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Cruel words from parents are like 'sticks and stones' - Futurity

Parents who use harsh words when disciplining their teenage children may be doing just as …

Conspiracy theories: the science behind belief in secret plots

For every major event, there is usually a theory that argues it was due to a conspiracy. Conspiracy theories are seemingly more popular than ever, so how do supposedly rational people get caught in their tangled webs?<p>With constant revelations about government surveillance and possible impending …

What's the point of sleep?

Almost as much as eating food or tormenting the local wildlife, my cats love to sleep. Which is probably why I get on so well with them, because I'm also quite partial to a good nap. The trouble with sleep is that no one's quite sure why we actually do it. But a new paper published in the Journal …

The Way The U.S. Teaches Science Doesn’t Work

Here's how to fix it<p>In 2012, a shocking 69 percent of American high-school graduates failed to meet college-readiness benchmarks in science. And in a 2010 paper about math and science achievement, the U.S. ranked last out of the eight countries studied (including England, South Korea, and Hungary). …

Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse

Most parents yell at their kids at some point. It often feels like the last option for getting children to pay attention and shape up.<p>But harsh verbal discipline may backfire. Teenagers act worse if they're yelled at, a study finds.<p>No matter how much you shout, your teenagers don't listen. - …

Why psychosis strikes some family members and not others - Futurity

People with psychotic illness show similar brain changes to immediate family members who present no …

The World's Tallest Skyscrapers Have A Dirty Little Secret

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Bank of America tower in New York count among the worst offenders<p>Supertall skyscrapers aren't necessarily built to fit as many people inside as possible--sometimes they're just aiming to be, well, really tall. Large portions of these buildings are designed to …

Scientists Put A 'Sixth Sense' For Numbers On Brain Map

One of the most famous scenes in the movie <i>Rain Man</i> unfolds when a waitress drops a box of toothpicks on the floor. Dustin Hoffman's character, Ray, takes a look and says, "82, 82, 82." He quickly sums the numbers, declaring, "Of course, 246 total."<p>It was almost if Ray had a sense about how many …

Turns Out Your Kids Really Did Love That Music You Played

Way back in the 1980s, were you the one playing "When Doves Cry" over and over? Well, don't be surprised if your kids wind up doing the same thing.<p>Young adults have strong positive memories of the music their parents loved when they were the same age, a study finds. That flies in the face of the …

The Goods: September 2013's Hottest Gadgets

Can the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building really melt a car?

This week it was reported that sunlight reflected from a London skyscraper melted parts of a Jaguar sports car and sparked a fire. Is this possible? The team behind Head Squeeze decided to find out.<p>Number 20 Fenchurch Street, or the “Walkie Talkie”, as the distinctively shaped building is known to …

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The list of most downloaded apps from the Play Store may surprise you

<i>Digital Inspiration</i> has extracted data from the Play Store to find the most downloaded apps, as well as which have the most reviews. The data, which can show both a heavy Google lean and which services are independently popular, is pretty interesting for consumers.<p>Of the most downloaded apps — …

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AppAdvice App Of The Week For September 2, 2013

Every week, our staff will handpick an app from the past two weeks that we believe is a must-download for your iPhone or iPad. These apps will always …

Pocket Launches Windows and Chrome OS Apps

Pocket, the handy tool for saving stand-out content across the Web and then reading, watching or looking at it later on another device, has launched a new desktop app for Windows and Chrome OS users.<p>The app is built on Google’s new Chrome Apps platform and offers a similar full-screen experience to …

Nitrous.IO’s Packaged Chrome App Turns Chromebooks Into Full-Blown Developer Machines

With the right tools, Google’s Chromebooks make for cheap Linux development machines, but it takes a bit of work to get there. Nitrous.IO, which offers a fully cloud-based development environment for writing Ruby, Ruby on Rails, Node.js, Go, and Python/Django apps, launched its packaged app for …

Silent Circle launches encrypted text messaging app on Android

Silent Circle is launching its secure file sharing and text messaging app, Silent Text, on Android today, almost a year after the service first launched for iOS. The app allows mobile users to transfer 100MB files of any type, or to just send one another simple messages. It protects the data using …

Google Authenticator for iOS Returns to the App Store

Google Authenticator, the 2-factor authentication app that Google pulled from Apple’s App Store earlier this week after version 2.0 launched with a bug that removed any accounts that users already had set up, has today returned.<p>The release notes for version 2.0.1 note that it “Restores entries that …

Can Amazon release a free smartphone before it releases a free Kindle?

Amazon has long been rumored to be working on a smartphone. It's a logical next step for a company that already offers its own apps marketplace, …

Scenes From 21st-Century China

The People's Republic of China, the most populous country, and the second-largest economy, in the world, is a vast, dynamic nation that continues to grow and evolve. In this, the latest entry in a semi-regular series on China, we find a tremendous variety of images, including an earthquake in Gansu …

10 New Wearable Tech Innovations That Are Blowing Our Minds

Did you know that one of the most popular trends in tech right now is fashion? Crazy, huh? More known in Silicon Valley as “Wearable Tech,” the trend has been exemplified by Google Glass but showing up all over the place, is taking the world by storm. From health, to privacy, to straight-up …

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Portraits of Dogs With Human-Like Expressions

Is it just us or do most of these dogs look incredibly serious? Hamburg, Germany-based photographer Ralph Hargarten is behind this intriguing new series called <i>A Dog's Life</i> where he's shot portraits of dogs with facial expressions we often attribute to humans. Set against a simple black background, …

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The World's 10 Most Mesmerizing Views

From the freedom of wide open spaces to glittering of big city lights, our world is filled with thousands of breathtaking panoramas just waiting to be enjoyed. With the variety of natural wonders and stunning cities throughout the world, finding the best views can be somewhat of a daunting task. …

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