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The “first-of-its-kind” archeological find is being reburied despite the fact that researchers haven’t finished studying it.
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A team of researchers have discovered the brain rhythmic activity that can split us from reality.
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Vladimir Putin adores Fyodor Dostoevsky. A close reading of the legendary author’s texts reveals the feeling might have been mutual.
Today, we could use Big Data to radically reform democracy. Tomorrow, we could build nanofabricators and usher in an era of abundance. Is society ready?
The replication crisis has debunked many of psychology’s fair-haired hypotheses, but for the marshmallow test, things have only become more interesting.
A new study examines the under-researched area of water theft around the world.
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