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A history of the mind in 25 parts

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BBC Radio 4 has just kicked off a 25-part radio series called 'In Search of Ourselves: A History of Psychology and the Mind'. Because the BBC are not very good at the internet, there are no podcast...

The 12 Spammiest Countries (We're #1—And It's Not Even Close)

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Spain is a surprising number two.

Rape In Fiction (Or: “Oh, Game of Thrones, Really?”)

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(No super-spoilers, but this will talk in vague terms about the latest Game of Thrones episode.) (You are warned.) (No, really.) (WARNING.) (*flails*) (THE BRIDGE IS OUT) (FACEBEES) (AAAAAAH) Okay....

The Wisdom of (Little) Crowds

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In 1785, a French mathematician named Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat (known as Marquis de Condorcet) used statistics to champion democracy. Democracies are based on the collective decisions ...


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Why we must defend Josie Cunningham's right to an abortion

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Martin Robbins: Josie Cunningham's decision to put career first is no different to that made by thousands of women seeking abortion. So why has she been subjected to a national hate campaign?

An Eavesdropping Lamp That Livetweets Private Conversations

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Conversnitch, a device they built for less than $100 that resembles a lightbulb or lamp and surreptitiously listens in on nearby conversations and posts snippets of transcribed audio to Twitter.

To Breathe Upside-Down, Sloths Tape Organs To Their Ribs

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If you spent a lot of your life hanging upside-down, you’ve got a problem. Your liver, kidneys, stomach and other internal organs would press down upon your lungs and diaphragm, making it marginall...

How the Moon’s phases affect all life on Earth

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The lunar phases influence all sorts of creatures from cheetahs to eagle owls. Does the moon tug on human behaviour too?

Children 'no longer care' about winning or losing in sport

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Research by the MCC and the Chance to Shine cricketing charity suggests thatlarge numbers of schoolchildren no longer care if the competitive element istaken out of sport

Want to reboot civilization? What you’ll need

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When you’re looking down the barrel of a civilization-erasing event, you have to plan for a world where humanity has lost everything. Canned goods might be nice, but you’d better have brought along a can opener—or know how to make one. What information should we leave survivors? And ...

Decoding Nature’s Soundtrack

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One of most immediately striking features about Bernie Krause is his glasses. They’re big—not soda-bottle thick, but unusually…

Inside the giant panda research centre - in pictures

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Photographer Ami Vitale was allowed exclusive access into China's giant panda research centre as it trains pandas to be released into the wild. These pictures show the extraordinary lengths the keepers go to

Wasp Nest Merges With Human Face To Become Nightmare Fuel

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A wasp nest merged with this wooden statue to form... your darkest fears.

'Don’t worry, I’m not contagious – and other microbiological delusions

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Jenny Rohn: As the cold season dribbles relentlessly onward, it’s worth considering who is – or is not – to blame for your misery

Why I’m joining Fusion

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I’m leaving Reuters and joining Fusion. Which I’m sure was not at the top of anybody’s list of the most likely places fo…

The female 'confidence gap' is a sham

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Jessica Valenti: Women's lack of confidence could be just a keen understanding of just how littlesociety values them

Q&A: How a Stowaway Survived a Plane Trip in a Wheel Well

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An aerospace physiologist describes how a five-hour trip in extreme cold, at very high altitudes, affects the body.

Margaret Kinnaird and Timothy O’Brien’s The Ecology & Conservation of Asian Hornbills: Farmers of the Forest

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Hornbills are among the most charismatic, fascinating and awesome of birds, yet surprisingly little is known about them, dedicated studies are few, and they are incredibly ...

The Fine Art of Spinning Things

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3 mentions9 hours ago 9 hours ago
From the thick of a Brazilian forest to the bustling streets of Taiwan, not to mention a lazy spot in the French countryside, here are three videos of extremely talented people spinning objects with their hands. The first is juggler Gustavo Ollitta who is manipulaing sets of striped ...

Surreal Photos of the Tatio Geyser Field in Chile by Owen Perry

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Located within the Andes Mountains of northern Chile, El Tatio is the largest geyser field in the southern hemisphere and the third largest in the world. The field has over 80 active geysers and attracts tens of thousands of tourists each year who flock to see the incredible ...

Sailfish Use Inescapable Face- Swords to Wound, Then Kill

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Meet the sailfish—a predator that combines teamwork, ninja-like stealth, record-breaking speed, chameleonic colour changes, and a weapon that looks like a sword, works like a sword, and is mounted ...