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Homo naledi, a new species of human, discovered in a cave in South Africa

Scientists find fossils of our ancient relative, who had surprisingly human-like features, in a remote cave near Johannesburg<p>Early humans buried their dead in caves, scientists have found, after discovering a new species hidden in a burial chamber.<p>At least 15 skeletons of the species - named Homo …

This Professor Can Teach Anyone Calculus Using These Simple, Beautiful Animations

Calculus: A word that triggers involuntary fear spasms in the best of us. But the days of slogging through tedious textbook derivatives are over, if …

Mathematics

4 Daily Exercises Every Navy SEAL (and Every Fit Guy) Should Do

It’s recommended that special ops do them. But here’s why you must add them to your routine, too<p>Military Special Forces Operators are the most insanely fit badasses on the planet.<p>Their physically and mentally-demanding training, however, makes them some of the most injured people, too, says Doug …

How Physics Will Change—and Change the World—in 100 Years — NOVA Next | PBS

One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein had only just published his revolutionary new theory of gravity, atomic nuclei were entirely mysterious, and …

Porn 'Addiction' Isn't Really Addiction, Neuroscientists Say

Porn "addiction" has been a subject of considerable debate among psychologists and in pop culture.<p>Some argue that porn encourages sexual violence and harms relationships. Others say it may have a place in a healthy sex life.<p>New research suggests that there's one thing porn <i>isn't</i>, and that's …

The 11 best new iPhone and Android apps you might have missed recently

Luckily, we've collected the best apps of the past month so you can find something new to try out.<p>There's a beautiful new calendar app from Moleskine that's as elegant as their notebooks, a fun new game that's addicting but doesn't require much time, and a new app from Google that everyone is …

Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht sentenced to life in prison

Ross Ulbricht, the convicted founder of online illegal-drug marketplace Silk Road, has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.<p>The sentencing of the 31-year-old San Francisco man was handed down by US District Court Judge Katherine Forrest in a Manhattan courtroom, …

Silk Road

Scientists Call For Moratorium On Human Genetic Experiments

Prominent scientists have called for a temporary halt on research aimed at editing the DNA of human embryos, fearing a real-life Gattaca. "Human beings are not lab rats,” said one.<p>Citing safety fears for babies, genetics researchers on Thursday called for a halt to experiments that would alter the …

UNC Isn't Charlie Hebdo, and Thomas Paine Isn't Osama Bin Laden

The tragic shooting of three young university students at UNC Chapel Hill yesterday could have been adopted by the media as yet another indictment of the rampant gun culture in the United States. After all, the alleged killer had previously posted a photograph of his .38-caliber revolver on this …

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

GOP 'Self-Deportation' Fantasy Is Alive and Well

Here we are again, just one month into the 114th Congress and Republicans in the House are recycling the same old immigration bills with no solution for the 11 million people living and working in the shadows as undocumented immigrants, no solution for other American workers and no solution for …

10 Secrets of Super Happy Couples

What do happy couples do right? We found 10 surprisingly quirky relationship tips to help you have a happy marriage or relationship<p>This just in from the love lab: Surprisingly quirky—and scientifically proven—ways to maintain a great relationship.<p><b>Pretend you just met.</b>Whether you've been together …

Do These 9 Things And You'll Never Need Couples' Therapy

Marriage counselors spill their secrets (and save you a fortune on therapy bills).<p>The honeymoon may be over, but there are ways to keep the good feelings and fun times rolling—and to weather the inevitable storms without totally sinking. We talked to relationship experts who have tons of experience …

Obama Pledges to Help Mexico Eliminate 'Scourge' of Violence

While critics protested outside the White House, President Barack Obama pledged to help Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto “eliminate the scourge and violence of drug cartels” like that suspected in the disappearance of 43 Mexican students.<p>Peña Nieto made his first visit to Washington Tuesday, …

Give Obama More Credit, Less Hate

If you look at the numbers, Barack Obama should be a Republican's dream president.<p>Gas prices are hovering around $2 per gallon in some parts of the Palmetto State -- about where they were when the Democrat took over in 2009 during the imploding economic recession. The stock market recently broke …

Learning to code? I did it for 2 years – here’s what I learned

I’ve never sworn so much in my entire life. I stared at a computer screen for hours, trying to fix a bug in my app. The cause of the error eluded me, …

Programming

Sony streams 'The Interview' online and makes Hollywood history

A bit of Hollywood history unfolded on Wednesday. And it might be a glimpse into the future.<p>The controversial Sony Pictures comedy "The Interview" was released on YouTube, Google Play, the Microsoft Xbox video game console, and a special Web site.<p>The movie, which started streaming online around 1 …

Does Your Mind Wander? Here’s Why That Can Be Your Greatest Asset

Wandering minds are associated with creativity. Popular wisdom tells you to live in the moment.<p><i>Huh?</i><p>So is it better to be unfocused or focused?<p>Let’s …

Mindfulness

Smartphone-controlled hydroponic garden gives you green thumbs

For those of us with black thumbs, hydroponics can be a bit of a daunting prospect. However, if you can get it working, you can grow fresh, chemical-free fruit, vegetables, and herbs right in your own home.<p>Niwa, two years in development, aims to take the guesswork out of hydroponic gardening by …

Aquaponics

10 insane lessons religious schools are teaching American kids

How private voucher programs are using tax dollars to teach ideology<p>School voucher programs are being debated everywhere you turn — in courtrooms, in state governments, and even in popular culture. Just Thursday, Republicans in Florida tried and failed to expand their state’s voucher program. On …

First Study Of LSD's Psychotherapeutic Benefits In Four Decades Breaks Research Taboo

Today <i>The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease</i> published results from the first study of LSD’s therapeutic potential in humans to appear in more than four decades. The controlled, double-blind study, which was conducted in Switzerland under the direction of Swiss psychiatrist Peter Gasser, measured …

Russians launch dedicated center to fight ‘atheist extremism’

The decision was announced this week at a meeting between city residents and deputies of a district council that was held near the pilgrimage center …

The Dark Ages weren’t so bad so “Let’s put God back in our country.”

I try to steer clear of religionists who are so over the top that engaging them would be an exercise in futility. It’s not like anything I say would …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

God Bless America

“America was founded in a religious tolerance which was later enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution. This set up a breeding ground for …

8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

<i>Homo sapiens</i> evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human …

Anthropology

Libyan assembly votes to follow Islamic law | Reuters

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya’s national assembly voted on Wednesday to make Islamic law, or sharia, the source of all legislation, in an apparent bid by moderate Islamists to outflank ultra-conservative militants who have been gaining influence.<p>Two years after the NATO-backed uprising that ousted …