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Melissa McCarthy: ‘I love a woman who doesn't play by the rules’

Bridesmaids made her one of the world’s most highly paid actresses. Now she’s taking over from the men in Ghostbusters<p>There are a couple of rules Hollywood studios have when it comes to making blockbuster movies these days, rules that are as absurd as they are well-established:<p>1. Audiences don’t …

7 dumb things you do every day that are not your fault

Despite the best efforts of scientists, the human mind is still an enigma.<p>What we do know is that our brains are crammed with absurdly complex wiring, leading us to ask ourselves almost daily, "why did I do that?" and "how could I forget that?" and "what the heck is wrong with me?"<p>Below are seven …

The Brain

Why You Can’t Trust Yourself

Bertrand Russell famously said, “The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are so certain of themselves and wiser people so full of …

You Think You Have Free Will? Science Says Think Again

Are we really so good at decision-making? Or do we fool ourselves?<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>You make decisions every day, don't you?<p>You assert yourself hourly. Especially if you're American.<p>You take life by the horns and …

These are the questions you should always ask during a job interview

The questions YOU ask during a job interview are just as important as the answers you give.<p>Popular life stories<p>Knowing which questions to ask at a …

Right Answers And What Makes For A Good Philosopher

Just going to put this on the table:<p><i>Question: You work in the field of the philosophy of religion. Are you a religious person and do you think</i> …

How Animals Think

A new look at what humans can learn from nonhuman minds<p>For 2,000 years, there was an intuitive, elegant, compelling picture of how the world worked. It was called “the ladder of nature.” In the canonical version, God was at the top, followed by angels, who were followed by humans. Then came the …

Seafloor

Scientists have solved an ancient Peruvian mystery from space

The mystery centers around a series of carefully built, spiraling holes called puquios, burrowed into the ground in the Nazca Desert of southern Peru.<p>These peculiar formations could not be dated using traditional carbon dating techniques, and the Nazca people didn't leave behind any evidence of …

Archaeology

18 awful vintage ads from the 20th century that show how far we have progressed

In the pre-Civil Rights era, major brands like Kellogg's featured sexist slogans, like "The Harder A Wife Works, The Cuter She Looks."<p>Other companies promoted pseudoscience that we now know to be utter bunk: 7-Up told moms to add the soda to their babies' milk; Camel cigarettes was marketed as "the …

Black Culture

Why Doesn't Saliva Quench Your Thirst?

As every thirsty person knows, swallowing your spit doesn't do the trick. But why is that? Saliva is about 98 percent water, so shouldn't it be …

10 Words Smart People Always Use (and 7 They Never Do)

How many of the smart words do you use? And if none, here's why you should.<p>The rights words can motivate, inspire, and even change lives. The right words can turn an otherwise meaningless conversation into an unforgettable moment for your audience.<p>(And the wrong words can make you look dumb.)<p>In …

Testosterone Decreases The Ability To Feel Empathy By Interrupting Brain Networks

Whenever there’s a quarrel, fist-fight or bar brawl, testosterone usually has something to do with it. Famous for fuelling aggression, this male sex …

Neurology

23 of Barack Obama’s funniest moments in office ever

Hilarious.<p>Obama isn’t just one of the coolest presidents the US ever had, he’s also one of the funniest.<p>Okay so maybe his one-liners were a bit …

Guys, Being Beautiful Actually Makes Life Really Difficult. No Really.

