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8 momentos de la historia en los que la humanidad dio un gran salto adelante

"No creo en el progreso humano", declara Felipe Fernández-Armesto, uno de los 8 historiadores a los que les pedimos que, de todos los que puede haber, escogieran sólo un momento en el que, desde su punto de vista, la humanidad dio un gran paso adelante.<p>"Pero -agregó- si me obligaras a señalar algo …

The role of the brain when it comes to the limits of human endurance

‘The brain’s interpretation of the body signals is maybe more important than the body signals themselves’<p>Once, we believed that the body was a machine, and the secret to optimal performance came from the muscles, the lungs, the heart. Then, we were told that it’s all in our head, and we just need …

Marathons

The unequal battle: privilege, genes, gender and power

The tense debate around Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand demonstrate the intersection between race, gender and medical imperialism<p>When I was eight years old I visited South Africa, my dad’s homeland, for the first time. I’ll never forget flying into Jo’burg, looking down over the houses in the city …

Feminism

My six years covering neo-Nazis: 'They're all vying for the affections of Russia'

Vegas Tenold, author of Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America, tells of his reporting on the far right<p>America’s dark underbelly: I watched the rise of white nationalism<p>The Norwegian journalist Vegas Tenold started reporting on neo-Nazi and KKK rallies in …

Rights & Freedoms

Where Do You Go When You Die? The Increasing Signs That Human Consciousness Remains After Death

Philosophically, though, our definition of death hinges on something else: the point past which we’re no longer able to return. Those two were more …

Medicine

Experto en cambio climático se refiere a la crisis de agua potable en las ciudades: “La gente se va a empezar a ir de Santiago, de hecho ya hay gente que está comprando afuera”

En entrevista con <b>El Mostrador</b>, el Director Centro de Investigación en Sustentabilidad (CiSGER), Alex Godoy, se refiere a la aguda crisis del agua que …

30 Hilariously Inappropriate Kid's Drawings That Will Make You Question Everything

"The mind of a child is a beautiful thing," said some mislead man a long time ago.<p>If you've ever worked with kids, then you know what we mean. Kids …

Drawing

Scientists invent ‘super wood’ that could replace steel

Scientists have devised a way to make wood up to 12 times stronger in a bid to replace steel with a cheaper, lighter and more renewable …

Engineering

Alzheimer’s could be spotted seven years before symptoms appear with simple memory test

Alzheimer’s could be spotted seven years before symptoms first appear with a simple memory test developed by University College London.<p>Currently 850,000 people are living with dementia in Britain a figure set to rise to more than one million by 2025.<p>Yet so far all drug trials to reverse the …

Neuroscience

A male backlash against #MeToo is brewing

Men are scared, and feminists are delighted. But the urge to call out and punish male sexual transgression is bound to clash with an inescapable …

Feminism

India's farmed chickens dosed with world's strongest antibiotics, study finds

Warning over wider global health impacts after findings reveal hundreds of tonnes of colistin – the ‘antibiotic of last resort’ – are being shipped to India’s farms<p>Chickens raised in India for food have been dosed with some of the strongest antibiotics known to medicine, in practices that could …

Agriculture

New Blood Test For Alzheimer's Is So Precise It Could Predict It 30 Years Ahead

It was accurate in 90% of patients tested.<p>Scientists have developed a new blood test where a tiny drop of blood could be enough to predict the onset …

Alzheimer's Disease

59 Dope Things On Amazon Prime That Have A Cult Following

It's hard to imagine that knife sets and hair brushes could inspire such fanatical enthusiasm, yet scroll through some of Amazon's highest-rated …

Shopping

I Spent 15 Years Studying Why People Hate Their Jobs. And This Is the 1 Reason Why

Here's the biggest reason why most people choose unfulfilling career paths.<p>Finding a career path that makes us feel satisfied and successful isn't easy. It's not something they teach us in school, which makes the journey that much more challenging.<p><b>For the last 15 years, I've been devoted to</b> …

Careers

Is sex the answer to your relationship woes?

