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Apparently we have more than 5 senses — THREE more, according to science

Growing up, we all learned that our wonderfully complicated human selves are equipped with the ability to hear, smell, taste, feel and touch. …

11 House Plants So Good for You They’re Approved by NASA

Adding some green to a space can do a lot of good — both for your health and your style. Although we’ve been loving 2016’s trending house plants (we’ve even DIYed a Sharpie watercolor planter to keep them looking fresh in our office), we almost lost it when we heard that space plants (yes, space …

Plants

In Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos, Brian Cox shows how anyone can see the world like a physicist. Here he explains why he loves changing his mind<p>Professor Brian Cox is advanced fellow of particle physics in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester. He is about to embark …

Andromeda Galaxy

What really happens to our brains when we hear music? For rapper Tinie Tempah, writing music is about capturing ‘a feeling’; for scientists, it can reveal the mysteries of the mind. So what happened when Tinie agreed to let some scan his brain ‘on music’?<p>‘Can science get us to a point where there’s …

Flute

The Case for Talking to Strangers

It’s not that terrifying, and it’s actually good for you, argues the author of the new book, When Strangers Meet.<p>Kio Stark talks to strangers. Riding in a taxi through New York, she learns that her cab driver grew up in the row of towers they pass on the opposite side of the river. When the cashier …

This Is What It's Like To Be Dying Of AIDS – And Then Survive

Twenty years ago, revolutionary new drugs transformed HIV/AIDS, bringing people back from the brink of death. But what happens when you plan to die only to recover? Three people, whose stories span the global epidemic, told BuzzFeed News what it means to have a second chance at life.<p>Edwin J. …

The Drug of Choice for the Age of Kale

How ayahuasca, an ancient Amazonian hallucinogenic brew, became the latest trend in Brooklyn and Silicon Valley.<p>The day after Apollo 14 landed on the moon, Dennis and Terence McKenna began a trek through the Amazon with four friends who considered themselves, as Terence wrote in his book “True …

Belgian Backpacker Louis-Philippe Loncke Hikes the World's Hardest Deserts

Louis-Philippe Loncke is a man attracted to extremes. “I think I am the worldwide specialist in hardcore desert trekking,” the 39-year-old Belgian adventurer says.<p>Last year, Loncke, an IT consultant with a mop of brown hair and a boyish grin who had never donned a pair of hiking boots until his …

How to insure something that blows up once every twenty times you use it

Sophisticated satellites cost hundreds of millions of dollars and are assembled in clean rooms by technicians in full bodysuits. And then, to fly them into space, we strap them onto enormous rockets that explode spectacularly once in every 20 takeoff attempts.<p>Who’s on the hook when things go wrong? …

What It's Like to Run a Church in the UK's Least Religious City

What I learned after talking to the men and women trying to bring a palatable version of Jesus to the UK's "most godless" city.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>As an atheist, I'm almost exclusively never at church. But it's a quiet Sunday afternoon in late August and I'm sat on a church …

Why AI Technology Can't Handle the Truth

Problems that Facebook and Microsoft have had with AI algorithms may appear isolated, but they're actually harbingers of issues a lot of companies are going to encounter.<p>Last month, Facebook's "Trending" tab featured Megyn Kelly as a topic, displaying hoax news items claiming she had been fired by …

Scotland's female farmers: Custodians of the land

<b>(CNN) —</b> Lorraine Luescher came from a long line of Scottish farmers, but two generations ago her family sold its farms.<p>However, her connection to the land felt so strong that she bought it back.<p>"When I am in this environment, I feel very insignificant," Luescher told photographer Sophie Gerrard. "I …

Scientific societies speak out against sexual harassment - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

WASHINGTON, DC – More than 60 leaders in science from academia, government agencies, and professional societies came together recently to address the …

Watch shark teeth on saw blades gnaw fish - Futurity

"We asked ourselves, how do we safely and effectively move these teeth back and forth quickly? The quick and dirty way was, glue them onto a power …

Do dolphins use language?

