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Why Everyone Is Insecure (and Why That's Okay)

A healthy dose of self-doubt spurs us to monitor ourselves and our interactions and helps us identify how to get along better with our fellow humans

Psychology

Don't hate me, but record-setting cold and snow are about to sweep across the U.S.

It's April. I know. Flowers should be blooming, outdoor lunches should be starting.<p>But that springtime reality is a long way off for tens of millions …

Weather

Large crack in East African Rift is evidence of continent splitting in two

EarthThe tear, which continues to grow, caused part of the Nairobi-Narok highway to collapse and was accompanied by seismic activity in the …

Earth Science

Most of last 11,000 years cooler than past decade in North America, Europe

University of Wyoming researchers led a climate study that determined recent temperatures across Europe and North America appear to have few, if any, …

North America

7 Ways to Achieve a Beautiful Bokeh Effect in Your Photos (with Stunning Examples)

If you frequent photography websites or have photographer friends, then there’s a good chance you’ve encountered the term bokeh before.<br>Camera …

Landscape Photography

Oldest life on Earth dated to 3.465 billion years shows high diversity

The rocks were collected on the west Australian coast in 1982. They contained fossils of microorganisms 3.465 billion years old. Techniques revealing …

The Arctic had a scarily low amount of ice this past winter

5 reasons the Arctic’s extremely warm winter should alarm you.<p>Cape Morris Jesup in Greenland is just about the northernmost piece of land on planet Earth. It’s located just 400 miles south of the North Pole, on Greenland’s craggy, desolate north shore. This is a place so far north that the sun …

Global Warming

Ancient DNA tells tales of humans' migrant history

Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied -- …

Must Atheists Trash Religion?

WE LIVE IN polarized times, and that’s no secret. This polarization is often noted and often lamented. It is said to be tearing our country apart at …

This Self-Replicating Protein Structure Could Tell Us How Life Began on Earth

Once upon a time, proteins ruled the world.<p>Roughly 4 billion years ago an assortment of complex organic compounds went from being mere carbon soup to …

Habitats

The 'imminent mini ice age' myth is back, and it's still wrong

We can’t accurately predict solar activity, and a quiet solar cycle would have a small impact on Earth’s climate anyway<p>Roughly every two years we’re treated to headlines repeating the myth that Earth is headed for an imminent “mini ice age.” It happened in 2013, 2015, and again just recently at the …

Climate Change

Groundbreaking research reveals the first modern Brits had 'dark to black' skin and blue eyes

The first modern Briton, who lived around 300 generations ago, had "dark to black" skin, groundbreaking research has revealed.<p>Britain's oldest …

Record jump in 2014-2016 global temperatures largest since 1900

Global surface temperatures surged by a record amount from 2014 to 2016, boosting the total amount of warming since the start of the last century by …

Ethiopia could be sitting on one of world's great untapped gold deposits

To the west of Ethiopia near the Sudanese border lies a place called the Asosa zone. This may be the location of the oldest gold mine in the world. …

Papua New Guinea

5 periods of mass extinction on Earth. Are we entering the sixth?

Our earth is very old. Based on the estimation of the oldest rock, it’s around 4.5 billion years of age.<p>Scientists from all over the world use …

Earth Science

Eastern China Is a ‘Museum’ of Flowering Plants

New research digs into the evolutionary history of these plants and finds an impressive diversity across the country.<p>China, as many have noted, is a …

The Lion Man: an Ice Age masterpiece

The Lion Man is a masterpiece. Sculpted with great originality, virtuosity and technical skill from mammoth ivory, this 40,000-year-old image is 31 …

British Museum

The discovery of stone tools in India suggests humans may have left Africa earlier than we thought

We are all children of Africa. As members of the hominin species <i>Homo sapiens</i>, you and I are the product of millions of years of a shared evolutionary history of life on Earth. But as a species we are relatively recent, emerging between 400,000 and 300,000 years ago in east Africa from indigenous …

Anthropology

New method efficiently generates hydrogen from water

Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water—an important key to making clean energy …

Chemistry

Fuglearter

Her er en liste over fuglearter som er aktuelle gjester på fuglebrettet, med pekere til foto og en kort beskrivelse av de enkelte artene.<p>Bruk ellers …

American Rose Trials for Sustainability Introduces its First Winning Roses for 2018 - American Nurseryman

American Rose Trials for Sustainability®(A.R.T.S.®) is a new U.S. landscape and garden rose trialing program introducing its first winning roses – …

Facebook

Barn som har blitt traumatisert, har økt risiko for psykiske lidelser senere i livet. Det er ikke bare den etter hvert velkjente PTSD-diagnosen de er …

How Bad Leaders Ruin Their Culture Without Even Knowing It

I used to think “culture” was a buzzword. I used to think culture wasn’t as important as the strategy and execution. I heard Peter Drucker’s quote a …

Experimental Huntington's Therapy Shows Promise in a Small Trial

Drugs that disrupt production of toxic proteins in the brain could work for various degenerative disorders, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

University College London

Neurological Health

Michael Lemonick, opinion editor at <i>Scientific American</i>, talks about his most recent book, <i>The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory and Love</i>, …

The Brain

Brain Cells Share Information With Virus-Like Capsules

The Arc gene, which is critical for animals’ ability to learn from experiences, has an incredible origin story.<p><i>Updated: January 12, 2018, 5:05 P.M. ET</i><p>When Jason Shepherd first saw the structures under a microscope, he thought they looked like viruses. The problem was: he wasn’t studying …

Biology

What too much salt can do to your brain

Too much salt can cause cognitive deficits, according to a new study published in the journal <i>Nature Neuroscience.</i> Luckily, these negative effects may …

Medical Research

Slow iPhone? Here’s how to check the health of your battery

With all the fuss about depleted old batteries slowing down iPhones, it might be a good idea to at least check the health of your iPhone’s battery. To do this, you can use a free tool called coconutBattery. This handy app digs into your iOS and Mac devices to tell you how old they are, and how …

iPhone

How to find and use the custom spelling dictionary on your Mac

Your Mac has a built-in dictionary and spell-checker. You knew that. You also know that you can add and remove words from that dictionary as you go, teaching the dictionary on the fly.<p>But did you know that there’s also a text document on your Mac that contains your entire personal custom spelling …

Linguistics