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Best Friends Really do Share Brain Patterns, Neuroscientists Reveal

"Our results suggest that friends process the world around them in exceptionally similar ways."<p>Whenever my best friends and I say the same thing in a …

The Brain

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Has AI finally cracked the mysterious Voynich manuscript?

Two computer scientists from the University of Alberta claim to have created a series of algorithms that can decipher unknown alphabetic scripts, and …

Betsy DeVos visited a charter school, praising it as a 'shining example' — now it's shutting down

When Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and first lady Melania Trump visited Excel Academy Public Charter School last spring, DeVos praised the school as a "shining example of a school meeting the needs of its students, parents and community." Melania Trump called the charter school "an exceptional …

The Best Tours of Athens, Greece

Planning the Greece trip of a lifetime? Pre-purchasing your tours of Athens, Greece can save you big money by avoiding the fluctuating Euro exchange …

Breakthrough as lost Pictish monastery where monks first wrote Gaelic discovered by archaeologists

New documentary will tell the story of the Book of Deer, recorded by monks around the 10th century.<p>Evidence of a lost ­monastery, where one of the …

Archaeology

If Christians Hate Being Persecuted, They Should Blame the People in the Mirror

The people hurting Christianity the most are the followers of Jesus who worship the Republican Party platform far more than anything in the New …

What your mentally ill partner really wants – and needs – from you

Dating anyone involves a certain amount of nonsense.<p>It’s one of those ridiculous things that humans do and then make a big mess of and then do again. …

For your writing to spark fire in the minds of readers, ask these questions

“Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” <i>~William S. Burroughs</i><p><b>There is no greater satisfaction in writing</b> …

Creative Writing

The "Space Kingdom of Asgardia" has launched its first satellite

Humanity's first "space nation", Asgardia, is a step closer to getting off the ground after its first satellite was launched last week. While the …

How does the socialist left build a mass plan to take back the country? Flu shots and brake lights.

What better way to evangelize a socialist future for America than giving people the things they need for free?<p>Last weekend in Pittsburgh, the local …

Preparing to Hike Japan’s Criminally Underrated Kumano Kodo

Japan's Kumano Kodo is one of the most criminally underrated hikes in the world. As I prepare to hike the iconic pilgrimage, I highlight the …

The 'it girl' of the ancient world

Many thought she was the most beautiful woman of the ancient world. But Phryne had a wit to match, writes Natalie Haynes.<p>“When,” asked Aphrodite, “did Praxiteles see me naked?”<p>The line is attributed to the goddess of beauty and sexual desire in a book of Byzantine epigrams. She has been perturbed …

Irregular Verbs and Their Principal Parts

Understanding Strong Verbs<p>In the English language, all verbs have different forms or tenses. These can include present tense, simple past tense, and …

Language

Spectacular object that could rewrite the history of Ancient Greek art uncovered by archaeologists

The engraved stone seal is so intricate that some details can only be seen with a powerful camera lens.<p>An intricately carved gem that could rewrite …

New science fiction and fantasy books to help you escape this holiday season

Get ready for sentient bread, state-controlled magic, Moon heists, and djinn cities.<p>It is the dreaded season of airport delays, family "fun," and …

How To Put Together a Poetry Manuscript for Publication

Transform Your Sheaf of Papers Into a Manuscript You Can Submit<p>You’ve written a number of poems, sent them out to poetry journals, or read them in …

Writing

There Are Three Kinds of Consciousness, And Computers Have Mastered One, Says Study

Blade Runners TBC.<p>Consciousness is a slippery concept to pin down, but a small group of neuroscientists just made a solid attempt at doing just …

Artificial Intelligence

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

Teachers, parents and policymakers certainly acknowledge the growing influence of technology and have responded in kind. We've seen more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.<p>In 2009, California passed a law requiring …

Secrets of the Universe: The Sefer Raziel

Did Raziel Write a Book of Angel Secrets to Give to the First Human Being?<p>The <i>Sefer Raziel</i> (which means "Book of Raziel") is a Jewish text that claims …

Whatever happened to the 15-hour workweek?

In 1930, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technological change and productivity improvements would eventually lead to a 15-hour …

Ancient Mesopotamian Beliefs in the Afterlife

Unlike the rich corpus of ancient Egyptian funerary texts, no such “guidebooks” from Mesopotamia detail the afterlife and the soul’s fate after …

3,200-Year-Old Stone Inscription Tells of Trojan Prince, Sea People

<b>Editor's Note:</b> <i>New research into the archaeologist's work has found that this inscription is likely a forgery. Read more about the possible …

Ancient History

Why Content Writers Should Publish on Medium

Medium levels the playing field for writers. It gives a voice to individuals who have something interesting or important to say. Even if you don't …

Writing

Ideas for Substitute Teachers With No Lesson Plans

From time to time, substitute teachers will go to a classroom and find that there is no lesson plan waiting for them. When you as a substitute are …