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Why do people, like, say, 'like' so much?
Saying the word 'like' has long been seen as a sign of laziness and stupidity. But its use is actually richly nuanced, goes back to Shakespearean times, and is an indicator of, like, intelligence I'm listening to BBC Radio 1, where they are interviewing the 26-year-old actor and singer Dove Cameron about her globally successful hit, Boyfriend. The DJ, Melvin Odoom, asks her, "Do you think that you
Striking new snake species discovered in Paraguay
A beautiful non-venomous snake, previously unknown to science, was discovered in Paraguay and described by researchers of the Paraguayan NGO Para La Tierra with the collaboration of Guyra Paraguay and the Instituto de Investigación Biológica del Paraguay. It belongs to the genus Phalotris, which features 15 semi-subterranean species distributed in central South America. This group of snakes is not


A 'Lone-Wolf' Shooter Has an Online Pack
Wolves are not a particularly special species. They are not as menacing nor as powerful as mountain lions. They are not as big as many other predators, nor as strong, nor terribly wise, nor do they have sophisticated tools or genetic dispositions that make them individually dangerous in the animal kingdom. Their ability to capture prey worthier than themselves results from collaboration—from the
Russia Totally Screws Up Space Launch
Uh Oh It looks like a Russian satellite that was supposed to be deployed from the Angara-1 rocket doesn't actually work and will just sort of… fall back to Earth. After the fall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1991, Russia began building the Angara rocket family to beef up its space program, Roscosmos. Its maiden voygae took place in 2014, according to the Moscow Times , and
America's Gun Plague
Was it one of ours? Or one of theirs? That's the question that flashes through American minds after a mass shooting. Was the alleged killer a jihadi, like the shooter at the Pulse night club in Orlando in 2016? A left-wing extremist, like the shooter who attacked a congressional baseball practice in 2017 ? A vegan animal-rights zealot ? Or, as apparently was the case yesterday in Buffalo, New Yor
Physicists Say There May Be Another Reality Right Beyond This One
For those of us worried the world somehow got trapped in the wrong timeline , relax — scientists are now saying there might actually be two realities. Two researchers from the University of Maryland released their findings in a study earlier this month in the journal Physical Review Research . According to a university press release , though, a second reality isn't exactly what they set out to fi
Mars Rover Spots Something That Looks an Awful Lot Like a Door
Open Sesame It looks like a tiny doorway that leads to an underground Martian tomb — but it's probably just old sand. NASA's Curiosity rover has been studying Mars' surface features for just more than 10 years and observed a foot-high topographical feature on Mount Sharp last week. A photo of the area was published on NASA's public gallery page . Ashwin Vasavada, a project scientist in the Mars S
Blood moon: how to catch sight of dramatic eclipse in UK
Earth's shadow will turn moon brick red just before dawn on Monday, while US will be treated to evening eclipse Astronomy enthusiasts will be setting their alarms for the small hours of Monday morning to catch a glimpse of a dramatic super blood moon. The Earth will come between the sun and the moon just before dawn in western Europe, making the moon appear brick red as it falls into the Earth's
SNL Couldn't Be Bothered
Playing a prince tasked with choosing a bride from among three princesses on Saturday Night Live last night, Mikey Day asked a question that turned out to define the episode well: "Okay, is that it?" He raised the inquiry in a sketch poking fun at the rule of three in folklore . His options included a beautiful princess and a smart princess, which meant that something had to have been wrong with
Whiny Space Tourists Say They Were Too Busy on the Space Station
The crew of private astronauts on Axiom Space's Ax-1 mission says they were entirely too busy while on the International Space Station. So busy, in fact, it interrupted the other astronauts on the ISS with them. A SpaceNews report published yesterday tells us what Larry Connor, Mark Pathy, Michael López-Alegría and Eytan Stibbe thought about their trip to the ISS, because the team attended a pres
How Public Health Failed America
Even though Anthony Fauci , the White House's chief medical adviser, backed off his statement that the United States is "out of the pandemic phase," elected officials and much of the public seem to think that he had it right the first time. But if the end of the COVID-19 emergency is at hand, the United States is reaching it with lower vaccination and higher per-capita death rates than other weal
Scientist Say They Might Be Able to Reverse Binge Drinking With Gene Editing
Everybody makes mistakes, and people who struggled with binge drinking in their teen years may soon have the choice to hit a "factory reset" button on their brains, according to scientists who released a new study on alcohol and how it affects our brains. Researchers at the University of Illinois Chicago released a new study in the journal ScienceAdvances earlier this month. The team used CRISPR
Is the sibling relationship the most enduring of all?
