Cassie Pratt

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Are microbes responsible for Earth’s largest mass extinction?

Around 250 million years ago, 90 percent of Earth’s life was wiped out. The cause, new research suggests, wasn’t asteroids, or volcanoes, but …

Toddlers build on what they know to learn new words - Futurity

Even before toddlers begin to talk in sentences, they can use words they know to learn new ones they don’t.

Robotic exoskeleton gears up for World Cup debut - video

Researchers put a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton through its paces at a laboratory in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in preparation for its debut at the World Cup. The exoskeleton was designed by an international team as part of the Walk Again project and was built by Gordon Cheng at the Technical …

A Futuristic Look At The Nation Of San Francisco

By Chris Dannen9 minute Read<p>“The best part is this, the people who think this is weird, the people who sneer at the frontier, who hate technology, …

Shy Women Can Still Have Great Sex

There’s been a lot of ink spilled recently about introversion, extroversion, and the benefits and drawbacks of both. The way people interact with one another affects every aspect of their lives, from the office to the bedroom. And one recent study, published late last year in the journal <i>Sexual</i> …

The discovery that could rewrite physics

On March 17, 2014, a group of physicists announced a thrilling discovery: the “smoking gun” data for the idea of an inflationary universe, a clue to …

5 Science And Technology Claims That Should Be Jokes But Aren't

We wish these were April Fools pranks.<p>This April Fools' Day, we're feeling grumpy. Below are five major claims that have crossed our science-and-technology radar in the past few months, and that we only wish were jokes. The pushers of these items continue to make mischief, meaning people are still …

Deep sea creatures shed light on the future of medical imaging

Bioluminescent organisms may help doctors design better ways to scan human organs and make better diagnoses<p>In July, a team of scientists organised by the American Museum of Natural History will dive 300 metres below the Atlantic Ocean's surface about 160km off the coast of New England. Among their …

Case against state Sen. Yee raises fundraising questions

Image 1of/17<p>Caption<p>Close<p><b>Sacramento</b> --<p>Hours after FBI agents finished a raid on state Sen. Leland Yee's office in the state Capitol on Wednesday, …

Elaborate 6th-Century Mosaics Unearthed in Israel

The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery with intact mosaics covering the floor have been unearthed in southern Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced on Tuesday.<p>The Byzantine complex — which was discovered near Hura, a Bedouin village in the northern Negev Desert — measures 65 feet by …

Archaeology

NATO suspends ties with Russia, urges international law compliance

NATOforeign ministers suspended civilian and military cooperation with Russia on Tuesday and ordered plans for bolstering defenses in Eastern Europe to show the Kremlin that it will protect allies in the region from any further Russian aggression, alliance sources told news agencies in Brussels.<p>In …

Study: Civil servant system outdated

The federal government is headed for a crisis, a new report warns, and without reforms, a homegrown problem threatens to derail everything from foreign policy, to entitlements, to food safety.<p>The problem is the way the government manages its more than 2 million civil servants, according to a report …

Mississippi Approves Religious Freedom Bill, Governor Signs It Into Law

The Mississippi bill is the first of many varying "religious freedom" bills introduced in several states this year to advance to a governor since a more expansive bill was vetoed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer in February. Update: Gov. Bryant signed the bill April 3.<p>After simultaneous debate in both …

European Union migrants will overtake immigrants from outside Europe for first time, says report

MigrationWatch says number of EU migrants arriving over just four years will be equal to the population of Manchester<p>Immigration from within the European Union is poised to make up the majority of new arrivals to Britain for the first time, according to a new report.<p>A paper published by …

FBI Searches Leland Yee's Legislative Office Following State Senator's Arrest

By Sharon Bernstein<p>SACRAMENTO, Calif. April 1 (Reuters) - FBI agents searched a legislative office in California's capital on Tuesday that was used by staff of state Senator Leland Yee, who faces charges of corruption and gun trafficking, a senate official said.<p>Yee, a San Francisco Democrat who was …

This is What Happened When One Couple Tracked Their Sex Life for One Year

He also stumbled upon some random but interesting findings, like that they were pretty much guaranteed to have sex on the sixteenth day of the month, which was about 14 to 15 days before her period (Research shows your cycle definitely affects your sex life—check out our tips for having hotter sex …

5 Fruits and Veggies You've Been Eating Wrong

<b>Mandarin Oranges</b><br>"I love how peeling an orange gives me sticky hands," said no one, ever. Which is why we're obsessed with this mess-free method from JewelPie. Just use a paring knife to slice off either end, cut a slit in the orange peel, and roll the whole thing out in a strip. We can't say for …

Meditation vs. Talking Therapy

There's an old saying: "Least said, soonest mended." It's no longer heard very often. The expression, "The least said the better," is still used but in a very different context to the one that was originally meant. There was a time when people agreed that talking about things did not make them …

Meditation

The No. 1 Key to Living and Dying Well

Some of the greatest life wisdom is articulated by the dying. In her book <i>The Top Five Regrets of the Dying</i>, Bronnie Ware shares what she has learned about the dying by serving as a caregiver to many. She notes:<p>... of all of the regrets and lessons shared with me as I sat beside their beds, the …

Positive Thinking

How to "Own It"

In his famed essay Self-Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson makes a bold, forward-thinking case for the importance of self-acceptance: "Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong is against it. " Emerson's essay, …

Dementia diagnosis drive raises concern

<b>Questions are being raised about the government's drive to increase dementia diagnosis rates in England.</b><p>Fewer than half of the estimated 670,000 people with dementia have a formal diagnosis, but ministers want to see this rise to two-thirds by 2015.<p>But a GP writing in the British Medical Journal …

Dementia

The Amazing Health Benefit of Marriage

A study of 3.5 million American adults has found that married people have lower odds of cardiovascular disease than those who are single, divorced or widowed.<p>"Our survey results clearly show that when it comes to cardiovascular disease, marital status really does matter," Carlos Alviar, M.D., who …