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Conspiracy theorists believe wild ideas because they want to feel special

The internet is full of wild-eyed insinuation. Seemingly accidental events are not actually accidental. A few powerful people have hatched plots to bring about certain outcomes, usually with the goal of benefitting the shadowy string-pullers. As Karl Popper noted in Conjectures and Refutations …

Conspiracies

The way you see color depends on what language you speak

The human eye can physically perceive millions of colors. But we don’t all recognise these colors in the same way.<p>Some people can’t see differences in colors—so called color blindness—due to a defect or absence of the cells in the retina that are sensitive to high levels of light: the cones. But …

Language

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Climate Change

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

What do we know about time? Language tells us that it “passes”, it moves like a great river, inexorably dragging us with it, and, in the end, washes us up on its shore while it continues, unstoppable. Time flows. It moves ever forwards. Or does it? Poets also tell us that time stumbles or creeps or …

Physics

Finland has found the answer to homelessness. It couldn’t be simpler

“I was born in Liverpool and grew up on a council estate. I had a clean home, toys and nice meals as a kid. When I was nine years old, the sexual abuse started. My abusers made me feel special. They gave me gifts, moneys, cigarettes and sweets. When I was 13 I ran away from home and soon found …

Homelessness

Of course Alberta is getting fleeced by Ottawa, just not in the way you think

Albertans pay $21.8 billion more in taxes than they get back, but the equalization program isn’t to blame

Canada

Pope Francis: Catholics should care as much about the poor as about abortion

The pope thinks you should get off Twitter.<p>Pope Francis has released a new papal document in which he criticizes everything from the toxicity of social media to Catholics’ single-minded focus on abortion, and encourages Catholics to better value the contributions of women to the spiritual life of …

Christianity

Chimps Eat Baby Monkey Brains First—A Clue to Human Evolution

The apes have surprising strategies for how they eat meat, a new study says.<p>A group of chimpanzees travels through the woodlands of Gombe National Park, Tanzania, where Jane Goodall first began studying their kind back in 1960. They come upon red colobus monkeys.<p>Chimps survey their prey. A hunt …

Ethnology

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

Microbiology

11 Games You Didn't Know About (But Should)

We cover a <i>lot</i> of games here on IGN, but amid all the noise it can be difficult for some of the most quietly creative games to be heard.<p>Here are 11 …

Ice Age

How this optical illusion made me question my reality

Are these colors even real?<p>The latest visual illusion to make me question my reality is a blurry swirl of colors that disappear if I stare at them for long enough.<p>The illusion popped up on the r/woahdude Reddit today, but versions of it have existed since at least 1804 when a philosopher named …

San Diego

The world’s biggest currency manipulators, in charts

The key to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign to “make America great again” lay in a simple strategy: Pillory the culprits making America un-great. Toward the top of Trump’s baddie list were currency manipulators. In particular, the “world champion” of currency manipulation,” as Trump called …

Economy

If you can’t explain something in simple terms, you don’t understand it

In the early 1960s, Richard Feynman gave a series of undergraduate lectures that were collected into a book called the Feynman Lectures on Physics. …

Richard Feynman

Metaphors can change our opinions in ways we don’t even realize

What has the ability to influence your opinions, in some cases, even more than your own political party? A metaphor, as it turns out.<p>When we think about metaphor, we might think about how we typically learn about metaphor in school: as a poetic device or a rhetorical flourish. But, metaphors are …

Psychology

Red Bull built an underground eSports bar in London

London's Red Bull Gaming Sphere has everything you would expect from an eSports venue: neon-strewn PCs, large TVs, chunky headsets and the latest Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft consoles. But this isn't a stadium designed to compete with the Gfinity Arena or ESL's Studio 1 in Leicester. There are no …

League of Legends

How to get your photos off Facebook

Facebook opened its doors to students at elite schools in 2004, and the entire world in 2006. Unsurprisingly, many of the now billions of users on Facebook have over a decade’s worth of photos, videos, and posts on the social network.<p>If you’ve been thinking about leaving Facebook (we have no idea …

Google Photos

The most successful people in the world aren't masters

As a teenager, Elon Musk read 14 books per week. At peak Olympic training, Michael Phelps spent six hours in the pool every day. Before they invaded America, The Beatles played eight-hour nonstop gigs in Germany, multiple nights a week.<p>Practice, so they say, makes perfect. And according to author …

Success

Breakthrough study reveals how LSD dissolves a person's sense of self

A fascinating study led by scientists at the University of Zurich has uncovered key insights into the mechanisms behind how our brain generates our …

Neuroscience

In the ongoing representation efforts by wizards,...

Text<p><b>phyrexiathings asked: In the ongoing representation efforts by wizards, left handed midget serial killers born in Croatia named Steve seem to</b> …

IBM has created a computer smaller than a grain of salt

If there's one downside to powerful computers, it's that they're too damn big.<p>Luckily, that's about to change. At least, if IBM has anything to say …

The crisis in modern masculinity

Luridly retro ideas of what it means to be a man have caused a dangerous rush of testosterone around the world – from Modi’s Hindu supremacism to Trump’s nuclear brinkmanship<p>On the evening of 30 January 1948, five months after the independence and partition of India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was …

Osama Bin Laden

This Photographer Uses an iPhone to Shoot Russia’s Grittiest Streets

Photographer Dmitry Markov grew up Pushkino, a hardscrabble industrial town north of Moscow where, for Markov and many of his childhood friends, …

Text Messaging

To Control Your Life, Control What You Pay Attention To

One of the best insights on what true productivity means in the 21st century dates back to 1890. In his book <i>The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1</i>, William James wrote a simple statement that’s packed with meaning: “My experience is what I agree to attend to.”<p>Your attention determines the experiences …

Time Management

Putin Isn't Scared Yet, But He Should Be

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has launched a promising line of attack on his regime.<p>U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's immediate response to the attempted poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal in Salisbury won't impress anyone in the Kremlin. May, however, has indicated a promising line …

Russia

Google’s Project Fi is the best cellphone plan you’re not using

Google has a solution for everyone who is tired of seeing astronomical cell phone bills at the end of each month. Launched in 2015, Project Fi is an …

To ensure stability, Facebook will “help” Nigeria with its upcoming general elections

Facebook will be helping Nigeria with its upcoming 2019 presidential elections. This comes after a team from Facebook, led by Ebele Okobi (Facebook’s Public Policy Director for Afrika) visited and met with Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to explore various ways in which …

Trump exposes how unprepared Canada is for the new world

The Trump tariff threat is a reminder of Canada’s free-trade dependency.<p>Free trade with the U.S. and Mexico was supposed to unambiguously benefit …

20,000 scientists give dire warning about the future in 'letter to humanity' – and the world is listening

A dire warning to the world about its future, which predicts catastrophe for humanity, is continuing to gain momentum.<p>The letter – which was first …

It's Gabriel García Márquez's 91st birthday, and magical realism is thriving in Hollywood

Four years after his death and a half-century after his <i>One Hundred Years of Solitude</i> introduced much of the world to magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez might be pleased to know that the literary genre he helped popularize is now flourishing on screen.<p>On what would have been his 91st birthday, …

Literature

The death of the “Big Food” era is imminent after the industry’s biggest lobbying group crumbles

One of America’s most powerful food lobbying groups has been neutered, largely abandoned by its own industry after failing to adequately contain or respond to changing consumer tastes that food makers have found threatening.<p>A succession of high-profile, global companies have terminated their …