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Why do humans cry? A new reading of the old sob story

When it came to solving the riddle of the peacock's tail, Charles Darwin's powers of evolutionary deduction were second to none – the more …

Why Your Cell Phone Doesn't Have a Dial Tone

In addition to the long curly cords, and the part where they are permanently attached to a wall, old-fashioned landlines have something else that …

Great music is 'as good as sex'

Listening to great music is as good as sex, according to new research.<p>It sparks the same part of the brain triggered by a delicious meal or a night of passion.<p>Scans found areas in the brain's 'pleasure' centre became active when people heard a song for the first time.<p>And the more the listener …

Are Southerners Fat, Or Just More Honest About Their Weight?

A study suggests that consistently ranking Southern states as the heaviest isn't a (completely) accurate portrayal.<p>Studies have shown that the South is the most obese part of the United States. From a 2012 Centers for Disease Control report: "The South had the highest prevalence of obesity (29.5%), …

How To Trick People Into Changing Their Political Views

Researchers change opinions on political issues with a sleight of hand.<p>If you're a die-hard Democrat or a die-hard Republican, you probably think that nothing could make you change your beliefs. Wrong. A study from Lund University in Sweden shows that it's possible to alter the opinions of almost …

Brain scans reveal the 'signature' of pain - Futurity

U. MICHIGAN (US) — In the first objective measure of pain, scientists find that its …

The Brain

Teen smoking influences change over time - Futurity

USC (US) — Friends in junior high may have more influence on smoking behavior than …

Smoking

Every Single Person In The World On One Chart

What does 7 billion look like in a browser window?<p>When you read on your computer screen that world population has surpassed 7 billion, as it did in 2011, it's hard to put that number in context. It's big a world. Where is everyone?<p>7 Billion World is a website/infographic that breaks it down. …

What You Need To Know About The New Bird Flu

The H7N9 avian flu virus outbreak in China has already killed 11 people. Here's what's up with it.<p>There have been some new developments in China's struggle with bird flu over the past two days, including another confirmed death and a scientific report from Chinese researchers about the first three …

The Week In Numbers: Our Time Left On Earth, The Distance A Nipple Travels, And More

<b>$50 billion</b>: the amount Russia will invest in an ambitious space program to put a person on Mars, build a moon base, and shoot down foreign threats<p><b>9%</b>: the portion of Americans who would have sex with a robot<p><b>7 millimeters</b>: the average distance that nipples traveled toward the shoulders each year …

Was Marina Chapman really brought up by monkeys?

Marina Chapman says she isn't as mobile as she once was. It's not so easy to climb trees these days, let alone swing from them. Well, she is about 60 …

Photographer David Orias Makes the Pacific Ocean Look like Rainbows and Gold | Colossal

<p>Photographer David Orias relies on slow shutter speeds, precision camera movement and the rich light of dawn or dusk to capture these amazing images …

50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know

I'm delighted to announce that my first book, <i>50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know</i>, has been given a publication date and is now available for …

The 10 Best Islands In The World, According To TripAdvisor (PHOTOS)

TripAdvisor is all about its annual lists: The best beaches, the most romantic hotels, the best hotels, and the best hotels for families being among them.<p>Its newest list examines the islands of the world, and the U.S. in particular. While Florida has five of the 10 best islands in the United …

Seven Things You Should Always Wear On A Plane

Dressing appropriately for air travel means knowing what will keep you comfortable on the plane. And, given the cramped seats and various temperature changes on flights, this isn't always easy. The following seven items, which provide plenty of comfort plus a touch of style, are essential for any …

19 Reasons You Should Not Go Out To Da Club Tonight

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A History Of The Gay Rights Movement, One Of The Most Successful Political Enterprises In History

The cases came amid a huge surge in public support for gay marriage over the past decade.<p>But this is just the latest fight in a near 40-year battle fought by LGBT Americans to gain recognition and rights. Here's the timeline of how that successful journey progressed.

What the NRA Doesn't Want You to Know

Why is the National Rifle Association so afraid of the truth? There are many misconceptions about guns and gun violence swirling around in Americans’ minds—and in many cases, this misinformation is no accident. For years the NRA has blocked the truth and actively fought against and prevented …

Google's Secrets Of Innovation: Empowering Its Employees

March was a good month for Google. Its market capitalization breached a record high $260 billion. Since its IPO in 2004, its shares have soared over 900%. The company’s success stems from its continuous innovation and it extraordinary management practices. Laszlo Bock, Senior Vice President of …

Watch Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola's Three-Minute Fragrance Ad 'Prada Candy L'Eau' – /Film

Prada Candy L’eau is a perfume, and in this case <b>Prada Candy L’Eau</b> is also a three-part long-form ad for said fragrance. (Well, “long-form” might be a …

Wes Anderson

Listen to Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ sexy, funky new track, “Under the Earth”

This morning, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are part of an in-depth editorial for <i>The New York Times</i> in anticipation of their forthcoming fourth studio album,</i> …

specific writers

<i>Consequence of Sound</i> is seeking location-specific writers to cover live shows and festivals in the following locations:<p><b>U.S. Cities</b><br>Austin, TX<br>Boston, …

Justin Timberlake ‘Wasn’t Trying to Do Something Different’ With ‘The 20/20 Experience’

In a lengthy and exclusive interview with Myspace, which he co-owns, Justin Timberlake admitted that he wasn't really experimenting with his …

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