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Six Ways America Is Like a Third-World Country

Although the U.S. is one of the richest societies in history, it still lags behind other developed nations in many important indicators of human …

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A new way of thinking about how the brain works

My book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, is out now, and is available at a discount price from Amazon and the <i>Guardian</i> bookshop. (And here's a lovely review by Vaughan Bell, who calls it "a concise, solid grounding in neuroscience… remarkably lucid… balanced and entertaining".) When I …

Google Doodle Honors Physicist Erwin Schrödinger And His Quantum Cat

The Nobel prize-winning scientist would have been 126 today.<p>Erwin Schrödinger, creator of the famous thought experiment in which a cat in a box is simultaneously dead and alive, was born August 12,<p>18861887, in Vienna, Austria. Today, Google celebrates the quantum physicist with a Doodle showing two …

A Ball Dropped Through The Earth Becomes A Permanent Pendulum

What happens when you drop a ball down a hole drilled through the center of the Earth? The answer might surprise you.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>Occasionally, when it's a slow news day, we wind up with holes in the show; gaps of a minute or two that the news of the day doesn't quite fill.<p>NPR …

What Land Did Europeans Actually Discover? [Infographic]

Uh, some islands 'n' stuff?<p>In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. And promptly "discovered" a new world...one where plenty of people had already lived for thousands of years. What other "new worlds" did European explorers stumble upon during the Age of Discovery, like a college freshman …

The Shocking Stats About Who’s Really Starting Companies In America

Fully a third of venture-backed companies that went public between 2006 and 2012 had at least one immigrant founder at the helm. Arianna Huffington and other prominent entrepreneurs on why the U.S. needs to get creative about immigration policy.<p>What do Google’s Sergey Brin, eBay’s Pierre Omidyar, …