Jacob Koval

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This is how science lost God: Atheism, evolution and the long road to Richard Dawkins’ latest Twitter controversy

The roots of today’s battles over atheism, science, religion and climate change actually date back centuries<p>In the seventeenth century, most natural philosophers believed that every type of living organism on the face of the Earth had always existed, from the very beginning of the Earth’s creation. …

The universal power of empathy: The science behind why everyone loves Adele

Sad songs say so much, of course, but in “25,” Adele once again taps into something deeper than sorrow<p>Adele’s first album in four years is set to break records during its first week in release. At a time when “people don’t buy albums,” 25 is on track to sell at least 2.5 million copies—and might …

How Your Face Betrays Your Personality and Health

This story originally appeared on BBC Future<p>You might expect a great philosopher to look past our surface into the depths of the soul – but Ancient Greek thinkers were surprisingly concerned with appearance. Aristotle and his followers even compiled a volume of the ways that your looks could …

​Is Hollywood Heading for a Summer Box Office Disaster?

"Spy" should have been more of a sure thing at the box office.<p>The film, which reunites Melissa McCarthy with her "Bridesmaids" and "The Heat" director, Paul Feig, entered the weekend with good buzz, great reviews and modest competition. Pundits guessed it would open as high as $35-40 million.<p>Its …

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Monkey day care

Growing up as a child research subject<p><b>As a toddler</b> in 1981 and 1982, I attended a day care with monkeys. Or, perhaps more precisely, I was part of a study in the form of a day care that involved monkeys. I was two, then three. I remember nothing.<p>I know about it because my dad liked to tease me …

Psychology

You May Actually Fall Asleep Faster If You Try to Stay Awake

When you are exhausted, nothing is worse than lying in bed desperately trying and failing to fall asleep. You might have better luck drifting off …

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8 Real Things Watching 'The Bachelor' Is Doing to Your Love Life

It's science: Taking cues from on-screen love stories may be ruining your chance for romance.<p>Tonight, Eve Ganski, a 26-year-old interior designer based in L.A., will join millions of viewers tuning in for <i>The Bachelor</i> season finale. She'll be accompanied by her usual bottle of white wine—something …

The surprising downsides of being drop dead gorgeous

Good looks can get you far in life, but psychologists say there are unrecognised pitfalls for the beautiful. David Robson reports.<p>Can you be too beautiful? It is hardly a problem that most of us have to contemplate – as much as we might like to dream that it were the case.<p>Yet the blessings and …

Psychology

Minecraft creator's new mansion recreated in Minecraft

When Minecraft creator Markus ‘Notch’ Persson bought a gigantic mansion in Beverly Hills, it would only be a matter of time before his purchase wound up in his game<p>It’s possibly the most achingly zeitgeist story of the year: a rich coder buys a huge mansion in Beverly Hills (reportedly outbidding …

U.S. set to blame North Korea for Sony hack

The U.S. is ready to blame North Korea for the crippling hack attack at Sony Pictures, as the studio said Wednesday it would cancel next week's planned release of its controversial comedy "The Interview."<p>U.S. investigators say an announcement pinning the blame on hackers working for the Pyongyang …

Barack Obama, Ferguson, and the Evidence of Things Unsaid

Violence works. Nonviolence does too.<p>In a recent dispatch from Ferguson, Missouri, Jelani Cobb noted that President Obama's responses to "unpunished racial injustices" constitute "a genre unto themselves." Monday night, when Barack Obama stood before the nation to interpret the non-indictment of …

Quentin Tarantino confirms he's making 'The Hateful Eight'

Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" will saddle up and ride out after all.<p>Speaking at<p>Comic-Conin San Diego on Sunday, the director confirmed that he's working to bring the ensemble western to the big screen — reversing previous statements that he would shelve the project indefinitely after the …

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