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Humans have stripes and you just can't see them

Humans have stripes and you just can't see them | Gavagai | Scoop.it

You no longer need to envy the noble zebra. Humans also have stripes. In fact, all people have them, and everyone's stripes form the same general patterns.

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Do elephants have a sense of self?

Do elephants have a sense of self? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In terms of cognitive processing, not only do elephants have the largest absolute brain size among land mammals, they also have the largest temporal lobe relative to body size of any animal, including humans. The temporal lobe is that portion of the cerebral cortex devoted to communication, language, spatial memory, and cognition. Given the temporal lobe’s relative size in the elephant, there is every reason to suspect that elephants may be capable of far more complex cognition than is currently understood or documented.

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A century after Armenian genocide, Turkey's denial only deepens

A century after Armenian genocide, Turkey's denial only deepens | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Nearly 1.5 million Armenians died at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915, during World War I. Turks by and large do not believe mass killings were planned.

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Dogs exploit the parent-child bonding mechanism to make you love them

Dogs exploit the parent-child bonding mechanism to make you love them | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Have you ever gazed into your dog's eyes and sensed a remarkably strong connection – almost as if that little fur ball were your child? The results of a newly published study could help explain why this is — and how dogs evolved from wild wolves into the domesticated companions we know (and love) today.

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Creationists really, really hope we never find life on other planets

Creationists really, really hope we never find life on other planets | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Creationists argue that astrobiology holds to the Darwinist belief that life started by accident and that—under the right conditions—it can emerge anywhere with a liquid solvent (preferably water), energy, and organic compounds.

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Bill Maher’s bigoted atheism: his arrogant shtick is just as ugly as religious intolerance

Bill Maher’s bigoted atheism: his arrogant shtick is just as ugly as religious intolerance | Gavagai | Scoop.it

His showdown with Fareed Zakaria shows how far he's fallen.

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Record-breaking winds sculpt mountaintop ice

Record-breaking winds sculpt mountaintop ice | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Night's Watch on the Wall are tough guys in Game of Thrones, but let's see them try a winter among the hard rime at the Mount Washington Observatory.

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The history & legacy of Magna Carta explained in animated videos by Monty Python's Terry Jones

The history & legacy of Magna Carta explained in animated videos by Monty Python's Terry Jones | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Even those who paid next to no attention to their history teachers know about Magna Carta — or at least they know it first came about in 1215. To deliver all the other relevant details, we now have a new teacher in the form of Monty Python‘s Terry Jones, who, on the occasion of this great charter’s 800th anniversary, provides the narration for these two short animations, 'Magna Carta: Medieval' and 'Magna Carta: Legacy', that tell the rest of its story.

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Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid in the Martian soil. Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form. The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on features such as crater walls could be formed by flowing water.

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Stephen Hawking sings Monty Python 'Galaxy Song'

The song was originally written for the 1983 film Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.  It has been re-recorded with the lyrics sung by Professor Stephen Hawking. Written by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, the song is an intricate and informative lecture on the enormity of the Universe fashioned into a bewitching and, above all, highly amusing pop song.

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32-year-old woman wakes up thinking she's 15

32-year-old woman wakes up thinking she's 15 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Naomi Jacobs went to bed on a spring night in 2008 as a 32-year-old mother of an 11-year-old boy and a student at Manchester Metropolitan University. The next morning, she says, it was as if the last decade and a half of her life had never happened. In an interview with the BBC today, Jacobs says she woke up believing she was 15 years old.

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Six European animals enjoying a resurgence

Six European animals enjoying a resurgence | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Statista has looked at notable instances where European wildlife populations have increased, using data from a Zoological Society of London report published last year and from the LCIE. In the case of the Eurasian beaver, the population has increased by 28,028 per cent since 1990.

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All you ever (or never) wanted to know about quantitative easing

All you ever (or never) wanted to know about quantitative easing | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In a last-gasp effort to prevent an already depressed European economy from tumbling into an deflationary spiral, the European Central Bank announced a program of quantitative easing. But what does that mean?

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Martin Luther King: an American Iliad

Martin Luther King: an American Iliad | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Taylor Branch has spent twenty-four of his own years tracing fourteen years in the life of Martin Luther King. Only the computer made it possible to create the work in so short a time.

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Record sea-surface temperatures in Pacific point to record warmth in 2015 and 2016

Record sea-surface temperatures in Pacific point to record warmth in 2015 and 2016 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Sea temperatures around Australia are posting 'amazing' records that climate specialists say signal global records set in 2014 may be broken this year and next.

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Our art schools have become finishing schools for a wealthy few

Our art schools have become finishing schools for a wealthy few | Gavagai | Scoop.it

If we value our culture, we must not price it out of the reach of our young people.

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Do NASA's deep space photographs prove there's life beyond Earth?

Do NASA's deep space photographs prove there's life beyond Earth? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

NASA’s stunningly vivid photographs of deep space are revealing our tiny place in the universe in ever more visually compelling context. But do they take us any closer to knowing whetherwe are alone?

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The enduring mystery of the academic book market

The enduring mystery of the academic book market | Gavagai | Scoop.it

New research on book publishing shows that ebook usage is growing and that the academic and professional segment is maturing, while still growing at a steady pace.

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How newspapers covered Lincoln's assassination in 1865

How newspapers covered Lincoln's assassination in 1865 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The front pages from 150 years ago that told everyone President Abraham Lincoln had been shot, and his assassin was on the run.

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Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water below surface of Mars

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water below surface of Mars | Gavagai | Scoop.it

New measurements from the Gale crater contradict theories that the planet is too cold for liquid water to exist, but Mars still considered hostile to life.

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How BrainGate reconnects the mind to the physical world

How BrainGate reconnects the mind to the physical world | Gavagai | Scoop.it

BrainGate is a brain-machine interface that reads the brain’s instructions on movement, and translates those into a set of commands for a prosthetic arm.

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The stunning weirdness of Ayn Rand: why her newfound popularity makes no sense

The stunning weirdness of Ayn Rand: why her newfound popularity makes no sense | Gavagai | Scoop.it

On Last Week Tonight, perhaps to balance out his less-than-friendly main segment on Obama’s drone policies, John Oliver asked a question that has bothered people about Ayn Rand since she first emerged in the middle of the twentieth century: why are people into this dreck?

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Is bilingualism really an advantage?

Is bilingualism really an advantage? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For most of their lives, bilinguals might not show any real benefits. The true edge may come far later.

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