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when, why, and how popular science lies to you
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when, why, and how popular science lies to you

When science, the media, and short-sighted metrics meet, the end result is often long on flash and short on facts.

to save society, should we talk to strangers?
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to save society, should we talk to strangers?

New research says that talking to strangers has a lot of mental benefits. And they may just help us out of the societal mess we’re in today.

just how old is human civilization, exactly?
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just how old is human civilization, exactly?

Many of us are taught that civilization started around 5,000 years ago, even though we know it’s actually much older. But just how old is it really?

how to cool things to absolute zero using only a laser
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how to cool things to absolute zero using only a laser

We’re used to lasers being either death beams, or harmless little points of light. But we also use lasers to cool matter to absolute zero and probe the limits of physics.

is emotional intelligence the secret to defeating fake news?
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is emotional intelligence the secret to defeating fake news?

Mastering your emotions and understanding what others feel and why can make you more resistant to fake news and social media hoaxes.

how matter might have won the race to dominate the universe
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how matter might have won the race to dominate the universe

The universe may be the way it is today because the physics of matter and antimatter work just a bit differently...

do we finally know what makes us conscious?
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do we finally know what makes us conscious?

One of the biggest questions about the human mind is how it creates consciousness. We may finally have an answer.

yes, the wealthy really think they pulled themselves up by their bootstraps
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yes, the wealthy really think they pulled themselves up by their bootstraps

Researchers found that not only do those with money and power think they’re smarter, they’re likely to exaggerate their upward mobility.

weaponized victimhood: the messy psychology of virtue signaling and injustice
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weaponized victimhood: the messy psychology of virtue signaling and injustice

Some of those who claim to be victims fighting against injustice may have much darker motives than they’ll admit, even to themselves…

the new wind power mantra: bigger is better
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the new wind power mantra: bigger is better

Offshore wind power’s new weapons in the race for greater energy market share are giant turbines that can power entire towns on their own.

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