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Muay Thai kick vs Karate kick measured by science

With the evolution of mixed martial arts, practitioners all over the world have been crafting their styles with a simple, yet effective formula: …

7 Surprising Ways Evolution Is Changing Human Physiology

<i>What are humans evolving into, or out of? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Emmanuel Fabella, M.D., ex-zoologist, on Quora:</b><p>The data suggests that our species is evolving into:<p><b>Delayed menopause</b>. …

The Evolutionary Power of Loneliness

The pain of isolation may be what motivates people to make friends.<p>As social animals, we depend on others for survival. Our communities provide mutual aid and protection, helping humanity to endure and thrive. “We have survived as a species not because we’re fast or strong or have natural weapons …

Neuroscience

Delusions and hallucinations may be the keys that unlock psychosis

“Although it is a waste of time to argue with a paranoid patient about his delusions, he may still be persuaded to keep them to himself, to repress them as far as possible and to forgo the aggressive action they might suggest, in general to conduct his life as if they did not exist.”<p>This quote from …

Ebola orphans in west Africa shunned by relatives

Thousands of children in west Africa have been orphaned by Ebola and are at risk of becoming outcasts from communities frightened of the infectious disease, according to Unicef.<p>At least 3,700 children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have lost one or both parents to Ebola since the outbreak …

Across Africa, Coca-Cola Is Empowering Women -- to Sell Coke Products

<i>By Jacob Kushner</i><p>DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania -- Last year, Coca-Cola announced a $100 million partnership with the International Finance Corporation to provide business skills training and micro-loans to "empower" women -- those who sell Coca-Cola products, that is.<p>The program has already involved …

Why does asparagus make our urine smell?

After eating asparagus, some people can detect a strange smell, while others claim not to notice a thing. What’s going on?<p>We’ve been aware of the pungent properties of asparagus for a long time. Back in 1731 the Scottish mathematician and doctor, John Arbuthnot wrote that asparagus gives urine “a …

Asparagus

Musical pacifier teaches preemies how to eat - Futurity

Getting to hear their mothers sing lullabies helps premature babies learn to eat correctly—and have their feeding tubes removed sooner, research …

Pregnancy

Ellen Page has super powers, but why is this newsworthy?

Ellen Page recently informed the world that she has mutant super powers. Specifically, the ability to pass through solid matter. She has been mostly applauded for her bravery in doing so, although some have questioned whether she is actually “brave” at all. The importance of high-profile people …

In This 'Anti-Stealth' Game, You Make Sure You're Always Watched

It's like it's a commentary on something. Hmm.<p>Here's the concept behind a videogame in the "stealth" genre: you maneuver past a series of puzzles and obstacles, all the while avoiding the virtual gaze of guards, cameras, robot panopticons, etc. This idea has led to some good, even great, games. But …

9 Utterly Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories

Moon landing deniers have nothing on these people.<p>From lizard people to the Denver airport being a portal to Hell, some of our favorite far-out conspiracy theories.

Conspiracies

Imaginary friends help kids become better problem solvers, study finds

Play dates with an imaginary friend could help children become better problem solvers down the road. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal,</i> researchers have found that children who keep imaginary friends eventually develop better internalized thinking, which separately has been found to help children …

Beating ADHD, Naturally -- Focus on Alternatives

I call it the September phenomenon. My practice fills with children getting ready for school, college students grabbing their last-minute prescriptions and everyone questioning whether they should refill their ADD/ADHD medicine of choice.<p>It is always interesting to see the diversity amongst my ADD …

'Thumbs up' from teacher goes a long way in preschool - Futurity

Getting positive reinforcement from the teacher may be more important to a child’s early academic …

'Walking Dead' tie-in course will teach nutrition, sociology, and the physics of head shots

There's a long, occasionally proud tradition of using pop culture hooks to draw people into learning: the physics of <i>Star Trek</i>, the political science of <i>Star Wars</i>, the biology of <i>Alien</i>. By this metric, <i>The Walking Dead</i> has succeeded in spades. Online course platform Canvas and UC Irvine have opened …

Explorations Early Learning

What Critics Don't Understand About Gamified Education - GCo

<b>Gamified Education Is a New Model of Learning</b><p>Critics of gamified education always seem to miss some major points:<p>1) Gamified education is much more …

Hide And Seek Might Be Good for Kids’ Brains

Hide and seek is a classic kids’ game, and new research suggests that it could be a particularly a good one for encouraging kids’ development. The …

This App Can Make Anyone A Video Game Designer

Draw the design for a level on graph paper, and Pixel Press can translate it into a real, playable game<p>Who hasn't sat on the couch at the end of a marathon gaming session and wondered what it would be like to make a game rather than just play one? With Pixel Press, anyone can do both—no coding …

Autism linked to enzyme that untangles DNA - Futurity

Problems with enzymes that affect the genetic machinery behind brain development could possibly cause autism …

Happily Ever After: How to Stay Married for 29 Years (and Counting)

At the end of this month, my husband and I will celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary. Yes, 29 years. Holy bananas! How time flies!<p>Now, given the …

How to Live With Introverts

Artist Schroeder Jones has created “How to Live With Introverts,” a comic that accurately portrays how introverts view social situations and offers …

Personality