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There are just SIX plots in every film, book and TV show ever made: Researchers reveal the 'building blocks' of storytelling

From Harry Potter and Romeo and Juliet to the stories of Oedipus and Icarus, almost every tale told conforms to one of just six plots, researchers …

Storytelling

A Week of Gun Violence Does Nothing to Change the N.R.A.’s Message

In the language of today’s National Rifle Association, “an armed society is a polite society.” The aphorism, borrowed from the science-fiction author Robert Heinlein, is the inspiration for one of the N.R.A.’s most popular T-shirts, which bears the word “<i>COEXIST</i>,” spelled out in brightly colored …

Interstellar molecule could help solve mystery of life

It's such a tiny thing, the molecule, yet one found 25,000 light-years away could help solve one of the biggest mysteries about how life forms in the universe.<p>The molecule, propylene oxide, demonstrates a property called chirality. This is also called "handedness" as, like your hands, chiral …

Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

That's something biologists have known for years, and they've even been able to figure out some of the proteins responsible for folding up DNA. But now a group of physicists have been able to demonstrate for the first time through simulations how this hidden information controls our evolution.<p>Let's …

Genetics

How To Make Your Own Amazingly Delicious Turkish Pide!

Wow. Just wow. The moment I pulled these Turkish pide out of the oven I knew that they would be good. But I wasn't quite prepared for how really …

Recipes

Coffee Consumption Is Positively Associated with Longer Leukocyte Telomere Length in the Nurses' Health Study. - PubMed

BACKGROUND:<p>Coffee is an important source of antioxidants, and consumption of this beverage is associated with many health conditions and a lower …

30 years ago scientists warned Congress on global warming. What they said sounds eerily familiar

By Chris Mooney<p>Reporter<p>It was such a different time — and yet, the message was so similar.<p>Thirty years ago, on June 10 and 11 of 1986, the U.S. Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works commenced two days of hearings, convened by Sen. John H. Chafee (R-R.I.), on the subject of “Ozone …

Climate Change

Scientist Has Solved The Mystery Behind Brain Disorders Such as Alzheimer’s And Schizophrenia

Beth Stevens, being a very well-known brain researcher, may have thought of microglia as being much of an annoyance during her very first years of …

Neuroscience

Greg Jackson's top 10 books to make you a better person

Don’t be put off! Works by WG Sebald, Roberto Bolaño and Wallace Shawn and others can help us to see ourselves more clearly and understand life better<p>“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life,” wrote Thoreau, …

Top 10

Want to Raise Your IQ? Neuroscience Says to Take Up This Easy Habit

It's probably not what you think, but it's scientifically demonstrated to improve how you think.<p>Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that's that.<p>Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning …

Could There Be A Fifth Fundamental Force Of Nature?

Strong and weak nuclear force, electromagnetism, gravity... and maybe something else<p>It's long been accepted by physics that nature has supplied us with four fundamental forces. Gravity holds the planets and galaxies together, and the electromagnetic force holds us and our molecules together. At the …

How Math Secretly Affects Your Life

I took a lot of math classes in college. I remember Professor Shlomo Sternberg getting up on the first day of his class and telling us we weren’t …

Mathematics

Tossed & Stir Fried: 5 Asian Style Recipes You can Make in 20 Minutes or Less

Some days I don't feel like cooking. Of course it's easy to fire up the laptop, click around on Seamless and order dinner the modern way. Pour a glass of vino, stream half an episode of <i>Better Call Saul</i> and a plastic bag full of food you don't have to cook suddenly appears at your front door. It's …

Cooking

Portugal runs for four days straight on renewable energy alone

Zero emission milestone reached as country is powered by just wind, solar and hydro-generated electricity for 107 hours<p>Portugal kept its lights on with renewable energy alone for four consecutive days last week in a clean energy milestone revealed by data analysis of national energy network figures.<p>…

Renewable Energy

Bill Gates Thinks You Should Read These 5 Books This Summer

Sporting the same reading list as Bill Gates won’t make you a billionaire. But, hey, it’s a start.<p>Gates—the richest person in the world by <i>Forbes</i>‘ …

He's 75. He's Conservative. He Supports Transgender Rights.

"I think things are changing. I think people are changing. Certainly I am."<p>TORONTO—Canada took a very obvious step today and added protections for transgender identity to key sections of the Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code.<p>The law is important, but it's also highly non-controversial; it's …

Powerful Cartoon Perfectly Illustrates What It's Like To Live With Borderline Personality Disorder

Mental health is slowly becoming part of national consciousness. But while depression and anxiety are taking centre stage, other lesser-known or …

Meet Etcher, A Stylish Open-Source USB Image Writer Tool

<b>Looking for an easy-to-use way to create a bootable USB stick on Linux? This nifty new app can help.</b><p>This weekend reader <i>Ronald M</i>. sent us the …

Linux

Antarctic IceCube Experiment Comes Up Empty on Neutrino Ghost Hunt

Sterile neutrinos, a once-promising dark matter candidate, just might not exist.<p>In a paper posted this week to the arXiv pre-print server, physicists at the Antarctic IceCube experiment announced that in two years of data collection at the ice-bound particle detector no sterile neutrinos have been …

Three Ways That Handwriting With A Pen Positively Affects Your Brain

Stephen King purportedly wrote <i>Dreamcatcher</i> in longhand — using a Waterman cartridge pen. J. K. Rowling penned <i>The Tales of Beedle the Bard</i> — all 157 pages of it — in longhand, and the leather-bound tome sold for almost $4M at auction. F. Scott Fitzgerald did it, as did Hemingway, Kafka and countless …

7 practical steps to harness the power of emotional intelligence

They're the people who are self-aware, self-regulated, and motivated to do more and be more.<p>They're charismatic leaders who transcend the competition and motivate their teams to accomplish the impossible.<p>Understanding how emotions effect your own performance is important.<p>Understanding how emotions …

Sanders giving Clinton a taste of her own medicine

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a near lock on the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, yet Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, her only rival, continues to campaign hard from the rear, winning primary races, whipping up crowds and ignoring calls for him to drop out in the interest of …

11 Quotes That Will Make You Rethink Failure

When we talk about failure, in between thinking it’s the best thing that could happen to us or that it’s the worst thing that could happen to us, we …

Consciousness Revealed

<b>Mr. Jones, at night, was fishing for something down a sewer drain under a street light. A passerby asked him, "Did you drop your keys down this storm</b> …

A Scientifically Proven Technique That Can Make Your Learning 50% Easier

Childhood obesity is a menace! And right now, it’s so bad that one out of every five American children is considered clinically obese as early on as …

Kids

19 books that librarians say changed their lives

Who better to take book advice from than a librarian?<p>In a recent blog post, the librarians of the New York Public Library revealed the books they're most thankful for.<p>The NYPL team rounded up the 19 books that made them laugh, cry, and everything in between. The list includes something for …

Books

U.N. investigators tell states to stop Syria war crimes

GENEVA (Reuters) - States backing Syria’s peace process must stop the warring parties from attacking unlawful targets such as hospitals and other civilian sites, U.N. war crimes investigators said in a statement on Wednesday.<p>Paulo Pinheiro, Chairperson of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on …

How to Stock a Japanese Pantry: 13 Indispensable Ingredients

Perhaps you can remember the scene in the cult classic <i>The Breakfast Club</i> when Bender and Claire have a little back-and-forth over some tuna sushi rolls. "You won't accept a guy's tongue in your mouth, and you're gonna eat <i>that</i>?" he asks incredulously. Well, America, we've come a long way since 1985. …