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Does your voice sound tall or short? - Futurity

People can often tell how tall or short you are just by the sound of your voice, research shows.

Research

Monitors track noisy ships in dolphin habitat - Futurity

Too much noise from shipping can stress out marine mammals, so scientists have developed a technique to monitor ship traffic in a protected dolphin …

Habitats

Ghost Caught in Photo is Obviously a Ghost (Obviously)

If there's one problem I have with photos of ghosts, it's that often they're just too obviously photos of ghosts. Take, for instance, this photo showing an apparition that is quite obviously the ghost of a very sexy young man who was murdered before his time:<p>But we all know that things are spookier …

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DARPA creating giant folding space telescope from plastic wrap-like material

Sending large pieces of high-density glass into space is an expensive and tedious endeavor, which is why a new project from the US Defense Department has turned to plastic instead. The US Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) today announced a new plastics-based orbital …

Ancient Human Genes Cause New Confusion For Science

When Matthias Meyer began studying the ancient DNA in the 400,000 year old fossils he found in the Sima de los Huesos, or Pit of Bones cave, deep …

Plan Calls For Syria's Chemical Arsenal To Be Destroyed At Sea

The world wants Syria's chemical arsenal destroyed. But so far, no country has offered to do the dirty work on its soil. Over the past week, an alternative has gained ground: Carry out the destruction at sea. The plan taking shape is complicated and untested, but it just might work.<p>Ever since Syria …

5 Reasons Teenagers Are Fleeing Facebook

Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em.<p>The age-old aphorism wasn’t originally meant to describe teenagers, but it neatly captures a problem the …

Inside The Horrifying World Of Online Fat-Shaming

She first dealt with cyberbullying in middle school. Social media was a new beast back then — people used Livejournal and Myspace, not Facebook and Instagram — but teens learned quickly that lashing out at someone from behind the glowing pixels of a computer screen was easier than doing it …

Feminism

We Grilled Nine Teens About Their Digital Lives — And They All Groaned When Facebook Came Up

Stephanie Retblatt of Smarty Pants interviewed nine New York City teenagers, ages ranging from 14 to 17, about their digital lives and habits.<p>"I hate Facebook. It's just so boring," one teenage girl said, before declaring her sworn allegiance to Instagram.<p>"I used to scroll down Facebook and read …

Social Media

New Teen Trend: 'Am I Ugly?' Videos

Let's face it. I am a clinical psychologist and a mother and I worry about our teen girls -- and with good reason. I have spoken to many of you about my concern about "selfies" in person, on TV and in other articles. It seems that everyone including celebrities, politicians and particularly our …

(No) Condom Culture: Why Teens Aren’t Practicing Safe Sex

There were certain things that the 1990s just did better — including getting the word out about the dangers of unprotected sex.<p>According to the …

Amazon Prime Air: Delivery by Drones Could Arrive As Early as 2015

For the next few weeks UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service will be working overtime to make sure you get your holiday gifts on time, but if Amazon …

Enterprise Tech

Where To Travel Based On Your Personality Type

There's a trip for every personality type out there. Whether you're a traditionalist or a dreamer, there's a vacation or journey that suits you best.<p>Check out the ideal trip for your personality type below!<p><b>The Classic Traveler</b><p>Classic Travelers love organization and consistency. They’re not the …

The AIDS Granny In Exile

In the '90s, a gynecologist named Gao Yaojie exposed the horrifying cause of an AIDS epidemic in rural China — and the ensuing cover-up — and became an enemy of the state. Now 85, she lives in New York without her family, without her friends, and without regrets.<p>The enormous brick fortress in West …

Samsung eyes 20 megapixels for 2014 smartphone, report says

A report out of Korea suggests that Samsung is already looking beyond the rumored 16-megapixel camera coming to the expected Galaxy S5.<p>Samsung is indulging in the mobile camera craze, according to a new report.<p>The handset maker is working on a 20-megapixel camera it'll bundle into mobile devices in …