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Your Baby’s Brain Holds the Key to Solving Society’s Problems

Author’s advice to parents: Quality time with your baby means tapping the three Ts—tune in, talk more, take turns.<p>Try saying pediatric otolaryngologist. Not easy, right?<p>According to Dana Suskind, who holds that title at the University of Chicago, our exposure to rich language in the first three …

20 Must-See Art Museums In America

There's much more to the world's great art museums than just the Louvre and the Prado. In fact, you can skip the jaunt across the Atlantic altogether and set your sights on some world-class art collections right here in the U.S. Even if you're not planning a trip entirely around art, chances are …

Museums

Injecting Electronics Into Brain Not as Freaky as it Sounds

No need to wait for the cyborg future—it’s already here. Adding to a growing list of electronics that can be implanted in the body, scientists are working to perfect the ultimate merger of mind and machine: devices fused directly to the brain.<p>A new type of flexible electronics can be injected …

The Best Street Style From Governors Ball

Less Coachella fringe, more ripped denim.<p>This weekend Boho babes far and wide gathered in their denim cutoffs despite unseasonably cool June temperatures to rock out to the likes of Florence and the Machine, Drake, and The Black Keys at NYC's Governors Ball. Check out what everyone was wearing at …

Why food labels are wrong about calories

Food labels say how many calories a food contains. But what they don’t tell you is how many calories you actually get out of your food.<p>Food labels …

100 Wise Words For Everyone. Number 27 Is Gold.

Walker Lamond is the author of Rules for My Unborn Son, in which he brings us this collection of traditional, humorous, and urbane fatherly advice …

Dance

This Sheet Of Rubber Generates Power As It Stretches

Soon we will all have trampoline-powered homes<p>It may look like a Fruit Roll-Up from a kid's lunch box, but this stretchy rubber sheet could help power the Internet of Things one day.<p>Japanese electronics company Ricoh says the rubber generates electricity while it stretches. When crystalline …

Are we products of nature or nurture? Science answers age-old question

Twin studies collated over the past 50 years reveal human traits and disease are almost equally determined by genetic and environmental factors<p>The age-old question of whether human traits are determined by nature or nurture has been answered, a team of researchers say. Their conclusion? It’s a draw.<p>…

Genetics

Hard to bear: pandas poorly adapted for digesting bamboo, scientists find

Adding to their extinction woes, study finds pandas have a carnivorous digestive system and lack the gut flora for extracting maximum energy from plants<p>The panda’s woes are well-documented. Their habitat is shrinking, they are incredibly fussy eaters and they have an unusually lacklustre approach …

Biology

Chameleon's colour magic revealed

Scientists discover chameleons have nanocrystals in their skin that means they can change colour<p>Chameleons use tiny crystals in their skin to change colour, scientists have discovered.<p>In a groundbreaking study that fundamentally alters our understanding of the <b>lizard’s ability to switch hue</b>, …

Photographers

10 decadent chocolate dessert recipes for Valentine's Day from around the USA

Nothing says I love you quite like a homemade chocolate dessert. We asked the editors of Edible magazines across the country for their favorite Valentine’s Day chocolate dessert recipes. From rich, spicy hot chocolate to gluten-free ricotta brownies with cherries, these indulgent treats are sure to …

Dessert

Explaining This Octopus' Amazing Camouflage Skills

Life in the wild can be tough, and for many animals, the best way to survive is by hiding from predators in plain sight. One of nature’s most …

Zoology

The Geometry of a Movie Scene

If you can't afford film school, Tony Zhou's online video series <i>Every Frame a Painting</i> is a good place to start for free.<p>Zhou presents brief …

Stanley Kubrick

These 2 musical emotions may be universal - Futurity

When researchers compared how a group of Canadians and a group of Mbenzélé Pygmies responded to music, they found two reactions were very similar.

Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions

Brain scans may soon be able to help predict a person's future — some aspects of it, anyway.<p>Information from these scans increasingly is able to suggest whether a child will have trouble with math, say, or whether someone with mental illness is going to respond to a particular treatment, according …

The Brain

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind

Photo Credit: NIH, NIDA<p>Slide 1 of 21<p>Much of what we don't understand about being human is simply in our heads. The brain is a befuddling organ, as …

Tech and Science

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Science

Men and violence: Sizing up how men size up one another

Daniel Fessler is out at<p>UCLA's Drake Track Stadium to do a bit of discreet academic observation. Spying, really, with a smidgen of fibbing.<p>It's fall 2013. Headlines are fading about a Florida jury's acquittal of a neighborhood watch volunteer who had killed unarmed black teen<p>Trayvon Martin. Just …

35 Science 'Facts' That Are Totally Wrong

Hollywood, friends, and family have perpetuated these 35 science myths for years. But it's time to set the record straight.<p>Is there fire in space?<p>Does tequila really come with a hallucinogenic worm?<p>Can you overdose on Vitamin C?<p>The answers to these questions will surprise you.<p>For this list, we used …

Hair Color

Math Square #234

Good luck with today's <b>mentalfloss.com</b> Brain Game, <i>Monday Math Square #234:</i><p><b>Place the digits 1 through 9 in the white blanks so that the mathematical</b> …

Dramatic Ice Loss Is Messing With Antarctica's Gravity

But don't worry, the penguins won't float away<p>Just when you wondered if climate change news couldn't get much worse, along comes proof that it's affected one of the fundamental forces of nature: The ice sheet covering West Antarctica lost enough mass between 2009 and 2012 to cause a measurable dip …

The Physics of Cartoons

Science Explains: Cartoons<p>Cartoons are outlandish, crazy, and off-the-wall, but some of what happens in them is grounded in actual science.<p>*<p>Towing …

Genghis Khan

Everything Dies, Right? But Does Everything Have To Die? Here's A Surprise

A puzzlement.<p>Why, I wonder, are both these things true? There is an animal, a wee little thing, the size of a poppy seed, that lives in lakes and rivers and eats whatever flows through it; it's called a gastrotrich<b>.</b> It has an extremely short life.<p><b>Hello, Goodbye, I'm Dead</b><p>It hatches. Three days …

I am hypnotized by this giant-headed mystery woman who helped make the atomic bomb

Nuclear historian Alex Wellerstein has made something chilling and beautiful. He took all of the badge photos of the people who devised the atomic bomb during World War II at Los Alamos, and he built a mosaic.<p>The badges are an amazing piece of history, but with this mosaic, they've been turned into …

Science Friday Science Club: Observe Everything

Rare molecule found in space hints at life's origins - Futurity

The discovery of an unusual carbon-based molecule raises the question: did the materials needed for life have their origins in interstellar space?

Baffling Butterfly-Shaped Cloud Turns Out To Be... A Huge Swarm Of Actual Butterflies

Meteorologists in St. Louis were baffled last week when radar images showed a strange butterfly-shaped cloud passing overhead on its way south.<p>The cloud was shifting its shape dramatically on what otherwise was a “completely clear day,” Laura Kanofsky, a National Weather Service (NWS) …