that people with similar personalities really do end up studying the same things.<p>Anna Vedel, the author of the review (which we first spotted in The …

Psychology

Nice attack suspect identified as Mohamed Bouhlel

The Nice mayor's office confirmed Friday that Mohamed Bouhlel, 31, a resident of the French seaside city, is the main suspect in the attack that killed at least 84 people and wounded dozens more.<p>An identification card located in the truck Bouhlel used to mow down his victims showed that he was a …

Extremism

Why Pokémon Go Players Are Going to Keep Finding Dead Bodies

It happens every day.<p>Pokémon Go will lead to some less-than-cute discoveries. (Image: shah141/DeviantArt)<p>For the second time in a week, a Pokémon Go …

19 Essential Adventure Supplies You Didn't Know You Needed To Pack

Pack it up, pack it in.

Olympic National Park

The 7 Alcohol Fails to Avoid When Planning Your Wedding Reception Bar

Hey brides, want to raise the bar when it comes to your own wedding bar? Whether you've got a big booze budget or not, here are the mistakes you'll want to avoid making in order to put your guests in good spirits!<p><b>1. Not catering to your crowd</b><p>First things first, know your crowd, advises Maren White, …

“Mr. Robot” played to our worst technology fears with a mini horror movie about a hacked smart home

USA Network’s imaginative Emmy-nominated series <i>Mr. Robot</i>, about a group of hackers conspiring to change the world, is easily TV’s most tech-savvy show. Instead of having characters mindlessly type away at keyboards, <i>Mr. Robot</i> shows how hacking can actually happen in real life.<p>The best scene of this …

Home Invasion

The week in wildlife – in pictures

A Bengal tiger with her cubs, osprey chicks and a forest lit up by thousands of fireflies are among this week’s pick of images from the natural world

Wildlife

15 Places Overtaken by Nature

It doesn’t take long after a place is abandoned for nature to reclaim its land. From a mining town swallowed by the sands of a desert, to an island …

Sign of the Apocalypse? Beaver Attacks Stand-Up Paddler in North Carolina

<b>These are headlines you just can’t make up</b>. Betsy Bent, a 67-year-old paddler who has been plying the waters of Beaver Lake near Asheville, North …

North Carolina

The Supreme Awakening: What Did Buddha, Emerson, Einstein and Saint Teresa Have in Common?

<b>Interview with author Craig Pearson</b><p><i>"There are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies ... Life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only being."</i> -- Albert Einstein<p>An ongoing theme in human culture is the …

New 'Time Slice' Theory Suggests You're Not as Conscious as You Think You Are

Our conscious perception of the world feels like a continuous and uninterrupted flow, but a new study suggests that it’s actually more like the …

For the First Time, Scientists Have Imaged the Brain on LSD

The scientists hope their long-awaited study on LSD in humans will open the floodgates to further research into psychedelics.<p>Researcher, drug policy reformer, and Countess of Wemyss Amanda Feilding made a promise to Albert Hofmann, the "father of LSD," after meeting him in the 90s: She would carry …

Consciousness

The Best of Brain Pickings 2015

The paradoxical psychology of why we fall in love, what maturity really means, how our emotions affect our immune system, the transformative power of solitude, and a year’s worth more.<p>After the annual reading list of the 15 finest books of the year, it’s time for the annual look back upon the best …