Jacob Bettany

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Economist Says Higher-IQ People are Nicer and More Cooperative

<i>By Garett Jones</i><p>We humans are a social species: we rely on each other to get things done. Whether it’s building a car, creating a happy marriage, or …

Mike McCormack wins €100,000 International Dublin literary award with one-sentence novel

To this day, my agent smiles and says, ‘No, I’m not going to tell you how many people turned the book down' Mike McCormack<p>It’s not often that an author described on his own Wikipedia page as “disgracefully neglected” is awarded a €100,000 literary prize. But this is where the Irish author Mike …

Books

People who overestimate their political knowledge are more likely to believe conspiracy theories

People who overestimate their understanding of political issues are more likely to believe conspiracy theories, according to new research that …

Critical Thinking

EVERYTHING ABOUT CARDANO! (2018)

Cardano is hailed as one of the smartest projects in the crypto world. Yet when you ask around or even try to read around, few people can really give …

Blockchain

The Endocannabinoid System - How Cannabis Affects The Human Body

How Cannabis Affects The Human Body<p><b>The legal cannabis</b> movement started in San Francisco in the early 1990’s when it was discovered that cannabis …

Cannabis

Milestone claimed as experimental nuclear reactor reaches temperature of the Sun

The pursuit of nuclear fusion is inspired by the collision of atomic nuclei in stars, which fuse together to form helium atoms and release huge …

Energy

Blockchain's Once-Feared 51% Attack Is Now Becoming Regular

Monacoin, bitcoin gold, zencash, verge and now, litecoin cash.<p>At least five cryptocurrencies have recently been hit with an attack that used to be …

Bitcoin

Cost plunges for capturing carbon dioxide from the air

Pulling carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air and using it to make synthetic fuel seems like the ultimate solution to climate change: Instead of adding …

Carbon Dioxide

Gmail

The Scot who was the sex guru's bodyguard

<b>Hugh Milne was a disciple of Indian "sex guru" Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh from his very early days but his dream of an enlightened community based on love and kindness came crashing down in spectacular style.</b><p>The popular Netflix series Wild Wild Country documented how the charismatic but controversial …

New Jersey

Blockchain Prophet Or Snake-Oil Salesman? Embattled Founder Launches First Ethereum Religion

It’s been three and a half years since the disputed former Augur CEO Matt Liston was unceremoniously forced out of the company he helped found.<p>In the aftermath of the bitter years-long feud with his fellow co-founders, which was documented earlier this month in a $152 million lawsuit, Liston has …

Blockchain

You cannot be 'well read' without reading women

Lauren Groff did something brilliantly subversive last week. In her New York Times By the Book Q&A – an interview in which authors are asked such questions as “What’s the last great book you read?” and “What book by somebody else do you wish you had written?” – she named only women authors. You may …

Books

‘I just knew he loved me. I could see it in his eyes’: can a psychologist cure lovesickness?

Megan wrote long, detailed letters to Verma every day, begging him to recognise that their love could not be denied<p>One afternoon, she followed him home. Verma stormed out of his house and confronted her, threatening to call the police<p>Megan’s psychopathological love was simply romantic love writ …

Mental Disorders

Study: Right-Wing Authoritarianism Accounts For Correlation Between Religion And Lack Of Intellectual Humility

Conformity to norms, obedience to leaders, intolerance of deviance, and hostility towards other groups are associated with lack of intellectual …

Authoritarianism

NASA's New Exoplanet Hunter Releases Incredible First Image

On the way to its final orbit around Earth, NASA’s planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has sailed by the moon and snapped its …

Exoplanets

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How a prized daughter of the Westboro Baptist Church came to question its beliefs.<p>On December 1, 2009, to commemorate World <i>AIDS</i> Day, Twitter announced a promotion: if users employed the hashtag #red, their tweets would appear highlighted in red. Megan Phelps-Roper, a twenty-three-year-old legal …

Study: Religious people are less likely to get bored — which makes them less inclined to search for meaning

Religiosity is associated with lower levels of proneness to boredom, according to new research published in the scientific journal Emotion. “Studies …

Selfie

How big a problem is narcissism?<p>In Book III of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, from the first century B.C., we meet Narcissus, a young man so handsome that all the nymphs are in love with him. He doesn’t understand why; he wishes they would leave him alone. One day, in the woods, he comes upon a pool of …

A.I. Is Awesome, Blockchain Is a Powerhouse. But Here's What Combining Them Could Do

If we're careful to implement them the right way, new AI-Blockchain combo technologies could rewrite virtually all industries--including yours.<p>You know artificial intelligence from your Alexa, Tesla or Netflix account. And now Blockchain is generating serious thunder, too, particularly in …

The Extraordinary Link Between Deep Neural Networks and the Nature of the Universe - MIT Technology Review

In the last couple of years, deep learning techniques have transformed the world of artificial intelligence. One by one, the abilities and techniques …

Deep Learning

'I'm sad that I didn't have sex until I was 37' - BBC News

<b>The phrase "involuntary celibate" has taken on a new meaning since the Toronto terror attack last month. But celibacy itself is nothing new. "Joseph", who is 60 and a widower, did not have sex until his late 30s - and not through choice. Here he shares his story.</b><p>Sexual relationships and intimate …

Relationships

The thinking error at the root of science denial

Currently, there are three important issues on which there is scientific consensus but controversy among laypeople: climate change, biological …

NASA chief on Moon return: “This will not be Lucy and the football again”

Bridenstine did not mention the Space Launch System rocket or the Orion spacecraft.<p>In his first public speech as NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine …

Pretty sure Google's new talking AI just beat the Turing test

So that whole Turing test metric, wherein we gauge how human-like an AI system appears to be based on its ability to mimic our vocal affectations? At the 2018 I/O developers conference Tuesday, Google utterly dismantled it. The company did so by having its AI-driven Assistant book a reservation. On …

How a TV Sitcom Triggered the Downfall of Western Civilization

I want to discuss a popular TV show my wife and I have been binge-watching on Netflix. It’s the story of a family man, a man of science, a genius who …

Comedy

The Inside Story of the Great Silicon Heist

Wasi Ismail Syed had endured a draining day of travel by the time he picked up his rental van at the Pensacola, Florida, airport. He’d left his …

All by myself: the joys of being single

When I was a child, I thought it was easy. You fell in love, got married in a lovely dress, and then you had children<p>When internet dating took off, it was at least cheaper<p>I felt as if my friends with partners and families were proper grown-ups and I was not<p>I wanted to talk to people about their …

Relationships

The Gambler Who Cracked the Horse-Racing Code

Horse racing is something like a religion in Hong Kong, whose citizens bet more than anyone else on Earth. Their cathedral is Happy Valley …

Hong Kong