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The extinction inside our guts

The world is facing an extinction event. Hundreds of species are disappearing from their native habitat. This impending extinction is distinct from the plight of the polar bears or frog populations and is not a result of global warming or deforestation. It's happening within our guts, which are …

Microbiology

Researcher Illegally Shares Millions of Science Papers Free Online to Spread Knowledge

Welcome to the Pirate Bay of science.<p>A researcher in Russia has made more than 48 million journal articles - almost every single peer-reviewed paper …

Social Sciences

Reengineered Brick Can Keep Buildings Cool

This clay brick from a pair of Colombian architects shows that material innovation doesn’t always have to be high-tech.<p>When Colombian architects Miguel Niño and Johanna Navarro set out to re-engineer the brick, they did so through the lens of sustainability. They wanted to create a mass producible, …

WSJ: Samsung's Galaxy S7 will have a pressure-sensitive display

Nine months is a long time in the smartphone industry, so it should come as no surprise that Samsung is already preparing to launch the next iteration of its flagship smartphone. While the Korean smartphone maker may still be a few months away from showing us what's new, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> has …

Phones

Research suggests this is the best music to listen to for optimal productivity

Luckily, music can help get us back on a more productive track.<p>Studies out of the University of Birmingham, England, show that music is effective in raising efficiency in repetitive work — so if you're mindlessly checking email or filling out a spreadsheet, adding some tunes will make your task go …

Here's All The Nonsense 2016 Republicans Have Spouted About Climate Change

Just in time for the Paris talks.<p>More than a hundred world leaders converged on Paris this week to take part in hugely anticipated climate talks. The accord they reach could help the planet avert a growing list of climate-related catastrophes (hey there, sea level rise).<p>Scientists are in near …

The Growing Link Between Intelligence Communities and Academia

Scott Firsing, <i>Monash University</i><p>The idea of university professors or students working with the FBI or CIA probably makes you raise your eyebrows.<p>But then perhaps you're picturing someone like the fictional Henry McCord in <i>Madam Secretary</i> . He's a Georgetown theology professor who was asked to plant a …

Rum 101

Rum is having a moment. In fact, according to a new report released this month by the West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers’ Association (WIRSPA), rum production increased 40% globally between 2000 and 2010, and the category ranks fourth in the U.S. behind vodka, whiskey and flavored spirits. While …

Whiskey

The 55 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Metabolism. It’s the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. It’s such a big concept that it’s …

How to Create a Mind

• Liz<br>• 09-24-15<p>Read the Wikipedia article, don't bother with the book<p>Kurzweil spends more time comparing himself to the great minds of humanity than he …

10 Bourbon Cocktails Every Man Should Know How to Make

No whiskey sours here.

Albert Einstein's fascinating rise

Albert Einstein at his desk in 1929.Getty Images<p>Albert Einstein is revered for his scientific intellect, which laid the foundations for modern-day physics and earned him introductions with some of the most exclusive people on Earth.<p>His opinions on race, politics, and war were also incredibly …

Here's a breakdown of the speech that won the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

On August 15, Saudi Arabian security engineer Mohammed Qahtani won the title of Toastmasters International World Champion of Public Speaking. He survived seven rounds of a competition that lasted six months and included 33,000 competitors from around the world.<p>He and nine other finalists competed …

Einstein’s Parable of Quantum Insanity

Einstein refused to believe in the inherent unpredictability of the world. Is the subatomic world insane, or just subtle?<p>“Insanity is doing the same …

2 climbers crawled through a suffocatingly tiny cave and discovered a new human ancestor that could be 'one of the greatest fossil discoveries of the past half century'

A couple of cavers stumbled across the remains of at least 15 individuals in South Africa's Cave of Stars. The species, which is named Homo naledi ("naledi" means "star" in the South African language Sotho)<i>,</i> had a small brain, yet remarkably humanlike features. And the bones appear to have been …

The myth behind America’s deficit

The dog days of August have given way to something much worse. Congress returned to session this week, and the rest of the year promises to be …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

Listen up, Ted Cruz: Here’s what you don’t understand about climate change and science

The Texas senator says the facts don’t back global warming. He doesn’t understand how science assesses facts<p>In 2004, science historian Naomi Oreskes did a survey of abstracts published in the previous 10 years matching the search term “global climate change,” and found that <i>none</i> of them rejected the …

Is Aggressive Science Reporting A Human Rights Violation?

When covering science as news, taking the humans who do science out of the story is a bad idea. But journalists should treat scientists with the same respect to which all humans are entitled.<p>Last summer, what had seemed like a promising technique for stem cell research was rapidly unraveling, along …

Warren Buffett just disclosed his newest $4.5 billion investment pick

Buffett now owns 57,975,456 shares, or a 10% stake, in the Texas-based energy company, according to a securities filing posted shortly after 8 p.m. ET.<p>As of Friday's share price close at $77.23, Buffett's stake is valued at more than $4.47 billion.<p>Buffett had been aggressively buying shares of …

Dick and Liz Cheney liken Iran nuclear deal to Munich pact

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, Liz Cheney, are likening President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran to the Munich agreement that paved the way for World War II, saying it makes war "more, not less, likely."<p>And for members of Congress, who face a vote on …

3D Printed Micro-Fish Robots May Soon Join The Fight Against Disease, Inside Our Bodies

Professors Shaochen Chen and Joseph Wang of the Nano Engineering Department at the University of California, San Diego have 3D printed tiny robots – thinner than the width of a human hair — they’re calling micro-fish, that may one day be used to treat a variety of human ailments.<p>These micro-fish …

UC San Diego

Study: there are instructions for teaching critical thinking

Whether or not you can teach something as subjective as critical thinking has been up for debate, but a fascinating study shows that it’s actually …

Pedagogy

Scientists just discovered a key reason people might cheat — and it's in our biology

New research yields a potential answer.<p>According to the study, led by Jooa Julia Lee, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University, and cited on HBS Working Knowledge, certain hormones predict the likelihood that people will cheat. Moreover, acting unethically may be a way to reduce levels of …

A chart made from the leaked Ashley Madison data reveals which states in the US like to cheat the most

Since the leak of hacked data from extramarital dating site Ashley Madison, many revelations have come out about the world's cheating habits.<p>We learned that hundreds of Ashley Madison subscribers were probably US government employees, and that a whopping 15,000 of the email addresses were linked to …

First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim

An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, claim scientists from Ohio State University. The team behind the feat hope the brain could transform our understanding of neurological disease.<p>Though not conscious the miniature brain, which resembles that of a …

Neurophilosophy

Financial planners share the smartest decisions they've seen clients make with their money

Financial planners see it all.<p>Not only do they get an inside look into their clients' spending, saving, earnings, and investments, but they can see past the numbers to the people behind them: their clients' ambitions, fears, priorities ... and decisions.<p>Below, six certified financial planners …