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The nuclear button? There are more pressing issues | Rachel Connolly

We are all going to die. Since the end result is the same, perhaps the way it happens shouldn’t matter, but it does. Given the choice, I’d rather not burn to death. This is probably why the spectre of nuclear…

How an indoor fountain can help you relax

A tabletop fountain is an easy way to create a relaxing indoor space. (Photo: FotoHelin/Shutterstock) You may have wondered why a lot of doctor’s and dentist’s offices have fish tanks. While fish are fun and distracting to look at, it’s…

A Danish artist hid these recycled giants in the woods for you to find

Danish artist Thomas Dambo makes his work from materials found in dumpsters and elsewhere around the city. Because his famous creations are often gargantuan, he and his team have to hunt for hundreds of discarded wooden pallets, old fences and…

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How to find awe in everyday things

The word “awesome” is ubiquitous these days – used to describe almost anything agreeable from a slice of Margherita pizza to that new sweater you just bought. But can these things really inspire a life-altering sense of wonderment and reverence?…

How to find awe in everyday things

The word “awesome” is ubiquitous these days – used to describe almost anything agreeable from a slice of Margherita pizza to that new sweater you just bought. But can these things really inspire a life-altering sense of wonderment and reverence?…

Recursive language and modern imagination were acquired simultaneously 70,000 years ago

(Pensoft Publishers) A genetic mutation that slowed down the development of the prefrontal cortex in two or more children may have triggered a cascade of events leading to acquisition of recursive language and modern imagination 70,000 years ago. This new Romulus and Remus hypothesis, coined by Dr. Vyshedskiy, a neuroscientist from Boston University, might be able to solve the long-standing mystery of language evolution. His study is published in the open-science journal Research Ideas and Outcomes.

Daily briefing: Current global warming is unparalleled in 2,000 years – Nature.com

NATURE BRIEFING 26 July 2019 For more than 98% of the globe, the warmest period in 2,000 years has been in the past century. Plus, how virtual-reality mazes are unlocking brain mysteries and why opponents to a telescope in Hawaii…