Raquele Lee Assang

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The 10 Coolest Species Discovered In 2012

The tiniest frog, a bioluminescent cockroach and more<p>Happy birthday, Carl Linnaeus! May 23 was the 306th birthday of the developer of the scientific system for naming species. To celebrate, Arizona State University's International Institute for Species Exploration announced its annual list of the …

How Engineers Redesigned The Office Chair For Smartphone And Tablet Users

Your task chair just got smarter.<p>The way people work is changing quickly. About two thirds of workers use at least two devices—tablets, smartphones, computers—every day. Trouble is, standard office chairs are built for people who sit in front of a monitor: back straight, elbows down, feet firmly on …

Did Rock Climbing Help Us Start Walking Upright?

A new theory suggests humans became bipedal so that we could scramble up rugged terrain.<p>The story of how humans evolved from knuckle-walking primates to upright bipeds is still a matter of great debate among anthropologists. One of today's leading theories suggests that our forest-dwelling …

Watch A Linguist Translate Teens' Annoying Groans Into Even More Annoying Academic Jargon

"Breathy-voiced long low back unrounded vowel with advanced tongue root?" Auggghhh.<p>Teenagers, right?! When they're not complaining about cleaning their rooms they're achieving nuclear fusion. Who can understand them?<p>Linguist James Harbeck can--kinda? As part of an awesome article for <i>The Week</i>, …

That Norah Jones Song Playing In Starbucks Could Trigger Malware On Your Phone

How a flashing TV or a secretly encoded song could unlock a hidden virus.<p>Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have discovered a new, subtle way for evildoers to take control of your smartphone: through ambient sound and light. Eep.<p>This isn't a hack so much as a trigger; for it to …

Who Was H.M.? Inside The Mind Of The Amnesiac Who Revolutionized Neuroscience

A botched lobotomy left 27-year-old Henry Molaison unable to form new memories. This is how Molaison's personal tragedy became science’s gain.<p>My friend's father was a neurosurgeon. As a child, I had no idea what a neurosurgeon did. Years later, when I was a graduate student in the Department of …

These Are The 100 Most Endangered Species In The World

The most endangered species on the planet might come as a surprise.<p>From the spammily named BestCollegesOnline comes a pretty excellent interactive tool to check out the 100 most endangered species in the world--before they're gone. The list includes plants and fungi as well as animals, and you can …

A Generator That Harnesses Energy From Ocean Currents

A working model of the estimated $5-million device could be ready within a year.<p>The magic of ocean currents is that they surround every continent on Earth and they run all day, every day. That's what sets this energy source apart from wind, solar, tidal, or wave—all of which are cyclical, meaning …

Can You Solve the Arithmetic Problem That's Stumping the Internet?

Who are we? Why do we exist? What is our essential nature? These questions have been pondered by humans for a long time, and we still haven't figured …

Thieves!

Today's mentalfloss.com <b>Brain Game</b> <i>Wednesday Wordplay</i> challenge celebrates that age-old problem of keeping pens on, in, or even <i>near</i> a desk. They always …

The Trunk Sees All

An Interesting Point of View<p>The Trunk is a brand new comedy web series that features stories shown through the trunk of a car. Interesting concept - …

Bill Nye

New Study Shows Not All Laughter is Created Equal

On <i>The Simpsons</i>, Nelson frequently shows his scorn by unleashing his trademark “Ha, ha.” While Nelson’s laughs sound the same every time he snickers …

Research

49 Hoaxes People Actually Believed - mental_floss on YouTube (Ep.12)

Pop Quiz: See How Well Your Brain Handles the Stroop Test

Today's mentalfloss.com <b>Brain Game</b> <i>Think Thursday</i> challenge tests your knowledge of the National Football League. Good luck:<p><b>While keeping the same team</b> …

NFL

5 Jobs With Epic Championship Tournaments

You don't need to be a superstar athlete with a million-dollar contract and a billion-dollar ego to be a champion. Here in the good ol' U.S. of A., …

Kansas City

Grumpy Cat Has an Agent, and Now a Movie Deal

For a Percentage, Agent Turns Internet Fame Into Cash<p>Some celebrities simply cannot be pleased. Just ask Ben Lashes, a talent manager in Los Angeles. This week, he landed a major motion-picture deal for a client who nine months ago was an unknown living in Morristown, Ariz., population 227.<p>When he …

Los Angeles

Where Did the Ex-Confederate Leaders Go After the Confederacy Was Defeated by the Union?

Almost every syllabus, teacher, and standardized test points to the ubiquitous No. 2 pencil, but are there other choices out there?<p>Of course! Pencil …

Civil Rights

Early bird called Dawn beat Archaeopteryx to worm by 10m years

A prehistoric beast the size of a pheasant has become a contender for the title of oldest bird to stalk the Earth.<p>The small, feathered "Dawn" bird …

Clean energy for a carbon-choked world

This month, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. If the trend …