Michele Weiner-Davis, the marriage-guidance counsellor, explains why having sex – even if you don’t feel like it – is the foundation of a happy relationship<p>How does it make you feel when your partner is cold and distant? Or when they’re critical and prickly? Does it make you want to rip their …

The Y Chromosome Is Disappearing. Here's What That Means For Men

The Y chromosome may be a symbol of masculinity, but it is becoming increasingly clear that it is anything but strong and enduring.<p>Although it …

"Hay muchas mujeres trans. La pregunta es dónde están y qué están haciendo": el fulgurante ascenso de Daniela Vega, la actriz transgénero chilena que conquista Hollywood con "Una mujer fantástica"

Son días de mucha actividad para Daniela Vega.<p>La actriz y cantante lírica chilena llegó a Los Ángeles la víspera de la gala de los Globos de Oro, en la que "Una mujer fantástica" optaba al premio a mejor película de habla no inglesa.<p>El galardón no llegó, pero unos días después la cara de Daniela …

Assault is not a feeling. The Aziz Ansari story shows why language matters

After sharing my feelings on the Aziz Ansari story, I was told I don’t understand assault. I do<p>I am not an Aziz Ansari fan. I’ve never watched his standup, I’ve never watched Master of None, and – brace yourself – I have only seen a handful of episodes of Parks and Recreation. But on Sunday, while …

Do you work more than 39 hours a week? Your job could be killing you

Long hours, stress and physical inactivity are bad for our wellbeing – yet we’re working harder than ever. Isn’t it time we fought back?<p>When a new group of interns recently arrived at Barclays in New York, they discovered a memo in their inboxes. It was from their supervisor at the bank, and …

'As a black woman I'm always fetishised': racism in the bedroom

In a Bedfordshire nightclub, white couples queue to have sex with black men. Meanwhile, black women are routinely snubbed on dating sites. Why do racial stereotypes persist when it comes to sex?<p>It’s past midnight, November 2016, in Dunstable, a small town in Bedfordshire. My friend Miranda has …

Discrimination

Why it’s OK to discriminate against conservatives

Darling of the alt-right James Damore is suing Google – but intolerance on the basis of background is different to not accepting bad behaviour<p>Not all opinions are equal, but some people seem to wish they were. Former Google engineer James Damore, who you may remember as the author of an …

This Is How Long You'd Survive On Every Planet in the Solar System

For all its issues and faults, Earth is still a beautiful place. Think about it: the colorful sunsets, the warm ocean breeze, dogs, Doritos, the fact …

Astronomy

A Clever New Robotic 'Muscle' Seriously Lifts, Bro

Oh, the poor humanoid robots. After decades of development, they're still less sprinty Terminator and more … octogenarian on sedatives. While these …

Oxygen Is Disappearing from the World's Oceans at an Alarmingly Rapid Pace

The ocean is running out of oxygen at a rapid speed—and the depletion could choke to death much of the marine life these waters support. A sweeping …

Woman receives bionic hand with sense of touch

Fergus Walsh @BBCFergusWalsh on Twitter<p><b>Scientists in Rome have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside a laboratory.</b><p>The recipient, Almerina Mascarello, who lost her left hand in an accident nearly a quarter of a century ago, said "it's almost like it's back …

Fake news is a threat to humanity, but scientists may have a solution

“Technocognition” proposes that we use technology and psychology to break through the mental barriers that make people deny threats like climate change<p>People are very good at finding ways to believe what we want to believe. Climate change is the perfect example – acceptance of climate science among …

How humans might outlive Earth, the sun...and even the universe

It all starts with a little planet-hopping!<p>Nuclear war. Runaway climate change. A global pandemic. Today our world faces all manner of existential threats. But scary possibilities like these are nothing compared to what astronomers say lies in store for Earth. Our planet’s ultimate destiny is to be …

Universe

Scientists have beaten down the best climate denial argument

Clouds don’t act as a climate thermostat, and they’re not going to save us from global warming<p>Climate deniers have come up with a lot of arguments about why we shouldn’t worry about global warming – about 200 of them – but most are quite poor, contradictory, and easily debunked by consulting the …

Exclusive: First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. The landmark birth took place at Baylor …

Data Protection