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A New Harry Potter Audiobook is Coming

Working on a novel and struggling with writer's block? Don't despair—the creative process is different for everyone. For some people, inspiration …

Scientists Confirm Dogs Can Understand What Humans Say

Not long ago, the scientific community had devastating news for dog lovers: man’s best friend may not be man’s best friend after all and Fido might …

Celebrity Style

Physics confronts its heart of darkness: Cracks showing in dominant explanation for dark matter

<b>Sensors on the Large Underground Xenon dark matter detector can register the emission of just a single photon from a dark matter interaction within the detector's giant xenon tank. So far, however, no signs of dark matter have been seen. (Matt Kapust, Sanford Underground Research Facility)</b><p>Is there …

Dark Matter

Consciousness: The Mind Messing With the Mind

A paper in The British Medical Journal in December reported that cognitive behavioral therapy — a means of coaxing people into changing the way they think — is as effective as Prozac or Zoloft in treating major depression.<p>In ways no one understands, talk therapy reaches down into the biological …

This Is When You’re Most Creative, According to Science

One of the most common misconceptions about creativity is that it’s a gift. But, to an extent, it’s a skill just like anything else. It needs practice, repetition and the right timing and setting.<p>Part of the reason the dreaded words “I’m not creative” are muttered so often is likely because it’s …

The Secret Psychology of Facebook

<i>The post first appeared on Buffer.</i><p>Whenever I hop onto Facebook to do something specific—find a link I saved for later or see what’s happening on Buffer’s Facebook page, perhaps—something strange happens.<p>Despite my best intentions to stay on track and accomplish my goal, I get sucked in. Suddenly …

‘Throwaway ticketing,’ the controversial money-saving trick that airlines don’t want you to know about

The reporter for Think Progress and author of the e-books "How To Fly For Free" and "How To Find Cheap Flights" is so good at it that he has planned a world trip that will take him more than 20,000 miles to 13 countries, all for free.<p>When Business Insider spoke with Keyes, he said one of his …

Flying

Our Microbes, Ourselves: How the Trillions of Tiny Organisms Living Inside Us Are Redefining What It Means to Be Human

“You are mostly not you… We are not individuals; we are ecosystems.”<p>Being alone may be the central anxiety of our time but, as it turns out, you are never really alone — at least in a biological sense: Every single cell of you — that is, every cell made of human DNA — is kept company by ten cells …

Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

Forget the so-called "miracle" diet pills that claim to rev up metabolism.<p>Slowly but surely, we're entering a new era of clinically tested drugs to combat obesity; most of the newest ones try to do that by suppressing appetite. And while no one's giving up on old-fashioned diet and exercise to help …

Why Nasa’s Europa mission has people excited

Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may harbour extraterrestrial life. Nasa has announced a mission to go, but Esa will get there first<p>Europa is a tantalising place orbiting the giant planet of Jupiter. Extraordinary images from the twin Voyager spacecraft in 1979 showed that Europa’s surface was cracked in …

Astronomy

YouTube Is Testing “Choose Your Own Camera Angle” Videos

From live-streams to award shows, YouTube has tried various innovations to keep it at the top of the streaming video pile. Now Google’s video behemoth is looking to add another new idea to the mix: a “choose your view” feature that allows users to flip between multiple camera angles of particular …

YouTube Music

How Languages and Genes Evolve Together

Researchers have found that geography makes us who we are—genetically and linguistically.<p>As human populations disperse, the separation leads to changes both in genes and in language. So if we look at human DNA and languages over time, we should find that they differ along similar geographic …

National Academy of Sciences

Science Offers Another Reason to Stay Away From Porn

Warnings continue to emerge from experts and faith leaders about the potentially negative impact of pornography, with a psychologist recently telling VICE that the portion of the brain used to make decisions based on morals and values can essentially shut off when a person views smut.<p>Photo credit: …

Half of people in Britain born after 1960 will get cancer, study shows

Cancer Research paper factors in future population changes such as more of us growing older and changes in lifestyle habits<p>One in two people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, according to Cancer Research UK, which says more effort must be made to prevent people getting the disease …

Cancer

Science Is Beautiful: The Human Body Under The Microscope

A new book showcases the magnificent micro-world<p><i>Science Is Beautiful</i>, a new book by Colin Salter, is a compilation of images that show what the human body looks like under a microscope. With an artistic eye, the book showcases cells, microbes, and more. Here are some of our favorite images from</i> …

Crystals

The Smell of Success: Meet the Poop-Powered Bus

On top of the traditional diesel models, hybrid, electric and even hydrogen powered buses are now a common sight on the world's roads. But in the south-west of England, one scheme has taken things a step further, and started to fuel buses with food – and human – waste.<p>Manufactured by Scania, the …

Could a wormhole in our galaxy take us to another UNIVERSE? Interstellar-style 'space time tunnel' may exist in the Milky Way

A giant doorway to another universe may exist at the centre of the Milky Way, and it could be large enough to swallow spaceships whole.<p>This is …

Wormholes

Mysterious 'Planet X' may really lurk undiscovered in our solar system

"Planet X" might actually exist — and so might "Planet Y."<p>At least two planets larger than Earth likely lurk in the dark depths of space far beyond Pluto, just waiting to be discovered, a new analysis of the orbits of "extreme trans-Neptunian objects" (ETNOs) suggests.<p>Researchers studied 13 ETNOs — …

NASA plans mission to Jupiter's extraordinary moon Europa

Mars is nifty. It's fascinating. It's red and rocky and we currently have a couple of high-tech rovers checking it out. But it's no Europa.<p>Jupiter's intriguing moon may be iced over, but scientists suspect there's a massive ocean underneath. Researchers have even spotted what they believe to be …

Love Hot Sauce? Your Personality May Be A Good Predictor

A Myers-Briggs personality test can help you determine whether you're an extrovert. But could your love of hot sauce reveal something about your temperament, too?<p>As we have reported, back in the 1980s, a psychology professor at the University of Pennsylvania named Paul Rozin documented a connection …