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This Is The Most Expensive Photograph In the World

Peter Lik's "Phantom," seen above, was just purchased by a private collector for $6.5 million. The black and white image captures the caved interior …

Black & White Photography

This Terrifying Simulation Shows A Year In The Life Of Earth's CO2

NASA scientists have produced an ultra-high resolution computer model showing the ebbs and flows of carbon dioxide over the course of an entire year. …

Climate Change

10 Worst Jobs for the Future

The labor market is steadily improving, with unemployment at its lowest level in a decade, but some fields continue to experience a downward slide. …

Labor Economics

A 19th Century Math Genius Taught Us The Best Way To Hold Pizza

We've all been there. You pick up a slice of pizza and you're about to take a bite, but it flops over and dangles limply from your fingers instead. …

Mathematics

We've Been Depicting Runners Wrong For Thousands Of Years

Imagine someone running. Now freeze him in place. How is he positioned? Now stand up and reproduce with your body the pose you've pictured in your …

Biomechanics

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Pluto’s big comeback: Why it could be reclassified as a planet

<b>(Sabino Parente, via Shutterstock)</b><p>New research reveals the “trans-Neptunian object’s” impressive planetary resumé<p>Ken Croswell<p>May 29, 2014 12:45pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Poor little Pluto. In 2006 astronomers ganged up on it and voted to strip it of its …

8 Ways To Start Listening To Your Own Advice

Last week, I blew a thousand bucks to consult a guy to take my business to the next level. That was a thousand bucks for an hour of his time.<p>I …

Outsourcing

How Telling The Truth Could Boost Your Health

A man goes to see his doctor. He says, “Doctor, I want to be healthier.” The doctor says, “No problem. From now on, always mean what you say.”<p>That may sound like the start of a joke, but it’s actually a crib note version of results from a new study suggesting that sincerity and honesty are keys to …

A Highly Unusual Way To Encourage Recycling: Vending Machines That Also Feed Stray Dogs

Here’s a new way to get people to recycle: helping out animals who need food.<p>Recently installed in Istanbul, these recycling machines not only take people’s bottles. They also dispense dog food and water at the bottom. They’re from a local company called Pugedon, which offsets the cost of the chow …

Play

Throughout 2017, a team of Snap Judgment producers - together with Oakland activists and parents - learned about Oakland’s homicide victims, their …

Five Foods That Are Killing the Planet

Spoiler alert: Stop reading now if you can't live without Quarter Pounders, packaged pastries, or expensive sushi

Contemporary Home Illuminated with Natural Light Redefines Luxury Coastal Lifestyle

Many Australian residential lots hold the potential to offer their owners a luxury coastal lifestyle. What you’re about to see is a modern home in …

Q: What should I look for when I buy dark chocolate?

If you want some health with your sweet treat, look for the right information on the packaging<p>When it comes to finding the best dark chocolate, the wrapper is your Rosetta Stone. First, scan the front for the percentage of cacao, an indicator of antioxidant flavonols. As little as a third of an …

Why Do We Believe Dreams Are So Real While We're Dreaming?

<i>By Daniel Oldis and Marjorie Noble via DreamsCloud</i><p>"Mark's" late grandfather is a goldfish. Mark and the goldfish are playing chess. As Mark prepares his checkmate move, a hammerhead shark knocks over the chessboard and demands the $13 that Mark owes him. Mark's late grandfather flops off the table …

Brain's limits lead to unconscious choices in what we see and remember

The human brain is a marvel of power and flexibility, and a pair of new studies out Monday demonstrates that when it runs up against the limits of its capacity to take in and store information, the brain often relies on its agility to fill the gap. In the process, however, information can be …

Brain training: opt-in, optimise yourself, or go extinct

Brain training is everywhere. Because of the benefits of "neuroplasticity", the brain can be constantly optimised and improved to perform cognitive functions – memory, problem solving, whatever – more efficiently. Take the Lumosity website, for example, which promises a personalised, …

Cracking the Brain’s Codes - MIT Technology Review

In <i>What Is Life?</i> (1944), one of the fundamental questions the physicist Erwin Schrödinger posed was whether there was some sort of “hereditary …

11 Young Neuroscientists Share Their Cutting-Edge Research

Support the news<p>For our special series, "<b>Brain Matters</b>," we asked 11 young neuroscientists from BU, Harvard and MIT to share what they're working on …

Pro-Palestine Protesters March to UN Headquarters in New York

NEW YORK — A sea of Palestinians and their sympathizers lined Manhattan streets Saturday, marching to the United Nations and shouting that Israel's response to missile attacks was genocide that took children's lives.<p>"What they're doing is wrong," said Ayia Mustafa, 12, of the New York borough of …

Israel

Using Composition to Create More Powerful Portraits

As part of my series on portrait photography, in this article, I will discuss composition, one of the most important aspects of creating a good …

You Could Wake Up Convinced You're In a Duplicate World

Or, at least, that you're in a duplicate town, house, and hospital. Reduplicative paramnesia victims believe that someone or something has …

The Brain

Art Installation Featuring Twenty Miles of Ribbons Suspended in San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral

Nearly 20 miles of colorful ribbons are suspended from the ceiling of San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral as part of the ongoing installation “Graced …

Art

7 Things That Are Secretly Stressing You Out

Keep calm and read this article

Should You Get Screened for Lung Cancer?

At age 50, you know should go for a colonoscopy. But for the first time, a lung cancer screening may be in your future. Are you at risk?<p>Screenings for colon, prostate, and skin cancer save lives. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that if everyone over 50 had …

The Scary Side Effect of One Sleepless Night

Snooze now—your brain will thank you later<p>Forget hits to the head—just one night of sleep deprivation creates changes in the brain similar to a mild concussion, according to new research from Sweden.<p>The small study was done on 15 healthy guys. One night they got 8 hours of sleep in the lab, and …

Why new drugs are so expensive

Our pick of the week from around the web, including the cost of medicines, how NSA almost killed the internet and the world’s hottest app.<p>Geel welcomes the mentally ill<br>Mike Jay | Aeon | 9 January 2014<br>Moving. Amazing. Geel, an “otherwise unremarkable Belgian market town”, has a unique vocation: “For …

New Tax Can't Keep Greeks From Smoking

More than 40 percent of Greeks over 15 smoke, among the highest percentages in the world. Three years ago, the government banned smoking indoors in bars, restaurants and cafes — but the ban has never been enforced.<p><b>Listen · 3:28</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Transcript<p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>To …

6 Rules for Getting Over a Breakup the Healthy Way

None of which involve cupcakes and Pinot Grigio!<p>If you've ever been tempted to take a sick day post-breakup, you're not alone. A whopping 76 percent of people say that being lovesick after a breakup is understated and that it can lead to major emotional and physical problems, according to a recent …