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What makes us human? Unique brain area linked to higher cognitive powers

Researchers have identified an area of the human brain that appears unlike anything in the brains of some of our closest relatives.

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This Spider Makes Fake Spiders. But Why?

TAMBOPATA, Peru – Scientists returned to the Amazon rainforest in December to collect data on one of their biggest finds of 2012: a spider that uses …

Animal Loses Head But Remembers Everything

When I first saw this," says cell biologist Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, "it was with total amazement."<p>This is a worm. It's called a planarian. It's about an inch long, and you'll find it gliding along the bottoms of rivers and ponds all over the world. It's very flat, like a moving bit of pasta — …

Four new species found off Scottish coast

Large sea snail, marine worm and two kinds of clam are believed to live near a cold seep vent in north Atlantic<p>Marine scientists have hailed the discovery of four new species of sea creature in deep ocean waters off the coast of Scotland.<p>The new species – a large sea snail, two kinds of clam and a …

The Future of 3D Printing in 3 Minutes

Few technologies make futurists salivate more than 3D printing. It almost seems like the replicator in <i>Star Trek</i> — anything you can dream of at your …

10 Apps to Get Kids Excited About Science

1. The Elements: A Visual Exploration<p>2. SkySafari<p>3. Moon Globe HD<p>4. Rocket Science 101<p>5. Video Science<p>6. Muscle System Pro III<p>7. 3D Brain<p>8. Kid …

4-D Printing Means Building Things That Build Themselves

<i>In our</i> Weekly Innovation series<i>, we pick an interesting idea, design or product that you may not have heard of yet. Got an innovation you think we should feature? Fill out our form.</i><p>The advent of 3-D printing brought on a number of innovations worthy of news coverage. Printers have created …

Fascinating Hypothesis: The Whole Idea Of Species Doesn't Apply To Certain Organisms

One group of scientists is arguing that certain organisms, about a millimeter in size or slightly smaller, don't form species at all.<p>Meiofauna are pretty weird. That's the term for all organisms that are an in-between size, about one-half to one millimeter, so they're much bigger than bacteria, but …

Lythronax argestes: 'King of Gore' joins T rex family tree

Discovery of Lythronax argestes pushes back story of the dinosaur group that led to Tyrannosaurus rex by 10m years<p>A newly-discovered dinosaur, which has been christened "King of gore" by the scientists who have studied it, is the oldest known member of the dinosaur group that gave rise to the …

Read Laurie Anderson’s Heartbreaking Letter About Lou Reed’s Last Days

Lou Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson has penned an obituary for the iconic singer-songwriter. Published in Long Island, New York’s <i>East Hampton Star</i> …

Lou Reed's widow breaks silence with obituary in local newspaper

Laurie Anderson wrote an East Hampton Star obituary describing Reed's final days before his death Sunday of liver disease<p>Lou Reed’s widow Laurie Anderson spoke publicly about her husband’s death for the first time in a local newspaper obituary on Thursday.<p>Anderson wrote an obituary for Long Island, …

Top 20 Rock ‘n’ Roll Solo Albums

<i>This feature originally ran in 2013. With Rostam releasing his excellent debut solo album this week, we thought, why the hell not?</i><p>Singer-songwriters …

This Stunning Time-Lapse of New York City is a Must-Watch

New York City isn’t what it used to be. Soldiers with M-16s stand guard at Grand Central Station, walking through Times Square feels like you’re on …

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

Jay Z Has the Room

Everyone knows Shawn “Jay Z” Carter is smart, talented, and wildly successful, his Roc Nation empire continually expanding: the new sports agency, a fragrance launch this month, a luxury-goods partnership with Barneys. What’s fascinating is the way a drug dealer turned rapper turned mogul and …

Seven technologies predicted in Dave Eggers’ dystopian new novel that already exist

Novelist Dave Eggers takes a dim view of Silicon Valley’s techno-utopia. His new book, <i>The Circle</i>, is a 500-page grump about the dangerously seductive powers of internet culture and all the gormless catchphrases that go with it: transparency, openness, sharing. In the book, one single company, …

Top Gear

Why Are Today's Teens More Susceptible To Genital Herpes?

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 10/17/2013 07:47 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>Teens today may be more susceptible to one type of genital herpes infection once they become sexually active than teens in years past, a new study suggests.<p>In the study, adolescents ages 14 to 19 who had their blood …

Amazon rainforest is home to 16,000 tree species, estimate suggests

Scientists' analysis of 1,170 surveys of the Amazon suggests there are four hundred billion trees in the region<p>Almost four hundred billion trees belonging to 16,000 different species grow in the Amazon, according to a new estimate.<p>More than 100 experts analysed data from 1,170 surveys to come up …

Blokify 3D Modeling Software

Last month, at World Maker Faire New York‘s 3D Printer Village, I had the pleasure of meeting two enthusiastic, bright makers, Jenny Kortina and Brett Cupta, who were sharing their brand new creation with the community: Blokify. Their custom block-based 3D modeling software makes it easy for folks, …

Beautiful Skull Spurs Debate on Human History

A 1.8-million-year-old skull blends features of a number of early human species.<p><b>A newly discovered skull, some 1.8 million years old, has rekindled debate over the identity of humanity's ancient ancestors. Uncovered at the Dmanisi site in the Caucasus in Georgia, "Skull 5" represents the most</b> …

Top 10 crime movies

Murder, robbery, revenge... some of the greatest films revolve around the vilest human acts. The Guardian and Observer's critics pick the best crime films ever made<p>• Top 10 romantic movies • Top 10 action movies • Top 10 comedy movies • Top 10 horror movies • Top 10 sci-fi movies<p>Peter Bradshaw on …