Exploring shared childhood memories with your siblings will cast light on the person you are today When I come across couples celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary I always wonder: "Who are these rare creatures who have managed to sustain a relationship for 60 years?" All those baked potatoes for dinner and trips to put the bins out. I'm amazed at the endurance of their love, but mostly I'
'We cannot live without love': when Dr Love met Dr Loneliness
Stephanie and John Cacioppo were two neuroscientists specialising in love and loneliness. When they married, they put theory into practice. But when John died suddenly, would her science save her? Close your eyes for three seconds, Dr Stephanie Cacioppo instructs me early in our conversation. You might like to do the same at home, or on the train, or wherever you are. Now think of the person that
When a Right Becomes a Privilege
When New York legalized abortion in 1970—three years before the Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade —a shrewd entrepreneur named Martin Mitchell saw an opportunity. The 31-year-old Detroit-area man chartered a tiny private plane and began advertising frequent flights from Michigan, where elective abortion was illegal, to Niagara Falls, New York, where it was not. For $400, a woman got transportatio
Endurance shipwreck threatened by global heating, says marine archaeologist
Exclusive: Mensun Bound warns of ocean acidification and melting ice, as well as robotic technology that could enable thefts As a marine archaeologist, Mensun Bound headed the 2022 Antarctic expedition that discovered the wreck of Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance, more than a century after the legendary ship became trapped in ice and sank. Now he is warning that its protection cannot be guarante
Protein gel could help treat type 1 diabetes
The gel, which was implanted alongside a pancreatic cell transplant in monkeys with type 1 diabetes, releases a protein that kills overactive immune cells, preventing the pancreatic cells from being rejected
Taboo stops south Asian people in UK seeking help for dementia, says charity
Exclusive: Alzheimer's Society says fear of embarrassment or misunderstanding stops thousands coming forward Thousands of south Asian people living with dementia in the UK are being denied access to help and support because stigma and taboo deter them from getting diagnosed, a charity has warned. People from south Asian communities are more likely to develop dementia than the general UK populatio
The Imprisoned Egyptian Activist Who Never Stopped Campaigning for His Country's Future
In the summer of 2011, several months after the protest-led ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, I participated in a program on Al Jazeera's English-language channel called The Café . The setup was intended to mirror the atmosphere of street-side cafés in Egypt at the time, animated with the political debates and newfound openness that the revolution had brought about. Eight of us took par
The Frenetic Basketball Nostalgia of Winning Time
The 1980s Los Angeles Lakers were one of the most dominant teams in sports. At a time when professional basketball was on its heels, the Lakers brought new excitement: Magic Johnson versus Larry Bird, Jerry Buss and the glitzy Forum Club, and an up-tempo flow offense. That's the story of HBO's big-budget series Winning Time , whose Season 1 finale aired on Sunday, May 8. David Sims, Vann R. Newki
'We have to be careful': why are masks still worn in Japan and South Korea?
Covid cases are stabilising in the countries but many may continue to wear face coverings, even if rules change For more than two years, the people of Japan and South Korea have been united by their embrace of little white rectangles. While the US and countries in Europe debated the efficacy of masks at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Japanese and South Koreans quickly covered up, uncomplaini
Starwatch: see blood-red Antares pair with the silvery moon
Giant star in Scorpius belongs to class of poorly understood stars which vary in brightness There is something glorious about seeing the silvery moon contrasted with the blood-red light of Antares, the giant star in Scorpius, the Scorpion. Tonight offers an excellent chance to see this pairing. The chart shows the view looking south from London at midnight as 16 May becomes 17 May. The moon will
Moon Settlers: Scientists Say Plants Will Grow Best in Lunar 'Soil' From Fresh Impact Craters
What do you need to make your garden grow? As well as plenty of sunshine alternating with gentle showers of rain—and busy bees and butterflies to pollinate the plants—you need good, rich soil to provide essential minerals. But imagine you had no rich soil, or showers of rain, or bees and butterflies. And the sunshine was either too harsh and direct or absent—causing freezing temperatures. Could p
1. Lying in bed all day, watching and rewatching the video of a man crying out to his mother with his last breath, I look up the term dysania and text it to you. 2. On the walk up the hill from Saint Nicholas, searching for the moon among brick towers, the night sky sets off into a never-ending series of explosions. The police set a curfew. 3. In the dream where I fall running up the stairs and k
India's 'Man-Eating' Tigers Entangled in a Blame Game
In recent decades, India's tigers have rebounded, reclaiming some of their historic range. At the same time, human development has encroached upon the animals' habitat, leading to a spike in human-tiger conflict. Now, wildlife officials are working to identify and remove problematic tigers.
