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Nasa astronaut twins Scott and Mark Kelly no longer genetically identical after space trip

Nasa astronauts Scott Kelly and his identical twin brother Mark have shared a lot throughout their extraordinary lives.<p>Born just a few minutes apart, the pair were both US Navy captains, both flew on the Endeavour and Discovery space shuttles, and both spent time on board the International Space …

Space Science

Déjà Vu May Feel Like a Premonition, but It’s Not

Most people can relate to the unsettling experience of déjà vu, when you’re in a new situation but you feel like you’ve been there before. For some, …

The Brain

11 signs someone is lying to you

IMDb/ SuppliedLiar Liar.<p>Are you bad at spotting a lie?<p>New research by Dr. Leanne ten Brinke, a forensic psychologist at the Haas School of Business …

Business School

Scientists have identified 4 types of humor — here's how to find out which one you are

Humor varies greatly from person to person, and what one person finds funny won't necessarily appeal to someone else.<p>Psychologist Rod Martin took a stab at quantifying humor, and in 2003 he identified what he called the four broad styles of humor:<p>Martin broke down each style in the Journal of …


Predicting the Aftershock

Large-scale disasters produce ripple effects well beyond the physical damage they cause. Around a quarter of those who endure earthquakes, for …

Columbia University

Science suggests US should revise legal age limits

Vietnam War protests led to a lower voting age — the Parkland shooting could push similar reevaluations<p>Societies have long grappled with where to draw the chronological age boundary between adolescence and adulthood. The United States stands apart from most of the world in that it uses different …

New York Times

Psychologists clash over how easy it is to implant false memories of committing a crime

<i>By guest blogger</i> Simon Oxenham<p>Historically, the kind of false memories induced in volunteers by psychologists have been relatively mundane. For …


What's the Difference between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder? | The Recovery Expert

Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) is a serious personality disorder that is often confused with the more commonly known Obsessive …

Mental Health

Why We Need to Stop Blaming Mass Shootings on Mental Illness

<i>This article originally appeared on Fortune.com.</i><p>President Donald Trump cast the blame for the horrific Texas shooting massacre that took the lives of …


Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker: The No. 1 communication mistake that even smart people make

"There are many battles of history that were lost because of botched communication," says Steven Pinker, a professor of psychology at Harvard …

Steven Pinker

I’ve covered gun violence for years. The solutions aren’t a big mystery.

America can prevent shootings. But it has to come to grips with the problem.<p>It’s going to happen again. There will be another mass shooting in America.<p>It’s tragic to even write those words, but this is the clear pattern I’ve seen since I began covering mass shootings for Vox in 2014: A horrific …


Narcissists often recruit people called 'apaths' to help with their games — here's why they're dangerous

Defining someone's personality is complicated. There are so many nuances in the ways people behave, and why they behave the way they do, that it isn't always appropriate to give someone a specific label — even mental health professionals and psychologists can struggle.<p>In a very broad sense, empathy …


Kids With ADHD on Why Life Is Good

I write about a lot of scientific studies on this blog. Recently, for example, I’ve written about research linking certain brain regions to delay …

Mental Health

Why We Should Lower the Voting Age to 16

The young people who have come forward to call for gun control in the wake of the mass shooting at their high school in Parkland, Fla., are challenging the tiresome stereotype of American kids as indolent narcissists whose brains have been addled by smartphones. They offer an inspiring example of …


What Happened to Tinkerbell Hilton? Inside the Extraordinary Life of the OG Celeb Pet

Like every satellite Kardashian owes their success to Paris Hilton, there would be no Instagram pups without Tinkerbell the dog. In fact, you could …

Diane von Furstenberg

New Harry Potter game lets you attend world’s best magic school

An RPG set in the Harry Potter universe, but where you get to create your very own wizard or witch and lead them through the Hogwarts school experience, sounds all kinds of amazing.<p>That’s the basis for a forthcoming iOS game, <i>Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery</i>, which is set to land in the App Store any …


Have You Heard Of These Hollywood Conspiracy Theories?

A little ~unscientific~ research.


Negative childhood experiences can lead people to believe in conspiracy theories

Belief in conspiracy theories stems -- in part -- from negative early childhood experiences with caregivers, new research has shown.


Cambridge University Releases Game That Aims to "Vaccinate" People Against Fake News

The most fun we've had online in months.


Don’t pay $40 for a Hue bulb when this $10 smart bulb works with Alexa and Google Assistant

If you don’t plan to use the multi-color feature on your smart LED bulbs, you can save some serious cash by getting bulbs that only support white …

Smart Homes

AI cameras have arrived. Here are three ways we can use them.

The future has arrived: cameras are gaining artificial intelligence (AI). Cameras can already connect to wi-fi, and have been an integral part of our …

New York Times

The International Space Station is getting a floating AI assistant, and it sure looks familiar

Whether or not virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa actually make our lives better is debatable to say the least. Is navigating the myriad of voice …

Space Exploration

You Get Thirsty and Drink. How Does Your Brain Signal You’ve Had Enough?

If you think about being thirsty at all, it seems like a fairly simple thought process: Find water. Drink it. Move on. But in fact there is something rather profound going on as you take that long, refreshing drink after a run or a hot day in the garden.<p>As you become dehydrated, there is less water …