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Scientists Say We’re About to Enter a New Epoch in Human History

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The news: Scientists are gathering in Berlin, Germany today to debate whether humanity’s impact on the planet (think global warming) is drastic enough to merit a new name that will mark the reign of humans: the Anthropocene. The interdisciplinary body of 30 scientists, called the Anthropocene Working Group, has a self-imposed deadline, 2016, to submit a formal proposal that would make the ... Read More »

These Are The Real Stories Behind Some Of The Most Beautiful Colors In Art

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Manganese black. Yellow ocher. Vermilion. Ultramarine. These pigments sound delicious. Their names are so sharp and elegant, it’s as if the terms emote more meaning than just color. We can smell logwood, taste cochineal, touch mummy brown. There is just something (quite scientifically) alluring about a perfectly saturated glob of paint or an electric mound of powdered hues, especially when ... Read More »

Opinion: To Combat Malnutrition, Don’t Just Produce More Food—Produce Better Food

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Two billion people lack essential micronutrients in their diets. We need to create more nutritious food systems, says FAO director-general. Our current food systems face a tough challenge: ensuring food security as well as a balanced diet for everyone around the globe. The figures are striking: Around 800 million people suffer from chronic hunger, and roughly two billion people suffer ... Read More »

11 things you didn’t know about marijuana

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1. Australian use of cannabis is three times the global average. UNODC estimates 10.3% of the Australian population aged 14 and above had used cannabis in the last year. This rate is also comparable to the rate in other former British colonies like New Zealand, Nigeria, US and Canada. Source: The Lancet, The Economist and UNODC 2. According to a small survey undertaken in Australia in ... Read More »

Nobel Prize in medicine goes to discoverers of brain’s ‘GPS’ system

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The Nobel Prize in medicine went to three researchers who discovered the brain’s positioning system An Anglo-American scientist and a Norwegian husband-and-wife research team won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering the brain’s navigation system – the inner GPS that helps us find our way in the world. The research by John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser represents ... Read More »

Supreme procrastination: Why the nation’s highest court puts off big decisions until the last moment

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Study suggests three factors for delaying decisions until last week of the session As the Supreme Court of the United States begins its fall 2014 session this month, it faces decisions on several “blockbuster” cases, including freedom of speech, religious freedoms in prison, pregnancy discrimination and a possible decision on gay marriage. Just don’t expect any of these decisions until ... Read More »

Power can corrupt even the honest

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New research, published in The Leadership Quarterly, highlights the influence of power in leader corruption When appointing a new leader, selectors base their choice on several factors and typically look for leaders with desirable AAAS 1a characteristics such as honesty and trustworthiness. However once leaders are in power, can we trust them to exercise it in a prosocial manner? New ... Read More »

A 13-Year-Old Has Invented A Completely New Approach To Cleaning Up Oil Spills

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This 13-year-old is trying to save the world one ecosystem at a time. Chythanya Murali, an eighth grader from Arkansas, has created a safe, effective, non-conventional method to clean oil spills, by harnessing the cleaning properties of bacteria — specifically the enzymes they use to break down oil particles. These enzymes disassemble oil molecules, making way for the bacteria to ... Read More »