Dolphins use words and sentences to speak to each other much like humans do, a new study says. The next step, researchers say, is figuring out how to …

Inside the Juno spacecraft

On July 5, NASA's Juno spacecraft slid into orbit around the gas giant Jupiter, our solar system's largest planet. It's the latest in a 30-year …

Astronomy

Fidgeters made this toy one of Kickstarter's most successful campaigns

How to raise millions to help fidgeters<p>The original goal for the Fidget Cube Kickstarter was $15,000. It had raised around $1.5 million by the time I contacted the hardware’s inventor to ask how they were dealing with the sudden success. When I sat down this morning to write this article the …

Crowd Funding

Do presidential debates matter? Here's the political science evidence.

The first presidential general election debate is on Monday. And with the polls as tight as they are, some Democrats and liberals are feeling a gnawing sense of anxiety that these upcoming debates could throw the election to Donald Trump.<p>But that gets to a bigger question political scientists have …

Government

Scientists followed 5,000 genius kids for 45 years — here's what they learned about success

One of the biggest takeaways: Even kids with genius-level IQs need teachers to help them reach their full potential.<p>Since it began in 1971, the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY) has tracked 5,000 of the smartest the children in America — the top 1%, 0.1%, and even 0.01% of all …

Yes, We Can Build Industry in Space—And We Should Start Now

In a lengthy proposal released last week, former NASA researcher and current University of Central Florida professor Dr. Phil Metzger argues that the …

How Switzerland Accidentally Reduced Suicides

In a country with a high rate of gun ownership, shrinking the military saved lives.<p>Thomas Reisch, a psychiatrist and researcher in Switzerland, was reviewing the rates of suicide in his country when he noticed something unusual. Right around 2004, the number of gun suicides substantially declined. …

Guns

6 ways you can help support the right to literacy around the world

As you read this, you're exercising a human right just by looking at these letters, stringing them into words and understanding their meaning.<p>It's …

Education

The dark fan theory about ‘Grease’ that won’t stop haunting the Internet

<i>This is part of an occasional series in which we explain Internet things. We like to call it memesplaining; you might call it meme-ruining. Regardless, if you just chanced upon an image macro, hashtag, app or GIF you don’t understand, we have the answers — insofar as answers can be had.</i><p><b>The Meme:</b> …

Exit, London's Most Famous Nightclub

With the abrupt closure of Fabric, the U.K. capital does some soul-searching about its future.<p>It’s all over for London’s best-known nightclub.<p>Fabric, a cavernous venue founded in 1999 in the former cold storage of the city’s meat market, will no longer open to the public after its license was …

How New York City Rebuilt Anew After Its Darkest Day

When a man-made disaster of unfathomable scope strikes your city and its central symbol of prosperity has been leveled to ruin — and it's your job to jolt it into resurgence — where do you begin?<p>Only hours had passed after the planes struck New York City's twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, when …

Your holiday pictures can help preserve the legacy of world heritage

A UK-based project is seeking photographs and videos from travellers to build a valuable online resource to help preserve the legacy of some of the world’s most important monuments and historic sites. It is calling on contributions from those who have previously captured images from sites that are …

15 Daily Routines That Will Boost Your Productivity

Looking to become more productive? Here are 15 daily habits that can help you.<p>Feeling the office blues?<p>It's okay. It is an unfortunate reality that most U.S. workers spend long hours in the office, working themselves to death until they become office zombies.<p>Because of the long hours and often …

Coconut

How Sir Philip Green Made an Outrageous Fortune and Outraged an Entire Nation

When Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green, the U.K.’s answer to Donald Trump, off-loaded the struggling retail chain BHS for just one pound, Britons cried foul. Now, with thousands of BHS jobs and pensions at risk, many in the nation are rooting for his demise. But he believes he’s being persecuted out …

Chipotle Turns to Flying Robots for Burrito Delivery

The dreams of every hungry college student hang in the balance later this month when a new method of food delivery gets put to the test at Virginia Tech. A partnership between the university, Google's parent company Alphabet, and the beleaguered fast-casual burrito chain Chipotle will offer …

A $50 device and an app can easily steal your PC's log-in

You'd think protecting your computer with a strong password can keep it safe, but apparently, all it takes to steal your log-in credentials is a $50 piece of hardware and an app. According to R5 Industries principal security engineer Rob Fuller, he was able to pilfer usernames and passwords from …

Raspberry Pi