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17 Euphemisms for Sex From the 1800s

While shoe-horning these into conversation today might prove difficult, these 17 synonyms for sex were used often enough in 19th-century England to …

Language

How to tell you are a good liar in five seconds

A clever trick for testing the truthfulness of your nearest and dearest<p>Ever wondered if you friends, family or work colleagues are telling you little white lies?<p>Here's a handy way to test them. All you need is five seconds and a bit of hand-eye coordination - you can even try it out on …

Obama: Pot not worse than alcohol

Citing his own experience as a kid with marijuana, President Barack Obama is weighing in on the legalization debate, saying it isn’t more dangerous than alcohol or different from cigarettes.<p>“I don’t think it is more dangerous than alcohol,” the president told The New Yorker’s David Remnick in a …

Is Coffee Bad for You? Or Good? What Does Science Say?

Is coffee good for you? Or bad for you? We looked at tons of scientific studies to come up with the answer(s)<p>We here at <i>Bon Appétit</i> are <del>pretty much</del> addicted to coffee: There's our first-thing-in-the-morning pot, the going-in-to-work cup the deli girl hands over without needing to hear our …

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The Origin of the 8 Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It

One of the most unchanged elements of our life today is our optimal work time or how long we should work -- generally, every person I've spoken to quotes me something close to 8 hours a day.<p>And data seems to confirm that: The average American works 8.8 hours every day. At least, those are the …

A Science Teacher Lost 37 Pounds After Eating Nothing But McDonald's

"It’s our choices that make us fat, not McDonald's," he told KCCI.<p>Inspired by the film <i>Super Size Me</i>, Cisna planned to put together an amateur documentary about the process, KCCI reports.<p>They also tried to stay close to the recommended dietary allowances for carbohydrates, fat, proteins, and …

The Insane Amount of Gas Americans Burn Compared to the Rest of the World

The typical American consumes more fuel, on average, than three Germans.<p>I've occasionally written about how U.S. motorists have been driving less and guzzling fewer gallons of gas since the years leading up to the recession. Here's a reminder, though, that compared to the rest of the world, we are …

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

Sleep: the secrets of getting a good night's rest

The Observer<p>First published on Sun 1 Dec 2013 02.00 EST

How the Heart Is Like a ‘Little Brain’: Which Is Really in Control?

Modern science has verified what the ancients believed about one’s heart—that the heart is a center of higher wisdom. It can actually remember things …

The Brain

Could a brain scan diagnose you as a psychopath?

Society is intrigued by psychopaths, at least from a distance. Hollywood paints them as powerful and emotionless predators – a small few who have embraced their inner dark passengers. Whether it is Gordon Gekko, Catherine Tramell, or Dexter Morgan, the mythology of the psychopath is …

The 25 Most Influential Business Leaders Of 2013

Men and women who, by virtue of their chutzpah and determination, built new companies, saved them from the brink of extinction, or forged new paths for others to follow.<p>To celebrate their creativity and bold innovation, we rounded up the business leaders who were major game-changers in tech, …

Black Country dialect: no more waggin' for Halesowen pupils

The Black Country dialect is very different from Birmingham's. Pretend, for a moment, that you care. That's why Brummies call people like me (born in Wolverhampton, raised in Sedgley, although later schooled in Solihull, and suffering a Proustian rush every time I think about the nocturnal vista of …

4 Pilots Who Say They've Seen UFOs

More than 3,500 documented sightings of “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” by pilots have been recorded by the National Aviation Reporting Center on …

Flipping pancakes with mathematics | Simon Singh

Mathematical minds love a problem that's easy to pose but tough to solve<p>Tomorrow marks the 80th birthday of Jacob E Goodman, a mathematician at the City College of New York. If Professor Goodman's name does not ring any bells, then maybe you know him better by his pseudonym, Harry Dweighter. No? …

The World's Most Influential Business Thinkers 2013

<b>Clayton Christensen</b> is still the most influential business thinker in the world, according to Thinkers50, a just-released ranking put out every other year by the consulting team Crainer Dearlove.<p>Christensen, a professor at Harvard Business School and the author of business best-sellers including <i>The</i> …

Heavy smokers cut down or quit after magnetic brain stimulation, study finds

Heavy smokers who regularly puffed more than a packet of cigarettes a day cut down or quit for six months after their brains were stimulated with magnets, researchers say.<p>The apparent success of the simple procedure has led the scientists to organise a large-scale trial which will launch early next …

The brief life of polywater, the water that 'doesn't freeze'

In the 1960s, scientists in the US and Russia independently discovered a new form of water that was 40 percent denser, didn't solidify until 40 degrees below Celsius, and didn't seem to boil no matter how much it was heated. They called it polywater, and its mysterious properties flummoxed …

Explaining nuclear fusion: is it the way forward for cheap energy?

<b>The government has recently approved a new</b> <b>nuclear fission</b> <b>power station. But could nuclear fusion soon be a viable alternative? Professor Steve Cowley, CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, the operator of the Jet fusion reactor, explains</b><p><b>What is fusion?</b><p>The most stable nucleus of an atom is a …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Gingers Without Borders practise exploitation not humanitarianism

The proselytising of a group that wants to provide hair dye to some of the world's most vulnerable people is dangerous and unethical<p>Redheads have received a great deal of criticism in recent years for unethical practices, but the movement Gingers Without Borders has gone almost entirely unmentioned …

Science! This is Why Hot Water Can Freeze Faster Than Cold Water

Last week researchers at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore proposed what might be the most plausible explanation yet for the Mpemba effect [PDF].<p>You've probably heard before that hot water freezes faster than cold water—that's the …

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …

Scientists Prove God Exists? German Scientists Say They Have

Two scientists believe that they have proven that God exists.<p>Analyzing a theorem from the late Austrian mathematician Kurt Gödel with a Macbook has …

Mathematics

Drugs unlimited: how I created my very own legal high

How easy is it to invent and manufacture a recreational drug that does not break any UK drug laws? I just spent the last two months doing exactly that – and the answer might surprise you.<p>Since 2008, the emergence of legal highs has wrong-footed policymakers, parents and police. These drugs imitate …

The delight of fright

With Halloween fast approaching, many people’s minds will be turning to the macabre. How terrifying will your costume be, what horror films will be on TV, how many zombies, eyeballs and insects can be tastefully incorporated into the décor? As a society we relish the sinister overtones of Halloween …

The 15 Wittiest Things Oscar Wilde Ever Said

Or wrote. Maybe. (He said a lot of witty things).<p>Happy birthday, you quote machine, you!<p>All photos by Napoleon Sarony, via Oscar Wilde In America.

'Head orgasms', meditation and near-death experiences

When I was nine I was frogmarched to the opticians for my first sight test. It was after copying down the fact that "Marco Pob was a famous explorer" from the board at school.<p>The optometrist explained what the test entailed and asked me questions about how much I watched TV and used computers, all …

Cosmic Concept: Laser-Powered Space Travel

To travel to outer solar system and eventually to the stars, we're going to need some big breakthroughs in propulsion, protection from cosmic radiation, and more. Our Cosmic Concepts series looks at the far-out ideas that will take us there.<p><b>Young K. Bae wants us to travel to the moon within hours</b>, …