The Lethal Threat of White-Power Ideologues
The mass shooting of Black grocery shoppers in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday follows a string of similar attacks. Gunmen have targeted worshippers at synagogues and mosques and temples and Bible study; they have opened fire on summer camps and people at festivals. We know the names of these places: Charleston; El Paso; Poway; Pittsburgh; Oak Creek; Christchurch, New Zealand. We know the names of
Boeing May Be Headed For Another Round of Starliner Design Changes
All is not well with Boeing's Starliner spacecraft, which was supposed to be certified and ready to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) by now. The company is barreling toward a crucial May 19th test flight, but a new report says Boeing is still bickering with supplier Aerojet Rocketdyne about who is to blame for the vessel's defective fuel valves. The end result ma
Crypto is weathering a bitter storm. Some still hold on for dear life.
One shiny premise of DeFi or decentralized finance—a catch-all term for cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects related to the exchange of value—is that by spreading out and automating operations, and removing power from middlemen like banks, it can offer a system more resilient to global forces , able to survive events like war and economic downturns that pummel traditional markets. Some indust
'Diversity in brain research: Does it matter?' – Meet DIRPA Winner Yi Zhang
Join us on 18 May for the 'Diversity in brain research: Does it matter?' webinar! Register here: In this webinar, the Human Brain Project encourages scientists to consider sex, gender and additional diversity factors in neuroscience and related fields: because biology, socia
Applicerad rumpologi, utförd av Ulf Buck , även känd som rumpläsning, är konsten att läsa linjer, springor, gropar och veck i skinkorna för att avgöra ägarens personlighet och för att … Continued Inlägget Rumpologi dök först upp på Vetenskap och Folkbildning .
Making the Most of Media Interviews
As the pandemic has underscored the importance—and benefits—of communicating science to the general public, it's also highlighted the challenges that researchers can face in speaking with journalists.
Best Beats Headphones of 2022
We scoured the market for the best Beats headphones, and there's a pair for anyone who wants to curate a personal soundscape for our noisy, noisy world . With over-ear, on-ear, or in-ear options, wireless and active noise cancelling features, and clarity of sound across a broad spectrum of dynamics, modern headphones have come a long way from bulky ear wear for radio and telephone operators. If y
Best Anime Streaming Services in 2022
The best anime streaming services are a stark reminder of how far we've come. When anime was still a novelty, hardcore Amerikan Otakus had to schlep to their nearest Suncoast Video at the mall to drop top dollar on "Dragonball Z" VHS tapes. Now, not only can you watch "Dragonball," "Sailor Moon," and "Food Wars," on demand, you can also watch them subbed or dubbed, depending on how hard your fand
Best Home Weather Stations of 2022
If you're looking to keep closer tabs on impending storms and other climate events, the best home weather stations can help. Weather reports from local news outlets or quick forecasts provided through an app can be a great option for finding out the generalized weather patterns for a broad geographic area. But professional weather stations can be miles away from your home, so you can't always rel
1914: Elektromagneter vinder udbredelse i industrien
Automatisk virkende elektromagnettromler er uundværlige blandt andet til rensning af foderstoffer for hestesko, bolte og andre jernpartikler, til fastholdelse af jernstykker på metalværksteder og som løftemagneter på svingkraner. Det skrev Ingeniøren i 1914.
2022 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #19
Listing of articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, May 8, 2022 through Sat, May 14, 2022. The following articles sparked above average interest during the week (bolded articles are from SkS authors): The secret world beneath our feet is mind-blowing – and the key to our planet's future , How climate scientists keep hope alive as damage worsens , Expert
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'Growing end' of inflammation discovered
Redness, swelling, pain — these are signs of inflammation. It serves to protect the body from pathogens or foreign substances. Researchers were able to show that inflammatory reactions of an important sensor protein proceed in a specific spatial direction. This finding has the potential to conceivably stop inflammation at the 'growing end', and thus bring chronic inflammatory diseases to a halt.
The role of variability: From playing tennis to learning language
The effect of variability on learning is recognized in many fields: learning is harder when input is variable, but variability leads to better generalization of the knowledge we learned. In this review, researchers bring together over 150 studies on variability across domains, including language acquisition, motor learning, visual perception, face recognition and education, shedding light on the u
Skin drug treatments may regress dangerous birthmarks and prevent melanoma
About one in 20,000 infants is born with what's called a congenital giant nevus — a huge, pigmented mole that may cover much of the face and body. Due to the mole's appearance and its risk of later developing into skin cancer, many patients decide to have their children undergo extensive surgery to remove the entire lesion, which can cause large and permanent scars. Researchers led by recently cr

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