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Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun

Why that’s good news for alien hunters<p>Since water is one of the vital ingredients for life on Earth, scientists want to know how it got here. One theory is that the water in our solar system was created in the chemical afterbirth of the Sun. If that were the case, it would suggest that water might …

The Experts The Ebola Response May Need: Anthropologists

As the Ebola outbreak gains steam, experts continue to deploy to the region.<p>Teams from Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organization, the U.S. military and others are in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia assembling treatment centers and fighting the deadly virus.<p>There's one group of experts …

The French Increasingly Think Europe Is The Problem, Not The Solution

As a founder-member with Germany, France has, for over half a century, put the construction of Europe and the taming of Germany at the heart of foreign policy. If the British have grown up on tabloid Euroscepticism to regard Europe as a menace to national power, the French have been taught to see …

What I've Learned About Olive Oil: Nicholas Coleman

I'm the <b>olive oil sommelier</b> here at Eataly.<p><b>That entails working</b> with 92 extra virgin olive oils — all from Italy, where the olives are grown, pressed, bottled, and shipped.<p><b>There's even an olive oil stain on my shirt.</b><p><b>If I see olive oil</b> from Liguria made with the Taggiasca olive, I can guess that oil …

Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors …

Uruguay's marijuana experiment

The United States' take-no-prisoners (or, perhaps more aptly, take-too-many-prisoners) approach to drug control has few fans in Latin America, long the most violent battleground in the U.S. war on drugs. Uruguay, the smallest country in the region, has been the first, however, to openly rebel. It …

Can Marijuana Improve Your Emotional State?

It's no secret that marijuana can put a smile on many people's faces, but research suggests that the drug's positive effects go beyond just getting …

Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her …

What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? Alan Watts on the Life of Purpose

British philosopher and writer Alan Watts (1915–1973), author of the cult-classic <i>The Way of Zen</i>, played a key role in popularizing Eastern philosophy in the West, like John Cage had done, in the middle of the 20th century. In this short remix video, a fine complement to this omnibus of wisdom on …

A Visual Ethnography of the World’s Last Nomadic Peoples

What is it about Dutch photographers that makes them so visually eloquent at capturing the human condition? From Jeroen Toirkens comes <b>Nomad</b> (<i>public library</i>) — a fascinating and strikingly beautiful visual anthropology of the Northern Hemisphere’s last living nomadic peoples, from Greenland to …

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"Lonely Seats" are Popular in Japanese University's Engineering Cafeteria

Photo: Asahi<p>Friends? Engineering students from the prestigious Kyoto University of Japan have got no time for friends!<p>Thankfully, university …

Neuroscience Is Dead (c. 2008)

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>Writers who now publish skeptical thoughts about the field of neuroscience are confirming what the public-at-large has …

A Powerful Photographic Account Of Life As A Gypsy

The English term 'Gypsy' encompasses a number of ethnic groups, in Europe they are predominantly known as the 'Romani' people, in India the Banjara, …

Where desert meets ocean. The Skeleton Coast comprises the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia Photograph by STEFAN CRUYSBERGHS: http://www.scip.be/index.php?Page=PhotosNamibia&Lang=EN&ID=1706 via alitheking: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/1j6kdt/nambia_where_desert_meets_water/

Diver Almost Gets Swallowed Up By a Whale Shark

This photo will make your heart beat a little faster with the uneasy thought of being eaten by a whale shark! Professional marine photographer Mauricio Handler captured the intense moment during a dive in Isla Mujeres, Mexico, when more than 600 of the 40-foot-long animals gathered to feed on tuna …

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

False memory planted in mouse's brain

Scientists have implanted a false memory in the brains of mice in an experiment that they hope will shed light on the well-documented phenomenon …

The Time Obama Was Mistaken for a Waiter at a Tina Brown Book Party

He was a state senator then, and one of the few African Americans at the elite New York media event.<p>Not a waiter. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)<p>Obama's frank remarks on race and how he also has been seen as someone less than who he is led journalist Katie Rosman of the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> to resurface a …

How We Spend Our Days Is How We Spend Our Lives: Annie Dillard on Choosing Presence Over Productivity

The meaning of life has been pondered by such literary icons as Leo Tolstoy (1904), Henry Miller (1918), Anaïs Nin (1946), Viktor Frankl (1946), Italo Calvino (1975), and David Foster Wallace (2005). And though some have argued that today’s age is one where “the great dream is to trade up from …

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Could cocoa tame obesity's inflammation - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — Feeding mice cocoa powder lowers inflammation, a condition linked to obesity …

Let Them Eat Wood! (If It's Turned Into Starch)

For Percival Zhang, growing up in China meant learning to appreciate just how critical a stable food supply is to avoiding social unrest and disasters like famine.<p>When he became an associate professor of biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech, he got to thinking just how risky growing food …

Modern life freaks out the clock in your brain - Futurity

WASHINGTON U.-ST. LOUIS (US) — Researchers have identified the wiring that sets the accuracy of …