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Could Hillary Clinton Ever Have Imagined This?

Hillary Clinton is moving ever closer to becoming something this country has never had before: a woman nominated by a major political party to be the president of the United States. The possibility that she will go head-to-head against Donald Trump puts the historic nature of her campaign in even …

United States

Here’s What Your Voice Tells Others About You

People judge you by your voice in many ways.<p>Via Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior:<p>The result: speakers with higher-pitched …

Psychology

National Geographic Travel

OK, don't read this article about passive-aggressive behaviour. Honestly, it's fine

Many people encounter passive aggressive-behaviour on a regular basis. Many people even use it, perhaps unknowingly. How can something seemingly self-contradicting become so common? And why is it so jarring, even when compared to straightforward ‘normal’ aggression?<p>It was Valentine’s Day recently, …

Psychology

Commuting makes you younger, and more attractive - kind of

Our science editor looks at how the wonders of science can cheer up even the dreariest commute - plus other odd science facts<p>The morning commute might seem like a soulless endeavor but it is actually making you younger, according to scientists.<p>Workers travelling by train might also be interested to …

Physics

Why will nobody move to Pitcairn, the Pacific island with free land?

Only one person has responded to an appeal for islanders on the British colony settled by the HMS Bounty mutineers<p>Land is free and plentiful, the weather is good and there would be little chance of confrontation with the neighbours.<p>Yet almost nobody wants to wants to move to Pitcairn, the tiny …

Touching Photos of Rescue Dogs with Their Tattooed Owners

To combat the prejudices felt against both tattooed people and rescue dogs, photographer Brian Batista started a heartwarming project. He would photograph them together. <i>Tattoos and Rescues</i> began back in September 2012 in Birmingham, Alabama and it shows photos of rescue dogs with their loving …

Hate Groups

'The Order: 1886' Reminds Us That Perceived Value Is Personal, Not Some Industry-Wide Equation

Some (potentially inaccurate) reports are circulating that Sony's upcoming PlayStation 4 exclusive <i>The Order: 1886</i> is a game that will take no longer than 5 hours to complete, leading to some impassioned discussions about perceived value in video games. The question that seems to reverberate through …

Social Media

Heartwarming Photos of the Amazing Friendship Between a Dog and an Owl

Dogs may be man's best friend, but Ingo the shepherd dog's special buddy is Poldi, a little owl who loves to pose for pictures and cozy up to his canine pal. Germany-based animal photographer and collage artist Tanja Brandt documents their unlikely friendship in heartwarming portraits that show the …

Pets

Seafloor Eruptions Triggered by Tides, Ice Ages

New research shows that volcanoes on mid-ocean ridges are surprisingly sensitive to changes in sea level.<p>Earth’s seafloor is born in fiery eruptions along volcanic mid-ocean ridges. According to a new study published this week in <i>Geophysical Research Letters,</i> those volcanoes are surprisingly …

Don’t let science fall victim to ignorance on DNA transfer IVF

The 'three-parent child’ label is being used to inflame controversy ahead of a crucial vote, but the technique is little different from red blood cell transfusion<p>I despair at the notion of a “three-parent child”. The idea is nonsense. But it is being used to cause such controversy that a promising …

Genetics

How the Scorpion Lost Its Tail (And Its Anus)

Many lizards can break off their tails when they’re in danger. Many spiders can do the same to their legs. This is called autotomy. The body parts have in-built lines of weakness that can easily tear, and the wounds tend to rapidly close and heal. Usually, the limbs grow back. The animal …

National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel

The Ice Is Talking. We Just Have To Listen

If a glacier cracks and nobody hears it, does it still make a sound?<p>"Oh, they moan and they groan," says Grant Deane, a researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. "They crackle and rumble and fizz, and they have all kinds of amazing sounds that they make."<p>Deane is one of the authors of …

Global Warming

Can you fall in love in 90 minutes?

A simple questionnaire of 36 questions may be more effective than dating in making two strangers fall head-over-heels in love. One writer puts it to the test<p>More than 20 years ago the psychologist <b>Arthur Aron</b> succeeded in making two strangers fall in love in his laboratory. Last summer I applied his …

Relationships

Astronomers Catch Mysterious Radio Blast From the Distant Universe

Coming from far beyond the galaxy, an extremely energetic blast of radio waves has been snared by astronomers lying in wait. Lasting for just a few thousandths of a second, the burst is the first of an enigmatic class of objects to be observed in real-time, astronomers report today in the <i>Monthly</i> …

Animal Collective's Panda Bear made us an eclectic playlist

If you’re a fan of Animal Collective, the pack of indie art-pop weirdos who’ve released a whopping nine albums together, you know its co-founder …

Chomsky: Paris attacks show hypocrisy of West's outrage

<b>(CNN) —</b> After the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, which killed 12 people including the editor and four other cartoonists, and the murder of four Jews at a kosher supermarket shortly after, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls declared "a war against terrorism, against jihadism, against radical …

Human Rights

Dead fox. Green feet. Subaru. CT.

New device allows deaf people to 'hear with their tongue'

Cochlear implants are expensive, invasive and are occasionally unsuitable for elderly patients - so scientists are working on a device which sends small electric shocks to the wearer's tongue and allows them to 'hear' sounds<p>Cochlear implants have had great success in restoring hearing to deaf …

Mass Animal Die-Offs Are on the Rise, Killing Billions and Raising Questions

Huge animal die-offs, along with disease outbreaks and other population stressors, are happening more often.<p><b>What's New</b><p>We're not talking about a few dead fish littering your local beach. Mass die-offs are individual events that kill at least a billion animals, wipe out over 90 percent of a …

Russell Brand Defends Bruce Jenner: "It's Bullying"

Life<p>by Contributor | 19 01 2015<p>Russell Brand<p>Russell Brand Defends Bruce Jenner, Speaks Out Against Bullying<p>Russell Brand has defended Bruce Jenner, …

35 Places To Visit While The Euro Is At An 11-Year Low

But the currency has just fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade, meaning a European vacation is suddenly within reach for more thrifty travelers.<p>We've come up with the ultimate bucket list of travel destinations in countries that are on the euro.<p>From biking along the canals of Amsterdam …

European Travel

Red Pandas are the Cutest Animal on the Planet

Could this be the cutest animal on the planet? Red pandas are small mammals that are native to the eastern Himalayas and south-western China. There's estimated to be less than 10,000 mature red pandas, and their population id declining and threatened by habitat loss as well as poaching. Larger than …

Giant Pandas

14 bucket list destinations that may soon disappear

Scientists have renewed warnings about the future of the Great Barrier Reef with one prominent researcher recently declaring the natural wonder ‘almost dead’.<p>But this isn't an isolated case. All around the world, destinations are under threat from urbanisation, global warming or simple human …

Missing Spacecraft Found on Mars After 11-Year Search

Europe's Beagle 2 is sitting on the Martian surface, dead but mostly intact.<p>The European Space Agency's Beagle 2 lander, which vanished from contact after setting down on the red planet on Christmas Day 2003, has been found at last.<p>The find solves a mystery of more than a decade—whether and where …