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New Study Says Ancient Humans Hunted Big Mammals To Extinction

Over the past 125,000 years, the average size of mammals on the Earth has shrunk. And humans are to blame.<p>That's the conclusion of a new study of the fossil record by paleo-biologist Felisa Smith of the University of New Mexico.<p>Smith studied fossils going back 65 million years, when dinosaurs died …

Paleontology

Even one night of bad sleep causes dangerous changes in your brain, a new study found

One of the most important things that happens when we drift off at night is a cleansing process: sleep helps remove toxins from the human brain.<p>Scientists recently found that even one night of sleep deprivation causes the buildup of a kind of protein that's known to make up the plaque that …

Dementia

Ted Nugent calls Parkland survivors 'liars' and 'soulless' in interview

<b>(CNN) —</b> National Rifle Association board member and classic rocker Ted Nugent slammed survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, calling them "liars" and "poor, mushy-brained children."<p>Nugent made the comments during an interview on "The Joe Pags Show," a nationally syndicated …

Republicans

Is 'That' Sexual Harassment? How to Tell, Using 'Cooper's 6 Levels.'

Sure, outright groping is obviously prohibited behavior. But what about 'aesthetic appreciation'? Can't a guy compliment a girl anymore?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Combine the impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements with the dramatic speeches at Sunday's Golden …

North Carolina State University

Science Says 'Team Players' Don't Get Hired (Here's the Surprising Data) | Inc.com

Looking for a job? Maybe you've been told you should make sure people know you're a real team player.<p>It turns out, that's a huge mistake.<p>Because, sure, employers like to <i>say</i> they value people who can work well on teams--but the data shows they don't.<p>Not really.<p>The folks behind TalentWorks figured …

Employment

The most common language spoken in every US state besides English

Chances are, there's plenty you didn't know about your home state.<p>For example, you might not know that excluding English, French is the most common language spoken at home in Maine.<p>We set out to find the most common languages — besides English — spoken at home in every state, based on the US Census …

Language Learning

Why Wednesday? The days of the week have a convoluted religious heritage

The origins of our days of the week lie with the Romans. The Romans named their days of the week after the planets, which in turn were named after the Roman gods:<p><i>dies Solis</i> “the day of the sun (then considered a planet)”• <i><br>dies Lunae</i> “the day of the moon”• <i><br>dies Martis</i>, “the day of Mars”• <i><br>dies Mercurii</i>, …

Linguistics

6 things great leaders do differently

Great leadership can be a difficult thing to pin down and understand. You know a great leader when you’re working for one, but even they can have a …

Leadership

Danish scientists test rock singer who has been injecting himself with snake venom for 25 years

For 25 years, Ludwin has self-administered weekly injections of venom from some of the world's most venomous snakes.<p>He initially used extremely low …

Controversial Study Says Women Find Men Attractive Based on One Body Part

No, not that one.<p>If there’s one good thing 2017 will be remembered for, it’ll be the long-overdue upheavals in the dynamics between men and women. …

Psychology

Scientists Say Japanese Monkeys Are Having 'Sexual Interactions' With Deer

Adolescent female monkeys in Japan have repeatedly engaged in sexual behaviors with sika deer, for reasons that are not yet clear, according to researchers who study macaque behavior.<p>The study, published in the peer-reviewed <i>Archives of Sexual Behavior,</i> follows up on a single report from earlier …

Monkeys

4 Secrets to Being More Productive, According to Ancient Philosophers

Everybody would like to get more of the right things done. But how does Stoicism fit into all of this?<p>The word “productivity” seems new and sleek and …

Time Management

How Often You Should Wash Your Bed Sheets, According to a Microbiologist

What happens if you don't?<p>We spend more than a third of our lives in bed - but that place can quickly blossom into a "botanical park" of bacteria and …

Selling

Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures

Time to reconsider the notebook and pen<p>Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings? If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper; there’s increasing evidence that using laptops during lectures decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports <i>The</i> …

Laptops

What is sociopathy or antisocial personality disorder?

