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John Donohue, Stanford University Capital punishment is such a costly, controversial, and divisive issue that, unless it succeeds in saving lives, it clearly should be abolished – as it already has been in the European Union and in 101 countries...
One of the defining characteristics of life is its adaptability. There is no environment on Earth, at least within the atmosphere, oceans, and crust, that life hasn't colonized or otherwise made use of. Researchers have identified bacteria in rocks...
Cafe Wall Illusion

The Cafe Wall Illusion

This version of the café wall illusion, produced by Victoria Skye, has the Internet abuzz.  This mind trickery is a geometrical-optical illusion in which the parallel straight dividing lines between staggered rows with alternating black and white "bricks" appear...
Paul Braterman, University of Glasgow The 2001 discovery of the seven million-year-old Sahelanthropus, the first known upright ape-like creatures, was yet more proof of humanity’s place among the great apes. And yet Mike Pence, then a representative and now US...
Let's face it:  winning an argument is arguably (pun intended) one of the most satisfying things in life.  Sure, there's "falling in love" and "forgiveness" and "the birth of your first child"... maybe a few other mushy things, but...
Kim Ransley, University of Sydney and Alex O. Holcombe, University of Sydney Visual illusions show us that we do not have direct access to reality. They can also provide an inkling of the mental processing that delivers our experience of...
Ever since the term digital native (and its “opposite” digital immigrant) appeared on the radar back in 2001, the question on everyone’s minds is whether there really is a difference in how the former’s brains are wired and, if...
Many people who play at online casinos depend solely on luck in order to win. If they feel lucky, they will feel it's the right time to play. But the secret trick to giving yourself a greater chance to...
Online communities, forums, and social media have irrevocably changed the nature of political discourse. Indeed, they can facilitate a revolution. If you don’t believe me, look at what happened in Ukraine in 2014: about half of all Ukrainians learned...
Time travel might be one of the most popular themes of science fiction, but did you know that time travel to both the past and future, of a sort, is also something we experience every day of our lives?...
A photon checks into a hotel and is asked if he needs any help with his luggage. He says, "No, I'm traveling light." Anyone know any jokes about sodium? Na Organic chemistry is difficult. Those who study it have alkynes of trouble. Argon...
According to a Harris Poll, about three-quarters of Americans believe in God.  Previous polls showed that 82% believed in God - so why the decline?  It is thought that people who are more disposed to analytical thinking are less...
If you’re into horse racing, you probably will have developed your own technique for picking your runner ahead of a big race. Whether it is a case of simply checking course and distance form or opting for a horse...
In an interesting experiment, a beekeeper decided to see what would happen if he put a glass jar over one of the whole in a beehive. Here's the results: Source:  Slightly Warped  
Why are there 7 days in a week? While the movement of Earth and Sun give us natural concepts like days and years and the Moon's phases give us the month, there is no such natural reason for a seven-day...
Ever wondered where your country's name originated, or perhaps your favorite holiday destination? From Albania to Vatican City and everything in between, this infographic reveals the origins of European country names. For example, Belgium is named after the Belgae, tribes who...