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27 fascinating maps that show how Americans speak English differently across the US

In a country as vast as the United States, you're hardly ever going to find a consensus on how to say something.<p>Do you drink soda, or do you call it pop? Do you wear sneakers, or tennis shoes? The answers vary depending on where you ask the question.<p>Linguists Bert Vaux and Scott Golder surveyed …

Linguistics

The 7 Biggest Unanswered Questions in Physics

Physicists have solved some of the universe's biggest mysteries. But they're not done yet.<p>If Isaac Newton suddenly popped out of a time machine, he’d be delighted to see how far physics had come. Things that were deeply mysterious a few centuries ago are now taught in freshman physics classes (the …

Physics

AI Is Inventing Languages Humans Can’t Understand. Should We Stop It?

Researchers at Facebook realized their bots were chattering in a new language. Then they stopped it.<p>Bob: “I can can I I everything else.”<p>Alice: “Balls have zero to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to me to.”<p>To you and I, that passage looks like nonsense. But what if I told you this nonsense …

Artificial Intelligence

Big Bang Confirmed Again, This Time By The Universe's First Atoms

The Big Bang is the leading theory as to where our Universe came from. The Universe was hotter, denser, more uniform, and smaller in the past, and is only as vast as it is today due to the fabric of expanding space. This idea was extremely controversial for many decades, until detailed observations …

Physics

No, These Two Studies Don't Prove That Coffee Leads To Longer Life

No. No. No. No. No. If you think associations prove causation, you are making an “ass” out of “ociations.” Two large cohort studies just published in the <i>Annals of Internal Medicine</i> showed associations between coffee drinking and a lower likelihood of dying. But these studies do not in any way prove …

Coffee

A Strange, Primitive Atmosphere Has Been Discovered Around a Water-Rich Alien World

We didn't know planets like this were possible.<p>Unexpected findings about the atmosphere of a distant Neptune-sized world have surprised scientists, …

Astronomy

No, Dark Energy Isn't An Illusion

In 1998, two teams of scientists announced a shocking discovery: the expansion of the Universe was accelerating. Distant galaxies weren’t just receding from us, but their recession speed was increasing over time. Over the next few years, precision measurements of three independent quantities — …

Dark Matter

What Black Mirror, Her and the near-future genre tell us about tomorrow

Taking after George Orwell and JG Ballard, some of the most prophetic and disturbing fiction about the near future continues to be made on TV and film<p>“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking 13.” The first line of George Orwell’s 1984 immediately places you in a world that …

Science Fiction

Humans and Supernova-Born Neutron Stars Have Similar Structures, Discover Scientists

As atoms in our bodies were made in stars millions of years ago, it’s been common to propose that we are, in fact, made of stars. Now comes news of …

Physics

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Do You Believe in God, or Is That a Software Glitch?

We’ve all seen them, those colorful images that show how our brains “light up” when we’re in love, playing a video game, craving chocolate, etc. Created using functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fM.R.I., these pictures are the basis of tens of thousands of scientific papers, the backdrop to …

Clinical Trials

A 'slow catastrophe' unfolds as the golden age of antibiotics comes to an end

In early April, experts at a military lab outside Washington intensified their search for evidence that a dangerous new biological threat had penetrated the nation's borders.<p>They didn't have to hunt long before they found it.<p>On May 18, a team working at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research …

Microbiology

This article will help you understand how consciousness works in the brain

Several different scientific theories of consciousness have emerged which get at different aspects of what is going on, but do not yet fit together …

Meet the 'Father of Cannabis,' the Man Who Discovered Why Weed Makes You High

Raphael Mechoulam has been deciphering the secrets of marijuana for over 50 years.<p><i>This article originally appeared in the Colombian edition of VICE Magazine.</i><p>In 1980, a team of investigators from the Sao Paulo Medicine Faculty of Santa Casa published a study that should have changed the lives of 50 …

Cannabis

Was Einstein Wrong?

Last week's announcement of the direct detection of gravitational waves proved, once again, the enduring power of Albert Einstein's scientific vision. Once again, Einstein was right in that this theory accurately predicted the behavior of the world.<p>But with last week's triumph, a deep and …

A brief history of gravity, gravitational waves and LIGO

This has turned into Gravity Week here in Washington. Loads of journalists (many in town for the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) crammed into the National Press Club on Thursday morning for a news conference to discuss an experiment called LIGO, which …

Physics

How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found

After decades of speculation and searching, a signal came through. It promises to change our understanding of the universe.<p><i>Note: On October 3, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics would be awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish, three</i> …

Physics

In a world with no antibiotics, how did doctors treat infections?

The development of antibiotics and other antimicrobial therapies is arguably the greatest achievement of modern medicine. However, overuse and misuse of antimicrobial therapy predictably leads to resistance in microorganisms. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus</i> …

Medicine

How to Attract Good Luck: 4 Secrets Backed by Research

Ever had a run of bad luck? It feels like the world is actively conspiring against you.<p>Ever wonder if you can improve your luck? And I don’t mean …

Charisma

Scientists find evidence of mathematical structures in classic books

Researchers at Poland’s Institute of Nuclear Physics found complex ‘fractal’ patterning of sentences in literature, particularly in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, which resemble ‘ideal’ maths seen in nature<p>James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake has been described as many things, from a masterpiece to …

Mathematics

Here's Why Global Markets are Panicking Right Now

What the hell is going on in China?<p>That’s what everyone at the World Economic Forum in Davos wants to know. Clearly the markets are wondering the …

Economics

Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

Meet the new you: a self-help guide to shake you up

Overhauling your life, whether it’s your home, job or your relationship, can seem an impossible task. But these five self-help gurus are here to get you started<p>Rohan Gunatillake, the mind cleanser: ‘Society shouldn’t be trapped in a dysfunctional relationship with the technologies on which it …

TED Talks

A Profound Contradiction of Human Existence

“<i>Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.</i>”<p>“Be not deceived,” Epictetus writes in <i>The Discourses</i>, …

Spirituality

Lists You Need to Make for a More Satisfying Life in 2016

I wasn’t always a list-maker. For most of my life I’ve been more of a scraps-of-paper-notes-everywhere-and-5-unfinished-journals-at-a-time type of …

The Medical Education System Is Toxic

I remember the moment I wanted to become a doctor. I was fourteen years old and had just learned of the organization Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières). This wonderful organization provides medical care to the world's most vulnerable populations, and I remember thinking to myself "I …

Medical Education