Kieran Norwood

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12 Theories of How We Became Human, and Why They’re All Wrong

Killers? Hippies? Toolmakers? Chefs? Scientists have trouble agreeing on the essence of humanity—and when and how we acquired it.<p>What a piece of work is man! Everyone agrees on that much. But what exactly is it about <i>Homo sapiens</i> that makes us unique among animals, let alone apes, and when and how …

Here Is Why You Cannot Stay With That Person You’re Unsure Of

By Heidi Priebe,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1HkVkv9<p>At some point or another, most of us have found ourselves in a relationship that we’re unsure …

The Unknown

Read This If You’re Worried That You’ll Never Find ‘The One’

By Heidi Priebe,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1LtiLCm<p>Imagine something crazy for me, quickly.<p>What if you peered into a fortune ball right now – …

Cheryl's birthday puzzle part two, Denise's revenge - can you solve it?

Welcome to the first of my new puzzle series. Every second Monday I’ll be posting some kind of brainteaser, usually mathematical, here on the science blog network.<p>I’ll be posting the solution on Tuesdays. Which gives you the Guardian puzzlers – guzzlers, obviously! – a full day to chew, digest, …

12 things truly confident people do differently

True confidence — as opposed to the false confidence people project to mask their insecurities — has a look all its own.<p>When it comes to confidence, one thing is certain: truly confident people always have the upper hand over the doubtful and the skittish because they inspire others and they make …

The best quotes from 2015 celebrity commencement speeches

Graduating college is an exciting achievement, but the four-hour ceremonies can be a bit of a buzzkill—that is, unless a famous person is on hand to …

50 Short, Clean Jokes And Puns That Will Get You A Laugh Every Time

By Brandon Gorrell,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1Cq4jcp<p>From the jokers over at AskReddit.<p>1. What did the Buddhist ask the hot dog vendor?<p>“Make me …

Magic Mushrooms Can Actually Rewire And Change Your Brain

<b>by Amie Moses</b><p><b>Psilocybin</b> (the active chemical in “magic mushrooms”) is, well, truly “magical.” I have discussed the benefits of psilocybin, as well as …

Tradies have time for the good life that's an office worker's dream

In Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, stonemason Jude Fawley was excluded from academic opportunities and professional advancement, leaving him with no …

Education Policy

31 Psychological Life Hacks That You Can Exploit To Give Yourself An Advantage In Social Settings

By hoK leahciM,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1pKhb89<p>Impress your friends. Find a potential date. This is how you can manipulate people. You can …

This is deep: http://t.co/vkN1n9XFoX

Potential weight-loss agent from a tree is almost too good to be true

It has qualities so remarkable, it could come from the land of Oz (and could become the television doctor's next big thing, too): a compound derived from a tree growing in South and Central America prompted obese mice to lose 20% to 30% of their weight. It also allowed normal, healthy mice to chow …

Weight Loss

Intent on surviving another decade? Ace this test

New research leaves little doubt about it: Fitness is powerful. A new study shows it's also a powerful predictor of whether an individual will live or die in the next decade.<p>Put a person on a standard-issue treadmill, crank up the speed and the incline, measure the maximum metabolic equivalents of …

15 Things All 20-Somethings Can Do To Become Smarter

<b>Take regular physical exercise:</b> This will improve blood flow and oxygenation in the brain, and good general health promotes good mental health. (I …

And people continue to ignorantly say that animals don't have feelings or emotions. http://t.co/W1FhOISfPb

Vienna Is Going To Build A 25-Story Skyscraper Out Of Wood

Why the idea isn't as crazy as it sounds<p>Next year in Vienna, architects will start working on a 275-foot-tall building made almost entirely out of wood. <i>The Guardian</i> reports that the approximately 25-story building will cost 60 million Euros ($67 million) and will save 2,800 tons of carbon emissions …

Sea otters hold hands while sleeping so they don't drift away from each other. http://t.co/DdjEu4UuEF

The Foods That 9 Nutritionists Say They Eat Every Day

Good news: Dark chocolate made the list.<p>Yes, variety is the spice of life—and one of the keys to a balanced diet. Still, there are some foods that are so full of vitamins and minerals, the people who know the most about nutrition make sure to eat them (almost) every day. Find out the foods and …

How To Fail at Almost Everything And Still Win Big

Scott Adams created a multimillion dollar empire. That empire is more commonly known as “Dilbert.”<p>I mentioned him on this blog before because he gave …

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

7 Myths About Making Money

By James Altucher,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1E7ozh8<p>Last night, about two feet from me they were having sex. I know this because, using the …

Incompatibility Between Science And Religion

By Erinn Broadus,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1yDlJjT<p>Recently, The Wall Street Journal published an article titled <i>Science Increasingly Makes the</i> …

Baby elephants throw themselves into the mud when they are upset, like a temper tantrum. http://t.co/OA4G6dgbzM

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

These 36 questions can make you 'fall in love with anyone'

A simple test claims to be able to make two people fall head-over-heels in love, by helping them seem vulnerable to each other. Why not give it a try?<p>The path to true love just got a whole lot smoother.<p>The key? To ask someone the 36 questions below - and answer them yourself. Doing this, …

Penguins have knees inside of their bodies and nothing makes sense anymore http://t.co/Zp4MPHZA6W

Morgan Freeman on racism. http://t.co/McaBZdsZzK