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Why do smart kids grow up to be heavier drinkers?

<b>It's all about evolution:</b> Drinking alcohol was "unintentional, accidental, and haphazard until about 10,000 years ago," says Satoshi Kanazawaat at</i> …

Alcohol

38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent

Sometimes we must turn to other languages to find <i>le mot juste</i>. Here are a whole bunch of foreign words with no direct English equivalent.<p><b>1.</b> …

Language

The Week In Numbers: The Fastest Human, Nerf's Longest-Range Gun, And More

<b>5 hours and 39 minutes</b>: the time, from launch to docking, it took this week's Soyuz crew to get from Earth to the International Space Station. A new world record!<p><b>9.48 seconds</b>: the limit to how fast a natural human could possibly run the 100-meter race, according to a Stanford biologist. That's 0.10 …

Reality: A Mere Illusion (Part 1)

Every action and all matter that has developed in the universe conforms to what we know as reality. The idea that our universe passes like a giant’s …

Dark matter hints detected in space station experiment

A $2 billion cosmic ray detector on the International Space Station has found the footprint of something that could be dark matter, the mysterious …

5 major moments in cellphone history

Forty years ago today, Motorola engineer Martin Cooper — credited as the inventor of the cellphone — made the world's first public call from a mobile …

Video game rage: Violent imagery isn't the trigger, researchers say

When Marc Nascimento hosts "fight nights" at his Hamilton video game store, he often has to deal with people who exhibit varying degrees of video …

New clues into the existence of dark matter

For Chris Hadfield and other astronauts aboard the International Space Station, the high-energy particles that come flying at them from deep space and pass through their equipment and their bodies like subatomic bullets are a hazard and a menace.<p>For scientists, they are cosmic gold.<p>Now researchers …

Faster-Than-Light Drive

Instead of using rockets or thrusters, a craft equipped with warp drive would move by distorting space.<p>The warp drive proposed by Miguel Alcubierre would achieve faster-than-light speeds by distorting space-time. The device would generate a field of negative energy that would squeeze or stretch …

Listen to the big bang – now in hi-fi!

The Planck cosmology probe has forced scientists to revise their estimates of the universe's age and the cosmic balance of matter and dark energy — and now it's led a physicist to remix the sound of the big bang as well.<p>The new big-bang sound was created over the weekend by John Cramer, a professor …

Will we ever… simulate the human brain?

A billion dollar project claims it will recreate the most complex organ in the human body in just 10 years. But detractors say it is impossible. Who is right?<p>For years, Henry Markram has claimed that he can simulate the human brain in a computer within a decade. On 23 January 2013, the European …

Quantum-encrypted information transmitted by flying plane for first time

In a boost to future secret agents and a blow to their would-be eavesdroppers, German researchers report sending the first successful quantum communications from a moving source — an airplane traveling 180 miles-per-hour — to a stationary receiver on the ground. The study was first performed in …

How an ancient astronomical error affects Easter

Easter weekend brings a lot of things to mind — religion, family, food, bunnies and Easter eggs, to name a few. The moon usually isn't on that list, …

How science is slowly tearing down Aristotle's ladder of nature

As scientists design new ways of testing the mental aptitude of animals, they're finding that many species are smarter than previously thought. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> recently examined the trend, pointing out that tests sometimes need just slight alterations before they're ideally suited for a …

More choices lead to bigger gambles - Futurity

U. WARWICK (UK) — Based on a flawed perception of “winning big,” people will often …

New mechanism for long-term memory formation discovered

Study also identifies possible gene target linked to cognitive disabilities.<p>UC Irvine neurobiologists have found a novel molecular mechanism that …

Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation - Sixty Symbols

Will we ever detect gravitational waves directly?

(This piece originally appeared in the “Will we ever?” column at <i>BBC Future</i>. Though I added a few visuals, I left the UK spellings and BBC stylebook …