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May 20, 2019

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A new study of the environmental sustainability impacts of flying cars, formally known as electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, or VTOLs, finds that they wouldn't ... read more
Does [a:] as in 'baa' sound more green or more red? And is [i:] as in 'beet' light or dark in color? Even though we perceive speech and color are perceived with different ... read more
Imagine that you live in the rainforests of Southeast Asia, you're a pint-sized primate with enormous eyes and you look a ... read more

Learning New Vocabulary During Deep Sleep

Researchers showed that we can acquire the vocabulary of a new language during distinct phases of slow-wave sleep and that the sleep-learned vocabulary could be retrieved unconsciously following ... read more
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The French government is launching a new standard for keyboard layouts in France. The position of the letters (A-Z) will remain the same, but special characters like accents and punctuation marks are ... read more

Complex Societies Gave Birth to Big Gods, Not the Other Way Around

Big data analyses by an international research team suggest that moralizing gods are rather the product than the drivers of social ... read more

Psychology: Robot Saved, People Take the Hit

To what extent are people prepared to show consideration for robots? A new study suggests that, under certain circumstances, some people are willing to endanger human lives -- out of concern for ... read more

The Good and Evil of Ghosts, Governments, and Machines

Good and evil may spring from the human mind, but new research reveals how they extend beyond humans to the artificial and ... read more

Stock Market Shows Greater Reaction to Forecasts by Analysts With Favorable Surnames

Financial analysts whose surnames are perceived as favorable elicit stronger market reactions to their earnings forecasts, new research has ... read more

Mean Streets: Self-Driving Cars Will 'Cruise' to Avoid Paying to Park

If you think traffic in city centers is bad now, just wait until self-driving cars emerge on the scene, cruising around to avoid paying hefty downtown parking ... read more

CRISPR/Cas9 Used to Control Genetic Inheritance in Mice

Using active genetics technology, biologists have developed the world's first CRISPR/Cas9-based approach to control genetic inheritance in a mammal. The achievement in mice lays the groundwork ... read more

More Than Ruffled Feathers: Mockingbirds Show Heightened Aggression After Lead Exposure

Mockingbirds exposed to sub-lethal levels of lead in urban areas display significantly heightened aggression, according to researchers. Their findings highlight the possibility that sub-lethal lead ... read more

Do Endangered Woods Make Better Guitars?

Researchers have tested the sounds made by six different acoustic guitars in a study addressing the effects of the type of wood used in their construction. Some of the woods used for guitar backs are ... read more

'Ambidextrous' Robots Could Dramatically Speed E-Commerce

Engineers present a novel, 'ambidextrous' approach to grasping a diverse range of object shapes without ... read more

Illuminating Women's Role in the Creation of Medieval Manuscripts

Researchers have revealed direct evidence of medieval women's involvement in the production of illuminated manuscripts. Lapis lazuli in the dental calculus of a woman buried at a 12th-century ... read more

Myth of Mona Lisa's Magical Gaze Debunked

The 'Mona Lisa Effect' refers to the impression that the eyes of the person portrayed in an image seem to follow the viewer as they move in front of the picture. Researchers now demonstrate ... read more

Brainwaves Suppress Obvious Ideas to Help Us Think More Creatively

The human brain needs to suppress obvious ideas in order to reach the most creative ones, according to scientists. These obvious associations are present in both convergent thinking (finding an ... read more

Recycle Your Old Mobile Phone to Save Gorilla Populations

The link between hoarding disused mobile phones and the decimation of Grauer gorilla habitats is explored in a new ... read more

Wriggly, Giggle, Puffball: What Makes Some Words Funny?

Upchuck, bubby, boff, wriggly, yaps, giggle, cooch, guffaw, puffball, and jiggly: the top 10 funniest words in the English language, according to a new study. The researchers determined that there ... read more

Immigration to the United States Changes a Person's Microbiome

Researchers new evidence that the gut microbiota of immigrants and refugees rapidly Westernize after a person's arrival in the United States. The study of communities migrating from Southeast ... read more

Empathetic Machines Favored by Skeptics but Might Creep out Believers

Most people would appreciate a chatbot that offers sympathetic or empathetic responses, according to a team of researchers, but they added that reaction may rely on how comfortable the person is with ... read more

Bitcoin Can Push Global Warming Above 2 Degrees C in a Couple Decades

The electricity requirements of Bitcoin have created considerable difficulties, and extensive online discussion, about where to put the facilities or rings that compute the proof-of-work of Bitcoin. ... read more

New Driverless Car Technology Could Make Traffic Lights and Speeding Tickets Obsolete

New driverless car technologies could lead to a world without traffic lights and speeding tickets. Researchers also hope the innovations will bring about the development of driverless cars that use ... read more

Pretend Porpoise Sounds Are Helping Conservation Efforts, Research Shows

An examination into the detection of harbour porpoises is helping to give new understanding of effective monitoring of species under threat from anthropogenic activities such as fisheries bycatch and ... read more

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