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People the world over prefer distractions over their own thoughts

If you’re reading this, it’s safe to assume you arrived by internet. Maybe you caught the headline as it raced by on Twitter. Or you might be taking a break from watching a very mediocre movie on Netflix. It doesn’t…

Darwin may have been wrong about the origin of life on Earth

While there are certainly varying beliefs on how life on how life emerged on our planet, the scientific consensus has long been the most humbling one: Around 4 billion years ago, our ancestors were simple molecules swishing around in a…

Why is ice so slippery?

Ice is slippery. That’s a given, just like water is wet. But have you ever wondered exactly why you have to channel your inner penguin to navigate it safely? We’re probably a lot more focused on avoiding a spectacularly embarrassing,…

There's a part of the brain that always says yes to one more

Sometimes, you just can’t say no to another spoonful of ice cream. And maybe one more after that. Why not? You deserve it. And since the tub is almost empty anyway, why not just finish the whole thing? There’s no…

Who's funnier? Men or women?

New research should either put to rest further debate between men and women about who is actually funnier — or ratchet up the tension to a whole new level of domestic discomfort. Especially since it appears that science has picked…

Researchers develop a new way to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere

[embedded content] Scientists are hailing a new process that strips carbon dioxide directly from the air as a revolutionary tool in the fight against climate change. The new process, developed by researchers at MIT, can remove greenhouse gases regardless of…

What ants can teach us about traffic jams

You have to admire the grace of ants on the move. No matter how many of them are streaming toward their destination, there’s never a hold up. No fender benders. And, unlike humans, they know how to pull off a…

Mini-brains grown in a lab are pushing ethical boundaries

Scientists are fast approaching the point where they can grow a brain in a lab. No, we’re not talking about artificial intelligence, but actual gray matter — stem cells taken from human skin or blood and reprogrammed to grow into…

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Parallel worlds exist and interact with our world, say physicists

Quantum mechanics, though firmly tested, is so weird and anti-intuitive that famed physicist Richard Feynman once remarked, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” Attempts to explain some of the bizarre consequences of quantum theory have…

The best way to solve a problem really may be to sleep on it

You have 99 problems. But if sleep isn’t one of them, you might be in luck. New research from Northwestern University suggests that the best way to solve a problem may be to sleep on it, You probably heard that…