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Why do cats purr?

These comforting sounds are good for them and for us, too.<p>It's easy to assume that cats purr because they're happy. After all, when your kitty …

12 Totally Bizarre, Gross Remedies From Old Medical Texts

Most of us have fantasized about living in the past -- seventeenth-century France, Rome of the emperors, sailing with Viking explorers. But there is an aspect of the past that can be guaranteed to send us scurrying back to the reassuring present -- health and medicine. No matter how fascinating …

Strong Link Established Between Trust and Intelligence

If you don't trust this study's conclusions, you must not be smart. (Joking.)<p>Conventional wisdom has a few things to say about trusting strangers--all things being equal, it isn't generally considered a wise thing to do. Perhaps surprisingly, then, new research has found a strong link between …

Emotional Intelligence

Stick Insects Have Mimicked Plants Since Age of Dinosaurs

Almost as soon as the first birds flew, stick insects disguised themselves as plants.<p>Walking stick insects disguised themselves as leaves starting some 126 million years ago, report paleontologists, even before the advent of flowering plants.<p>The fossil discoveries from modern-day Mongolia mark some …

The Most Powerful Nerd In The Universe Is A Scientific Anomaly

Neil deGrasse Tyson — astrophysicist, irreverent tweeter, vanquisher of Pluto, frequent Stephen Colbert foil — is America's "It" Nerd.<p>A lot of people have held that title before, acting as evangelists for science and discovery. Ben Franklin. Our buddy George Washington Carver. Stephen Jay Gould. …

Stop Looking For 'Hardwired' Differences In Male And Female Brains

Breaking the binary<p>In December, a highly publicized study declared that distinctive wiring in the brain explains different skill sets in men and women. After scanning hundreds of participants’ brains, the researchers reported that men have stronger connections within a given hemisphere, whereas …

Genes may influence parenting style

A new study refutes the popular theory that how adults parent their children is strictly a function of their own upbringings.<p>While environmental …

Can You Open A Bottle Of Wine With A Shoe? Yes, But It Ain't Pretty

Credit: Michaeleen Doucleff, Meg Vogel and Ben de la Cruz/NPR<p>There's a rumor swirling around on the Internet: If you have a bottle of wine, but no corkscrew with which to open it, then a shoe will do the trick nicely.<p>Really?<p>Well, this French guy from Mirabeau Wine sure makes it look easy. Just nine …

Gravitational Wave Discovery! Evidence of Cosmic Inflation

Primordial gravitational wave discovery heralds 'whole new era' in physics

Scientists have heralded a "whole new era" in physics with the detection of "primordial gravitational waves" – the first tremors of the big bang.<p>The minuscule ripples in space-time are the last prediction of Albert Einstein's 1916 general theory of relativity to be verified. Until now, there has …