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When Darwin and Einstein were brilliantly wrong

Our pick of the week from around the web, including notable science failures, the French way to treat cancer and how relationships evolve on social media.<p>The case for blunder<br>Freeman Dyson | New York Review Of Books | 18 February 2014<br>Review of Brilliant Blunders, by Mario Livio, telling how five …

Ray Kurzweil

The surprising benefits of ambiguous language

Should language be as clear and precise as possible? You might think so, but it seems that vague words and mixed messages might help you communicate better.<p>Listen, I’m going to be straight with you. Well, that’s what I’d intended, but already language has got in the way – you’re not “listening” at …

Language

5 Scientific Ways To Make Water Do Magic

Science has proven that much of the universe is made up of badassery. You can find it all around you, including in something as simple as water. You …

Snorkeling

Surprising Number Of Americans Don't Believe In Evolution (VIDEO)

One in three Americans doesn't believe in evolution, according to new survey results from the Pew Research Center.<p>The results, released Monday in report on views about human evolution, show that 33 percent of Americans think "humans and other living things have existed in their present form since …

One cup of joe and your brain is ready to go

Your morning cup of coffee jumpstarts your memory.<p>That’s according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University, who have discovered that caffeine can …

The Brain

Evolution Is Not a Matter of 'Belief'

Do you "believe" in evolution? A new survey reveals that your answer can be predicted in large part by your political loyalties. The Pew Research Center finds that two thirds of Democrats accept the validity of evolution, in contrast with the 43 percent of Republicans who accept it. The latter …

Scientists Discover Gene Linking Intelligence To Brain's Gray Matter

By Kate Kelland<p>LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called "grey matter" in the brain, and say their discovery could help scientists understand how and why some people have learning difficulties.<p>An international team of scientists analyzed DNA …

Researchers pinpoint brain region essential for social memory

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have determined that a small region of the hippocampus known as CA2 is essential for social …

This is the oldest fragment of Earth ever found

You're looking at the oldest fragment of Earth ever found: a zircon 4.375 billion years old, something that has deep implications in our …

University of Wisconsin

Scientists Pinpoint The Brain's 'Sleep Switch'

Scientists may have found the sleep "switch" that tells the brain it's time to shut those eyes, according to a new Neuron study in fruit flies.<p>The researchers, from Oxford University's Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, found that this "switch" regulates activity of neurons in the brain that …

Why walking through a doorway makes you forget

New scientific research helps offer an explanation for one of life’s most frustrating day-to-day to phenomena<p>The French poet Paul Valéry once said, “The purpose of psychology is to give us a completely different idea of the things we know best.” In that spirit, consider a situation many of us will …