Scientists have discovered that being gorgeous can really have its downsides<p>Just because you have a face that looks like it was crafted by the hands …

GIF Animations

Infographic: Australia's 10 Most Dangerous Animals

Australia’s wildlife tend to veer toward extremes. While the country is teeming with cute, fuzzy, and generally harmless animals like koalas and …

Proof of Evolution That You Can Find on Your Own Body

DO try this at home.<p>It might sound a little offensive, but your body is a museum, full of ancient relics that no one really needs anymore. From your …

Weird

Revealed: The reason why we close our eyes while sharing a kiss

Psychologists at Royal Holloway University show the brain is unable to cope with the combination of visual data and tactile sensation of kissing<p>It used to be thought that people closed their eyes while sharing a kiss because their vision could not focus on something as close up as the other …

Cities may have hit 'peak millennial' — here are 4 ways they can adapt

Census data released last year suggests that the suburban shift may merely be being delayed, not foregone: while Americans aged 25 to 29 are moving to the suburbs today at a slower rate than they did in the mid-1990s, those aged 30 to 44 are moving there at a faster one.<p>USC urban planning professor …

Urban Design

McDonald's Employees Share Some Scary Truths About the Downsides of All-Day Breakfast

Pro tip: Don't order it after 3 p.m.<p>Last year, fast-food lovers rejoiced when McDonald's announced they would serve all-day breakfast. But being able to get a McGriddle at any time of day may not be as awesome as it sounds—at least according to some McDonald's employees, who have to deal with the …

7 Facts About Drugs and Addiction That Will Make You Question Everything You Know

There's no subject in our culture where the conversation is dominated by myths and misconceptions so much as drugs. We are frightened to talk about it. We are tempted to fall back on stock-phrases and mental spasms -- Just Say No, and all its more modern twists.<p>I have always been sympathetic to …

Drug Addiction

Apple’s latest iPhone ad stars Cookie Monster

Apple ads have featured Aubrey Plaza, Jamie Foxx, and Killer Mike in recent months, but the company's latest iPhone commercial has enlisted the help of a real A-list celebrity — Cookie Monster. The Sesame Street star appears in a new ad that highlights the uses of Siri, in which he uses his …

Sesame Street

Your Inner Angel and Devil Can Be Influenced by Psychiatric Meds

Morality is malleable, according to much research Our judgment calls change depending on a host of factors—our mind-set, how hungry we are, whether …

The Brain

The enormous power of the unconscious brain

A lot of the things we do in everyday life don’t need to involve our conscious mind. In many cases, the more we use it, the less effective we become.<p>If you don’t think the act of stacking and shuffling a set of cups could boggle your mind, watch the video below. In it, neuroscientist David Eagleman …

Consciousness

BBC - Earth - The sinister reason why people fall in love

Romance may have existed in some form long before the origin of humanity, and some believe it was born out of death and violence<p>Your heart beats a little faster, glands open to secret tiny dribbles of sweat, and your body starts producing hormones, which make you feel a bit giddy and warm …

Oxford professor wins £500,000 for solving 300-year-old mathematical mystery

Sir Andrew Wiles' proof of Fermat's Last Theorem has been described as 'an epochal moment for mathematics'<p>An Oxford University professor has won a £500,000 prize for solving a three-century-old mathematical mystery that was described as an “epochal moment” for academics.<p>Sir Andrew Wiles, 62, has …

Many scientific “truths” are, in fact, false

In 2005, John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, published a paper, “Why most published research findings are false,” mathematically showing that a huge number of published papers must be incorrect. He also looked at a number of well-regarded medical research findings, and …

Psychology

Blood exerts a powerful influence on the brain

Blood tells a story about the body it inhabits. As it pumps through vessels, delivering nutrients and oxygen, the ruby red liquid picks up …

Can you solve it? The Pi Day puzzle that will spin you in circles

A topical teaser on the nerdiest day of the year<p>Happy Pi Day guzzlers!<p>Every March 14 – or 3/14 using the US format for dates - the maths community celebrates pi, the number that is 3.14 to two decimal places.<p><i>Illustrated below is a quarter-circle, containing two semicircles of smaller circles. Prove</i> …

Mathematics

Britain is sleepwalking into a new recession

The sleepers think that the economy has never been better. Jobs are up. Unemployment is down. Things are good. Most people, including you, are asleep.<p>And then there are the people who are awake. We call these people economists. They spend their time looking into the future, and mostly they see an …

Interest Rates