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How funny is this word? The 'snunkoople' effect

How do you quantify something as complex and personal as humor? Mathematicians have now developed a mathematical method of doing just that -- and it might not be quite as personal as we think.

Missing link found between turbulence in collapsing star and hypernova, gamma-ray burst

Extremely bright supernovas, called hypernovae, have been linked to gamma-ray bursts, but theorists have struggled to explain how a collapsing massive star could produce a magnetic field a million billion times greater than that of the...Show More Summary

Rare fossil of a horned dinosaur found from 'lost continent'

A rare fossil from eastern North America of a dog-sized horned dinosaur has been identified by a scientist at the University of Bath. The fossil provides evidence of an east-west divide in North American dinosaur evolution. During the...Show More Summary

Scientists offer sweet solution to marathon fatigue

It turns out a spoonful of sugar might not just help the medicine go down, but could also help stave off tiredness faced by weary marathon runners - or other long-distance athletes - when they hit the wall. According to health researchers...Show More Summary

This Day In History: Crystal Palace Burns Down

link From Today In Science History:In 1936, London's famed Crystal Palace, constructed for the International Exhibition of 1851, was destroyed in the most spectacular fire seen in Britain for many years. It started about 8 pm and spread with such amazing rapidity that within half an hour the great building was ablaze from end to end. Show More Summary

Chinese satellite to shine a light on mysterious dark matter

Shadowy hints of dark matter's true nature are set to be boosted by a new particle and gamma-ray detector being launched into orbit

Very large volcanic eruptions could lead to ice sheet instability

Massive volcanic eruptions could cause localized warming that might destabilize some of the world's biggest ice sheets, according to new research.

What is left of our democratic ambitions?

It had been planned for several months, but as fate would have it, the University of Montreal hosted the Conférences de la montagne "Challenges of democracy" symposium less than a week after the attacks on Paris. No fewer than 1,000Show More Summary

Removing constraints on minimum lot size benefits stock exchanges and investors

Stock exchanges that remove constraints on their minimum lot size or Minimum Trading Unit (MTU) increase retail trader participation and reduce transaction costs, according to new research from the University of Bath's School of Management. Whilst...Show More Summary

Mechanobiology Institute and Cancer Science Institute of Singapore

Scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a novel technique to efficiently culture clusters containing circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in 14 days. The study has shown that CTCs can predict the outcomeShow More Summary

Fighting Age: The Next Great Exercise Trend

Most people workout for vanity's sake but shouldn't we be focused on defying aging? Social aging athlete exercise working out

Liquid foam: Plastic, elastic and fluid

What differentiates complex fluids from mere fluids? What makes them unique is that they are neither solid nor liquid. Among such complex fluids are foams. They are used as a model to understand the mechanisms underlying complex fluids flow. Show More Summary

Palliative care: Music to make patients feel better

Music therapy can enhance terminally ill patients' wellbeing and relaxation. This treatment has been known since the 1970s, but there is little scientific research on the subject. A recent randomized controlled trial by Marco Warth et al. Show More Summary

A wardrobe full of embarrassments

(Jena) -- It's laundry day and the only clean T-shirt sports the big logo of a brand that used to be trendy but is only embarrassing now. What can you do? Wait until the tumble dryer has finished and be too late for the date or just put on the T-shirt? How you decide in a situation like this depends on a person's 'brand embarrassment tendency' (BET). read more

Russia's Most Syrian Adventure #44

A Russian Airstrike in Lataminah Over the past two months, 1,500 people have been killed by Russian airstrikes.Russia's Su-34 strike fighters, the rough equivalent of the American F-15E, has started carrying air to air missiles.France...Show More Summary

We Need to Rename Mars' Moons Quickly

Each new discovery about Mars seems to show that it's more like Earth than we imagined. NASA, meanwhile, is firming up plans for a trip there. It's high time, then, for a long overdue chore, writes Fortunato Salazar in the Guardian —we've got to rename the planet's two moons. We...

Why the Khitan / Liao ruler Abaoji refused to speak Sinitic with his fellow tribesmen

The mighty Liao Dynasty (907-1125) of the Khitans ruled over a vast empire in Northeast Asia and Inner Asia that included Mongolia, Manchuria, parts of the Russian Far East, northern Korea, and northern China. They spoke a language that is held to be Proto-Mongolic and had two writing systems, known as the large script and […]

Risk-takers are smarter, according to a new study

Do you often take chances and yet still land on your feet? Then you probably have a well-developed brain.

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