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Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures

Time to reconsider the notebook and pen<p>Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings? If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper; there’s increasing evidence that using laptops during lectures decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports <i>The</i> …

The 16 most bizarre facts about Hugh Hefner's life

Hugh Hefner, Playboy's founder, lived a wild life.<p>Before building a multi-million-dollar brand around the objectification of women, he served in World War II and toiled in the publishing industry.<p>Later, as an entertainment magnate, he kick-started the careers of models and threw lavish parties.<p>Here …

Newly Unearthed Fossils Are Oldest Signs of Life, Say Scientists

These 3.95 billion-year-old rocks seem to have a biological origin.<p>A newly unearthed set of fossils may have just moved back the milepost for when …

Earth Science

This Model's "Eyeball Tattoo" Went Horribly Wrong

Yikes.<p>Since the world is on fire right now, it feels appropriate that “eyeball tattooing” has become a trend. The obviously dangerous technique — …

Tattoos

Here's The Best Way to Avoid Bringing Home Bed Bugs, According to Science

Grossest hitchhikers ever.<p>Among the possible pest infestations you could get, bed bugs are definitely one of the worst. They'll nest inside your …

We should have seen Trump coming | Ta-Nehisi Coates

Obama’s rise felt like a new chapter in American history. But the original sin of white supremacy was not so easily erased. By Ta-Nehisi Coates<p>I have often wondered how I missed the coming tragedy. It is not so much that I should have predicted that Americans would elect Donald Trump. It’s just …

Michelle Obama

The Time Donald Trump Turned Away in Disgust While a Man Was Bleeding to Death in Front of Him

The most shocking revelation from a recently unearthed trove of interviews between radio host Howard Stern and Donald Trump.<p>Howard Stern is the …

Why Obamacare survived

Americans want the health system made better. The GOP plans made it worse.<p>On Tuesday, Graham-Cassidy, the final Republican replacement for Obamacare, died. “We don’t have the votes,” said Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), a co-author of the bill. With that, the clock on budget reconciliation — the special …

Health Care

Groundbreaking gene therapy for cancer approved for use in US – but it's expensive

The FDA has just approved Kymriah, a new form of genetically modified T-cell immunotherapy for treating young patients with a type of blood and bone …

Fat isn't nearly as bad for you as we thought — and another ingredient is likely worse

Yet more and more research suggests this kind of thinking is dangerously misguided.<p>Instead of finding evidence that low-fat eating plans offer health benefits, dozens of studies have suggested instead that these kinds of diets are unhelpful or potentially harmful. And new research points to another …

NASA's $3.5 Billion Plan Could Keep Yellowstone From Ever Erupting Again - ExtremeTech

NASA’s $3.5 Billion Plan Could Keep Yellowstone From Ever Erupting Again<p>By on August 25, 2017 at 4:02 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from …

Geology

What Joe Manchin Can Teach Democrats

Is the West Virginia senator’s centrism an anachronism or a way forward for the Democratic Party in Trump’s America?<p>At a recent town hall at the West Virginia state fair, Joe Manchin lamented how divided the country has become. “You saw what happened in Charlottesville,” the Democratic senator told …

Behind Waze's Ambitious Plan to End Traffic for Good

08 Min Read Time - Waze revolutionized navigation through crowdsourcing. Now, with Google’s backing, the app is rolling out innovative new features …

How North Korea Shocked the Nuclear Experts

A nation like that wasn't supposed to get nukes at all. Why were the theories so wrong?<p>North Korea was never supposed to get the bomb.<p>For decades, the United States and international community have worked hard to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons; we’ve put in place a series of increasingly …

America, Home of the Transactional Marriage

The country’s exceptionally thin safety net prompts residents—especially those with less-steady employment—to view partnership in more economic terms.<p>Over the last several decades, the proportion of Americans who get married has greatly diminished—a development known as well to those who lament …

Income Inequality

Why Do We Have Blood Types?

The story of an amazing discovery.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in …

Bill O’Reilly’s Dangerous War Against Dr. Tiller

On May 31st, 2009, Scott Roeder assassinated Dr. George Tiller. Roeder had been waiting patiently that morning in the pews of Tiller’s church. Right …

Pro-life Movement

You Might Be Genetically Predisposed to Procrastination

Procrastination evolved as a survival mechanism to avoid conflict, but you can change course.<p>If you like to put things off or surf the internet instead of getting work done, you might be able to blame your ancestors. Procrastination and laziness are based in our genetics, and you can be predisposed …

Biology

South Indian frog oozes molecule that inexplicably decimates flu viruses

The compound seems nontoxic, but it would be useful to know how it works.<p>From the slimy backs of a South Indian frog comes a new way to blast …

How drug use changes the brain — and makes relapse all too common

A dance with the devil. That’s how 33-year-old Elizabeth Mooney describes her struggle with drug addiction, recalling the “little voice” that repeatedly overpowered her mind after she had been in recovery, once for as long as three years. She knows the consequences of using again, yet she’s …

Why Americans Vote ‘Against Their Interest’: Partisanship

Working-class Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump continue to approve of him as president, even though he supported a health care bill that would disproportionately hurt them.<p>Highly educated professionals tend to lean Democratic, even though Republican tax policies would probably leave more …

Scientists Have Found a New Way to Get Cancer Cells to Self-Destruct

Set proteins to "kill".<p>A newly discovered mechanism causes cancerous cells to kill themselves off, and researchers say it could be particularly …

Maggie Haberman: The New York Times reporter Trump can't quit

Several days before Donald Trump announced his bid for the presidency in June 2015, he invited New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman to lunch at Trump Grill.<p>Haberman was late. Trump waited, as did his soon-to-be campaign aides: Corey Lewandowski, Michael Cohen, Hope Hicks and Sam Nunberg, the …

Scientists Have Pinpointed The Annoying Genetic Mutation That Turns Us Into Night Owls

"Carriers of the mutation are essentially playing catch-up for their entire lives."<p>Any night owls reading this will be familiar with the struggle of …

Genetics

Octopuses Do Something Really Strange to Their Genes

It might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.<p>Octopuses have three hearts, parrot-like beaks, venomous bites, and eight semi-autonomous arms that can taste the world. They squirt ink, contort through the tiniest of spaces, and melt into the world by changing both color and texture. They …

10 more handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular basis [Video]

A few weeks ago I posted about 10 handy iPhone tips that I use on a regular basis. To follow up, I’d like to share 10 additional iOS tips that I often use. Like I said before, chances are that hardcore iOS users will know most of these, but there’s usually at least one or two tips that catch users …

Long-term aspirin use associated with reduced risk of dying from cancer, study shows

Long-term use of aspirin is associated with lower risk of dying from various types of cancers, including colorectal, lung, breast and prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the 2017 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting on Monday.<p>The longitudinal study analyzed the …

Biomedicine

The Dino-Chickens Are Coming

"I'm not talking half a century here; I'm talking decades. It's going to happen."<p>A few years ago Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, then a Ph.D. student in Arhat …

Dinosaurs

A survey taken before the election shows how Trump supporters' outlook on the future propelled him to victory

Trump's campaign slogan, repeated countless times in the last year and a half, was to "make America great again," suggesting that the nation has lost the greatness it once had.<p>A Pew Research Center survey of 2,010 Americans taken in August reveals just how far Trump supporters think their country …

Looking for someone to blame? It's not third parties | Jill Stein

The idea that candidates like me and Gary Johnson handed Trump victory isn’t accurate – and discourages the kind of reflection we now desperately need<p>As news of Hillary Clinton’s shocking loss sinks in, many Clinton supporters looking for someone to blame are pointing fingers at a familiar …