Popular books, such as <i>The Sociopath Next Door,</i> have popularized the idea of a sociopath as a person who lacks a conscience or empathy.<p>However, the</i> …

Strange Atomic Ripples in Graphene Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Holy crap.<p>By all measures, graphene shouldn't exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of …

These are the songs playing in your hospital’s operating room — doctor’s orders

Dr. Sunit Das is prepping for surgery.<p>He ties on his mask, studies images of his patient’s brain and, just as crucially, sets his playlist.<p>Like a …

Deep in The Ocean, There's a 'Shadow Zone' Where The Water Is 2,000 Years Old

An airless, mysterious abyss.<p>The oldest water in the ocean didn't reach its advanced years by accident.<p>Deep in the North Pacific, a vast stretch of …

Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a shout-out to a $100-per-year app for doctors — here's what it does

Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't a doctor, but he talked about a piece of medical software, VisualDx, during Apple's most recent earnings call.<p>It was an interesting choice of an app to highlight. Apple has deep ambition to break into the health and medical worlds, but although VisualDx is available to …

Machine Learning

The 6 Simple Steps Elon Musk Uses to Solve Any Problem

You learned these steps in elementary school, but do you ever actually use them?<p>Associate Editor, Contributed Content<p>There were all sorts of fascinating tidbits in Neil Strauss's fantastic <i>Rolling Stone</i> feature on Elon Musk -- hints about the Tesla Truck, the man behind the genius and more.<p>But for …

Tesla

No, there has not been a successful human head transplant

And the whole story is extremely fishy.<p>In a 2015 TEDx talk, Sergio Canavero made a bold and tantalizing claim: by 2017, he swore, he would conduct the first human head transplant. And if you’ve been paying attention to trending headlines today, you might think he’s followed through on that …

11 Little Mental Health Tips That Therapists Actually Give Their Patients

The goal of therapy is to give you the tools and strategies for navigating whatever is going on in your life—from stress or relationship issues to …

Mental Health

Scientists think they've discovered a fourth type of fuel for humans — beyond carbs, fat, and protein

The nutrition label on a shot-size bottle of this clear, odorless liquid defies traditional explanation. It contains 120 calories — roughly the equivalent of a hearty slice of bread — yet it has no fat, no protein, and no carbohydrates.<p>Those calories instead come from ketones, an ingredient that …

Nutrition

7 Ways to Remain Motivated Even if Everything Is Falling Apart Around You | Inc.com

Let's not sugarcoat this. Life can be a royal pain in the ass. One day you're on top of the world and the next you're scrambling to find your next dollar.<p>At some point we all experience this roller coaster ride known as life.<p>I've had a couple setbacks in life. The first was when I suffered an …

Motivation

Scientists Find the Chemical That Suppresses Unwanted Thoughts in the Brain

When there's not enough of it, unwanted memories take over.<p>The brain does what it can to suppress unwanted thoughts, but we often end up wrestling …

Neuroscience

Scientists find key to unwanted thoughts

<b>Have you ever wanted to stop ruminating on something and just been unable to?</b><p>Scientists could have the secret. They have identified a chemical in the brain's "memory" region that allows us to suppress unwanted thoughts.<p>The discovery may help explain why some people can't shift persistent intrusive …

University of Cambridge

Nine ways to make people like you without saying a word

Becoming more likable is easier than you think.<p>There's lots of research on the traits and behaviours that make people likable — that have nothing to …

Psychology

Scientists say they can measure your charisma with only 6 questions

I have a select few friends I would call genuinely charismatic — the rest are kind, and/or funny, and/or outgoing, but aren't <i>quite</i> there yet.<p>The thing is, I can't tell you exactly how I made that distinction. It's more of an intuitive judgment.<p>But a team of researchers at the University of Toronto, …

Psychology

'How Should I Answer: What Is Your Greatest Weakness?' There's Really Only 1 Way | Inc.com

It's the question millions of job applicants hear on a daily basis:<p>If you're like most people, you hate this question. Maybe you feel it's completely lame, and so is the interviewer for even going there.<p>But you're wrong.<p>Not only is this question a fantastic interview tool, but learning to answer it …

Self-improvement