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You probably won’t remember this, but the “forgetting curve” theory explains why learning is hard

Learning has an evolutionary purpose: Among species, individuals that adapt to their environments will succeed. That’s why your brain more easily retains important or surprising information: It takes very little effort to remember that the neighbor’s dog likes to bite. Remembering the dog’s name is …

The Brain

Russian Athlete Who Wore “I Don’t Do Doping” Shirt Busted For Doping

Nadezhda Sergeeva, the pilot for the Russian women’s bobsled team, has tested positive for a banned heart medication. The kicker to this story: …

Twitter Is Still Allowing Scammers To Hijack Verified Accounts To Take People’s Money

Unlike past versions of Twitter cryptocurrency phishing, @TronFoundationl is different: It has a verification badge, the blue check mark that Twitter uses to delineate famous or important accounts from imposters.<p>These types of scam accounts imitate real accounts and ask followers to send them …

Social Media

Man fought ISIS in their capital of evil for six months using skills he learned on Call of Duty

A computer game geek who sold his car, quit his job and flew to Syria to fight ISIS has told how he survived using tactics he learned from Call of …

Customer Service

Five reasons 2018 could be the best year yet for cryptocurrencies

In an earlier piece for CNBC, I explained why a potential cryptocurrency bubble could burst in 2018. Many people asked me afterward: If I'm so …

Cryptocurrency

A $42 million '10,000 year clock' is being installed on Jeff Bezos' property

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to announce that construction of the 10,000 year clock has begun on his property in Texas, with a view to encourage thinking about humanity in the long term.<p>Conceived back in 1986 by American computer scientist Daniel Hills, the clock’s mechanism is …

Chronometry

How to recover lost data from iPhone, iPad, or iPod with iMyFone D-Back for Mac

If you need to recover data from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, there are a few options including Apple’s own recovery tools. But an app like iMyFone D-Back for Mac makes it easy to see all of your available options and recover specific data from backups via iTunes, iCloud and the device itself even …

Alzheimer's Plaques Erased in Mice—What's Next?

The remarkable results suggest a route for future medications, but a great deal of work remains.<p>Now more than ever, Alzheimer's disease poses an enormous burden. The neurodegenerative disease afflicts more than five million Americans, robbing them of their memories and placing strain and heartache …

What causes kidney stones and how to get rid of them - and what to eat to prevent them

Passing a kidney stone is one of the most painful things you can do - apart from childbirth.<p>Now a new study published this week in <i>Mayo Clinic</i> …

How far can a plane fly if both its engines fail?

In 2001 a plane carrying 293 passengers and 13 crew lost power in both its engines over the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.<p>Unbeknown to the pilots of Air Transat Flight 236, the aircraft bound for Lisbon had been leaking fuel ever since it left Toronto six hours earlier. Having lost the first of two …

Engines

The best ways to counter the negative effects of aging and live a long time — starting right now

The keys to a long and healthy life are right in front of you.<p>Instead of expensive face creams, a cache of vitamins and supplements, or a hard-to-follow diet, all you need are some research-backed tools to help you stay healthy as you age and fight cognitive decline.<p>These solutions involve simple …

8 Ways to Invest in Blockchain Without Buying Bitcoin

Bitcoin, for better or worse, has been all the rage of late. Its breakneck 1,850% run in 2017 put the cryptocurrency on the map. In 2018, however, …

Cryptocurrency

'Time-traveller from 2030' PASSES lie detector test over whether his future predictions are true

A man who claims he is from the year 2030 - and has revealed a number of predictions for the future - has undergone a lie detector test and …

The hidden superpower of 'Black Panther': Scientist role models

I’m not the first to say that the upcoming Marvel movie “Black Panther” will be an important landmark. Finally a feature film starring a black …

London’s fatberg on show: ‘We thought of pickling it’

The Whitechapel Monster, a giant block of grease from the sewers, comes to the Museum of London. Is it a monument to the age of waste?<p>Nobody remembers exactly who coined the word, but it started off as a bit of slang used by the Thames Water “flushers” who work to keep the sewers flowing freely …

Waste Management

Mystery of 8,000-Year-Old Impaled Human Heads Has Researchers Stumped

Archaeologists have never before encountered this grisly phenomenon in Mesolithic Scandinavia, and they're hard-pressed to explain it.<p>In 2009, a new railway bridging southern Sweden's Motala Ström River was slated for construction. But then, archaeologists began turning up artifacts there that were …

Apple Watch detects diabetes with 85% accuracy

Figuring out if you have diabetes could soon be as easy as strapping on an Apple Watch.<p>A new study from Cardiogram shows that by using heart rate monitors on wearables like the Apple Watch, neural networks can now detect whether the wearer shows early signs of diabetes with astonishing …

I drank lemon water every morning for a week — and I saw results

Winter can be a difficult time to stay healthy when it seems like everyone around you is infected with the flu. Although there are many natural remedies and precautions you can take to try and fight these nasty viruses, sometimes, their attack is just too strong. So this winter, I decided to try …

Immune System

Bizarre optical illusion: Identical street images go viral

The phenomena that caused people in 2015 to debate whether a dress was gold and white or black and blue has cropped up again, this time with pictures of a road that looks like it's going in different directions but is really the same.<p>The photos have been shared on Imgur and Reddit and plenty of …

Optical Illusions

MH370: search ship disappears for three days

The ship searching for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from tracking screens for three days after it turned off its own satellite monitoring system with no explanation.<p>At the beginning of January, the US-based company Ocean Infinity was hired by the Malaysian government to search for the …

Airplanes

Motor racing: Mercedes team up with Hilfiger after Boss departure

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton will be wearing Tommy Hilfiger this season after his Mercedes team announced a partnership with the global fashion brand on Tuesday.<p>The multi-year deal to be the official apparel partner comes after Hugo Boss switched to the all-electric …

Motor Racing

10 Instagram Accounts That Will Make You A Better Chef

Oh - and also very, very hungry

Recipes

Trust me, I’m an impact investor: How your funds can feed, heal, and power the world

If you thought that being an altruistic investor and generating financial returns were mutually exclusive, you would be wrong.<p>Investment has the …

Used clothes: Why is worldwide demand declining?

<b>Pity today's clothes. Like unloved toys, they're being worn less often than ever.</b><p>The rise of fast fashion retailers has meant that consumers can buy trendy clothes almost the second they're designed - and just as quickly move on to the next fad.<p>Most of us try to lessen the guilt of our fashion …

Clothing