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Variety Is Key to Healthy Bodies—and Societies

Four year ago the hypothesis that all humans will look Brazilian in a few decades exploded. The ‘Earth melting pot’ theory stated that global …

Memory Loss

How Will Travels the World on $20 or Less Per Day!

Each month, we feature a reader on our community forum as a way to inspire others and remind potential travelers that people from all walks of life …

It’s Time to Bury the Idea of the Lone Genius Innovator

Luis Del Río Camacho<p>When Alexander Fleming, a brilliant but sometimes careless scientist, returned to his lab after a summer holiday, in 1928, he found his work ruined. The bacteria cultures he had been growing were contaminated by fungus. As it grew, it killed all the colonies it touched.<p>Most …

How a Hypothesis Can Be Neither True Nor False - Facts So Romantic

Georg Cantor died in 1918 in a sanatorium in Halle, Germany. A pre-eminent mathematician, he had laid the foundation for the theory of infinite …

Dell: The going rate for a hacker to break into a Gmail account is $130

Dell says this information was gathered by two intelligence analysts from the company's CISO INTEL Team, who tracked hackers on a number of underground hacker forums and marketplaces scattered across the globe.<p>The report focuses on markets in the Russian underground as well as English-based …

Doing Data Science Right — Your Most Common Questions Answered

Veteran data leaders Jeremy Stanley (Instacart, Sailthru) and Daniel Tunkelang (LinkedIn) walk through the wheres, whats, whys and hows of building …

New and better ways to use compost in agriculture

You may know that compost often makes for good fertilizer. But could your green-bin discards be brewed into something even more powerful?<p>Lord Abbey, …

Composting

All of our food is ‘genetically modified’ in some way — here are the different types of GM technology

You've probably eaten "cloned" food and you may have even eaten plants whose ancestors were once deliberately blasted with radiation. And you could have bought all this without leaving the "organic" section of your local supermarket.<p>Anti-GM dogma is obscuring the real debate over what level of …

Did Psychedelic Mushrooms and Group Sex Play a Role in Human Evolution?

Psychedelic drugs “expand” one’s mind: this is how many people describe the changes in sensory experiences elicited by psychotropic drugs. A …

16 Ways to Celebrate Square Root Day - GeekMom

Reading Time: 3 minutes<p>4/4/16 – Why it’s called Square Root day and not Square Day, I don’t know. But it is (according to SquareRootDay.net), and I …

An intoxicating renewal of evolutionary theory that coined the idea of the meme and paved the way for Professor Dawkins’s later, more polemical works<p>What is man, and what are we for? Remarkably, it was not until Charles Darwin published <i>On the Origin of Species</i> in 1859 that anyone, in our history, …

Biology

January 2016

Diversity

A spiritual successor to Aaron Swartz is angering publishers all over again

Meet accused hacker and copyright infringer Alexandra Elbakyan.<p>Stop us if you’ve heard this before: a young academic with coding savvy has become …

Inside the $5 Billion Company That Will Launch Your Business

Why is it easier than ever to get a business off the ground? Ask the wunderkind founders of Stripe.<p>Dale Nirvani Pfeifer wants to save the world. A Kiwi academic with an infectious laugh, she spent years and flew thousands of miles searching for a philanthropic project she could believe in, moving …

Music Is Not Always Universal

Telling the stories of our lives, weaving dreams of lives we wish we had, and bringing back memories in a rush, music is a powerful force. We, as …

Report: Aide says Nixon's war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> One of Richard Nixon's top advisers and a key figure in the Watergate scandal said the war on drugs was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies, according to a 22-year-old interview recently published in Harper's Magazine.<p>"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon …

The White House

How sexting is creating a safe space for curious millennials

Millennials have become cyborgs. They exist far beyond biology and through a variety of technological devices which don’t function as external …

Scientists have discovered a species of bacteria capable of breaking down commonly used PET plastic but remain unsure of its potential applications<p>Nature has begun to fight back against the vast piles of filth dumped into its soils, rivers and oceans by evolving a plastic-eating bacteria – the …

Pollution

Argonne Scientist Urges Next Generation Solar: 'We Have No Choice'

Only next-generation solar technology can offset humanity’s use of fossil fuels, meet our energy needs, and do so with the urgency dictated by climate change, an Argonne National Laboratory scientist said in Chicago last night.<p>Argonne materials scientist Seth Darling told about 50 people that next …

Clean Energy

This is the least useful passport to carry around the world

In many ways, the luck of where you are born dictates the course of your life: Some passports are simply more powerful than others.<p>A recently updated index from Henley & Partners, a London-based consulting firm that specializes in citizenship services, attempts to quantify the power of passports, …

13 AI researchers reveal the amazing facts that blow their minds

1/<p>Matthew Taylor is wowed by how many times AI has outperformed humans.<p>IBM<p>"For me, it's the fact that computers can outperform humans at a number of …

25 scientific images so gorgeous you can't even handle it

7 Important Model Evaluation Error Metrics Everyone should know

Introduction<p>Predictive Modeling works on constructive feedback principle. You build a model. Get feedback from metrics, make improvements and …

Pixar and Khan Academy Join Forces for a Super Cool Learning Collaboration

Pixar and Khan Academy have released the latest iteration of a free course aimed at helping aspiring animators familiarize themselves with the basics …

This Map Shows Where in The World Is Most Vulnerable to Climate Change

Where does you neighbourhood fall on the scale?<p>A map showing which areas of the globe are likely to see the most dramatic effects of climate change …

What BuzzFeed’s Dao Nguyen Knows About Data, Intuition, And The Future Of Media

To understand what makes BuzzFeed tick, you need to know how Dao Nguyen thinks about data.<p>As the publisher in charge of BuzzFeed, which has annual revenue in the hundreds of millions of dollars, you might expect Dao Nguyen to be getting the best tables at fancy restaurants in order to land …

We're One Step Closer to Creating Hydrogen Gas from Solar Energy

Solar panels of the future could produce clean-burning hydrogen gas in a one-step process.<p>Its one the biggest questions facing the solar power industry today. How do you get a solar panel to supply a reliable, steady supply of electricity—even after nightfall or during cloudy days?<p>One way is to …

Clean Energy

Tiny Motorized Robots Can Clean Carbon Dioxide Out Of Seawater

Love that flat water<p>In a restaurant you might prefer 'sparkling' carbonated water over the still variety, but in the oceans, carbonated water is a very bad thing.<p>Thanks to our penchant for burning fossil fuels, there are increasing levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, which means there …