Jennifer Zhu

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How Your Birth Order Can Influence Who You Are

As many parents can attest, siblings tend to be more different than alike. Some of this may be the result of our birth order, and how we’re …

Birth Order and Personality: What's the science behind sibling rank?

For ages, parents and psychologists have sworn that birth order – who came first, who is the baby of the family, and who is sandwiched in between – …

The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind

AS the director of the human brain bank at the National Institute of Mental Health, I am surrounded by brains, some floating in jars of formalin and others icebound in freezers. As part of my work, I cut these brains into tiny pieces and study their molecular and genetic structure. My specialty is …

These Amazing Alan Rickman Stories From the Harry Potter Cast Prove Just How Wonderful He Really Was

These touching tales are a true testament to a great man.<p>When the tragic news broke on Thursday that Alan Rickman had died of cancer, the <i>Harry Potter</i> cast took to the Internet to pay tribute to their dear friend and colleague. Soon afterward, fans of the series started to share stories that the …

Why Haven't We Met Aliens Yet? Because They've Evolved into AI

Movies and television have led us to think of aliens as green, slimy creatures traveling around in flying saucers. Nonsense.<p>While traveling in Western Samoa many years ago, I met a young Harvard University graduate student researching ants. He invited me on a hike into the jungles to assist with …

Inside NASA’s Plan To Radically Redesign How We Fly

A new wave of aircraft design is emerging–and NASA is helping.<p>It’s probably been a long time since flying amazed you. Air travel tends to feel like an inconvenience these days–not a miracle of engineering. This is partially due to market forces and security theater. It’s also the fact that aircraft …

The After Math: It's virtual insanity

Between SXSW and GDC, Virtual Reality has been front and center in the public eye (and not just the folks wearing prosthetic penguin appendages). Sony's PSVR headset finally received a price tag and shipping window, Sulon Technologies introduced its wireless hybrid AR/VR goggles and the UK's first …

Panasonic gives us our first look at bionic factory workers

For years, Japan has been showing off various types of exoskeletons designed to support the elderly and enhance the strength of manual laborers.<p>But …

​Companies Want to Replicate Your Dead Loved Ones With Robot Clones

Complete with a digital copy of the person's brain.<p>In 2003, the wife of a 55-year-old Vietnamese carpenter named Le Van died. Heartbroken, he dug up her grave, cast her body in clay and slept next to "her" for five years.<p>The story is unsettling, but there's also something universal about his …

6 floating buildings powered by the sun

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>As the earth's population grows and land becomes more scarce, people are looking to bodies of water to support new types of structures. And if you're designing a building to float on water, it makes sense for it to be self-sufficient, with its own off-grid energy generation …

Six million dollar man's bionic eye becomes reality

<i>The latest version of the telescopic contact lens, compared to a quarter (for scale). (Image Credit: Eric Tremblay and Joe Ford / EPFL)</i><p>Other vital improvements include giving the lens more oxygen permeability by putting in minuscule air channels approximately 0.1 mm wide to allow oxygen to flow …

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19 Writing Tips To Help You Become The Next J.K. Rowling

We asked writers what helps them stay motivated.<p>1. No cute coffee shop with notebook for me. It's all about <b>snuggling up in bed with the laptop, a cup of tea and SoundCloud drip-feeding me music</b> with the perfect ambience for the mood of the story.<p>And when I need to get out of my bubble, I go to …

Barbie Has a New Body

Photographs by <b>Kenji Aoki</b> for TIME<p><b>Inside the biggest change in barbie’s 57-year history–and what it says about American beauty ideals</b><p>Part 1 <br>Barbie’s …

Water Risks are Growing; Here’s a Tool to Help Us Prepare

Changing Planet<p>This map shows annual, seasonal and dry-year depletion for 15,091 watersheds worldwide. The inclusion of seasonal and dry-year depletion estimates increases by 15-fold the number of watersheds experiencing depletion of 75% or more. Source: Kate A. Brauman et al., in Elementa, January …

The developing world faces a silent killer. Could a $1 solar light help?

A Philippine social enterprise is bringing cheap solar lighting to more than 20 countries helping improve safety, reduce air pollution and cut energy costs<p>Every day at around 6pm, 40 families living in a remote corner of Andhra Pradesh in southeast India – a 6km walk from the nearest road – would …

How IRL Love Can Survive in the Age of VR

What happens when “long distance” means going digital?<p>Gender Swap - Experiment with The Machine to Be Another from BeAnotherLab on Vimeo.<p>Back in 2013, when Spike Jonze released the movie <i>Her</i>, the concept of a virtual relationship felt both otherworldly and hauntingly close. Three years later, we’re …

10 strangest animal discoveries of 2015

Every year, scientists wade into jungles, deserts and museum collections to examine animals and, if they're lucky, discover a new species.<p>For instance, in 2015 researchers identified a ruby-red sea dragon off the coast of Australia, a new species of giant tortoise in the Galápagos Islands and an …

14 Times Russell Howard Nailed It

"Women still have to pay 5% VAT on tampons because they are a luxury item. A luxury? THEY'RE TAMPONS."

The Coolest Modern RVs, Trailers and Campers

Definitely the most recognizable out of the group, the Airstream, with its sleek silver exterior, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle …

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7 Habits of Highly Resilient People

The most resilient among us make it through the worst of times--and we don't do it by accident. Are some people born a little more resilient than others? Sure. But make no mistake: Building resilience is something anyone can do--and needs to in order to thrive in the face of stress.<p>Regardless of …

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