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Are we more than molecules?

Novelists, poets and artists can help us to piece together the mystery of human consciousness, says Mark Haddon<p>My son’s nine-year-old friend Yahya said it most succinctly. Why is life in the first person?<p>We think. We feel. We are aware of ourselves and the world around us. We have consciousness. We …

How to Stop Having That Same Old Parenting Fight with Your Partner

Psychologist shares tips for handling common parenting disputes with your partner.<p>Becoming parents can bring a couple closer in so many ways, but …

The two explosion regimes of a balloon

Fox Sports' selfie shaming of sorority was casual sexism at its most insidious

When broadcasters spent two minutes roasting a group of sorority sisters for taking selfies at the ballpark, it showed yet again that sports remains a boys’ club<p>The Arizona Diamondbacks entered Wednesday night’s game at Chase Field with a record of 76-81, all but the OED definition of mediocre and …

New Mom Touched By Stranger's Act Of Kindness On Flight

It was a small gesture with a big impact.<p>While on her way to see her husband, Rebekka Garvison became stressed while traveling on a plane with her baby. Then, a kind stranger surprised her.<p>The new mom from Kalamazoo, Michigan planned a trip to Fort Rucker, Alabama to surprise her husband, who is in …

The Math Of Brewing Coffee Can Model Anesthesia

A new model offers insights into rhythms of brain activity.

Brainwaves

Why women don't win science book prizes

You can usually tell the sex of a baby being pushed in a pram. If it’s wearing a colourful outfit decorated with charismatic animals, it’s probably a boy; pink hearts and flowers means a girl. In fact, you don’t even need to see the child - just take a look at its bedroom: dinosaurs, wall-stickers …

The Pope’s Real View of Capitalism, in Three Sentences

Pope Francis rankles critics who, seeing his campaigns against poverty and climate change, wish he would drop the economist act and stick to …

The Art of Lego Scale Modeling: The Awesome Everything Book Review – Feature

There’s really no need to overthink things when it comes to Lego, well, that is unless you’re attempting to make the most lifelike models possible. Then there’s a ton of thinking involved. And, if you’re of a certain age, probably lots of beer, cursing, and the occasional table lift when that …

Sandra Bland Arrest Video Appears Edited

Police dashboard video showing the arrest of Sandra Bland in Prairie View, Texas released Tuesday evening includes a number of continuity issues …

City fires investigator who found cops at fault in shootings

A Chicago investigator who determined that several civilian shootings by police officers were unjustified was fired after resisting orders to reverse …

Corruption

More Reach for Phone Than Partner in Morning, Poll Says

In the morning, Americans wake up and reach across the bed to grab ... their smartphones.<p>In fact, more of them think first about their smartphone (35 percent) than their significant other (10 percent) or coffee (17 percent), according to a new poll.<p>The poll, conducted by Braun Research on behalf of …

What This Cruel War Was Over

The meaning of the Confederate flag is best discerned in the words of those who bore it.<p>This afternoon, in announcing her support for removing the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley asserted that killer Dylann Roof had “a sick and twisted view of the …

War

I'm 99% Mother and 1% Wife — And It Has to Be That Way

Because being a mom is a 24-hour-a-day job.<p>When my husband, John, and I were newly married, we bought a chihuahua and named him Prancer, as he looked …

Parenting

The Bodies of Mothers: Project shows the real beauty of motherhood

Browse any gossip website or tabloid newspaper on any given day and you can expect to be rewarded for your time and money with scores of “exclusive” …

A Blizzard Of Perspective

Support the news<p>What was a young mother with a toddler doing at 1:00 a.m. at a bus stop on Brighton Avenue? That was what I asked myself early …

Drones are great for spying — on endangered birds and wildlife

Drones, robots and unmanned submarines used to be for military use only. But these days the technology is rapidly advancing and becoming more …

15 Data Visualizations That Will Blow Your Mind

One of the most impactful ways data analysts and scientists can communicate their findings is through the increasingly popular media of data …

Communicate

Hans Rosling's 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes - The Joy of Stats - BBC Four

BBC

Six Tips on Disciplining Children from an Experienced Teacher

Have you noticed how kids behave differently at school than at home? As an early education teacher, one of the most common questions I get from …

The Experimental Cookie: Teaching Kids Science Through Baking

The Plate<p>If you spend any time around cooks, you might hear some version of this comment: “Cooking is an art. But baking… ooh, that’s science.”<p>What people mean, usually, is that baking requires precision and relies on chemistry. Neglect kneading your bread dough, and you’ll forego the development …

'Selma' Backlash Misses The Point

Ava DuVernay's <i>Selma</i> is a cinematic masterpiece that depicts one of the most important episodes in civil rights history. The film presents history as a kaleidoscope, documenting the roiling Selma-to-Montgomery demonstrations that turned Alabama into a national symbol of racial violence and injustice …

Why Conservatives and Libertarians Should Oppose the Death Penalty

Are you pro-life? Opposed to big government? Do you believe in reducing government spending? Do you support the death penalty? If you answered yes to …

January 2015

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find

Scientists at the University of California discovered that the human body views red meat as a foreign invader and launches an immune response<p>Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.<p>But …