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The 'science' of linking skull shape to personality has finally been tested, and boy is it as stupid as we thought

January 24, 2018 - 15:37 -- Admin

Nobody really believes that the shape of our heads are a window into our personalities anymore. This idea, known as “phrenonolgy," was developed by the German physician Franz Joseph Gall in 1796 and was hugely popular in the 19th century. Today it is often remembered for its dark history—being misused in its later days to back racist and sexist stereotypes, and its links with Nazi eugenics.

Nintendo's back catalogue of weird creative peripherals

January 24, 2018 - 15:37 -- Admin

Earlier this week, Nintendo introduced a new product called Labo. It's part video game, part craft project, and most importantly, part one of Nintendo's step into the booming industry of engineering toys. At launch, there will be two Labo kits. Each comes with sheets of scored cardboard from which you can pop out individual pieces to build contraptions. Once built, the machines interact with the Nintendo Switch console and its motion-sensing Joy-Con controllers.

Scientists are speed breeding plants in a race to beat climate change

January 10, 2018 - 12:40 -- Admin

Some years ago, NASA bred wheat in space with the goal of providing an unending food supply for astronauts. To help the plant along, astronauts shined light on the plant continuously. As far as the crop was concerned, the sun never set. It was always noon on a cloudless day. The extra light fueled its rapid growth.

This pill could help you figure out why you're always farting

January 10, 2018 - 12:40 -- Admin

Everyone gets gas. And (almost) everyone could stand to live without it. But figuring out what drives gas is a difficult endeavor—even for doctors. A multitude of foods can initiate gassiness, to varying degrees, depending on the individual. But a new gadget might someday help. In a paper in the journal Nature Electronics, a pair of researchers just introduced an electronic pill that can measure the different types of gas in a person's intestines.

How to actually succeed on a dating app

January 10, 2018 - 12:40 -- Admin

Gone are the days when you had to lie about meeting your significant other through a dating app. As smartphones have transformed the way we look for love, swiping left and right to choose a potential partner has gradually become the new normal. But with so many people searching for a soulmate on these apps and sites, how can you stand out from the crowd? These expert tips, inspired by advice from the app-creators themselves, will improve your chances of matching with the right person.

Alaska is warming so quickly that weather algorithms can't keep up

January 10, 2018 - 12:40 -- Admin

The National Centers for Environmental Information get a lot of, well, environmental information. They gather an immense amount of climate data, and in order to organize it all, they sit down on the 4th of every month to review everything that's come in. It was at this meeting in December 2017 that the folks at NCEI noticed something: Utqiaġvik, Alaska was missing. Not the town itself, of course, but its data. All of it.