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Birth Of Memory: Why Kids Forget What Happened Before Age 7

Recently, my nearly-4-year-old niece suffered the kind of childhood accident every parent dreads: she fell off her bike and broke a front tooth high above the gum line. The resulting pain and eventual extraction were a harrowing experience for her parents, but fortunately the little girl emerged …

FYI: Do Fat People Stay Warmer Than Thin People?

Pack on some extra pounds for winter<p>At the yearly Rottnest Channel Swim in Western Australia, participants often smear their bodies with animal fat for insulation against the 70-degree water. But their own body fat also helps to keep them warm, like an extra layer of clothing beneath the skin. When …

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Why are zombies still so popular?

With The Walking Dead’s record-breaking ratings and World War Z winning big at the box office, there’s no end of love for zombies. Nicholas Barber explains.<p>Just when you think they’re finished, they get up again and shamble towards you. It’s a truism that applies to zombies − everyone’s favourite …

7 Reasons Why 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Is A Beginner's Guide To Star Trek [Spoiler Alert]

Everyday science, familiar plotlines, and an absence of jargon make this the most accessible Star Trek yet.<p>Star Trek is hardly beginner-friendly. Five television series, 12 movies, and a nerd following that defines nerd followings present a serious obstacle to the casual moviegoer. J.J. Abram's …

Guys: Holding A Guitar Makes You More Attractive

Every kid in high school learning guitar to get a girlfriend was actually right.<p>Single dudes: Are you holding a guitar at this moment? If not, you are not reaching your Maximum Attractiveness Potential, according to two (2) recently published studies.<p>A French study that was just published suggests …

The Scientific Reason You Won't Throw Your Stuff Away

Emerging research on hoarding classifies it as its own distinctive disorder, separate from OCD.<p>When my great-grandmother died in the mid-90s, we found a number of questionable collections in her house, including a paper bag filled to the brim with meticulously cleaned-out egg shells and a very …

Can Oxytocin Get Me A Boyfriend?

A personal experiment with the love hormone<p>We met up at a dim sum place in Chinatown. He smiled when he saw me, and I gave him a long hug. Already, there was none of the stiff awkwardness that had plagued our first two dates. What my companion didn't know was that minutes before arriving at the …

For God's Sake, Stay Inside During A Gun Fight

Bullets work way differently in real life than they do in movies.<p>Ever wonder why the people taking cell phone videos of gunfights aren't themselves hit by bullets? Turns out, there's no good explanation other than dumb luck, because according to the laws of physics, they should be totally …

Apply Now For A One-Way Trip To Mars

Mars One has begun accepting video applications for a mission to colonize the red planet in 2023.<p>Want to live and die on Mars? Mars One has officially begun its worldwide search for astronauts who will fly to Mars in 2023—and never come back.<p>The first humans on Mars may be reality TV stars.<p>The …

Stupidity: What makes people do dumb things

“EARTH has its boundaries, but human stupidity is limitless,” wrote Gustave Flaubert. He was almost unhinged by the fact. Colourful fulminations …

Are These Lines The Same Height? Your Answer Depends On Where You're From

The following is an excerpt from Adam Alter’s new book Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave, available on Amazon.<p>In the late 1800s, German psychiatrist Franz Müller-Lyer designed one of the world's most famous visual illusions. The illusion became …

GameSci: What Is (Scientifically!) The Most Addictive Game Ever?

What's going to glue you to the screen? Science explains.<p>Back in 2007, a study of gamers appeared in the journal <i>CyberPsychology and Behavior</i>. The study, "Experiences of time loss among videogame players: An empirical study," asked gamers to report how often they got sucked in to games: for better …