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This special eyewear is giving many a new outlook.
Depicting justice blindfold may not merely be a figurative assertion of courtroom impartiality: witnesses have been shown to improve their memory of a crime when they close their eyes.
Alt: Close your eyes if you want to find your car keys
The human head weighs about a dozen pounds. But as the neck bends forward and down, the weight on the cervical spine begins to increase. At a 15-degree angle, this weight is about 27 pounds, at 30 degrees it’s 40 pounds, at 45 degrees it’s 49 pounds, and at 60 degrees it’s 60 pounds.
Readers have been dreading the rise of e-books since before the technology even existed. A 1991 New York Times piece predicting the imminent invention of the personal e-reader spurred angry and impassioned letters to the editor. One reader wrote in to express his worry that the new electronic books wouldn't work in the bath.
Neurodegenerative diseases have been halted by harnessing the regenerative power of hibernation, scientists say.
Related: Remarkable Stories of Humans Who Hibernated
Related: Chinese man in a coma was woken up by the smell of money
Related: Siberian woman becomes latest victim of unexplained mass sleep epidemic
A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. It was found at an archaeological site in France. "This is the first time a multi-purpose bone tool from this period has been discovered. It proves that Neanderthals were able to understand the mechanical properties of bone and knew how to use it to make tools, abilities usually attributed to our species, Homo sapiens.
For thousands of years, phallic objects have been used symbolically as a means to boost fertility and ward off evil spirits - but their use as sexual aids has a long history, too.
Something funny happened when people began consuming beer and wine. That something funny—perhaps there are others, but we will not comment—was that the little critters that live inside healthy human guts seem to have adapted. Certain bacteria species that commonly live in human bowels have the genes to help them digest yeast, a new study finds.
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have gained new insight into the mechanism behind a protein dopamine transporter that could help in the development of future medical treatment against cocaine addiction.
The drugs that people take at music festivals may leave a mark on the environment: A new study finds that levels of drugs such as ecstasy and ketamine may spike in a region's rivers after music events.
Related: Scientists raise concerns about tiny plastic fibers discovered in Great Lakes waters and fish
A long workweek may drive you to drink, new research shows.
“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” observed the writer Samuel Johnson in the eighteenth century. In fact, research published today suggests such a man may be merely living in the wrong postcode. A study of 56,000 Londoners found that a person’s life satisfaction depends, at least in part, on whether their personality suits the place where they live.
Just looking at somebody shivering is enough to make us feel cold, new research has found. Volunteers who watched videos of people putting their hands in cold water found their own body temperature drop significantly, investigators report.
There are a handful of traits that scientists and philosophers would argue would make us human, including self-awareness and language. Another key part of being human is thought to be our ability to empathize (although I sometimes find myself doubting some humans’ abilities to empathize). I also doubt that we are the only animal that has empathy. However, this can be tricky to test. If we define empathy as Franz de Waal does as ‘‘the capacity to be affected by and share the emotional state of another, assess the reasons for the other’s state and identify with the other, adopting his or her perspective’’ how would we go about testing this in a non-human animal?
Seattle's public transit system has had a ruff go of things lately, and that has riders smiling.
Related: A Dog Rolling Over During Play Is a Combat Tactic, Not Submission
A leopard may not be able to change its spots, but some zebras change their stripes. Zebras in warmer places have more stripes, a new study shows, which might help answer an age-old question: Why stripes?
Scientists at Stanford University in the US have developed a super-sensitive device that can measure the weight of a bird in flight.
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